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.
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.
Vacationers should see gas prices rise this summer – but nothing like the price spike of 2008.
Two months into an uncertain recovery, Ford and GM show they’re building cars that attract buyers. Chrysler slides.
Toyota recalls, investigations, and congressional hearings hurt the company and buoyed sales results of Honda, Ford, Hyundai, and others. But it could have been worse.