February 2011

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

(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 Edmunds.com'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.

Edmunds.com, 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.

Reports of 'price war' overblown, Edmunds.com says

(February 16, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Recent proclamations that a "price war" is brewing between automakers appear to be premature, according to an analysis of incentives trends published on Edmunds' AutoObserver.com.

In "Back to the Barracks on Incentives," AutoObserver's Dale Buss reports that General Motors paid $3,733 in True Cost of Incentives (TCISM), on average, for each 2011 model year vehicle sold in January — a 22 percent increase over its TCIsm average in December 2010.

Chrysler traffic continues to soar on Edmunds.com one week after Super Bowl ad

(February 16, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — One week after Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" ad aired on Super Bowl Sunday, the Motor City automaker continues to enjoy a significant boost of interest in the brand, according to new site traffic figures released today by Edmunds.com.

Global light-vehicle sales headed for record year in 2011

(February 15, 2011) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Global new light-vehicle sales this year are projected to reach 76.5 million units, which would surpass the record of 72 million light vehicles sold 2010, according to J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Forecasting.

Sportage outpoints Juke, Outlander in Consumer Reports testing

(February 14, 2011) YONKERS, N.Y. — The redesigned Kia Sportage outscored the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Nissan Juke in Consumer Reports’ tests for the March issue of three small vehicles that straddle the line between hatchbacks and SUVs.

Choosing an old car for young driver may not be the best decision

(February 15, 2011) Choosing an old car can put young drivers at risk, says RoadSafe. Younger motorists need the safest modern cars they can afford.

Confessions from the dealership service department

(February 11, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Visiting a dealership service department to repair or tune up your car may cost you unnecessary money and services, according to Edmunds.com. In "Confessions From the Dealership Service Department" a former service manager exclusively tells Edmunds' Senior Consumer Advice Editor Phil Reed the truth about dealer service department scams.

'Pay as you drive' car insurance catching on

(February 10, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The rise of telematics technology in vehicles has led many auto insurance companies to create pay-as-you-drive policies that are based on the actual miles driven by the insured. Edmunds.com explores how these policies work together with their pros and cons in its recently published article "Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance Goes Into High Gear."

Top 10 turn-on cars for Valentine's Day

(February 9, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) — The editors from Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com have named the Top 10 Turn-On Cars for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day may come but once a year, but the editors of Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com seem to fall in love many times all year long at auto shows and new-vehicle press launch events across the country and around the world, where automakers reveal their newest models.