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The Luv For Eminem's Detroit (Chrysler?) Ad: Bizarre & Wrong
The Luv For Eminem's Detroit (Chrysler?) Ad: Bizarre & Wrong

Maybe it's just basic TV advertising 101: Commercials are too short to make a logical appeal, so they rely on emotion. Unfortunately, emotion often trumps both logic and reason. And the much-discussed, much-searched, 2-minute Super Bowl starring Eminem promoting Detroit's grit is a stunning example...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2010 Sales Stats Are In: A Look At The Winners & The Losers

If you're old enough to read this, you're old enough to remember 2009's slumping auto market. Economists and auto analysts predicted that the U.S. would see a rebound in 2010, but now that the year has drawn to a close, inquiring minds want to know: were the pundits right? Let's take a look. The...Read More»

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Good News: 7 Auto Trends And Headlines We Were Glad To See In 2010

It's the end of another year—in this case, a year when we've slogged through countless recall updates, worrisome issues like driver distraction in the spotlight, and confirmed the demise of several major automotive brands, hundreds of dealerships, and overall, some of the worst-ever economic...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
Auto Sales Finishing 2010 Strong, But Recovery Will Be Slow In 2011

While the U.S. auto market outlook can hardly be called bullish, sales this past month are pointing to some growth, and some further steps toward a rebound, in 2011. And that rebound still looks quite far away. AutoPacific is anticipating 12.4 million next year, and J.D. Power predicts that U.S...Read More»

Tata Nano
Vasectomy Contest: Get Men To Cut Tiny Tubes, Win a Tiny Car!

Despite its clever design, and its trophy as the least-expensive new car in the world, sales of India's innovative Tata Nano have slowed to a crawl. Now, in an effort to reach its target audience--Indians whose sole transport is motorbikes, including many in more rural regions--Tata and its local...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»

Cadillac dealership
Auto Sales Shaping Up For A Strong November, Year-End

Looking at the auto market, there's some very good economic news. Auto sales are expected to continue their surge in November and are on the road to a stronger annual finish than had earlier been anticipated. Because of rising demand as well as a "slew of new products that will be hitting the...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Incentives Down, Sales Up In October—And Truck Sales Surge

October isn't always such a strong month for auto sales, but this year it is. Higher demand for light trucks, along with sustained fleet sales and strong performance from some new models on the market, helped the auto market bounce back to its highest sales level in over a year. Fleet sales, which...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (Courtesy: GM)
October Auto Sales Looking Bullish, But Real Recovery Still Distant

For much of this year, automakers overall have become smarter about controlling inventories and slowing production to match still-tepid demand at dealerships. But it looks like some assembly plants are (or will be) roaring back to capacity for a while: A number of new 2011 models, such as the...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Today in Car News: X3, Alt Fuel Day, and Drinking Songs

We've told you how texting and driving will explode in the coming years. By how much? CNN says the average teen texts more than 3000 times a month. Shudder. [CNN] The economy may have stifled some new-vehicle sales, but luxury car brands are doing quite well, thanks. [TrueCar] On topic, our first...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M37
Today in Car News: Infiniti M, Big New BMW X3, Fast Trains

We've told you how good the 2011 Infiniti M really is--but in our view, the V-8's the only way to go. We may be alone in that sentiment. [Consumer Reports] We're driving the 2011 BMW X3 next week, and given its big jump in size, we're thinking "mini-X5" is no longer an appropriate shorthand to...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
September Auto Sales Surged, But There's A Clunkers Reality Check

Sales were up 29 percent this past month, versus last September. But before you crack open the champagne and celebrate the end of the auto-industry recession, remember that last September a number of showrooms were very, very quiet. It's a little hard to interpret, as the Cash for Clunkers program...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»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT Open Doors
2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn Edition

Chrysler has announced a new package to the Ram truck, formerly known as the Dodge Ram--the Laramie Longhorn. The Ram Laramie Longhorn edition will be available on 2011 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 models and is billed by Chrysler as the “most luxurious Ram Truck ever produced by the...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
GM Increases Production Of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

Despite what can rightly be called the worst auto market in decades, there are a few signs that long-downtrodden parts of the industry are rebounding. Take GM, for instance: It's actually increasing production of a couple of its strong-selling crossover models, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox and 2010...Read More»

2000 Nissan Pathfinder
Arizona Curbstoning: A $100 Million Problem: Part II

Car buyers in Arizona have a choice: buy from a dealer and pay sales tax or buy from a private seller and don’t pay sales tax. Sales tax in Arizona varies by the county and city, but averages around 9 percent. If you are forced to pay Arizona sales tax on a $15,000 vehicle, it adds $1,350 to...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition
Today in Car News: Car Sales, F-150, and Camaro Vs. Mustang

Don't count on a big car-sales turnaround anytime soon, CNN reports a little belatedly. Hey, way to be all Debbie Downer. [CNNMoney] We're driving the 2011 Ford F-150 lineup in two weeks; we'll let you know if its new electric power steering is good or just plain shocking. [PickupTrucks] The last...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Top Ten Auto Sales For August 2010

The U.S. auto market is still experiencing the fallout from the Cash for Clunkers program a year ago. The Asian automakers who did so well during the 2009 government program--Toyota, Honda, and Nissan--fared worse than other manufacturers in August 2010. August 2010 sales for Toyota dropped 34...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today in Car News: Car Sales, GM Fours, and Ghostbusters

By all accounts, this year's car sales are as nostalgic and flat as a three-week-old A&W root beer left in your cupholder inn summer. [Consumerist] And in what was supposed to be the year of the small car, it's --not shocking--that the two best-selling vehicles are big ole pickup trucks...Read More»

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