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High-strength steel is the future of the automotive industry

Automakers are not just looking to alternative fuels and engines to increase fuel efficiency – many are light-weighting vehicles with high-strength steel in order to get weight down and gas mileage up. It appears that Americans heading to car loan companies in the coming years will be in for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The North … Continue reading

FTC’s proposed used-car rule a lemon, critics claim

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is in the process of updating its Used Car Rule — and some prominent consumer advocates are not happy with the proposed changes. “The FTC really blew it,” said Rosemary Shahan, founder and president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS). “This industry has a real problem and the … Continue reading

Consumers want more connected vehicles

The results of a recent survey showed consumers want more connectivity in their cars, as they look to plug in their smartphones and mobile devices to download applications.

Smaller, smarter cars to star in Detroit

Cars are shrinking and shedding weight to save fuel, but automakers aren’t neglecting good looks and speed. For instance, at the Detroit auto show next week Audi may show the RS7, a high-performance version of the A7. And Chevrolet will unveil a redesigned Corvette. BMW has redesigned the 3-series coupe and has given it a … Continue reading

Automakers flourishing with strong December sales

Two more automakers have joined the list of those that experienced strong sales in December, as the industry finishes out a year of overall gains. Hyundai recently reported sales of 59,435 vehicles in December, accounting for a 17 percent increase when compared to December 2011. “We closed 2012 with strong demand in both volume and … Continue reading

Fuel economy hits all-time record: 23.8 mpg

American motorists are getting more out of their new vehicles as the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks sold increased 6 percent and set an all-time high in 2012 as consumers responded to higher gas prices and the increased availability of attractive high-mileage products, according to a study. University of Michigan Transportation Research … Continue reading

Washington Auto Show to name Green Technology Award winner

Ten technologies were nominated by Green Car Journal’s Green Car Technology Award, which will be given out at the Washington Auto Show at the end of the month. The auto show is on January 31, and the winner of the coveted Green Technology Award will be announced on the second day.

Porsche, Ford post 2012 sales gains

Porsche recently announced that it sold 35,043 vehicles in the United States in 2012, up from 29,023 in 2011. “2012 was truly a momentous year for Porsche in the U.S.,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO, Porsche Cars North America. “Not only did we launch the all-new, seventh-generation 911, the completely redesigned Boxster and … Continue reading

Cars So Hot They Are Out of Stock

The popularity of cars can be measured by several factors. Among these are total unit sales in a year, market share versus direct competitors, and sales improvement year-over-year. The best measure is none of these. Rather, it is the availability of a particular model on any given day, week or month. The auto manufacturing industry … Continue reading

Fiscal cliff resolution good news for auto industry

The last-minute compromise that kept the country from going off the so-called fiscal cliff is good news for the U.S. economy and great news for the auto industry, for as the old adage goes: when the economy catches cold the auto industry gets pneumonia.

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