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Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover
Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover

Subarus are many things: sporty, reliable, fun to drive, and a favorite among tuners. But there's one thing Subarus aren't, at least by conventional standards: pretty. One man has been given the task of changing that. Since its U.S. launch in 1968, Subarus have been compared (unfavorably) to...Read More»

Driven: 2010 BMW 750Li
More Summer Savings For New Car Buyers With BMW And MINI

A sagging national economy and slumping new car sales have lured two more auto manufacturers into the summer frenzy aimed at kick starting a depressed market through the use of incentive programs. BMW and MINI are offering low interest rate programs as they attempt to attract new buyers back into...Read More»

Jim Press
Renault-Nissan Hires Former Toyota Golden Boy And Chrysler Exec Jim Press

Renault-Nissan has confirmed this week that Jim Press, formerly the vice chairman and president for Chrysler and president of Toyota North America, will be hired as a consultant for the French-Japanese duo’s global sales and marketing. We don’t normally report on executive shuffles within the...Read More»

2010 Nissan Maxima
Nissan Offers Big Incentives - July 2010

The auto industry was hit hard in June when month-to-month sales took a big hit. Many car makers recorded a drop of between 10 and 15 percent in new car sales between May and June. Even Honda--one of the strongest manufacturers--recorded a decrease of nine percent. A lack of incentives to lure...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Americans Downsizing At Rapid Rate

The United States has long been a bastion of the large car. Even in Europe, where many of the world's large sedans and SUVs hail from, economic and government pressures have pushed buyers to seek increasingly smaller vehicles and now that trend is growing here. Smaller, more fuel efficient and less...Read More»

Gran Turismo 5 at the Nurburgring
How To Sell Cars: Put Them In A Video Game

OK, let’s get one thing clear: I suck so bad at video games that I gave up on them at the tender age of 12 when my cousin whipped my derriere at Intellivision Battleship because he discovered that the little  cruiser could outrun and kill everything, and I kept getting my battleship sunk every...Read More»

1969 MGB roadster
Your Taxes At Work: Congress Deems Today Collector Car Appreciation Day

Never let it be said that the U.S. Congress doesn't pay attention to car buyers and owners. The U.S. Congress has deemed today, Friday, July 9th, to be the first Collector Car Appreciation Day. The designation was created to raise public awareness of the "vital role" that the auto restoration...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Toyota Promises Longer Development Times For Future Models

Still reeling from the aftermath of the unintended acceleration issue, as well as a spate of vehicle recalls that are still ongoing, Toyota has promised to extend the time it takes to develop new vehicles, focusing the extra time on more quality checks. The information comes directly from...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Gloomy Outlook In U.S. Auto Sales

First look at June 2010 auto sales in the U.S. indicates improvement, with hope for an ailing economy. However, a closer inspection of sales figures reveals a gloomy outlook for car sales in particular, and the economy as a whole. Auto sales in June grew 14 percent over June 2009.However, what...Read More»

2003 Honda Accord
Beware Of Scammers When Buying A Used Car

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I made my living selling cars online. However, not once did I ask someone to buy a car sight unseen by wiring me money. It turns out that one of the latest scams emerging around the country has what appear to be legitimate car dealers doing just...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid
Car Buying Guide: When NOT To Get A Car Loan From A Dealer

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We have been discussing how an unprepared car buyer can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary by not arranging for a car loan prior to walking into a car dealership. We’ve...Read More»

2011 Smart electric drive
Smart Co-Founder Hayek Dies

One of the founders of the Smart brand has died. Nicolas Hayek, the chairman and founder of Swatch Group, passed away in Switzerland at 82, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hayek led the company that reinvented the Swiss watch (conflated into "Swatch") with an inexpensive, stylish range of plastic...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Car Buying Guide: When To Get A Car Loan From A Dealer

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We have been discussing how an unprepared car buyer can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary by not arranging for a car loan prior to walking into a car dealership. However...Read More»

2011 GMC Acadia Denali
Car Buying Guide: More Car Loan Do’s And Don’ts

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! Paying a higher interest rate than necessary on your car loan can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more than necessary over the term of a loan. That’s why doing nothing about your...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Car Buying Guide: Car Loan Do’s & Don’ts

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We discovered in yesterday’s column that paying a higher interest rate than necessary on your car loan can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more than necessary over the term of...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate Your Interest Rate

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! The question we’ve been exploring is how to shop for a new car so you get the best deal possible. We’ve discovered that buyers who begin their vehicle search by walking into the front doors of...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Hits You In the Gut, Not The Cerebral Cortex

Jeep recently put out its ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In short, Jeep is proud to be American and wants consumers to buy American again, specifically pricey Jeeps with leather and such--cecause it's good for America. If you've seen Jeep's latest patriotic ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
Tire Rules That Can Keep You Out Of Trouble

Let’s set some rules about tires that may keep you out of trouble and help you recognize when a tire needs attention. If a tire deviates from its recommended pressure by 25 percent, you have to assume that there is a problem and get it checked out. For a tire required to have 35 psi that’s a...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate The Entire Car Deal

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! We began this thread a few days ago with the question: What is the best way to start looking for a new car? Should I begin online or visit my local car dealer? The short answer is...Read More»

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