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Should All Smart Dealers Burn Down Their Lots This Summer?

It’s been roughly a decade since Daimler’s Smart Automobile first caressed America’s purple mountains and amber waves of grain with the microscopic …

Analysts Toss Cold Water on FCA's Lofty Alfa Romeo Sales Predictions

Alfa Romeo’s long-awaited Giulia sports sedan is finally trickling down to U.S. buyers in larger numbers and a performance-oriented Stelvio SUV …

Is Carvana's Ex-Con Co-Founder to Blame for its Fading IPO?

Carvana, the company we previously razzed for its innocuous multistory automotive contrivances, has suddenly found itself facing some legitimate …

Columbia University

Hyundai U.S. Sales VP Hatami Is Out, Effective Immediately

<i>Updated at 10:00pm on June 6 with response from Hyundai.</i><p>Derrick Hatami, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of sales for less than two years, has …

Volkswagen's EV Network Faces Criticism from State Officials, Automakers

Government officials and automakers are accusing Volkswagen of twisting its emissions-cheating penance to its own advantage. As part of its sentence …

EPA

Toyota's 2018 RAV4 Adventure Stands to Be More Popular Than Most SUVs

In late 2015, Toyota revealed that the automaker’s increasingly popular RAV4 would be increasingly leaned upon for major U.S. sales volume.<p>As of five …

GMC's New Ad Campaign Isn't 'Like a Rock' — It's Like a Pro

Like a rolling stone. Like a rock. Like a G6 (not the Pontiac version). There are many descriptors out there, but GMC feels nothing fits its owners …

NHTSA Investing Faulty Airbag System in Jeep Liberty

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting a preliminary investigation regarding the 2012 Jeep Liberty’s airbag system after …

Toyota's Brand Value is Still Tops; Mercedes-Benz Close to Passing BMW

Yes, we’re talking #brands, because brand value is a point of pride for all companies, not just automakers. In the latest ranking of brand value, it …

Honda Considering Odyssey Hybrid With Acura MDX Running Gear

Can frugal transportation and family transportation coexist in a single package?<p>Lead Honda R&D engineer Tom Sladek indicated to <i>Wards Auto</i> at the …

QOTD FU: Your Suggestions for the Future of Mazda

About three weeks ago, my Question Of The Day focused on public statements about Mazda’s future plans. The statements came from the CEO of Mazda …

QOTD: What Perfect Drive Hasn't Happened Yet?

We’re deep into a nebulous time of the year called “driving season.” This, of course, is the part of the calendar when it suddenly becomes possible …

Roads

Trackday Diaries: Pick a Perfect Pickup

<i>And did you know desire’s a terrible thing<br>The worst that I can find<br>And did you know desire’s a terrible thing<br>But I rely on mine</i><p>“Can’t Be Sure” was …

True Brit: TVR Announces the Unveiling of Its First Car in Over a Decade

After being chopped up and spread around by owner Nikolay Smolensky in 2006, TVR appeared to be dead in the water. By then, production had dwindled …

TVR

Canadian Car Buying – and Transaction Prices – Hit Record Levels in May

Canadian auto sales surged to record levels in May 2017, surpassing the previous monthly record from April of last year by an 8-percent margin and …

Canada

2018 Buick LaCrosse Gains Mild Hybrid System, New Transmission

There was plenty to like about Buick’s heavily revised 2017 Buick LaCrosse when it debuted last year, but the shrinking passenger car market rubbed …

Ram Overtakes Chevrolet in Domestic Pickup Battle, Ford Unconcerned

Ford’s F-Series is the undisputed king of the domestic pickup market. It’s high atop the mountain, looking down upon its rivals as they savagely …

Confirmed: The Old Volkswagen Tiguan Will Become the Tiguan Limited

The enlarged, second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan arrives at Volkswagen of America’s dealers this summer, leaving room beneath Volkswagen’s Honda …

Picture Time: A Prius That's Dressed up Like a Solo Cup

Making its way around the internet lately is this photo of a Toyota Prius, tastefully modified by its present owner. Dancing boldly across the side …

Need a Loan for a Mitsubishi? Nissan Has You Covered in Three Countries

Mitsubishi’s new ownership spells big changes for the automaker’s product future, but the controlling stake recently purchased by Renault-Nissan also …

Shenanigans: Toyota's 'Flying Car' Doesn't Fly and Isn't a Car

We need to have a candid discussion about flying cars. Automobiles and airplanes entered into the mainstream around the same time, and we’ve talked …

Civic Si's Less-than-stunning Power Is for Your Own Good, Says Honda

Not everyone was blown away by the new Honda Civic Si’s 205 horsepower, especially after a year of rumors suggesting output could fall in the 220-hp …

Rare Rides: The 2004 Joe Gibbs Racing Tahoe Is Fast and Confused

Customized and limited edition SUVs are nothing new to regular readers of Rare Rides. The striking Funkmaster Flex Expedition clouded eyes with tears …

Junkyard Find: 1966 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan

I have a lengthy history with a 1965 Chevrolet Impala sedan. So when I checked the online inventory of a local Denver self-service wrecking yard and …

QOTD: What Racing Game Hooked You?

Most gearheads of a certain age got their first tastes of behind-the-wheel speed not through their right foot but through their right thumb. Atari, …

QOTD: Get Hi or Have a Taco?

I just had a chance to see the newest version of the Toyota Hilux out on the road. For those of you who don’t waste your time watching <i>Top Gear</i>, the …

Top Gear

Tesla Motors Annoyed After AAA Raised Insurance Rates on its Cars

The American Automobile Association thinks Tesla cars should cost more to insure due to abnormally high claim frequencies and expenditures compared …

Tesla

If Robots Can Build Our Cars, Why Don't They Service Them?

Robots may be able to assemble your car, but they aren’t going to be servicing it anytime soon. Automation has made many industrial occupations …

Oil Sands

Challenged by Nissan and Toyota, Hyundai Pumps Up the Crossover Value

People don’t talk about crossovers in the same hushed and awed tones reserved for snarling muscle cars and sultry exotics, but mainstream automakers …

If One Automaker Can Let the Public Name a Model, Why Not Others?

Volkswagen Group’s Seat division has turned to Twitter to figure out a name for its upcoming three-row SUV. Yes, an automaker has entered the wild …

Automotive Industry