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Extended warranty sales keep pace with auto sales

(March 23, 2011) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (PRNewswire) — Sales of motor vehicle service contracts — extended warranties — in the first quarter of 2011 are tracking ahead of sales during the same time frame last year, a likely result of this quarter's marked increase in automotive sales, according to the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC). 

Ford dethrones Toyota in 2011 Harris brand study

(March 22, 2011) NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — Continuing their steady climb back into the hearts and minds of consumers, domestic brands Ford and Chevrolet nabbed the top two spots in the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend study while last year's highest ranked brand, Toyota, fell to fourth in the rankings, behind Honda.

Report: Japan disaster to hit automakers globally

(March 22, 2011) Every major automaker worldwide will be affected by the disaster in Japan by mid-to-late April, according to a report released Monday by automotive forecasters IHS Global Insight.

Kelley Blue Book: Hold on to your car until gas prices come down

(March 21, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Kelley Blue Book, recommends that consumers who do not have a pressing need to replace their current vehicle wait for gas prices to come back down.

Since the beginning of the year, fuel prices have spiked 15.3 percent, primarily due to instability in the Middle East that has sparked fears of production halts. With gas prices on the rise, Kelley Blue Book anticipates that fuel-efficient vehicle values will increase, while values for trucks and SUVs are expected to stabilize.

NADAguides picks its top five fuel efficient cars under $30,000

(March 20, 2011) COSTA MESA, Calif. (PRNewswire) — NADA Guides has identified what it considers the five top fuel efficient non-hybrid and non-electric vehicles for under $30,00 based on overall cost with highway fuel economy of at least 30 mpg.

Edmunds answers readers' questions about Japanese disaster's affect on auto industry

(March 19, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, U.S. car buyers have questions about the effect this catastrophe will have on the new cars they're interested in buying.

Lincoln moves to top in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

(March 18, 2011) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Overall vehicle dependability has improved from 2010, with automakers succeeding in reducing problem rates in many traditional areas, but experiencing some challenges in overcoming problems with newer technologies and features, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) released Thursday.

Next generation fuel — garbage and soybeans

(March 18, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Fueling up your car may one day be as easy as cleaning out the refrigerator or taking out the trash, says in its latest look at the new innovations in alternative fuels.

In "Weirdest Types of Car Fuel," contributor Francis Soyer examines some of the new fuel alternatives that are looking to push gasoline off its perch.

AAA offers advice on selecting a quality driving school for teens

(March 17, 2011) ORLANDO, Fla. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Having a new teen driver in a household can be a stressful experience with good reason. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and more teens die from traffic crashes each year than by homicide, suicide and drugs and alcohol combined.

NADA Guide analyst: Rising cost of fuel will impact used-vehicle prices

(March 16, 2011) MCLEAN, Va. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Rising gasoline prices will play a significant role in determining the price of used cars and trucks — including trade-in values — across all vehicle segments, said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide.