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What Do The 1% Drive? The Top 10 Cars In Wealthy ZIP Codes
What Do The 1% Drive? The Top 10 Cars In Wealthy ZIP Codes

When you think of the wealthy -- if you do -- what do imagine them driving? A Porsche 911? A Lamborghini Gallardo? An old-school Rolls-Royce? Eh, not so much. Sure, six-figure supercars are the province of the uber-rich, but by and large, America's wealthy families drive fairly mainstream vehicles...Read More»

Teen driving
Study: Women More Prone To Road Rage, 30% Text & Drive To Work

A new survey of America's commuters reveals some interesting facts. Chief among them: many folks text and drive, while far more -- especially women -- have a tendency to fly off the handle. The study was conducted by Harris Interactive between May 14 and June 4 of this year. Over 3,800 commuters...Read More»

New York City traffic at night, by Flickr user paulobar
Study: Traffic Noise Linked To Greater Risk Of Heart Attack

If you live near a busy boulevard or interstate, you already know how annoying that traffic can be during your daily commute. But according to a new study cited in the New York Times, it may also be the source of a bigger pain: a heart attack. The news comes from a group of Danish researchers who...Read More»

2013 Ford Focus ST
Do Angry Birds (And Their Droppings) Really Prefer Red Cars?

The color of your car is important for a host of reasons: it reflects your personality, it affects your car's resale value, and according to researchers in the U.K., it determines how likely you are to be scraping bird poop off the hood every morning. Study organizers set up shop in five cities...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe
Mercedes-Benz, Honda Are 2012 Brands Of The Year

How do you measure a company's value? Sure, you can look at sales figures, earnings, and other bean-countery things, but there's something just as important that's much harder to measure -- namely, the company's brand. When we talk about a "brand", we mean more than a logo, a color scheme, a design...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Americans Are Happy With Their Auto Insurance. Well, Mostly

Chances are pretty good that you're happy with your auto insurance -- at least that's what a new study from J.D. Power indicates. Power surveyed 16,100 individuals in January and February of this year and found that just 25% of them had shopped for new car insurance within the past 12 months. Why...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle
When It Comes To Cars, Men Dig Superman, Women Love Clark Kent

Here we go again: a new study has revealed the vastly different habits of men and women. The focus this time? Each sex's preference in cars. The data comes from TrueCar, which crunched numbers on over 8,000,000 vehicle sales in 2011. Among the nuggets TrueCar uncovered: Women prefer smaller...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Volkswagen, Hyundai, Ford Ace Total Value Survey; Detroit Posts Gains

Every year the Strategic Vision marketing firm surveys thousands of American drivers, asking them to rank their rides on hundreds of criteria like fuel economy, technological innovation, warranty, and expected resale value. This year's findings offer good news for hybrid and electric car...Read More»

2010 Lexus GS 460
Lexus Again Tops J.D. Power And Associates Customer Service Index

For the fourth consecutive year, Lexus has topped all other luxury brands on the the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Index (CSI) survey, achieving an overall score of 861 on a 1,000 point scale. Not only is that well above the segment average, but it reflects the highest score in the...Read More»

Auto service loyalty & age chart from DMEautomotive
Study: Older Drivers Go To Dealers For Service, Younger Drivers Don't

When your car conks out, where do you take it for TLC? According to a new study from DMEautomotive, the answer may depend on when you were born. DME surveyed 4,000 vehicle owners across the U.S., collecting data about their cars and their auto service spending. What they found should be of interest...Read More»

Car repair
Drivers Still Like Their Insurance Companies, Despite Longer Repair Times

The last time Gallup polled people about the insurance industry, only 10% of respondents thought their agents were "highly honest and ethical". But a new study from J.D. Power shows that, despite such misgivings -- and despite some serious changes in the way insurance companies do business -- folks...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe  -  2012 Detroit Auto Show
Survey: Hyundai, Subaru, Lexus Score High With Dealers

Each year, thousands of consumers answer surveys about cars and the people who sell them. Those studies -- like the ones we recently mentioned about brand loyalty and the shopping habits of men and women -- can tell us a lot about buyers, but for an insider's look at the auto industry, you need to...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec
Chevrolet Volt Beats Dodge Challenger, Porsche 911 In Owner Satisfaction

If you keep up with auto news, you know there's been lots of talk about the Chevrolet Volt recently -- and not the good kind of talk, either. Today, however, Consumer Reports released its latest owner-satisfaction survey, and the results should give Volt fans a pleasant burst of good news. The...Read More»

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Hybrid Owners Safer In Crashes, More Dangerous To Pedestrians

We have good news and bad news for hybrid owners. First, the good news: a new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute indicates that you're less likely to be injured in a crash. Why? It's mostly a question of weight. Hybrids are about 10% heavier than their conventional counterparts, thanks...Read More»

Teen driver
Consumers Much Happier With Automakers, Not So Much With Airlines

When the last Harris Poll on the public's perception of U.S. industries was conducted in 2009, automakers didn't fare so well. At the time consumers were less happy with car companies than with the pharmaceutical industry. (Ouch). But Harris has just released its 2011 results, and we're happy to...Read More»

Justin Bieber driving
Teen Driving Laws Mean Fewer Fatalities Now, More Fatalities Later

Teen driving laws are meant to keep young people out of potentially dangerous situations, like driving late at night or using a mobile phone behind the wheel. But a new study argues that such laws don't do much good and simply delay traffic accidents and fatalities for a couple of years. Since the...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Hyundai Aces Brand Loyalty Study; Toyota, Ford Make The Top 100

The good news -- for Hyundai fans, at least -- is that the Korean automaker has driven to the top ten of Brand Keys' Customer Loyalty Leaders Index for a second year in a row. The bad news is that of the hundreds of brands that Brand Keys studied, no other car company broke the top 50, and just...Read More»

Cadillac dealership
Study: Understaffed Dealerships Souring The Sales Experience?

As U.S. auto sales gradually rebound, it would seem that dealerships and showroom salespeople would be eager than ever to let the good times roll once again. But could some brands be slowing their sales recovery due to understaffed dealerships that aren't making every effort to inform shoppers...Read More»

Millward Brown's 2011 BrandZ study
Toyota Bumps BMW To Become Most Valuable Auto Brand In The World

Just last week, we reported BMW had finally kicked Toyota's Lexus brand from the top spot in the U.S. luxury market. Today, the trade winds have shifted, and we find Toyota booting BMW out of its #1 rank on a different list -- the list of the world's most valuable brands. The news comes via...Read More»