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Fewer Car Buyers Late on Loans

Fewer Car Buyers Late on Loans

Whether it’s a sign of an improved economy may be unclear, but the number of consumers late in paying their car loans has fallen to the lowest level since 1999, and is nearing an all-time low. The number of car buyers 60 days or more behind in their payments has...
Delphi Files for IPO

Delphi Files for IPO

Delphi Corp., which endured the longest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history, has filed with the Securities Exchange Commission asking for permission to sell shares through an initial public offering that plays up the company’s potential for growth in China and...
First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

When one thinks of sporty premium mid-size sedan, BMW’s 3-Series likely hops immediately to mind. Well, Infiniti has been trying to change that perception for years with the G35–now G37–and after a stint behind the wheel, one could make the case that...
Ford Raises Prices – Again

Ford Raises Prices – Again

It’s a tough spring for U.S. car buyers.  Not only are many popular models in short supply but prices are heading up – fast. The latest maker to bump up sticker prices is Ford, which says it will tack another $124, or 0.4%, onto the sticker of its average model.  That...
Toyota’s U.S. Plants Down for a Week

Toyota’s U.S. Plants Down for a Week

Toyota’s entire U.S. production network will be sitting idle next week, the maker deciding to stretch out the normal Memorial Day holiday break because of ongoing shortages of Japanese-made parts. Honda, meanwhile, says that while its global factory network appears to...
Marty’s Marketing Minutia: Taking Gas

Marty’s Marketing Minutia: Taking Gas

Nissan Leaf ad asks what would happen if everything used gas Have you filled the tank of your new Nissan Leaf?  Excuse me? Nissan’s new Leaf campaign takes a tongue-in-cheek look at what would happen if everything in our daily lives used gasoline and the problems that...
Small Cars Overcoming Safety Concerns

Small Cars Overcoming Safety Concerns

When Ellen Pierson’s daughter was ready to get her license, the suburban New York mother of three fretted about what to let the high school student drive.  “It had to be as safe as possible,” Pierson says, “so I began thinking something in a big SUV.” Her daughter...
Saab Resumes Production

Saab Resumes Production

For the first time since April 4, cars are rolling off the Saab assembly line in Trollhattan, Sweden, marking a turning point in a financial crisis that came close to crushing the struggling maker. Operations at the maker’s headquarters plant came to a halt when...
How to Wreck An AMG Engine in 5 Seconds

How to Wreck An AMG Engine in 5 Seconds

The storm lasted no more than an hour.  The sky had turned green, the tornado sirens sending folks racing for shelter.  But in the end, the only thing that reached the ground was a torrential downpour that quickly overwhelmed sewers, creating deep ponds of water over...
Saving Gas Over the Memorial Day Holiday

Saving Gas Over the Memorial Day Holiday

An estimate 30.9 million families will head out on the highway over the long Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the U.S. summer season. The figure is down about 100,000 for last year, according to a survey by AAA – and that’s no surprise considering the...