Here's the Thing

Car prices are falling, but not for all models

(June 2010) SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Summertime car shopping is always rich with bargains, but announces that according to its latest update of True Market Value  Predicted Price Trends, some new cars may actually get more expensive later this season.

"During the summer, we typically see great discounting as dealers need to clear their showrooms of old model year vehicles to make room for new inventory," commented Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell.

Carolinas seeking role In plug-In electric vehicle market

By Danny King,

(June 2010) Will Tobacco Road become an electric-vehicle superhighway?

That's what one key Duke Energy executive reportedly said earlier this week, calling North Carolina's major cities potential hotbeds for electric vehicle demand.

Hmmmm. Evs on the NASCAR circuit?

Mike Rowland, Duke Energy's director of advanced customer technology, said Charlotte and Raleigh will be among the dozen or so U.S. cities where EVs will get the most demand, the Charlotte Business Journal reported on June 11.

Will taxpayers get their money back from GM?

By Nick Kurczewski

(June 2010) A year after General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the hot topic is no longer whether GM deserved to be bailed out by the government, but how much the "new" GM might be worth on Wall Street — and whether taxpayers, who own 60 percent of the automaker, stand a chance at getting their money back from the federal bailout.

Ford offers 'green' tips for summer car washing

(June 2010) As the summer season gets underway, millions of Americans will have “Wash the Car” on their weekend to-do lists.

Before you pull out the buckets, sponges, soaps and sprayers, Ford has a few tips for making your car clean and your car wash green.

All-new Hyundai Sonata gets highest satisfaction rating ever by AutoPacific

(June 2010) TUSTIN, Calif. — AutoPacific today announced its President’s Award for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. This first-ever honor is the result of a special analysis of Hyundai’s all-new 2011 Sonata that adds consumer credibility to all of the positive accolades recently bestowed upon Hyundai’s most important vehicle to date.

Yes Virginia, there is no Chevy

By Phil LeBeau
CNBC Correspondent

(June 2010) Looking for a good chuckle? Read the New York Times article from today outlining how GM sent a memo to employees suggesting they stop saying Chevy when referring to Chevrolet. Apparently, GM believes it's important for a brand to have a consistent message. As I read this, I kept thinking to myself, "Are these guys serious?"

Some interesting sales trends as we reach the halfway point of 2010

(June 2010) As we near the halfway point of 2010, some interesting facts can be derived from automotive sales statistics.

We have delved into the stats and emerged with some surprising losers and some equally surprising winners. And of course there are a large number of nameplates whose sales — up or down — are no surprise.

Our biggest single disappointment — because we really like the car and apparently a lot of other automotive reviewers do as well — is with the new-for-2010 Suzuki Kizashi.

It's time to step back from electric cars

By Michael Hanlon
London Daily Mail   

(June 2010) Electric cars are the future we are told. Don’t believe a word of it. Here’s why. Firstly, I have driven several electric cars and they have all, every single one of them, been rubbish. Slow, heavy, expensive, complex, impractical and ponderous they simply do not do what cars do, which is to transport you and your chattels with the minimum of fuss wherever and whenever you want to go.

Transition presents opportunity

(June 2010) Unlike its fleet-footed symbol which disappeared years ago Mercury’s time has come to join the likes of 10,000 other auto brands that have come and gone. And emotional attachment aside it seems the smart thing to do.

The handwriting has certainly been on the wall with ever declining volumes and the shortage of vehicle models that make a brand a brand; Mercury was anything but a complete car company.

Car incentives falling as inventory dwindles

(June 2010) estimated today that the average automotive manufacturer incentive in the U.S. was $2,603 per vehicle sold in May 2010, down $28, or 1.1 percent, from April 2010, and down $340, or 11.6 percent, from May 2009.

"Inventory levels are relatively low, so many automakers have cut back on incentives," stated Jessica Caldwell, Director of Industry Analysis for