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As President's Day looms, Lincoln seeks to emancipate itself from struggling auto sales

(February 18, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — While America celebrates the legacy of Abraham Lincoln this President's Day, the automotive brand named after a president whose life was tragically cut short is hoping to avoid a similar fate., the premier online resource for automotive information, reports that Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln brand continues to struggle even while much of the auto industry is showing gradual signs of recovery.

Honda leads green car list; Chevy Volt finishes 13th

(February 17, 2011) WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the arrival of the first widely available plug-in vehicles, model year 2011 boasts the most diverse car offerings ever in terms of technologies and fuels.

Reports of 'price war' overblown, says

(February 16, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Recent proclamations that a "price war" is brewing between automakers appear to be premature, according to an analysis of incentives trends published on Edmunds'

In "Back to the Barracks on Incentives," AutoObserver's Dale Buss reports that General Motors paid $3,733 in True Cost of Incentives (TCISM), on average, for each 2011 model year vehicle sold in January — a 22 percent increase over its TCIsm average in December 2010.

Chrysler traffic continues to soar on one week after Super Bowl ad

(February 16, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — One week after Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" ad aired on Super Bowl Sunday, the Motor City automaker continues to enjoy a significant boost of interest in the brand, according to new site traffic figures released today by

Global light-vehicle sales headed for record year in 2011

(February 15, 2011) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Global new light-vehicle sales this year are projected to reach 76.5 million units, which would surpass the record of 72 million light vehicles sold 2010, according to J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Forecasting.

Sportage outpoints Juke, Outlander in Consumer Reports testing

(February 14, 2011) YONKERS, N.Y. — The redesigned Kia Sportage outscored the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Nissan Juke in Consumer Reports’ tests for the March issue of three small vehicles that straddle the line between hatchbacks and SUVs.

Choosing an old car for young driver may not be the best decision

(February 15, 2011) Choosing an old car can put young drivers at risk, says RoadSafe. Younger motorists need the safest modern cars they can afford. reports spike in fuel spit-back complaints by Chrysler owners

(February 12, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — An increasing number of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep owners are reporting fuel spit-back issues at the gas pump, according to an analysis of complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The complaints assert that the fuel system does not respond to a shut-off mechanism in affected vehicles, causing gas overflows that result in a spill or a spray.

Confessions from the dealership service department

(February 11, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Visiting a dealership service department to repair or tune up your car may cost you unnecessary money and services, according to In "Confessions From the Dealership Service Department" a former service manager exclusively tells Edmunds' Senior Consumer Advice Editor Phil Reed the truth about dealer service department scams.

'Pay as you drive' car insurance catching on

(February 10, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The rise of telematics technology in vehicles has led many auto insurance companies to create pay-as-you-drive policies that are based on the actual miles driven by the insured. explores how these policies work together with their pros and cons in its recently published article "Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance Goes Into High Gear."