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Only 1 In 25 New Cars Has A Manual Gearbox Now: Why?
Only 1 In 25 New Cars Has A Manual Gearbox Now: Why?

Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars. On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes. The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News. Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dart Pricing, Veloster Six-Month Test, Deadly Tax: Today’s Car News

While it may seem obvious, putting make-up on while driving can be very dangerous. That’s just one of the many distractions that are being highlighted during the month, which has been billed Distracted Driving Awareness Month. One of the biggest fears for buyers of used cars is whether or not...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet's Avalanche Pickup Hits The End Of The Road

In 2001, Chevrolet debuted the concept of a “lifestyle truck” with the launch of the Chevy Avalanche pickup. Prior to that, trucks were generally built for work, and using them for other purposes meant accepting a harsh ride and limited amenities. The Chevrolet Avalanche injected a bit...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Detroit Makes Good: March Auto Sales Soar To Record Levels

If auto sales—now at their highest level in four years—are any indication, Americans are feeling a lot more confident. GM, Ford, and Chrysler all reported strong sales in March—significantly above year-ago levels—but it was the Chrysler Group that saw sales a full 34...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Photo by Alex Bellus
February 2012 Car Sales: Best Since 2008

New-car sales gained momentum in February, as most automakers reported rising sales volumes for the month. With numbers still coming in from around the industry today, Chrysler again has turned in some of the best sales numbers, with an increase of 44 percent over the year-ago period. That topped...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
GM Talks Production Deal With PSA Peugeot Citroen: Report

If politics can lead to strange bedfellows, so can the business of manufacturing automobiles. Even established brands must fight for an ever-increasing share of the market, competing against rival automakers, changing economic conditions and a potentially fickle buying public. It’s no secret...Read More»

2012 Dodge Durango
January 2012 Car Sales Are Strong--Except At GM

While nearly every automaker reported brisk, upbeat sales numbers for the first month of 2012, General Motors didn't have much to cheer. GM sales were off by 6 percent last month, while its crosstown rivals were up, strongly in the case of Chrysler, which reported a sales increase of 44 percent...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Amid Profit, Chrysler Builds 1,000,000th Pentastar Engine

With Chrysler reporting its first profitable fiscal year since 1997, the news that the company's one millionth "Pentastar" engine rolled out of its Trenton, Mich., marks more progress in its turnaround. The milestone comes a mere eighteen months after production began in July of 2010. "To build one...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Saab's U.S. Dealers Pray For Miracle, Ask For Chapter 11 Protection

Saab is dead, but the dream of Saab lives on -- at least in the U.S. According to a report in AutoNews, a group of Saab dealers in the States have banded together to petition a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Chapter 11 status. Why Chapter 11? Because it allows the possibility -- no matter how slim --...Read More»

Chevrolet's worldwide sales performance in 2011
GM Back On Top With 9 Million Unit Sales In 2011

Fueled by record worldwide sales of its Chevrolet brand, General Motors has achieved 2011 sales of 9.03 million units, surpassing both the 8.16 million sold by Volkswagen and the 7.9 million estimated by Toyota. Like other Japanese automakers, Toyota was impacted by inventory shortages caused by...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
A Strong December Closes Out 2011 Car Sales

As automakers are reporting December 2011 sales, a recovery that began early last year seems to be growing more steady, and stronger. Each of the Big Three automakers--Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler--reported sales increases for the month and for the year, as retail vehicle...Read More»

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Chrysler, Ford, Toyota Score 100% On LGBT Workplace Equality (Updated)

UPDATED: One of our contacts at GM wrote in with a couple of important clarifications. See the note below. The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, and for ten years, the organization has been ranking companies on their...Read More»

2012 Toyota Camry SE
Total Recall: Automakers Issue Fewer Safety Fixes In 2011

No matter what brand of vehicle you have, chances are it is—or will be—affected by some sort of recall. Recalls, while a necessity for safety, mean lost time and money for both the automaker and the customer. And the good news is that there were fewer this past year. According to a...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion
Outgoing Ford Fusion Racks Up Record Sales

As midsize sedans go, the 2012 Ford Fusion tends to blend into the background of the automotive landscape. It’s not overly flashy, and it doesn’t star in any wacky internet promotions or even many prime-time ads. It’s getting up in years, too, having hit the U.S. market back in...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Christopher Chapman To Head Design For Hyundai America

Hyundai has announced that former BMW designer Christopher Chapman has been appointed to the position of Chief Designer at the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI). In this role, he will have overall responsibility for new vehicle and concept vehicle design. Chapman takes over from Philip...Read More»

GM Renaissance Center American flag
GM Drops Big Fuel As Social Media Agency

After a short year-long relationship, General Motors is dropping Big Fuel as its social media agency of record. In early November, GM announced it would begin an overall agency review, in an effort to become more efficient in the way its agencies of record are handled. The review wasn't limited to...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
Will Saab's Demise Draw Bargain Hunters To Dealers?

Despite repeated eleventh-hour lifelines, the week began with the end of Saab. After its petition for bankruptcy was approved by a Swedish court Monday, word traveled quickly. Here in America, a nine-minute conference call to the nation's 188 dealerships confirmed the 64-year-old automaker's fate...Read More»

MINI already using #Saab in advertising.
Saab Is Dead, Long Live... MINI?

In case you missed today's breaking news on Saab, the Swedish automaker filed for bankruptcy in Swedish District Court this morning. The move came after Chinese suitor Youngman withdrew funding commitments, following GM’s reconfirmation that it would block any purchase attempt by the Chinese...Read More»

Honda Logo on Civic Si Coupe
Alabama Nabs Honda Exec A Week After Jailing Mercedes Manager Under Immigration Law

Many of the people arrested under Alabama's new immigration law--immigrants from Central and South America, documented or not--get no media attention. A state that arrests or tickets executives from foreign automakers who provide thousands of jobs, however, makes the press sit up and take notice...Read More»

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