July 2013

Leasing popular again, but isn't the best choice for everyone

(July 16, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A surge in car leases is helping to boost the popularity of new cars, reports Edmunds.com. According to an Edmunds.com analysis of vehicle registrations from Polk, new cars account for about 29 percent of all sales in 2013 (through May).

Honda Accord named top car in10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000

(July 13, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for an affordable new sedan can see which models the experts recommend most in the list of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2013 from Kelley Blue Book kbb.com. While the marketplace of new sedans in the sub-$25,000 price point has never been stronger, that also leaves car shoppers with more questions about which model really is right for them. 

GM outlines progress on environmental priorities

(July 12, 2013) DETROIT — General Motors has reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile, detailing product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012 Sustainability Report.

The Nissan GT-R and LeBron James

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(July 11, 2013) I was in San Diego in mid June with Nissan. Nissan flew members of the motoring press — I love that term; sounds impressive, yes? — there to introduce us to the 2014 Versa Note. It's the updated hatchback version of Versa.

I tell you this because the Note is a fine little entry-level hatchback that gets 36 mpg on the highway out of its little 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four; and also because attending the event thrust me among Nissan PR types.

Fuel economy remains steady despite increase in truck sales

(July 10, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — TrueCar has announced that fuel economy numbers from June light vehicle auto sales indicate TrueMPG remained steady at 23.7 mpg compared to May, remaining at record levels for industry fuel economy. Year-over-year, average fuel economy saw a 0.7 mpg increase, led by Nissan and Chrysler, which both enjoyed better than 1.1 MPG gains in their average fuel economy numbers.

Latest car tech innovations now affordable for most car buyers

(July 10, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The future has arrived early for car buyers, now that vehicles with such features as automated parking and Wi-Fi hotspots are already a reality. And according to Edmunds.com these new car technologies are available — and affordable — to most mainstream drivers a lot sooner than they might have expected.

Honda issues statement on its fuel cell technology partnership with GM

(July 9, 2013) Perhaps catching some heat from various sectors of the industry, press and customer base, Honda has seen fit to issue a statement on its partnership with General Motors to develop fuel cell vehicle technology. The technology partnership was announced last week.

Study shows Ford F-250 has highest theft rate of any 2010-12 vehicle

(July 9, 2013) ARLINGTON, Va. — The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reports. New antitheft technology on the Escalade, as well as its waning popularity, are two likely reasons the luxury SUV has fallen from first to sixth place in the ranking of vehicles with the highest rates of insurance claims for theft.

Jeep Grand Cherokee wins midsize SUV challenge

(July 8, 2013) CHICAGO — Cars.com today released the results of the 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge which put six of the most popular SUVs in the segment head-to-head in a series of tests to evaluate overall drive, features and capability. The six midsize SUVs tested were the 2013 Ford Edge, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Kia Sorento, 2013 Nissan Murano and 2013 Toyota Venza.

Why ditching Dodge makes sense

By Christopher A. Sawyer
The Virtual Driver

(July 8, 2013) The rumor mill is buzzing about Dodge’s future product plans. The reason? Apparently the brand doesn’t have any. Multiple reports claim there is no planned replacement for the Avenger mid-size sedan, that the Durango SUV will soon be dropped, and Chrysler will be the only division selling the minivan. If true, it could spell the end for Dodge.