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J.D. Power Study Points at Dealerships as Cause for 'Escaped Shoppers'
J.D. Power Study Points at Dealerships as Cause for 'Escaped Shoppers'

According to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates, shoppers reject most vehicles simply due to their experience while visiting a dealership. In its 2008 Escaped Shopper Study, released today, J.D. Power found that 80 percent of shoppers rejected a model they strongly considered based on dealer...Read More»

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CR: Used Cars Can Save You Plenty

Consumer Reports' latest issue dispenses some wisdom that penny-pinching fathers have been harping on since the dawn of time: It's nearly always cheaper to buy a used car than a new one. Specifically, Consumer Reports focused on late-model vehicles from one to three years old. In the case of a...Read More»

Car Dealer
Are Dealers Doing a Better Job Satisfying Customers?

That's the question posed by researchers wondering whether dealers are doing a better job than conventional wisdom would suggest. We've all heard the horror stories, of course: dealers who renege on promises, deliver a different vehicle than the one a customer expected to get, or throw a prospect's...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
Pumping Gas: Your Chain E-Mail Is Wrong

You already know that gas prices hurt, and maybe you also know a way to find the best price in your area. When it comes to getting the most out of the pump, though, some drivers are pumping me for information on driving half-full, half-empty, or close to "E." The reason: a series of chain mails...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta Spotted in the Wild, Then De-Wilded

Prototypes for the North American-spec Ford Fiesta have been spotted in Dearborn, giving us our first look at the non-hatchback version. As expected, this prototype takes many cues right off the Verve four-door concept car that bowed at this year's Detroit Auto Show. The camouflage keeps us from...Read More»

2009 Nissan Xterra Spied!

Well, it’s approaching that time in the Nissan Xterra’s life cycle, and 2009 will bring a fresh look to the youth-oriented ute. Our photos clearly show that the 2009 Nissan Xterra’s grille will look more like that on the Nissan Frontier pickup truck, although not too many other changes and...Read More»

Midwest Wins Drunk Driver Booby Prize

You'll have a more difficult time avoiding drunk drivers on the road if you're in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, or Wisconsin. A new report from the federal government says those states have the worst drunk driving rates in the country. While 15 percent of drivers nationwide say they drove drunk...Read More»

Get Ready: TheCarConnection.com Is Changing

What the heck is that? If you've been reading TheCarConnection.com for most of its online life -- more than 10 years online at this writing -- you'll recognize this very early logo. We forgive you if you think it looks like a car towing a computer. Back in the early days of the Web, towing a...Read More»

Brace for Impact: First Step to 35 MPG Announced

The race to meet 35-mpg CAFE standards officially started today as the Department of Transportation laid out the first five-year plan to boost nationwide fleet fuel economy. The DOT said today that from 2011 to 2015, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for both passenger cars and trucks would...Read More»

Gas Prices Hit New Record

The price of gas headed higher yet again today -- no surprise there -- but now analysts are wondering if $4 a gallon gas will be the national average before long. The AP reports today that the price of a gallon of unleaded passed $3.51 today, setting a new record, while diesel prices rose to a new...Read More»

Chevrolet Malibu Adds a Four-Cylinder LTZ

Like the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord and Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion...and...well, like a bunch of other family sedans, the big new Chevrolet Malibu is getting a four-cylinder option on its ritziest model. The newly dubbed Chevrolet Malibu LTZ will get the 169-horsepower, 2.4-liter version of...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Goes Back to Black with SL65

The most powerful Mercedes-Benz SL roadster ever goes on sale next year -- and this morning Motor Trend spilled their guts on the details of the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series. The Black Series takes the AMG V-8 engine and twists it until it screams -- upping horsepower by 66 to a total...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus a Euro-American Adventure, Again

Ford is laying out plans for the next version of its Focus compacts. And this time around, Ford says it's going to try once more to make the 2011 Ford Focus a global product. Derrick Kuzak, Ford's product chief, said yesterday that the company is planning the new Focus in its European operations...Read More»

Tesla Sues Fisker over Electric-Car Designs

You had to see this one coming--just a few months after the Detroit auto show unveiling of the Fisker Karma hybrid concept, Fisker's being sued by Tesla Motors, which claims theft of company secrets. C/Net reports that Tesla Motors filed suit against Fisker in San Mateo Superior Court on Monday...Read More»

Hillary: Stand by Your Van?

It's possible her campaign is finding a speck of hope in the weeks before the Pennsylvania primary--and now, Sen. Hillary Clinton's trying to turn that faint hope brighter by appealing to Rust Belt voters in a promise to bail out the Big Three. The Detroit News reports that Clinton's offering a...Read More»

More Video Timesuckage: The Glory That Is BMW's M3 V-8

For all the hell they've wrought on American society -- think McRib -- advertisers have also done the public a great service. BMW's latest television and Web commercials are case in point: they reveal the glory that is the heart of every BMW M3, its eight-cylinder engine. What better way to spread...Read More»

Video Timesuck: Honda Hearts...Um...Heart

We won't use the word "sellout," but think back to the last time you heard rock band Heart's paean to slimy music-industry execs. Probably wasn't in the context of selling a minivan, was it? But credit is due the Wilson sisters, who've licensed probably their most recognizable hit, "Barracuda,"...Read More»

BMW, Google Maps Hook Up in "MyInfo"

BMW and Google Maps are teaming up for MyInfo, a new service that neatly outflanks BMW's maddening iDrive-powered navigation system and lets you beam a Google-mapped destination right to your car. BMW USA says this new functionality for its navigation systems -- part of its BMW Assist Safety Plan...Read More»

Infiniti Details the FX

Though sales in the luxury crossover segment are down from 2004 to 2007, Infiniti's hoping for more of the same when it comes to the FX crossover. More of the same sales, that is. Nissan's luxury brand has been selling about 20,000 FXs a year since it bowed in 2003, and a heavily revised version...Read More»

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