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Toyota market share falls, but February sales continue upward trend

(February 26, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — This month's new car sales (including fleet sales) are expected to be approximately 937,000 units, a 20.1 percent increase from February 2010 and a 14.4 percent increase from January 2011, according to

Kelley Blue Book picks its Top 10 Family Cars of 2011

(February 25, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) — The editors from Kelley Blue Book's have named their Top 10 Family Cars of 2011. In this annual list, the editors recommend what they feel are the very best of the best vehicles for families this year, highlighting specific important attributes for each car and detailing why it made the list.

Camaro ZL1 named by consumers top new production car at Chicago Auto Show

(February 24, 2011) CHICAGO (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Consumer voters proclaimed their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's sixth annual "Best of Show" balloting.

In voting conducted over the 10-day public run of the nation's biggest auto show, winners in the contest's five categories were:

Current gas price hikes don't measure up to recent history

(February 24, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The biggest one-day gain for oil prices in more than two years this week may focus more of America's attention on rising fuel costs, but the price increases at the pump are not yet as dramatic as other jumps in the last few years, according to an economic analysis by

Since September 2010, average monthly gas prices have risen 45 cents to $3.21 (February month-to-date), an increase of 16.4%.

Kia, Chrysler get most 'buzz' from Super Bowl ads

(February 23, 2011) Advertising during the Super Bowl can deliver huge returns for brands and are as closely watched as the game itself. So who wew the big winners among the auto companies running ads on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6?

You Gov BrandIndex, a company that measures brand preception worldwide, has calculated the winners based on "Buzz score" a month prior to the Super Bowl compared to the "Buzz score" two days after the Super Bowl.

RVers avoid state campgrounds where prices have been jacked up

(February 22, 2011) As state budget deficits grow, one way to add a few additional dollars to the coffers is to jack up charges for the most basic campsites. Or so it seems. But according to the following commentary in RVBusiness, higher rates are driving away most recreational vehicles.

New-Vehicle retail selling rate in February expected to increase from January

(February 20, 2011) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — February new-vehicle retail sales are expected to remain strong, despite being a historically slow time of year for vehicle sales, according to J.D. Power and Associates, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 8,900 retail franchisees throughout the United States.

GM, Chrysler offer best deals for President's Day, reports

(February 19, 2011) General Motors and Chrysler are offering some of the most enticing national automotive deals this month as car buyers gear up for President's Day weekend, reports's True Market Value Deals of the Month.

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.