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TCC's Top 7 Convertibles for the Long, Hot Summer Ahead
TCC's Top 7 Convertibles for the Long, Hot Summer Ahead

Ugh. It's 90 degrees already today. Where did spring go? Probably the same place as our 401(k) plans, if you're anything like us. The return of swelter season means our attention turns to one thing here at TheCarConnection: lining up convertibles for test drives. Lucky us, right? We think you...Read More»

winter tire
Frugal Shopper: Energy-Saving Tires Could Save You $100 Per Year

The next time you need a new set of tires, consider this: Energy-saving low-rolling-resistance tires now cost about the same as other tires, and they could save you a lot in fuel expenses over the long run. That, and in many cases, they don't compromise performance. It wasn't always this way. In...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact tire on Cadillac CTS
Frugal Shopper: Tire Prices Will Rise Again This Summer

It's spring, and if you've made it through the winter with a set of all-season radials, it's the right time to get them inspected and measure that tread. If they're getting close to needing replacement, you might save a chunk of money by doing it now versus in a few months. Why? Now it appears that...Read More»

2010 BMW 1-Series
Is Rear-Wheel Drive Always Better? BMW Might Not Think So

Does rear-wheel drive matter to shoppers considering a premium or luxury vehicle? BMW apparently doesn’t think so, as last week the automaker revealed that it is developing a new front-wheel-drive small car line. Though BMW will stick with rear-wheel drive for its larger and high-performance cars...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Frugal Shopper: For Happiness, Don't Sweat The Numbers

Consumer Reports, as part of this week's torrent of announcements from its Annual Auto Issue, named the 2010 Honda Fit and 2010 Toyota Prius the best new-car values of the year. While it so happens we like both of those models very much (and appreciate the Prius' 51-mpg rating), they definitely...Read More»

Hummer Dealership
Depressed Sales Could Hurt Dealer Service Business For Years

The depressed auto sales trend that began back in 2008 is going to leave some lingering effects, affecting the service department business of new-car dealerships for many years. So predicts J.D Power and Associates—that dealer service traffic will decline by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, with...Read More»

MINI E Schematic
BMW Evaluates MINI E Testers, Says Most Are Happy

In theory, the MINI should do well as an electric car: not only is its small size appropriate for a battery electric vehicle, but its target market of youthful, adventurous drivers are exactly the kind of eco-friendly early adopters who'd dig a plug-in ride. Unfortunately, when the MINI E arrived...Read More»

2011 MINI Countryman
Preview: 2011 MINI Countryman

• What is it? MINI's fourth model and the first with four doors and a rear hatch • The basics: Front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive • On sale: Early next year, with a public showing at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show • Price: From $29,000 (est.) Just yesterday we brought you...Read More»

MINI Crossman patent drawing [via PistonHeads]
Sketches Of The Upcoming MINI Crossman SUV

The folks at PistonHeads have dug up some interesting sketches of the upcoming MINI Crossman SUV, which we've previously seen in spy pics, and subsequently in concept form at the 2008 Paris auto show. On the stylistic front, there were some fairly significant differences between those two vehicles...Read More»

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Frugal Shopper: Compare New And Used Vehicles Before You Buy

This year may go down in history as one of the best for frugal car shoppers. Thanks to incentive programs from automakers and the federal government and return policies from companies like Hyundai and GM, 2009 has been mostly a buyer's market (at least for buyers who've been able to score loans in...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door Coupe Open Doors
TrueCar: 2009 Chrysler Aspen, 2010 Mini Cooper Are Haggler's Delight

Here at TCC, we aim to help shoppers make informed decisions when they're looking for new (and used) vehicles. If you're in the market for a car or truck right now, you might want to supplement TCC's news and expert reviews with a visit to TrueCar.com, which scans and interprets data from U.S. auto...Read More»

2010 MINI Beachcomber Concept
Mini Revives The Moke With New Beachcomber Concept

The past couple of months have been terribly busy for the Mini. Not only did the brand turn 50 years old, but two new concept cars were unveiled as part of the celebrations of the historic milestone in the form of the Mini Coupe and Roadster concept vehicles from September’s Frankfurt Auto...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Kelley Names Toyota, Lexus Best Brands For Resale Value

Residual value is a common concern of car buyers, especially during tough times like these. Accordingly, shoppers might be interested to know that Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com® 2010 Residual Value Study has given the Toyota brand its Best Resale Value Award. (Curiously, this is the first time that...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
Does Size Matter For The 2013 Chevrolet Spark?

Motor Trend has concluded that the highly anticipated 2013 Chevrolet Spark won't be much of a factor in the U.S. auto market because it's too small to be attractive to American buyers. Our feisty colleagues at GreenCarReports have taken that blanket assertion to task, pointing out that the Spark is...Read More»

2009 MINI Roadster Concept
Rumor: MINI Coupe, Roadster To Roll Out In October 2010

The MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster concepts generated loads of buzz at the Frankfurt and Los Angeles auto shows, and today, there's cause for even more excitement: rumor has it that production of the two models has been fast-tracked, and that they'll start rolling off the assembly lines in Oxford as...Read More»

Screencap from MINI Cooper Convertible 'Protection' ad
AdWatch: MINI Cooper Convertible Spot Touts Protection

Let's face it: MINIs have a lot of curb appeal, but the company's advertising campaigns frequently come up short. A new spot for the MINI Cooper Convertible proves that point beautifully. Compared to yesterday's ad featuring the Alfa Romeo MiTo, this clip feels clunky and under-rehearsed --...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012

Readers of a certain age will recall a time when America's roadways were clogged with Gremlins, Rabbits, and other fuel-efficient minicars. That historical moment was caused by spiking fuel prices in the 1970s (remember when Jimmy Carter told everyone to put on a snappy cardigan?), which rear-ended...Read More»

2009 MINI E
The MINI E Isn't Quite Ready For Its Close-Up

Results from field tests of the MINI E have finally come in, and sadly, the EV didn't exactly pass with flying colors. Aside from braking, handling, and other problems that our own John Voelcker discovered during his time behind the wheel, BMW learned that the biggest threat to the MINI E might be...Read More»

Nissan Global Compact Car (Micra/March)
Sub-Versa In The Works: Nissan Micra Mini Coming The U.S.

If you've looked at the Versa and lamented that it's actually a bit bigger and thirstier than what you'd hoped for, you're apparently not alone. Nissan thinks that there's a reasonably strong market for an even smaller model, so the automaker's high-mpg replacement for its Micra minicar will be...Read More»

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