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As Dealership Ranks Fall: Hyundai, Kia Among Those Opening Showrooms
As Dealership Ranks Fall: Hyundai, Kia Among Those Opening Showrooms

The next time you're out shopping for a new vehicle, you could find your options considerably more limited than last time. The reason: due mostly to the economy but also due to other changes in the industry, the ranks of dealerships have been culled over the past couple of years like never before...Read More»

Semi trailer
Should The Government Mandate Stability Control Systems In Trucks?

Research completed earlier this year by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute is helping guide the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its decisions to make stability control systems mandatory for tractor-semitrailers. With costs to retrofit most...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Popular Car Insurance Discounts

Some people estimate over 50 percent of car insurance customers pay higher premiums than required every month, however, the little industry secret is that many times your present car insurance company can provide lower rates just by you making a phone call. Think about this … When was the last...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
Today in Car News: Whitacre, Ferrari Minivans, and Saab

Will Ed Whitacre's retirement from General Motors hurt or help its plans to go public this year? Does Wall Streeet care if the company's on its fourth CEO in 18 months? These and many questions...won't be answered today. [CNNMoney] Fewer car dealerships are closing this year, a sign of light at the...Read More»

Volkswagen NMS design sketch
Volkswagen May Build Several Models At U.S. Plant

Volkswagen announced last year that it was building a new plant in the southern state of Tennessee for a new mid-size sedan that will be launched in the U.S. next year. The car is expected to be slightly larger than the Passat and is being designed to rival the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry...Read More»

Hyundai’s New Models: A Change for the Better

WhenI was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, it was obvious to those of us on the front line of car sales that Hyundai was the primary up-and-comer in the competitive automotive industry. It wasn’t always that way. Over the last twelve years this Korean auto maker revamped a tarnished...Read More»

1997 Chevrolet Malibu LS
Top 5 Rated Sitcom Mechanics

The perennial poor regard with which some consumers hold the auto repair profession may be coming from some unrelated quarters. Like the popular notion that violence, incivility and downright rudeness all have their roots in the screen in our living rooms, did you ever think that attitudes toward...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Hyundai Trying Harder To Win Customer Approval: Part I

Hyundai continues to earn the approval of savvy car buyers with the roll out of another consumer-based program designed to A) educate Hyundai owners, and B) save them money. The new program sounds simple enough: make all factory-recommended maintenance for Hyundai cars available online. Yet the...Read More»

2000 Chevrolet Impala
Gates Rubber Offers Free Belt Wear Gauge

In the late 1990s car manufacturers switched the construction material in their fan belts from neoprene to a synthetic rubber called EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer). Besides requiring the use of another automotive acronym, what the change accomplished was to produce a component that had a...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
Help! Doug: Why Are Auto Lease Details Kept Secret From Consumers?

Q. My accountant says that I should lease a new truck. However I don't understand auto leasing and when I try to negotiate with the dealer, the things I consider important to know seem irrelevant to the dealer. First of all, I want to know what kind of profit the dealer is going to make on the...Read More»

2011 Ford Super Duty F-250 2WD Crew Cab 172" XLT Front Exterior View
Ford One-Ups GM; F-Series Super Duty Now With Best-In-Class Power

Ford was not going to be left behind in the ongoing power struggle between them and the Chevrolet Heavy Duty line. Today Ford has announced that the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty line's 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel will now offer a whopping 800 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower...Read More»

Spc. Derrick Parizek
Do-It-Yourself Auto Workshop For Detroit Reworks An Old Idea

The depressed economy has spurred all sorts of innovative, DIY solutions—like renewed interest in community garages and tool libraries—for keeping vehicles repaired as frugally as possible and still on the road, as well as some innovative ways of helping laid-off, skilled workers hold out until...Read More»

2010 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 126.0" SLE1 Angular Front Exterior View
2010 GMC Canyon Versus 2010 Nissan Frontier

These two compact pickup trucks each have various pros and cons. The Nissan Frontier has always been a respectable contestant in the market since it was introduced over a decade ago. While the GMC Canyon has a stylish exterior and tends to appeal to drivers who want a truck that is tight and...Read More»

Barack Obama
Obama: Auto Industry Bailout To Be Repaid To Taxpayers

One year ago, America's automakers were facing one of the worst sales slumps to ever hit the industry, the effects of which even caused two of them to file for bankruptcy. In response, the government attempted to bailout struggling firms in the auto industry by providing them with cheap loans...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
Ford's Sale Of Volvo To Chinese Automaker Geely Nearly Complete

Just yesterday we got word that the Chinese commerce division will OK the sale of Ford-owned Volvo to Chinese firm Geely Automotive. Perhaps no foreign acquisition has more ramifications for the auto industry than the sale of Volvo to a Chinese company. With Geely comes the first global scale...Read More»

Chrysler-badged Lancia
Chrysler Future Heavily Tied With Italian Brand Lancia

Chrysler’s lineup, both in North America and Europe, is in for a major shakeup over the next couple of years now that the expanding Fiat Group and its demanding CEO, Sergio Marchionne, are pulling all the strings. We’ve already seen hints of some of the plans with the unveiling of the...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Car Dealer Tricks: Won’t Return Keys Or Registration - Part III

“Old school” car dealers tend to use tired and worn out tricks to get their customers to pay more than they should or want to. One of their favorite tricks is to keep a customer’s keys and registration after they evaluate the trade to force them to continue negotiations. A Rude...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Elantra 4-door Sedan Auto SE Angular Front Exterior View
Car Dealer Tricks: Monthly Payments VS. Purchase Price - Part I

As the economic downturn continues to play havoc on a national scale, individuals are being forced to reduce expenses to simply stay afloat financially. A major monthly expense for many Americans is the cost to operate their primary vehicle. This can include car payments, maintenance costs...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Ford Posts $2.6 Billion Second-Quarter Profit

Ford often gets a lot of undue credit for surviving the financial econo-storm without needing government aid--most forget that Ford actually ran out of cash before General Motors and Chrysler, but was able to get private financing because it happened before the lending landscape self-destructed...Read More»

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