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Surprise! Here are ‘Real’ MPG Champs


Automotive reviewers in several major publications are making their annual ‘top ten’ lists of cars that deliver high mileage. Consistently ranking at or near the top of almost every list is the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf TDI clean diesel hatchback. Featuring an inline 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, the little diesel beauty is a 140-horsepower fuel-miser. Combined [...]

Breaking News: March Plug-in Car Sales Up


Electric car sales rose 30 percent in March, with total sales for the month standing at about 9,000 units, compared to 6,900 electric vehicles sold in February. Nissan in particular was a big winner among plug-in carmakers, notching a 12 percent increase in Leaf sales for March compared to the same month in 2012. Chevrolet [...]

Surprising Car Sales Results for March


As the month of March comes to a close, the experts at Kelley Blue Book are predicting that auto sales will rise 2 percent in year-over-year results based upon March car and truck data. That means that the prognosticators expect 2014 to be slightly up compared to 2013 in terms of auto sales. The critical [...]

Ed Begley, Jr. Plugs Electric Cars at Academy Awards Show


Legendary Hollywood star Ed Begley, Jr. is one of the green car movement’s biggest promoters, having worked for Ford as pitchman for the Focus Electric and on dozens of other green-themed causes. At this year’s Oscar Awards program on Mar. 2, Begley and his daughter did their part for the environment by taking the subway [...]

2015 Ford Focus: 45 Hwy MPG


Ford Motor Company has released official photos of the 2015 Focus just days before the car’s debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The U.S. automaker will wait until the unveiling ceremony to release mpg and other data, but industry insiders are expecting something in the range of 32/45 mpg, 148 pound-feet of torque, and [...]

Get Ready for Car Sale Discount Wars


After a bout of frigid weather and a season of very high production, U.S. car dealers are entering a phase of deep price discounts to move their hefty January stock. Dealers and manufacturers alike are beginning to offer major price incentives, special deals, and promotions of all kinds. One industry consultant noted that these actions [...]

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid Snag Major Awards


U.S. News & World Report this week released its “Best Cars for the Money” listing, which named the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevy Volt, and Lexus RX Hybrid among the winners in their respective categories. Volt reigned supreme in the Upscale Midsize Cars category, while the Ford Fusion won the Hybrid Cars segment. The Lexus RX [...]

Car Sales Wars! 2014′s Best Sellers So Far


Early data for 2014 car sales are in, and the top ten-bestselling vehicles include a few venerable champs, two new contenders, and an assortment of other foreign and American favorites. Half of the top ten offer hybrid versions, which speaks volumes about the so-called “mainstreaming” trend among manufacturers to sell hybrids alongside household brands. Ford, [...]

Solar Concept Stuns Chicago Media


Ford, Toyota and Cadillac concept cars are already drawing huge crowds at the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, which opened its doors to the public today. Green car enthusiasts, lovers of big vehicles, and sports car buffs are among the happiest attendees, gaggles of whom are packed around the hot new rides to get a peek [...]

Super Bowl Ads Outshine the Big Game


Car advertisements from Jaguar, Kia, Toyota and Ford dominated Super Bowl commercials this year, as fans paid more attention to the clever spots than to a contest that was only competitive for about a half-hour of airtime. It was Jaguar’s first appearance at the Big Game, and the luxury carmaker certainly hit the ground running. [...]

Prius, Lexus Top Loyalty Survey


The latest data from research firm Polk has placed the Toyota Prius at the top of consumer loyalty surveys for non-luxury compact cars. In the luxury traditional sub-compact category, the Lexus CT200h came out on top. Polk compiles real-world loyalty data each year. The raw numbers are culled from lease and purchase figures for every [...]

Is Ford’s ‘Mystery Plug-in’ a Focus?


A European news source is saying that Ford Motor Co. will produce a hybrid plug-in version of its top-selling Focus automobile. The plug-in Focus could go on sale as early as the 2015 model year. Already available in all-electric and gasoline varieties, Ford’s wonder car is currently the world’s best-selling vehicle, with the Toyota Corolla [...]

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