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Auto Briefs: Convertible buyers have money and smarts; BMW touts i8 in D.C.

(Thinkstock) Convertible buyers richer, more educated Convertible car buyers tend to be affluent and educated, according to Experian Automotive, an industry research company. Experian looked at convertible buyers during the...

August 1, 2014


Auto Briefs: Concept car: Renault Kwid equipped with drone

(Renault) Renault Kwid An international team designed this concept, which debuted at the Delhi Auto Expo in February, for Renault Design India. Its oversized wheels give it the look of...

August 1, 2014


Car Talk: Is it time to pull the trigger on getting a new car?

Dear Tom and Ray: We have a 2005 Toyota Sienna with 52,500 miles on it (I don't get out much, I know). I drive like an old lady, and...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi August 1, 2014

News & Features: Your next car could be made of tomatoes, clothing and cash

Ford and Heinz are trying to turn tomato skins into floor mats.

By Charles Fleming August 1, 2014


Moving Forward: Hyundai adds American touch; stop-start tech savings add up

(Hyundai) Hyundai's American feel Hyundai turned to British automaker Lotus to fine-tune the handling and steering of the 2015 Genesis (shown) and Sonata, now on sale. Engineers at Lotus helped...

August 1, 2014


Sound Off: What do you use to unlock your car?

Take our poll or leave your comments below. What do you use to unlock your car?...

July 31, 2014

News & Features: Auto review: Jeep Cherokee offers a grand, long ride

The flagship of the Jeep line — the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle — is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014.

By Ann M. Job July 31, 2014


News & Features: Auto review: A look at smaller, lighter, more-affordable BMWs

Here's a tire-kicking experiment: Pay a visit to your BMW dealer. Weave through the sleek wares on display — but tiptoe around that strange blobby thing called a 5 Series GT. Now, stop when you see a window sticker that's less than $40,000.

By Lawrence Ulrich July 30, 2014


News & Features: Despite $263K starting price, Rolls-Royce sales soar globally

They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with most buyers choosing custom options that can easily double that price. And they are more popular than ever before.

By Gregory Katz July 29, 2014


Auto Briefs: Hyundai, Porsche have top APEAL; GM gives educators a discount

Hyundai and Porsche lead APEAL Study Hyundai is the top-ranked non-premium brand in J.D. Power and Associates 2014 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. Porsche, the highest-ranked nameplate in...

July 27, 2014


Autobiography: After a 25-year wait, he's got an S-Cargo

(Linda Hughes / NWautos) OWNER: Todd Fitch, SeaTac OCCUPATION: School-bus mechanic CAR'S MAKE AND MODEL: 1989 Nissan S-Cargo "I LOVE MY CAR BECAUSE ... it makes people smile. I was...

July 27, 2014


Car Talk: Former rental cars usually are good buys

Dear Tom and Ray: What are your thoughts on buying a car from a rental agency? Would you buy one? — Byr Ray: Sure. Rental-car companies sell relatively new cars,...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi July 27, 2014

News & Features: Drive sunny side up in these convertibles under $40K

The Northwest might have the best summers on the planet. Where else can you find the combination of moderate temperatures, majestic landscapes and mercilessly few mosquitoes? The season practically demands transportation that puts wind in your hair. (And no, I don't mean a boat.)

By Tom Voelk July 27, 2014


Moving Forward: Mazda2 redesigned for '16; Tesla crosses country in record time

(Mazda) Mazda2 revealed The redesigned 2016 Mazda2 will go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2015. The car is a spinoff of the Hazumi concept shown at the Geneva auto...

July 27, 2014


Auto Briefs: Goodguys show fills fairgrounds for 3 days; Mercedes links up with LinkedIn

(Linda Hughes / NWautos) Goodguys show fills fairgrounds with cars More than 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics and muscle cars will fill the Puyallup fairgrounds today through Sunday for the...

July 25, 2014


Auto Briefs: Concept car: Jeep Wrangler gets luxury touches

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Introduced at the Beijing auto show in April, this concept is a luxury version of the iconic Jeep Wrangler. It has linear LED lighting on the...

July 25, 2014


Car Talk: Hubby's hands-free driving is definitely not safe

Dear Tom and Ray: Today my question is about safety. My husband, who has not had an accident in the 20 years I've known him, drives in a way that...

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi July 25, 2014

News & Features: Harley's LiveWire amps up interest in electric motorcycles

When Maggie McNally-Bradshaw and her husband, Curt, hop on their electric motorcycles and twist the throttles, they get a rush like no other.

By John Kekis July 25, 2014


Moving Forward: Ford Transit air bag nearly 15 feet long; Coffee grounds can make biofuel

(Ford) Ford's jumbo air bag The 2015 Ford Transit 15-passenger wagon offers a five-row side-curtain air bag, a first for the auto industry. The air bag is almost 15 feet...

July 25, 2014


Sound Off: What have you done to "pimp" your ride?

Take our poll or leave your comments below. What have you done to "pimp" your ride?...

July 24, 2014


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