Fuel-efficient cars – like Chevy's Cruze, Hyundai's Elantra, and Ford's Focus – led an estimated 19 percent car sales increase in April. GM says rising gas prices started pushing drivers into fuel-efficient cars in March.
Ford recall includes the F-150 pickup truck and Lincoln LT pickup trucks. The Ford recall comes after the company agreed to fix 150,000 F-150s in February, even though the government was pushing for a much larger recall.
Auto sales rose 27 percent from February 2010, but gas prices have also been rising. At a minimum, higher gas prices could affect car-buying preferences.
GM cars sold better in December than November – up 8.5 percent – but all of the Big Three had a rough year. 2010 was the second-worst year for domestic car sales since 1982.
A total of 66 cars were designated the 2011 safest cars, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Wednesday. They include 40 cars, 25 SUVs, and one minivan, which “do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes,” the institute says. Here are the 2011 safest cars, listed alphabetically by automaker. Did your dream car make the cut?
Toyota recall and others could make 2010 the year of the recall. But it also could signal that cars are getting safer.
A Los Angeles-area Chevrolet dealer is planning to charge $61,000 for a Chevy Volt. Some would-be Volt owners report that they have gotten similar responses from other dealers.
News reports suggest that some GM dealers might sell the all-electric Chevrolet Volt for $20,000 over the $41,000 suggested retail price. If you want to be green – but don't have THAT much green – here are five hybrids that will be a bit easier on the wallet, according to HybridCars.com.
Consumer spending is still low, but that's not so bad. Savings rates are inching up, and they are a key to economic stability.
Hybrid cars from Ford will be offered for the same price as its gas-powered counterpart, removing at least one obstacle for drivers who want a greener ride.