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Aug. Car Sales Preview: One Very Big Winner


Several key organizations have already made estimates for August car sales, J.D. Power and WardsAuto among them. All the data paints a healthy picture. Total sales should reach a record for this year, with 1.5 million vehicles sold. That would give a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 13.6 million units for 2014, better than many [...]

Chrysler Plans Plug-in Minivan for 2016


Fiat Chrysler announced this week that it would sell a plug-in hybrid minivan for the 2016 model year. The automaker will also launch a crossover vehicle for the 2017 model year. The plug-in looks to be the market’s first ever plug-in hybrid minivan and, according to Chrysler sources, will achieve 75 MPGe while driving in [...]

April Sales Figures Surprise Auto Analysts


Sales of new vehicles for April, according to Kelley Blue Book, are expected to show a 10 percent year-to-year increase, pointing to a projected 16.3 million unit sales for 2014. After April sales are tallied, it appears that dealers will have sold 5.15 million cars, which beats last year’s end-of-April total of 4.97 million unit [...]

Consumer Reports’ Top Picks Stun Industry


Lexus, Acura, and Audi were at the top of the annual Consumer Reports picks for best all-around auto brands. CR uses its own safety testing, along with owner survey statistics and road tests to determine the rankings. Of the first eight places on the survey, seven of them were occupied by Japanese carmakers. Among individual [...]

Fiat Buys Chrysler, Announces New Vision


Fiat has purchased the remaining shares of Chrysler from the United Auto Workers health care fund, making the Italian conglomerate sole owner of Chrysler. For a price of $4.35 billion, Fiat bought the UAW’s 41 percent ownership stake of the Big Three carmaker. The deal will be concluded by Jan. 20, after nearly a year [...]

Is a Hybrid Jeep ‘Inevitable’?


In a move to meet future emissions regulations, Jeep executives have begun to seriously consider producing a hybrid variant of the legendary brand. Chrysler execs said this week that they are working behind the scenes on several ideas that relate to alternative-fuel drivetrains. The company wants to make certain that the new vehicles have acceptable [...]

Oct. Car Sales Figures Shock Experts


Defying analysts’ predictions, and a still subdued economy, all three major U.S. carmakers notched big sales increases for October. GM led the pack with a 16 percent increase, followed closely by Ford and Chrysler with 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively. In Ford’s case, Fusion was the big winner for the brand, posting a 70 [...]

Ram 1500 Sparks Truck MPG ‘War’


The truck market is set for a fresh round of fuel efficiency competition. In the last week of June, both Ford and Chrysler introduced fuel-sipping light trucks. Ford’s F-150 Tremor is a gasoline-powered vehicle that features a V6 EcoBoost engine. Ram’s latest unveiling is the turbocharged 1500, a 6-cylinder, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. The truck has an [...]

‘Green Engine of the Year’ Surprise Winner


Fiat’s TwinAir Turbo compressed natural gas unit was voted ‘Best Green Engine of the Year 2013’ at last week’s Engine of the Year Awards. The event is held annually and presented by Engine Technology International magazine, published by UKIP Media & Events Ltd. More than 85 auto journalists from 35 nations participate in the judging. [...]

U.S. Car Sales Up for May


U.S. car sales were up 7 percent in May. GM, Chrysler Group, Toyota, and Ford reported combined domestic sales data that showed better than expected performance for all major carmakers. Ford Motor Co. experienced a 14 percent increase in sales compared to 2012 data and plans to increase plant production by 10 percent in North [...]

Ram 1500 Goes Diesel


Ram will offer a diesel version of its 1500 pickup truck for 2014, complete with a 3.0-liter V6 EcoDiesel engine, which happens to be the identical engine on the company’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. That model variation was brought out in January and features a 240-horsepower rating, though it is not known whether the new Ram [...]

Fiat 500e EV: Impressive Numbers


The EPA has given the new Fiat 500e electric car a combined 116 mpg-e fuel efficiency rating, which places the newest EV above all other U.S. electric cars but two. With 25 dealerships in California, Fiat plans to begin selling the 500e in that state sometime after March. A specific breakout of the EPA data [...]

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