Consumer Reports: Hybrids Can Pay Back
Consumer Reports: Hybrids Can Pay Back

Once a point of contention regarding gas-electric hybrids, Consumer Reports now affirms that the purchase of a hybrid can save consumers anywhere from $500 to $4,250 over a five-year ownership period. Especially with steep gas prices, the greater mileage afforded by even mild hybrids, such as...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet HHR 2WD 4-door LS Angular Front Exterior View
GM Sues Over Employee Discounts

Watching its finances with ever-closer vigilance, a financially pressed General Motors is filing suit against workers and retirees who improperly extended their employee discounts to non-relatives. The company claims these actions have cost it more than $450,000, which it is trying to recoup...Read More»

heated seats
Heated Seats Are the New Hot Tub

Those heated seats that warm your hocks so well in winter could be warming other parts of you that need to stay cooler to produce children. According to a study by New Scientist magazine, heated seats can raise testicular temperatures enough to inhibit fertility--in much the same way a hot tub soak...Read More»

2009 Nissan Maxima
NHTSA Hearts Ford SUVs; IIHS Digs Maxima, Mazda6

The latest round of safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are in, and the favored cars and trucks from the latest round include the 2009 Mazda6, the 2009 Nissan Maxima and the entire lineup of Ford SUVs...Read More»

2008 Toyota Prius
Toyota's Prius Headed to Mississippi

Toyota is suffering a sales slump in the U.S.--and part of the cure will be building the Prius hybrid in its yet-unopened plant in Mississippi. This morning's Wall Street Journal reports--and Toyota confirms in a press release below--that the plant in Blue Springs, Miss., which had been planned...Read More»

Spring Cleaning: Get Your Car Ready

Here at TCC's Western Outpost in Portland, winter means gray skies and lots of mud. Come the rainy season, you can't let a little mist in the air keep you from going out and getting your exercise, and you have to accept the idea that your baby will get dirty — no, filthy — inside and...Read More»

2009 Ford Flex
Farley Wants More Fords Soon

Ford is looking for ways to speed up the introduction of its next generation of vehicles, says the company’s new vice president of marketing and communications. Jim Farley, hired away from Toyota by Ford, told TheCarConnection.com he was in the process of revamping the company’s marketing...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid
Carmakers Trying to Avoid Incentives

Faced with talk of recession and the fallout from a meltdown in the housing market, automakers are still hoping to avoid major incentives despite some sluggish sales. Mark LaNeve, General Motors’ vice president in charge of vehicle sales, said last week there was no doubt sales will be slow...Read More»

GM Finds its ’space

So you’ve reconnected with Friendster, shared music and movie picks with your Facebook and MySpace “friends,” tried some of those special-interest social networking site, and even gotten uncomfortably personal with your coworkers or that intern from the past on LinkedIn. What next?...Read More»

2008 Jaguar X-Type
Tata Named Sole Jag/Land Rover Bidder

Ford opened up a new era in automotive history Thursday by announcing it hoped to sell the company’s Jaguar and Land Rover brands to India’s Tata Motors.Ford had announced last year it planned to sell both Jaguar and Land Rover in a bid to raise more cash to sustain its core business in both...Read More»

2007 Toyota Camry
Lots of Losers in December Sales

General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Mercedes-Benz all reported U.S. auto sales fell in December, leaving car sales at their lowest level since 1998.GM's sales of new cars and light trucks dropped 4.1 percent from a year earlier, according to Autodata, while Ford's total tumbled...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Calif. Sues EPA Over Emissions Rules

The State of California has wasted no time in going to court to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would prevent states from imposing their own limits on greenhouse gas emissions.“(EPA officials) are ignoring the will of millions of people who want their...Read More»

2007 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Toyota Could Be Number One in Sales

General Motors’ 76-year reign as the world's largest automaker could come to end this week as the final numbers for 2007 are tallied up around the world.By the time all the sales are totaled, Toyota Motor estimates it will have sold 9.36 million vehicles worldwide during 2007. Meanwhile, GM’s...Read More»

2008 Chevrolet HHR SS
Chevrolet: SS Will Mean Performance

General Motors is reviving Chevrolet's SS designation and giving it some genuine substance."We're taking it away from the marketing people," says Bob Lutz's GM vice chairman and head of product development. "Its going to be a technical designation from now.” In the future, any vehicle carrying...Read More»

Bob Nardelli
Cerberus Spins Nardelli’s Bankruptcy Talk

Cerberus Capital Management LLC had to discard one of its principal operating principles Friday as it scrambled to repair the damage done by some loose talk by chief executive Robert Nardelli.The private equity fund, which acquired Chrysler from Daimler only last summer, had to issue a rare public...Read More»

2008 Nissan Quest
Minor Bumps, Big Bills

If you drive a Nissan Quest, a low-speed bumper bash on a slippery highway or a minor parking-building bump could really cost you or your insurance company. That’s what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an organization that represents the interests of the insurance industry...Read More»

2008 Nissan Titan
EPA: Calif. Can’t Set CO2 Limits

The Bush administration has finally offered the carmakers some protection against California's harsh new greenhouse gas legislation.After the President signed the new energy bill upping auto fuel economy on Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was rejecting California's...Read More»

2008 Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Impala Marks 50 Years

Chevrolet will build a special edition of its full-size Impala sedan to mark the nameplate’s 50th anniversary on the market. The new sedan will be on display in January at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.The first Impala hit the market in 1958 as a package available...Read More»

2008 Toyota Tundra
Tundra Wins Motor Trend TOTY

Motor Trend magazine has named the Toyota Tundra the winner of its Truck of the Year title for 2008, to be featured in the magazine’s February issue. The award is unusual, perhaps, in that the press release announcing it was coupled with a disclaimer explaining Toyota has dealt with a recent...Read More»