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Expected November sales to keep SAAR flat at 12.2 million

(November 26, 2010) This month's new car sales (including fleet sales) are expected to be approximately 865,500 units, a 17.0 percent increase from November 2009 but a 8.1 percent decrease from October 2010, according to Edmunds.com. Retail sales are expected to be approximately 700,000 units, down from approximately 778,000 last month.

GM's 230 mpg claim for the Volt was extremely wishful thinking

(November 25, 2010) It's far from the 230 miles per gallon General Motors claimed last year for the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt compact sedan.

In 2009 GM proclaimed to great fanfare at a press conference that the Volt would realize the almost unbelievable 230 mpg. GM didn't explain how the Volt, that gets a boost from a small 1.4-liter gas engine, was going to achieve this astounding number.

On Wednesday we discovered just how much hype was involved in GM's proclamation.

Study finds drivers use portable navigation systems even if car is equipped with NAV

(November 23, 2010) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — A considerable proportion of owners of factory-installed navigation systems also use portable navigation devices and smartphone navigation, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study.

Edmunds announces cars, trucks with lowest insurance costs

(November 21, 2010) Car insurance can make up 25 percent of a household's automotive expenses, according to Edmunds.com. Accordingly, it makes sense to take the cost of insurance into account when shopping for a new vehicle.

Gen Y begins to embrace Hyundai, Kia

(November 19, 2010) TUSTIN, Calif. -- Results of a just released study on Generation Y new vehicle buyers in the United States shows Honda and Toyota top the list of brands most purchased by Generation Y new car buyers in 2010, followed by Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan.

New to the top 10 brands purchased list in 2010 are Hyundai and Kia, at spots 6 and 8 respectively.

Affordability index shows cost of buying new car drops slightly

(November 17, 2010) The average total cost of buying and financing a new car dropped by $300 to $27,600 in the third quarter of 2010, a 1.4 percent decrease from the second quarter, according to Comerica Bank's Auto Affordability Index.

In paycheck terms, it took families an average of 23.8 weeks of their income to pay for a new vehicle. This change in affordability was due, in part, to the fact that median family income grew by 0.2 percent in the third quarter, the bank reported.

Don't overpay for car service

(November 11, 2010) Have you been paying more than is necessary to have your car serviced? Today, Edmunds.com has revealed the Top 10 Ways You're Overcharged for Service.

Here are some of the tips the article gives car owners for saving money on vehicle service:

Exploring "range anxiety" and electric cars

(November 9, 2010) The term "range anxiety" refers to the fear that some drivers supposedly have about driving an electric car and ending up stranded with a dead battery. Edmunds.com investigated the topic of range anxiety and what it could mean as more electric vehicles enter the market.

What you should know about renting a car over the holidays

(November 6, 2010) Traveling for the upcoming holidays? Edmunds.com offers consumers money-saving tips in "Confessions of a Rental Car Agent." The article features insider information from a former rental car agent who reveals the ins and outs of car rental scams.

NADA — Overly agressive fuel economy standards may be counterproductive

(November 5, 2010) DETROIT — As the debate over fuel economy heats up, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is urging federal regulators to consider carefully the rising cost of vehicles for consumers when increasing new federal mandates.

“NADA has long supported improvements in fuel economy, but it’s also our role to raise some tough questions so there’s no rush to judgment,” said NADA Chairman Ed Tonkin.