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First Look: 2013 Nissan Sentra

First Look: 2013 Nissan Sentra

Didn’t we already see Nissan’s new midsize sedan? Well, yes – and no.  The Japanese maker continues its unusual strategy of offering two entries into this critical market segment, starting with the all-new Altima it introduced earlier this year. Now comes Nissan’s...
Roll Over Beethoven, the Kia Hamsters Are Back

Roll Over Beethoven, the Kia Hamsters Are Back

Roll over Beethoven, make room Mozart.  The Kia hamsters are back and they’re turning a serious, 17th Century ballet into a wild, 21st Century electronic dance party in their newest ad campaign for the popular Kia Soul. Few official spokes…er…rodents have clicked with...
Vote for the Wackiest Street Sign!

Vote for the Wackiest Street Sign!

Don’t forget to vote for the Wildest, Weirdest and Wackiest Street Sign.  Our readers will have the final say on who from among the 14 finalists gets the $500 Bridgestone Tire gift certificate and other great prizes.  Here’s one wacky sign from Thailand we...
Ford Produces Milestone 350 Millionth Vehicle

Ford Produces Milestone 350 Millionth Vehicle

It looked pretty much like any other Ford Focus as it rolled down the maker’s assembly line in the Bangkok suburb of Rayong early Friday morning.  But the compact sedan marked a major milestone for the automaker – as the 350 millionth vehicle has produced in its...
BMW Designer Credits Apple for Selling White Cars

BMW Designer Credits Apple for Selling White Cars

White is the new black…so to speak.  When it comes to the colors that American motorists tend to prefer, white has traditionally taken a back seat to black and silver.  But it has been gaining ground lately, taking over as the most popular automotive hue in some...
Are Battery Car Sales Charging Up?

Are Battery Car Sales Charging Up?

With the second anniversary of the launch of two critical battery-electric vehicles fast approaching, many observers have been questioning whether the public has been turned off to the costly technology.  There’s no question that the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf got...
Mexico Auto Output to Jump 38% in 3 Years

Mexico Auto Output to Jump 38% in 3 Years

While Mazda may have abandoned its decades-old joint venture with Ford, transferring production of the Mazda6 sedan back to Japan, the maker isn’t walking away from North American production entirely. By mid-decade, the Japanese maker plans to open a new factory in...
Cadillac Takes Aim at Lexus

Cadillac Takes Aim at Lexus

Once the reigning U.S. luxury brand Cadillac is eager to reclaim lost ground and has put a target on the back of Lexus, which was itself the best-selling luxury brand until last year’s Japanese earthquake violently disrupted production. The 2013 model-year will be a...
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Big and Sexy

2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Big and Sexy

There’s a lot to like about a powerful, somewhat rare, exotic-looking rear-wheel drive sports coupe. And did we mention that it’s relatively affordable? It seems odd that Hyundai gave the coupe the same name as the four-door with which it shares a platform, the...
How Automakers Will Get to 54.5 MPG

How Automakers Will Get to 54.5 MPG

When Ford launches its new C-Max hybrid microvan later this year it will deliver a solid 47 mpg in the EPA’s combined city/highway test, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. Yet that’s still about 15% short of the target the White House has...