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Fort Collins, Colo., named safest driving city by Allstate

(September 4, 2010) The Allstate Insurance Company has released its sixth annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report." The report ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate claim data.

J.D. Power study finds increased problems with heavy-duty truck engines

(September 3, 2010) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Following two rounds of revisions in emissions standards since 2004, problem rates for heavy-duty truck engines in 2010 are nearly twice as high, on average, as rates for engines manufactured prior to these emission changes, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study released on Thursday.

True cost of incentives for automakers up nearly 10 percent

(September 2, 2010) estimated today that the average new car incentive in the U.S. was $2,681 per vehicle sold in August 2010, down $84, or 3.0 percent, from July 2010, and up $225, or 9.2 percent, from August 2009.

BBC reports operating costs of electric vehicles higher than those of gas cars

(August 31, 2010) A startling report from the BBC states that the owner of an electric vehicle will not save money, but in fact will come out on the losing end when compared to the owner of a comparable gasoline-driven vehicle.

An electric-vehicle owner who thinks he's saving money relative to owning a gasoline-powered car because of lower refueling and maintenance costs will be in for a rude awakening when he tries to sell the vehicle.

Edmunds — August sales could use some stimulating

(August 29, 2010) This month's new vehicle sales (including fleet sales) are expected to be 1,028,200 units, a 17.7 percent decrease from August 2009 and a 1.4 percent decrease from July 2010, according to analysts predict that August's Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate (SAAR) will be 11.8 million, up from 11.5 in July 2010.

Interest in EVs strong, but range anxiety may be barrier to many, study finds

(August 25, 2010) Range anxiety still appears to trump curiosity when it comes to the general public's attitude towards battery-electric vehicles, according to a new study that's got to be a disconcerting bit of news at Nissan, which is preparing to debut the Leaf, the first production BEV in the U.S., later this year.

Edmunds: Used car prices up 10 percent over last year

(August 21, 2010) estimated today that the average price paid in the U.S. for a used three-year-old vehicle in July 2010 was $19,248, up $1,800, or 10.3 percent, from July 2009.

"Consumers are generally paying considerably more for used cars this year compared to 2009," stated Joe Spina, a Senior Analyst for "A lack of confidence in the economy is driving more people to used cars, putting upward pricing pressure on a limited supply of vehicles."

Seeing red on a question of color

By John Peige
MyCar Data

(August 21, 2010) For the last two decades while working as an automotive journalist, I have had the opportunity to evaluate a different new car each week. That makes about 1,000 new vehicles I have driven over that time. During the same period, I have received two speeding tickets, one in a bright red Cadillac and the other in a fire-engine red Lincoln. So I came to wonder, is there a correlation between car color and speeding tickets?

Edmunds finds auto incentives increase in July

(August 20, 2010) has estimated that the average automotive manufacturer incentive in the U.S. was $2,753 per vehicle sold in July 2010, up $63, or 2.3 percent, from June 2010, and up $67, or 2.5 percent, from July 2009.

Dodge statement on 'monkey' ad

(August 18. 2010) And yes, we know, chimpanzees aren't monkeys. That was one of many facts we learned through the process of shooting our latest commercial for the Dodge Tent Event. The commercial features a young chimpanzee (Suzie) in a daredevil suit. She walks up to a detonator, pushes down the lever and triggers a less-than-huge confetti explosion.