Fuel economy gauges don't always tell the truth

(May 16, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Fuel economy gauges, which now come standard in 92 percent of new cars, may be over-representing your car's fuel efficiency, according to tests conducted by editors at Edmunds.com.

A total of 14 tests in seven vehicles found that the MPG gauges were 5.5 percent inaccurate, on average.

Kim McCullough back at Land Rover and touting new Evoque

By Karl Greenberg

(May 16, 2011) Imagine being away from home for 10 years, coming back and finding that someone redesigned your house. Kim McCullough might have felt a bit of that two months ago, when after a decade-long absence, she returned to Land Rover North America as Brand VP.

A dying battery experience in a Nissan Leaf

(May 13, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The staff at Edmunds' InsideLine.com answered one of the biggest mysteries in the green car community by driving a fully charged 2011 Nissan Leaf until it finally died, and discovered that the full range of the electric car is 132 miles.

The test, which was conducted in a controlled environment on a closed oval track, is the first to independently document the electric car's range in such conditions.

Honda dominates 2011 NADAguides Best Car Buys

(May 11, 2011) Honda dominated the 2011 NADAguides Best Car Buys Report with five models, while Kia, Toyota and Chevrolet each had three models selected across multiple categories. The annual report was released today.

Additionally, Kia and Toyota are the only manufacturers to have the top vehicle in more than one category. New to the report this year is Mitsubishi with the 2011 Outlander Sport leading the sports segment.

Consumer Reports warns against rental car gimmicks

(May 11, 2011) YONKERS, N.Y. — As the weather heats up and fuel prices continue to rise, the last thing travelers want is to have to pay even more when they hit the road this summer. Rental car companies used to try harder to put the consumer in the driver seat with ease, but today's rental car companies are putting the gas on gotcha pricing, pushy pitches and costly extras.

Do's and don'ts on coping with rising car prices this summer

(May 10, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — With lower incentives and higher prices expected in the automotive market this summer, Edmunds.com is issuing an updated advisory for consumers thinking of buying a new car within the next few months.

"Production issues in Japan have already triggered price increases and incentive reductions across the board for all makes, both foreign and domestic," said Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl.

Fear the 'cone zone' Car Care Council warns

(May 10, 2011) BETHESDA, Md. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — It's bound to happen — that moment when you enter into the "cone zone," road construction where you will likely hit a bump or two, or come across loose stones and other hazards.

These rough road conditions can be tough on a vehicle's steering and suspension system and can throw out the alignment, while loose stones have the potential to damage the vehicle's exterior or windshield, according to the Car Care Council.

Advice for online advertising — include picture and price

(May 9, 2011) ATLANTA (PRNewswire) — Research released today by AutoTrader.com shows that dealers who merchandise their new car inventory online by adding actual photos of each new car and real prices garner significantly more traffic to their online vehicle detail pages (VDPs) and generate more interaction with their listings than dealers who do not include this information. 

Used vehicles more expensive than ever, Kelley Blue Book reports

(May 9, 2011) IRVINE, Calif. (PRNewswire) Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com today reports that used vehicles are more expensive than ever, as covered in the company's Blue Book Market Report for May 2011.

So far this year, fuel-efficient segments have increased far more aggressively than they have during the past two years.  Today, values are up nearly 20 percent since January, a far cry from the steady depreciation of 2009 and 2010.  At the segment level, values are up around $1,500-$2,500, with some models surpassing their respective segment average.

Luxury autos earn royal lift on Edmunds following William and Kate's wedding

(May 7, 2011) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — For certain premium luxury brands, William and Kate's highly publicized wedding may have been a regal product placement opportunity, according to Edmunds.com.

Bentley site traffic increased by 185 percent on Edmunds.com the day of the royal wedding (April 29), compared to the average "consideration" levels for the brand over the previous four Fridays.