July 30, 2011 |
The government will require new cars and trucks to meet a fleetwide average fuel economy standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Fat chance. Many motorists know they can't expect to get the mileage they see on the window sticker if they drive too fast or don't keep the car in optimal condition. But what most of them don't know is even if they do drive like highway saints, they still won't get the Environmental Protection Agency-rated results. Under rules announced Friday, tough new mileage standards will be phased in starting in 2017.
September 5, 2012 |
Auto sales surged in August as consumers reacted to higher gas prices by snapping up fuel-efficient cars and small sport utility vehicles. Total auto sales for the month were just under 1.3 million, 19.9% higher than a year earlier. That would put the annual pace at 14.5 million vehicles, the best of any month since the federal "cash for clunkers" economic stimulus program in August 2009 and a rate 2 million vehicles ahead of August 2011's. "The auto industry continued to outperform the general economy," said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager.
December 1, 2013 |
This is not your grandfather's Jeep. The 2014 diesel Grand Cherokee Summit points the brand in a very different direction than its beginnings as a bare-bones World War II gadabout. The same can be said for this new version's $57,000 price tag. Today's Jeep comes with trinkets that were beyond fantasy in the 1940s, including adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled leather seats and an adjustable air suspension. The hope is that goodies like these will draw buyers out of sport utility vehicles from established German luxury brands and establish Jeep as a competitor in the cut-throat, $50,000-plus arena.
July 27, 2012 |
The economic news remains mixed, but that hasn't slowed car buyers down in July. With another weekend to go, industry analysts say sales remain comparatively strong and it is consumers who are fueling the industry. No, this isn't the roaring market of a decade ago, but it is healthy by post-recession, sluggish-growth standards. Market research firm J.D. Power & Associates estimates that retail sales of new vehicles will reach about 969,200 units this month. Although that's a slight dip from June, it still represents an 18% gain from a year earlier.
November 15, 2011 |
More than 40 vehicles will be unveiled at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, many of them for the first time in the United States. Ford is leading the pack by introducing four new vehicles at the show, which opens to the press on Wednesday and Thursday. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker will release the next generation of its Escape SUV, Focus sedan, and a five-door Fiesta concept car. Among the eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles that the public...
March 23, 2012 |
Automakers, already off to a strong start this year, look to log another big sales month in March. Auto information company Kelley Blue Book said it expects U.S. new cars sales to top 1.4 million in March for an annualized selling pace of 14.6 million. That would make this month the best March for auto sales since 2007. The month is traditionally strong as consumers use their tax refunds for car purchases, Kelley said. Its analysts are noticing an especially high demand for fuel-efficient models because of the recent run-up in gas prices.
September 3, 2011 |
The documentation fees auto dealers charge car buyers will go up by at least $25 if a state bill that has passed in both houses of the California Legislature is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. AB 1215, by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), passed the state Assembly with a 67-4 vote Friday after a state Senate vote of 30-4 on Tuesday. Under the bill, auto retailers will be able to raise the documentation fees charged for processing purchases and lease agreements to $80 from $55 for new- and used-car purchases and from $45 for car leases.
September 4, 2011 |
Vortech Engineering Inc. has built a business helping drivers satisfy their need for speed. The Oxnard company manufactures superchargers that force more air into an automotive engine, providing a boost of additional horsepower. The firm has built a loyal following among young gear heads and professional racers who love giving their rides some extra muscle. "It makes a little engine behave like a big engine," said Vortech's founder and president, Jim Middlebrook. To some aficionados, the sound of the supercharger spooling up "is what you hear first.
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September 17, 2013 |
Back in 1950, Eiji Toyoda visited a Ford plant to learn how Americans made cars. The visit by a member of Japan's foremost manufacturing family changed the way Toyota Motor Corp. produced cars, altering the global auto industry. Toyoda, who is credited with developing the car company's efficient, low-defect manufacturing processes and who helped spearhead Toyota's aggressive push into the U.S. auto market, died Tuesday. He was 100. "Clearly Eiji was the person that laid the groundwork for what Toyota is today," said David Cole, former chairman of the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research.
January 14, 2014 |
Fast cars and tough trucks took center stage over two days of model debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. Luxury vehicles also made their presence known, most notably the larger Mercedes C-Class and the Hyundai Genesis, which held the line on a base price below $40,000, despite substantial upgrades. The biggest news came from Ford Motor Co., which pulled the tarp off a new F-series truck. The pickup has been the nation's bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. Ford aims to keep it that way with an all-new aluminum frame, which loses 700 pounds in the interest of fuel economy.