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Average Fuel Economy Of New Cars Slips In June
Average Fuel Economy Of New Cars Slips In June

Back in March, the average fuel economy of new cars sold in America hit an all-time high of 24.1 mpg -- the first time that figure had ever crossed the 24 mpg mark. Since reaching that point, however, fuel economy has been steadily drifting downward. According to Detroit News, it did so again last...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
June 2012 Car Sales: The Best-Selling (And Worst-Selling) Vehicles

History, it’s said, is doomed to repeat itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in June's new car sales, particularly the monthly list of best (and worst) selling vehicles in the U.S. market. As with May’s numbers, the big winners seemed to be trucks and fuel-efficient sedans, while...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
June 2012 Car Sales: Fireworks Or Sparklers This July 4th?

Car sales were stronger at the major automakers in June, but the pre-July 4th fireworks could fizzle later this year. Economic indicators are mixed, and analysts worry that June's solid numbers could weaken as unemployment and consumer confidence continue to weigh on the market. For the month of...Read More»

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June Auto Sales May Have Hit A Record High

There's good news and bad news for folks in the automotive sector. GOOD NEWS We'll start with the good news (because it's Monday, and kicking off with the bad stuff seems cruel). According to a report in AutoNews, new-car sales for June are likely to reach heights not seen since before the Great...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
J.D. Power: June Car Sales Will Grow By Double Digits

J.D. Power pointed out the impressive gains in initial vehicle quality yesterday, and today it's calling at least a ground-rule double for June sales--even though the month has one week to go. New-vehicle sales for the month should come in at least 16 percent stronger than in the same period last...Read More»

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Preview, Mercedes SLS AMG GT Revealed: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, we previewed the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek and Mazda is going racing with its new diesel engine. McLaren revealed a power upgrade to the MP4-12C and Nissan released new lease pricing for the 2012 Leaf. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
May 2012 Car Sales: The Best-Selling (And Worst-Selling) Vehicles

May’s overall vehicle sales are perhaps best summed up by author Charles Dickens, who once penned, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For Chrysler, the former is true, while for Mitsubishi that latter applies. Breaking sales down by individual models, some cars...Read More»

2012 Subaru Impreza
May 2012 Car Sales: The Ohana Edition

Disney fans know the Hawai'ian word ohana can mean family, or, "no one gets left behind." Apparently, car buyers haven't forgotten the meaning: they returned to showrooms for a knockout round of May car sales, with only a few brands left behind by the rising trendlines. On the month, Chrysler and...Read More»

TrueCar.com sales projections for May 2012
Zoom-Zoom: Analysts Predict 32% Growth In New Car Sales

Looking for a bit of good news to send you off on your long, holiday weekend?* According to TrueCar.com, May's new vehicle sales should come in 32% above May 2011. As exciting as that is, though, we should point out that a few automakers are skewing the curve -- namely, Honda, Toyota, and to a...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Total Car Score’s Top Cars For College Grads

Celebrating graduation from college may also be an occasion to venture into the new car market. With about-to-be college grads, and perhaps some of their parents, looking for that just-right and affordable vehicle to fit the bill, Total Car Score’s list of the top cars for college grads might...Read More»

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Baby Boomers Keep U.S. Auto Sales Booming

We all know that America's auto market is on a roll. But have you ever stopped to wonder who's leading the charge back to showrooms? J.D. Power and the AARP have. And they found out -- not too surprisingly -- that Baby Boomers deserve most of the credit, along with their parents and siblings from...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
April 2012 Car Sales Point To Strong Spring

Is it time to call the car industry recovered? In April, automakers sold vehicles at a rate that analysts say will only get better as dealers head into the spring selling season. Sales numbers are being reported today from around the auto industry, and early on, some of the strongest numbers are...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V
Study: Only About 1 In 3 Hybrid Owners Wants Another Hybrid

With gas prices hovering just under $4 a gallon and fuel-efficient cars selling as fast as Suzanne Collins novels, you'd think that demand for hybrids would be through the roof. And it is -- just not among people who already own hybrids. A new study from Polk Automotive says that when shopping for...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
Car Sales Surge: Who's Buying & What Are They Getting?

Yesterday, we reported that sales for most automakers hit record levels in March. (Honda was the notable exception, its slipping figures due in part to the underwhelming 2012 Civic.) But who's buying all these cars? And what are they getting for their money? J.D. Power has some ideas. Today's...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Detroit Makes Good: March Auto Sales Soar To Record Levels

If auto sales—now at their highest level in four years—are any indication, Americans are feeling a lot more confident. GM, Ford, and Chrysler all reported strong sales in March—significantly above year-ago levels—but it was the Chrysler Group that saw sales a full 34...Read More»

2012 BMW 6-Series convertible first drive
2012 BMW 6-Series, Lamborghini Sales, Geneva Motor Show: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media, Ayrton Senna's race helmet gets sold at auction and GM forms an alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroen. Automakers gear up for the Geneva Motor Show and NASCAR fined team number 48. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. Ferrari released video...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Photo by Alex Bellus
February 2012 Car Sales: Best Since 2008

New-car sales gained momentum in February, as most automakers reported rising sales volumes for the month. With numbers still coming in from around the industry today, Chrysler again has turned in some of the best sales numbers, with an increase of 44 percent over the year-ago period. That topped...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Elantra
Americans Keeping New Cars Nearly Six Years

As we reported last month, the average age of cars on the road today is 11 years, according to the research firm R.L. Polk. Now a new Polk study takes a look at new car ownership length and finds that Americans are holding on to their vehicles nearly six years, which is an all-time high. The...Read More»

2012 Dodge Durango
January 2012 Car Sales Are Strong--Except At GM

While nearly every automaker reported brisk, upbeat sales numbers for the first month of 2012, General Motors didn't have much to cheer. GM sales were off by 6 percent last month, while its crosstown rivals were up, strongly in the case of Chrysler, which reported a sales increase of 44 percent...Read More»

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