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Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country To Get AWD Again
Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country To Get AWD Again

It’s ironic that the brand that invented the minivan ditched all-wheel drive (AWD) back in 2004, but Chrysler could be preparing a return to the AWD minivan market. According to Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne, the next-generation Chrysler minivan will have all-wheel drive...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Latest Safety Stats: New SUVs Are Safer Than Sedans

Is your family safer and more secure in a sedan or an SUV? For years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has advised that the safest vehicle choice is a vehicle that's moderately heavy yet low—like a medium to large sedan. But based on the latest findings from the IIHS, that...Read More»

Teen driving
NHTSA Puts Industry On Notice: A Car Is Not A Mobile Device

Continuing a campaign initiated by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) addressed the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference with harsh words on the growing trend to integrate infotainment technology into cars. David...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
The Real Cost Of A California Traffic Ticket

Roll through a stop sign in Los Angeles County, and you'll get a $35 ticket. That’s not all the traffic stop will cost you, though, since by the time you’re done writing checks to the various agencies, you’ll be out of pocket $334, or nearly 10 times the cost of the original...Read More»

Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
Ford's 2012 C-Max Product Lineup Loses A Minivan

If you fell in love with compact C-Max minivan and were counting down the days until you could buy one from your local Ford dealer, we’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news: Ford has killed plans to sell the three-row, seven-passenger C-Max in the United States, citing an...Read More»

Opel Astra GTC three-door hatchback
Opel CEO: Talk of Opel's Sale is 'Pure Speculation'

Despite reports in German magazines Auto Bild and Der Spiegel that GM’s management was questioning the long-term viability of the Opel brand, Opel’s CEO shot down rumors of a sale as “pure speculation.” In an internal memo, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Opel’s head, told...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
May Car Sales Show Clear Winners, Losers

Last month was the first time in eight months that new car sales declined, thanks to a mixture of product shortages, high gas prices and reduced discounts or incentives from manufacturers. The sales slowdown means that new cars, on average, are taking longer to leave dealer lots. In April, the...Read More»

Car thief breaking into car. Image courtesy of Rocky Mountain Tracking.
Summer's Here, Almost--So Car-Related Crime Is Up

You may find this obvious, but many people don’t: summer means more people spending time outdoors, and more people often translates into more crime. Temperatures aren’t the only thing rising in summer, since car related burglary and vandalism rates also go up during summer months (even...Read More»

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots
2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Priced

Buick has released pricing on their mild-hybrid, four-cylinder LaCrosse eAssist, showing that it will sticker at $30,820 (including a destination charge of $860) before you begin adding options. Technically, that allows Buick to claim it’s priced “below $30,000," which also makes it...Read More»

Traffic in China
Slowing Auto Sales Prompts New Chinese 'Cash for Clunkers'

China is currently the world’s largest auto market, but even Chinese consumers have a limit to their disposable income. After years of double-digit growth that attracted automakers from around the world, China’s auto sales fell 14 percent from April to May. That’s prompted Chinese...Read More»

Dr. Dre promoting the Powered By Dr. Dre sound system for the new 2012 Chrysler 300
2012 Chrysler 300S Gets A Famous Driver In New Ad--Dr. Dre

Motown and the Motor City take a flyover to L.A. in Chrysler’s new commercial for the 2012 Chrysler 300S--featuring Dr. Dre cruising around the City of Angels in the luxury sedan that's “Imported from Detroit.” In this "Good Things" spot, the background music is a Dre...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Biggest Loser? Mazda Wants Next Miata To Shed 720 Pounds

The original Mazda MX-5, like the British roadsters that inspired it, was a small car. Less than 156 inches long and under 66 inches wide, the first Miata had a curb weight of just 2,178 pounds. Drivers soon rediscovered the joys of a car with low weight and modest power; you couldn’t go very...Read More»

'Oil Barrels, 2008' (detail) by Chris Jordan
OPEC Says Production To Remain Steady; Gas Prices Too?

There’s bad news this morning for drivers awaiting cheaper gas: the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has reached a decision to maintain current output levels, not increase them as had been hoped. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors had pushed for increased output, largely...Read More»

2012 Volvo S60 R-Design
2012 Volvo S60: Recall Alert

Consumers who purchased certain 2012 Volvo S60 models (manufactured from November 18, 2010 through May 5, 2011) may be getting a notice from Volvo to bring their cars in to fix a possible fuel pump software problem. Summarizing the problem, the software for the fuel pump units may not be compatible...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
Blunt-Talking GM CEO Akerson Calls For Higher Gas Taxes

When GM CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News last week that the federal gas tax on vehicles should be raised as much as $1 per gallon to encourage consumers to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, it was not just what he said but how he said it that made news. It’s been a while since the auto...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan R-Spec
If BMW Is Chipotle, Hyundai Is Taco Bell: Today In Analogies

Have you ever wondered what car company your favorite fast food restaurant equates to? Apparently the CEO of Taco Bell, Greg Creed, has, because he’s quick to equate his chain with automotive value leader Hyundai. When asked by QSR Magazine how Taco Bell stacked up against rival (but upscale)...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Prices Start At $19,765

We’re still a few months away from the 2012 VW Beetle’s appearance in dealer showrooms, but Volkswagen has given us an idea of what the iconic car will sell for. There will be three engine options, ranging from the 2.5-liter, in-line five-cylinder to the 2.0-liter, turbocharged...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
GM CEO Akerson: Raise Taxes On Gasoline

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson would like to see a federal gas tax of as much as $1.00 per gallon, as it would drive consumers to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles. Akerson believes that such a move would be more effective than raising corporate average fuel economy standards, as the government...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
Four For 30: Family Crossovers With 30-MPG Fuel Economy

Fluctuating prices at the pump don’t need to cause consumers angst with these fuel-efficient, five-passenger family crossovers that each get at least 30 mpg highway fuel economy. Chevrolet Equinox The compact 2011 Chevrolet Equinox (LS, FWD), with an EPA rating of 32 mpg highway fuel economy...Read More»

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