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Auto Leasing Rebounds To 2005 Levels
Auto Leasing Rebounds To 2005 Levels

Leasing is back, in a bigger way than it's been for more than five years. Last month, nearly 21 percent of vehicles that left dealer lots did so on leases; in February, that number was closer to 25 percent. The last time that leasing accounted for this many new car sales was back in the...Read More»

2011 Pagani Huayra live photos
Pagani Appoints Two U.S. Dealerships

If you’re in the market for a new Pagani Huayra, there's good news and bad news. On the positive side, Pagani has officially appointed two U.S. dealerships, both in California. The bad news is, even if you live in San Francisco or Beverly Hills, you can’t schedule a Huayra test drive at...Read More»

Texting while driving
Texting While Driving: California Cracks Down On OMG, 2L8?

California drivers with cell phones and texting devices in hand, beware. The Golden State has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and has pledged zero-tolerance enforcement on distracted driving throughout the month. That means--in theory, at least--drivers using hand-held cell...Read More»

Dr. Kay Segler
BMW's Dr. Kay Segler Returns To MINI

You’ve probably heard the name Dr. Kay (pronounced “Kai”) Segler before; as head of BMW’s M Division, Dr. Segler was instrumental in the creation of BMW’s 1-Series M Coupe. His name and face were all over the internet at the launch of the track-day-terror, which Segler...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sequoia 4WD LV8 6-Spd AT SR5 (GS) Angular Rear Exterior View
Price Increase Coming For Toyota, Scion And Lexus

If you’re in the market for a new Toyota, Lexus or Scion, you may want to make a purchase decision soon. Toyota has announced price increases, ranging from just four-tenths of a percent on the Scion xD, up to 2.2 percent on the Toyota Sequoia. Only the Tacoma compact pickup, Yaris sedan...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Best-Selling Family Cars for 2011, So Far

What's the best-selling family car in America? With automakers reporting March sales and an unexpected first place for the mid-size Nissan Altima as the best-selling sedan in America for the first time, the mid-size Toyota Camry still takes the top spot in first-quarter 2011 sales in the U.S...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang V-6. Photo: Anne Proffitt.
Surplus Mustang Inventory Shutters Ford's Flat Rock Plant

If you're in the market for a new Ford Mustang V-6 or GT, we've got some good news for you: Ford is likely to give you additional cash rebates or low-interest financing in the very near future because Mustang sales are slow. The automaker has nearly double the amount of V-6 and V-8 Mustangs in...Read More»

BMW Concept M5 (a.k.a. 2012 BMW M5)
BMW Teases M5 Concept Ahead Of Shanghai Debut

BMW knows what’s riding on the launch of their 2012 M5: get it right, and the car continues a legacy of performance and comfort unmatched by any other automaker's performance sedans. Get it wrong, and the BMW faithful are likely to storm Munich with pitchforks and torches, demanding heads in...Read More»

Audi duo City
Audi Goes Green With Fewer Wheels, More Wood

If you understand German companies, you know the emphasis they place on “green” manufacturing and sustainability. Audi’s latest line of vehicles takes this concept to a whole new level. Borrowing a page from Morgan’s engineering manual, the Germany automaker is introducing a...Read More»

2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi
Despite The Deadpools, Saab Says It's Weathering Storm

Spyker Cars NV, parent to Saab Automobile, is in need of a cash infusion and warns that the Saab brand may be in jeopardy unless additional financing can be found. The announcement came with Spyker’s annual report, which showed a significant financial loss for the company in 2010. Operating...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Twelve Hot Convertibles For Summer

Forget about the iffy weather plaguing the country now. Sure, it may be snowing in the northeast and flooding in the Rockies, but spring is already here and summer’s on the way. Maybe it’s time to think about open-air driving -- if a convertible is in the cards for an extra family...Read More»

2007 Saturn VUE I4
Family Car Tip: Keeping Your Car Rodent-Free

It’s no laughing matter when hungry rodents – rats, squirrels, even raccoons – start chewing the wiring on the family car. Those burned by this expensive repair know that just having the wiring replaced doesn’t get rid of the problem. The critters often just come back...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Cruze-ing To Vegas: Unique Chevy Twist In Connection With Billboard’s Battle Of The Bands

Recognize names like Grynch, Traphik, Butcher Bear and Charlie, Lightning Love, Decoder and The Cinnamon Fuzz? They’re just six of 18 unsigned bands selected by Billboard to compete for the final six spots in the 2011 Battle of the Bands. Chevrolet, long associated with Billboard, in the...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Tale of 10 Cities: Worst Traffic Congestion In U.S.

Stewing and fuming, stuck in gridlock on American highways and wondering if there’s any way out of this mess? If you’re in the top 10 U.S. cities for traffic congestion, better learn some Zen meditation, choose different commute times, telecommute – or move to less congested...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
White, Black And Silver: Top Car Color Choices In North America

Ever think that white cars are taking over America? It seems that everywhere you look that’s all you see on the freeways and roadways and in parking lots and up and down your street. It’s an understandable assumption. In fact, white and white pearl have retained the top spot in car...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 300
Five Affordable, Comfortable 2011 Large Sedans

When is comfort more important than on a long family road trip? For that matter, if you’re looking for room to stretch out and be able to enjoy the scenery – and family conversation -- in something other than a crossover, wagon or SUV, what are some 2011 sedans that fit the bill without...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
U.S. Driver Training Schools – Are They Really That Bad?

When I spotted the press release from Mercedes-Benz about them launching a teen driving academy in the U.S. later this year – and then read Marty Padgett’s blog about it in FamilyCarGuide, I reminisced about my own experiences (way back when) taking driver’s training in high...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-V
Sprint Drive First Aims to Cut Distracted Driving

Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint and the wireless carrier’s widely-recognized TV “face,” took to the stage at the International CTIA WIRELESS – 2011 Show in Overland Park, Kansas March 22 to announce the company will launch Sprint Drive First, an app to combat distracted driving, in...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Quick Drive and Live Photos
Finding The Right Car For Your Teen Driver

Everyone has to start driving sometime, and when it’s your teen that’s begging for wheels you need to be prepared with a solid strategy for finding the right car for your new driver. Okay, so some teens have been driving safely for a while and now you’ve determined that it makes...Read More»

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