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Volkswagen Torture Testing Its Vehicles: Video
Volkswagen Torture Testing Its Vehicles: Video

Before the proliferation of electronic sensors and computer technology in the world of cars, engineers actually used to go out and beat the hell out of the cars they were testing--quite literally. BMX-style jumping ramps, old-fashioned door slamming and even a sledgehammer or two to a roof panel...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Car Sales, April 2011: Everybody's Up, Almost

New-car sales continued to nudge back into a more healthy range in April, as most of the major automakers reported big double-digit increases. With some automakers left to report April sales, the big stories are coming from Ford, with a 16-percent increase across its two brands; from General...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Chrysler In the Black; First Profit Since Bankruptcy

Fresh from announcing a range of new vehicles at the 2011 New York auto show, Chrysler says it's turned in its first quarterly profit since it emerged from bankruptcy. The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker says it profited to the tune of $116 million in Q1, from an operating profit of $477...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Small Cars Getting Big Price Hikes Soon

If you're planning to replace your current vehicle with a new one at any point this calendar year—especially a small car—you might want to step up the timeframe and consider heading out to the showroom. Now. Why? Because if price matters—as it should—you'll probably have to...Read More»

Money makes the world go 'round
Gas Prices Linked To Lowest Consumer Confidence In A Year

Rising gasoline prices, as well as rising food prices, are contributing to less confidence in the economy, according to a survey released late last week. And with prices continuing to rise, albeit gradually, amid speculation about what will happen with supply from Libya, bruised confidence could...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
For A New GM, Old Questions On Incentives, Product Development

Last year when automaker General Motors [NYSE: GM] emerged from bankruptcy, the outlook for the automaker was looking bullish by most accounts. Yet recently, some analysts and observers have expressed concern for the company's tack under CEO Dan Akerson. While other companies have been reeling in...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
VW Names Cervone Head of Communications; Replaces Bratina

Volkswagen has named former Chrysler and General Motors public-relations expert Tony Cervone as its new head of communications. Cervone replaces Jill Bratina, who had held the position during the short tenure of former VWoA chief Stefan Jacoby, who left VW to become the head of Volvo. Jacoby was...Read More»

2011 Honda Element
Honda Announces End Of Element Production With 2011 Model

After a nearly 10-year run, the Honda Element is dead, its quirky, boxy thunder stolen by the more conventional CR-V. Honda today announced its plans to cease Element production after the 2011 model year. In total 325,000 units of the Element sold over its tenure, though of late sales figures have...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200
Want an Auto Job? Chrysler Has 1000 Of Them

Looking for a job in the auto industry? Chrysler has 1,000 of them, or more--if you have the right credentials. Just a year after both General Motors and Chrysler declared bankruptcy--and sheared thousands of employees from their payrolls--Chrysler is staffing up with engineers and product...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln Dealer Network To Be Downsized

"Cull: to reduce or control the size of (as a herd)." So says Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. That’s what Ford plans to do to its 1200-unit herd of Lincoln dealers across the country. It will take two years, according to a Wall Street Journal article published in the wake of a...Read More»

2010 Acura MDX
Sales Ethics: When Is Enough, Enough? Part II

I was being trained in the Wild West of car sales. Although I would later become Internet Manager for a major car dealer, early in my career I found myself working with a retired school teacher who was desperately trying to trade her expensive, high-end SUV with hardly any miles for a modestly...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
Sales Ethics: An Ethical Dilemma In Car Sales

During a particularly grueling period when I was establishing myself in car sales—eventually becoming Internet Manager for a major car dealer—I relied on a good friend of mine to help me through the treacherous ethical waters of my new-found profession. We all know that car dealers have...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Will The Latest Sonata Recall Dampen Hyundai's Success?

Readers who follow this website know that I’m a big fan of what Hyundai has been doing in the U.S. market over the last few years. They have worked hard to put out stylish, well-built cars that have garnered positive reviews from those of us in the auto industry and consumers alike. Hyundai...Read More»

2007 Saturn Relay 4-door Wagon Relay 1 Trunk
Why Choose a Saturn

If you’re currently thinking about buying a new car but aren’t sure which manufacturer to go with, you should know that Saturn is a great choice. This popular car manufacturer, a General Motors subsidiary, has been making great cars since 1985. That’s almost twenty-five years of...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
Looking for the 2012 Ford Ranger? It's the 2011 Ford F-150

Though fewer and fewer car shoppers are researching and purchasing today's Ford Ranger compact pickup truck, the decision to let the Ranger die next year in the U.S. still raises questions as to why Ford isn't working on a new small pickup, particularly when Ford's revived the Taurus and Explorer...Read More»

2011 Hyunda Elantra (Avante) unveiled in Korea
2011 Hyundai Elantra Production Moving to Alabama

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has been developed in South Korea, and is being adapted for the American market by the automaker's California-based marketing arm. Now, the Elantra is headed for production in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside the company's brisk-selling Sonata large sedan. Sources in South...Read More»

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Hyundai Building New Headquarters in California

Hyundai says it's firmly a California citizen this morning with the announcement of a new headquarters building in Orange County, Calif. Hyundai has been in Orange County since 1985, when it launched the brand in America with the Excel compact. The Korean automaker says it will spend $150 million...Read More»

2007 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part IV

When you pre-negotiate a trade value, the figure is not cast in stone. The dealer has to see the car in person for a “hands-on” inspection before they can confirm the actual trade-in value. I worked long enough as an Internet Manager for a major dealer to know that car dealerships hate...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Car Buying Guide: A Tale Of Two Car Dealers: Part III

When I helped a friend buy a used car from a major dealer, I knew we were vulnerable to manipulation around the trade’s value. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major dealers and someone who teaches people how to buy and sell cars, I made sure I used every insider secret that I knew about the...Read More»

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