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Kiplinger's Picks 2011 Cars With The Best Resale Value
Kiplinger's Picks 2011 Cars With The Best Resale Value

Everybody wants to think they’ve made a great car purchase, one that will hold its value three to five years down the road – especially if it’s a family car. But the decision is sometimes a trade-off between what we really want and what the car experts (the people who study these...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
April Sees Record High Used Car Prices

If Kelley Blue Book and Manheim Consulting are correct, used car prices are at an all-time high, favoring consumers looking to trade their existing car on a new model or even sell their used car in a private party transaction. In particular demand are late-model, fuel efficient cars, which...Read More»

1962 Porsche Standard tractor. Image from Craigslist
This Porsche Pulls Like A Tractor, Because It Is One

Think you know Porsche? You may be well-versed on their road-going cars, including such pioneering efforts as their Semper Vivus serial hybrid (actually introduced as the “System Lohner-Porsche”) from 1898, but did you know they once built farm tractors? From 1956 through 1963, Porsche...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Kia Optima Beats Honda Accord In CR Family-Sedan Test

Kia has certainly come a long way. The company’s creative commercials touting redesigned product lineup are just one indicator of how Kia has managed to capture consumer attention. But the Korean automaker also builds high-quality cars that are worthy of serious consideration as family sedans...Read More»

GM Logo
Report: Treasury To Hold GM Stock Until August

When will the Federal government get out of General Motors? Likely not until the end of the summer, according to a new report out of Detroit. In theory, the Treasury Department could divest itself of General Motors stock as early as May 22, which marks the end of the lockup period following last...Read More»

Hatsune Miku, Toyota spokesperson. Image: Toyota
Can A Virtual Celebrity Help Sell The Toyota Corolla?

If you live in the United States, chances are good that you’ve never heard of Hatsune Miku. In Japan, the young pop star has a huge following, and played a series of sold-out concerts across the country in 2010. Instantly recognizable by her floor-length, turquoise-colored hair, Miku has one...Read More»

RelayRides demo
RelayRides Puts You In The Rental Car Business

How often do you use your car each day? Even if you commute in it, chances are good that it’s idle for more hours than it’s in use. If you live in a big city, you may use your car on weekends only, so wouldn’t it be nice to earn income from your car when it’s not in use?...Read More»

Ford Focus Electric - Refueling Area
Report: Fuel Economy Standards May Grow By Up To Seven Percent Annually

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is researching how much automakers can grow fuel economy between 2017 and 2025. If their math is correct, the agency estimates that automakers can boost fuel economy by a maximum of 7 percent per year, and even their “worst...Read More»

2011 GMC Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 125.9" SLE1 Angular Front Exterior View
GM Recalls 2011 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon Pickups

General Motors has announced the recall of 4,674 model year 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks, manufactured from September 22, 2010 through November 5, 2010. At issue is the windshield wiper motor crank arm nut, which may not have been tightened to the specified value at...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
Kia Announces 2011 Optima Hybrid Pricing

If you’re in the market for a mid-size hybrid sedan, your shopping list just grew by one. Kia has announced pricing on their 2011 Optima Hybrid, which will start at $26,500 excluding a destination fee of $750. That puts the Optima Hybrid on par with the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which sells...Read More»

Ford studies dandelions
Dandelion Not Just For Salads Anymore; How About Floor Mats?

Hold the weed killer! While homeowners typically look at dandelions sprouting on the lawn and immediately look for ways to kill the invasive weed, researchers at Ford and Ohio State University are studying the plant for ways to use it as a substitute for rubber and plastic in – you guessed it...Read More»

Chevy Volt
Want To Buy American? You Can't In San Francisco

As incredible as this may sound, the city of San Francisco, California, has just lost its final domestic car dealership. San Francisco Ford Lincoln Mercury closed on April 30, 2011, which means that there are now no domestic new car dealerships within the city’s 47.6 square mile area. Want to...Read More»

2013 Ford Taurus
Good News, Car Shoppers: All Colors Back On The Menu

One of the unexpected outcomes of the recent devastation in Japan was the impact on paint colors for new cars, even among non-Japanese manufacturers. Ford, for example, restricted orders of cars in “Tuxedo Black” and multiple shades of red. At issue was a product supplied by German...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt outside Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant
Chevy Volt Does What We Can't: Lives With Rich and Famous People

Celebrities, it seems, often champion environmental causes. Take Ed Begley, Jr., for example, who’s been driving electric cars for decades and currently owns a battery-powered Toyota RAV4. Begley is known to commute via public transportation and even via an electric bicycle, a sacrifice that...Read More»

Crack Pipe by flickr user TedsBlog
Today In Societal Breakdown: Crack Pipes Sold...In Gas Stations?

Detroit has a bad reputation for crime, poverty and heavy drug use. A recent investigation by a local CBS News affiliate isn’t going to help the city live down that legacy any time soon, as it found crack pipes for sale at local businesses, including gas stations. The pipes were found at gas...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
Pickup Truck Sales Plunge To Thirty-Year Low

Sales of pickup trucks, once considered the staple vehicle of U.S. automakers, fell to volumes not seen since Ward's Auto began keeping a database in 1980. April 2011 sales of compact and full-size pickups accounted for just 11.8 percent of light vehicle sales during the month. Year to date sales...Read More»

2005 MINI Cooper Hardtop
NHTSA Takes A Closer Look At MINI Cooper Steering Problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced an upgraded investigation into some 60,000 2004 and 2005 MINI Coopers, which may have a steering defect linked to three vehicles fires. The NHTSA has reviewed over 500 complaints related to loss of power steering, which can...Read More»

2011 Mustang V-6
Ford's Newest Mustang Proves That Mayhem Can Be Good

When Ford decided to build an enthusiast version of the current V6 Mustang, they left it up to fans to choose the package name. A Facebook contest saw nearly three thousand names entered, but in the end it was the “Mayhem Mustang Package” that won out. The creator of that package name...Read More»

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
"Being Henry" Promotes The Range Rover Evoque

Automakers are resorting to some interesting videos to promote their wares these days. Mercedes-Benz produced a provocative interactive video entitled "Speed Date," starring model Ksenia Lauren, for their new SLK Roadster. Aston Martin produced a bizarre series of sequential videos involving time...Read More»

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