Study finds higher fuel prices not affecting SUV purchases

(May 21, 2012) TUSTIN, Calif. — Drivers this spring have been shelling out nearly $4/gallon, on average, to fill up their vehicles, about 25 cents more than this time last year. But this added expense is not persuading consumers to ditch their SUVs for more fuel efficient small cars, according to a survey by AutoPacific.

Nearly all consumers are accepting stop-start, survey finds

(May 19, 2012) MILWAUKEE — New consumer research conducted by Johnson Controls, the world's leading supplier of automotive batteries, finds that 97 percent of Americans are ready for new Start-Stop technology that improves the fuel economy of their vehicle.

BMW, Subaru top TrueCar's March-to-April scorecard

(May 18, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — released its latest Performance Scorecards for automotive manufacturers and brands showing BMW and Subaru taking the lead. The Performance Scorecards grade each manufacturer and brand on eight different measurements including pricing, sales, incentives, customer loyalty, market share, and days in inventory.

Three Volkswagen models make top ten 'Cars for College Graduates'

(May 18, 2012) LOS ANGELES — Three Volkswagen compact cars made Total Car Score's annual list of the Top Ten Cars for College Graduates. Total Car Score released the list in time for graduation season, as new college grads and their parents look to make a smart choice on an "adult" car. Safety, fuel efficiency, comfort and performance are all criteria used in finding the best car for the money, in what is usually the graduate's first new car purchase.

AAA projects a 1.2 percent increase in Memorial Day travel

(May 17, 2012) WASHINGTON — AAA projects 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, an increase of 1.2 percent — or 500,000 travelers — from the 34.3 million people who traveled one year ago. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.

Ann and Beth — good driver, bad driver — show how to save on fuel

(May 17, 2012) DETROIT — With the official start of the summer driving season fast approaching, Chevrolet is reminding consumers of some easy ways to maintain their vehicles and drive smarter to help improve fuel economy and save money at the pump.

Great deals available on 2012 models headed for 2013 redesign

(May 16, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — According to Kelley Blue Book ( auto sales are rebounding in the United States due to the plethora of redesigns and new introductions during the last few years. Shoppers in the market for a new-car bargain who have little care for owning the most up-to-date body style on the road can find great deals on models headed for a redesign this fall.

New-car shoppers have an abundance of competitive offerings available in nearly every segment. 

Edmunds to test long-term reliability of $3,800 used Lexus

(May 15, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — has launched "The Debt-Free Car Project," which aims to assure car buyers that they can find a reliable used car for under $5,000 without the burden of monthly payments. Last month,'s consumer advice editors purchased a 1996 Lexus ES300 for $3,800, and over the next year they will document the vehicle's performance as part of the company's long-term car test fleet.

Happy trails Carroll, and thanks for the memories

By Al Vinikour

(May 13, 2012) With the passing of Carroll Shelby, not only has the racing world lost one of its legendary characters, but Americana itself is now missing an icon. From his humble beginnings in his beloved Texas through a career that saw him become a pilot, a chicken farmer, a world-champion race car driver and an entrepreneur, everything Shelby did added to the person who became everyone’s friend — except those on the opposite side of his issue.

Edmunds investigation finds serious flaws in car recall process

(May 11, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Millions of drivers could be endangered by operating vehicles that have been recalled but have not been repaired, reports In fact, one study says that there were "at least" 2.7 million vehicles listed for sale last year that still were subject to unfulfilled recalls.