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Mercedes-Benz Weathered Hard Times Better Than Other Lux Brands?
Mercedes-Benz Weathered Hard Times Better Than Other Lux Brands?

The housing bust and the recession have hit some areas of the country harder than others. And because some vehicles play better (or worse) in Peoria than in Parsippany or Portola Hills, it's affected the auto industry in some substantial ways. And Mercedes-Benz considers itself lucky to be strong...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Ed Whitacre Hosts Extreme Makeover: Cadillac Edition

Since emerging from bankruptcy a year ago -- June 10, 2009, to be exact -- General Motors has been trying to buff its tarnished image. Some of the company's work on that front has been controversial, like CEO Ed Whitacre's recent commercial touting the fact that GM repaid its federal loans months...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Front Exterior View
Free Speech, The Free Market And The Head-On Crash

Free speech, is the cornerstone of a free society, it has been said. The free market, meanwhile, is that which allows any consumer or entrepreneur to either spend or make some dough based on the capitalist principle. These two bedfellows sometimes can't sleep in the same bed when they both accuse...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Holiday-Weekend Sales Promise Sweeter Deals

If you're not among the 32.1 million Americans planning to travel this holiday weekend, as estimated by the AAA, and you happen to be shopping for a new vehicle, it could be a great time to buy. Just a quick glance at the local newspaper or other local media sources, or a look at your local...Read More»

2002 Mercury Cougar Sport Premium
Have You Driven A Hideous Mercury Lately?

I read today that Ford may well be winding down Mercury a brand that once had a brand image, a car line and products that people once bought. And for the life of me, when I read that, I could not think of a single memorable Mercury car or commercial in the last decade. Sure there are some models...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Laying A Patch: Great Tire Commercials

I was watching the hockey game recently and was pummeled mentally not by my team losing in a horrible, humiliating fashion, but rather by the dozens and dozens of crappy ads that ran all night long. Repetitive and insulting beer commercials, questionable GoDaddy commercials, annoying life insurance...Read More»

Used car salesman
Dealers Dodge Financing Oversight—Will Shady Lending, Too?

If a deal is too good to be true it probably is; and you shouldn't talk monthly payments at the lot before you decide on a car and a price. Don't forget those two valuable pieces of advice at the used-car lot; you'll still need them as it looks like shady lenders won't need to duck for cover after...Read More»

2010 Mahindra TR pickup
Mahindra Hints At U.S. Sales Launch

Mahindra has announced that it will begin production of U.S.-spec two- and four-door pickup trucks in mid-September of this year, following final approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Trucks will be assembled in India in the beginning, with production moved to the U.S. later in...Read More»

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-door Convertible PRHT Man Grand Touring Front Exterior View
A Vehicle Replacement Analysis

What are the markers that indicate that you need to replace your car? I’m not talking about just the miles on the odometer, but rather those things that make the decision easy to make. Something that you can put a pencil to and come up with an answer that’s there in black and white. Consider...Read More»

2005 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CXS Dashboard
Do You Need a Bill of Sale To Sell Your Car Privately?

More Americans are selling their cars on their own instead of trading them in. It’s another consequence of the economic downturn. Yet most of us only sell a handful of cars in our lifetime. Learning how to do it is a process. One of the most difficult areas for private sellers to navigate is...Read More»

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Auto-Industry Recovery: Not Quite Yet, Analysts Say

Analysts at the market-research firm AutoPacific report that though there are many indications that the recession is ending—or over—there might not be any strong indicators in the automotive sector that things will get much better anytime soon. The firm has found that new-vehicle purchase...Read More»

2003 Jaguar X-TYPE 4-door Sedan 2.5L Auto Angular Front Exterior View
How To Use The Web To Find Your New Car

It wasn’t that long ago that buying a new car involved flicking through the classified section in your local paper or picking up an Autotrader, before making countless phone calls to garages that had already sold the cars, wrong numbers and kids who didn’t know when daddy would be home, but did...Read More»

Detroit
Only In Detroit: GM Markets To Churchgoers…At Church?

You're probably familiar with the new-vehicle ride-and-drive events that automakers sometimes stage in shopping centers or other public places, targeting a certain type of customer. In this case, it was Sunday drivers—at church. According to the Detroit Free Press, Hartford Memorial Baptist...Read More»

GM Stock 6-27-08
Hyundai And Honda: Most Recession-Proof Automakers?

Auto sales rise and fall with the economy, right? Take just a quick look at what's happened to the auto market over the years, match it up with the general ups and downs of the economy—through major indicators like the stock market and unemployment—and you end up with a pretty good correlation...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R
March Auto Sales Out Like A Lion: We Pick Winners And Losers

March sales might have gone in like a lamb for Toyota (NYSE:TM), but thanks to some strong incentives it went out like a lion, finishing the month with very good sales numbers—topping 186,000 nationwide—though the automaker's incentives went from less than $1,600 per vehicle in March of last...Read More»

Clunkers
Despite Clunkers, U.S. Still Scraps More Cars Than It Buys

While last summer's Cash for Clunkers program appears to have accomplished many of its goals, car and light-truck sales are still far from returning to where they were just a few years ago. In fact, just months ago, the U.S. was scrapping more vehicles than were sold. R.L. Polk & Co. studied...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Pickup Sales Soar, Implying Brighter Days Ahead

According to the Wall Street Journal, pickups are on a roll. On the sales floor, popular models like Ford's F-Series have seen double-digit improvement over 2009, which is good news for automakers and potentially for the U.S. economy as a whole. In March of this year, sales of F-Series trucks like...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda: Miles Of Smiles, But A Little Too Smiley

Mazda is in the middle of its Claim Your Mazda sales drive and is trying to get buyers in the door. When those buyers arrive, theyre going to be greeted by some seriously unappealing cars. Take a look at the new Mazda 3, for example. It's got a face like a maniacal clown. The grille is upturned...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Will Renew Incentives Through April, As Sales Soar

Thanks to the strong incentives offered over the past month, Toyota sales have recovered nicely despite multiple recalls and highly publicized federal investigations. But it looks like the automaker isn't going to ease off them quite yet. The original March Sales Event incentives, slated to expire...Read More»

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