Auto Briefs

McLaren, JVCKenwood pump up tech in CES concept

(McLaren) McLaren 675LT JVCKenwood The automaker McLaren and electronics giant JVCKenwood partnered to create this concept for the recent Consumer Electronics Show. It's based on the limited-edition 675LT but adds...

February 5, 2016


The cars that will star in Super Bowl commercials

(Hyundai) Carmakers bring star power to Super Bowl 50 commercials Automakers will take to the advertising field during Super Bowl 50, airing at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Among the...

February 5, 2016


Corvette and High Performance Meet heads to Puyallup

This 1965 Corvette from Puyallup was a featured car at last year's show. (Courtesy of Larry Johnson) Muscle-car swap meet will have almost 1,000 booths Muscle-car and Corvette fans can...

January 31, 2016


Chevy Biscayne had rich history before landing at museum

(Bortz Auto Collection) 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne This car from the Bortz Auto Collection is one of three American concept cars included in the re-opening of the Petersen Automotive Museum in...

January 29, 2016


GM faux leather goes glam on dresses; '57 Ferrari worth $38M

Models wear dresses made of the same manufactured leather, called Inteather, found in the instrument panel of the Buick Enclave and other GM vehicles. (Mike Householder/The Associated Press) Imitation leather...

January 29, 2016


Another way that your smartphone is a menace in the car

(Thinkstock) How charging a phone in your car can hurt the planet It's not just using a handheld phone while driving that's a menace to society. It turns out that...

January 24, 2016


VW Tiguan concept run by gesture control

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active The infotainment system is operated by gesture control in this concept based on a second-generation Tiguan. The plug-in hybrid, which debuted at the ongoing Detroit...

January 22, 2016


Explore at Tacoma RV Show; Jerry Seinfeld to auction Porsches

(Kyle Aronson / O'Loughlin Trade Shows) RV show fills Tacoma Dome Hundreds of the latest RVs are on display at the Tacoma Dome for the Tacoma RV Show, continuing through...

January 22, 2016


Google wants carmaker partners; increase deductible to save

Google's self-driving car prototype. (Tony Avelar / The Associated Press) Google wants multiple auto partners for self-driving cars Google hopes to form partnerships with many automakers and suppliers as it...

January 17, 2016


Digital screen doubles as dash for VW BUDD-e

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen BUDD-e Volkwagen debuted this electric microbus at the Consumer Electronics Show this month. It's expected to get 233 miles per charge. This is the first vehicle based on...

January 15, 2016


Good Housekeeping: top cars; BlackBerry in self-driving field

(Audi) Good Housekeeping names Best New Car Award winners Good Housekeeping has named the winners of its first Best New Car Awards. The magazine worked with Car and Driver for...

January 15, 2016


Driverless-car highlights of CES; share first-car tale

A BMW i3 parks itself during a demo at CES. (John Locher / The Associated Press) Driverless-car tech big at CES All sorts of automotive technology innovations were on display...

January 10, 2016


Faraday FFZero 1 a one-seat wonder at CES

(The Associated Press) Faraday Future FFZero 1 Faraday Future, an electric-vehicle startup backed by Chinese Internet billionaire Jia Yueting, showed this concept car at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las...

January 8, 2016


Subaru leads loyalty ratings, 10 top-selling cars in 2015

(Subaru) Subaru leads loyalty ratings, says report from Experian Experian Automotive says Subaru leads all brands and manufacturers in loyalty ratings — 67.7 percent of consumers who own a Subaru...

January 8, 2016


CarMD: 10 most-reliable cars; GM CEO to speak at CES

(Hyundai) CarMD: Hyundai most reliable Hyundai placed highest in the CarMD Vehicle Health Index, a ranking of the most reliable cars. The provider of on-board diagnostic-related data says these are...

January 3, 2016


Race truck a preview of new Honda Ridgeline

(Honda) Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck This truck, which Honda debuted at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in October, gives a first look at the styling direction of the...

January 1, 2016


2015 car sales expected to set record; Ford patents hit a high

(Thinkstock) Car sales: 2015 was great, and this year could be even better Domestic car sales for 2015 appear poised to be the best in U.S. history. Industry experts predict,...

January 1, 2016


Harley class for heroes; snow poll; share first-car tale

(Harley-Davidson) Harley gives heroes free class As a way to thank them for their service, Harley-Davidson will offer free Riding Academy motorcycle training to current and former military personnel, police...

December 27, 2015


Elio P5 is almost ready for production

(Elio) Elio P5 Elio Motors unveiled the final prototype of a sleek three-wheeled vehicle it plans to start producing next year. The vehicle revealed at the November Los Angeles Auto...

December 25, 2015


Seattle slips in best-driver report; new-car registrations up

(Thinkstock) Best Drivers Report: Seattle ranking tumbles this year We can't blame Seattle's ranking on the rain, because last year was wetter than this year. But the Emerald City placed...

December 25, 2015


Seattle Art Museum cars coming down; KBB picks resale leaders

(Eduardo Calderon / Seattle Art Museum) Seattle Art Museum cars will be moving on in January The nine white Ford Taurus cars that have been hanging in the Seattle Art...

December 20, 2015


Nissan Teatro for Dayz filled with LED screens

(Nissan) Nissan Teatro for Dayz Designed for "share natives," this electric minivan shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in November gives drivers the freedom to stay connected to their friends...

December 18, 2015


Parking lots a holiday hazard; Wards 10 best engines

(Thinkstock) Parking lots are danger zones during holiday shopping Shoppers flocking to malls for holiday deals should be wary of parking lots. Backing up accounts for 25 percent of car...

December 18, 2015


Toyota: Camry to take a back seat to RAV4; 'Cars' show opens

(Toyota) Toyota: RAV4 to top Camrys The Toyota Camry, the top-selling car in America for the past 13 years, may have finally met its match: The Toyota RAV4 compact SUV....

December 13, 2015


Toyota Tundrasine a limo version of truck

(Toyota) Toyota Tundrasine Toyota created this Tundra limousine to impress the crowds at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in November. The eight-door Tundra is more than 90 inches longer...

December 11, 2015


LeMay expands muscle cars; German carmakers want to fuel HERE

(LeMay) LeMay shows off custom muscle cars in new exhibit Sixteen customized muscle cars go on display today in the new exhibit "American Muscle — Modified Madness" at LeMay —...

December 11, 2015


Leases, long-term loans hit a high; FCA reconsiders new models

(Thinkstock) Experian: Number of leases, long-term loans hit a high Drivers continue to lease vehicles at a record pace, says Experian Automotive. The latest market report from the information-services company...

December 6, 2015


Subaru previews 4-door Impreza

(The Associated Press) Subaru Impreza Sedan Subaru introduced this four-door sedan at the L.A. Auto Show recently and expects to push it to showrooms in late 2016. The automaker debuted...

December 4, 2015


Local car shows raise toys, funds for charity; 10 top sellers

(Pacific Raceways) Three local car shows collect toys and donations for charity Toys and cars come together during three charity events on Sunday. Jingle Bell Cruise: The 14th annual event...

December 4, 2015


10 of cheapest cars to insure; report ranks holiday car thefts

(Ford) 10 of the cheapest to insure Some vehicles are cheaper to insure than others, says in a study of the insurance-to-vehicle cost ratio. Among popular vehicles, here are...

November 29, 2015


Subaru sales benefit charities; tech sways buying decisions

(Subaru) Subaru sales benefit charities During its eighth annual "Share the Love" campaign, Subaru will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of five...

November 29, 2015


Volvo shows what a luxury autonomous driving could be

(Volvo) Volvo Concept 26 Volvo unveiled this seat design at the L.A. Auto Show, which continues through Sunday. The design for an autonomous-driving experience cradles the driver and allows for...

November 27, 2015


Car and Driver picks 10 top cars; Rams to tow Macy's floats

(General Motors) Car and Driver picks '10Best' Car and Driver magazine has unveiled its annual "10Best" list for 2016, recognizing the best cars on the market under $80,000. - BMW...

November 22, 2015


Black Friday pushes up car deals; Ford: SUV sales will grow

(Thinkstock) Black Friday pushes holiday car deals to an earlier start Lexus put the red bows atop its cars a month early, and General Motors started advertising Black Friday deals...

November 21, 2015


Popular Science: 3D-printed supercar a Best of What's New

(Divergent) Divergent Blade This 3D-printed supercar won a Popular Science Best of What's New award and is featured in the December issue of the magazine, on sale now. The 700-horsepower...

November 20, 2015


KBB picks 12 Best Buys; 4 top brands; Hyundai ads in Super Bowl

(Honda) KBB names Best Buy winners After testing more than 300 new vehicles and looking for those with the best value and driving experience, Kelley Blue Book chose these for...

November 15, 2015


Kia Optima A1A takes the top off for sunny days

(Kia) Kia Optima A1A Based on the Optima sedan, this convertible made its debut at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show last week. It has a four-cyclinder turbocharged engine...

November 13, 2015


VW to make new SUV in Tennessee; a red-light-camera upgrade

(Volkswagen) VW committed to building new SUV at its Tennessee plant Volkswagen plans to expand its Chattanooga, Tenn., facility to produce a newly developed midsize SUV for the U.S. The...

November 13, 2015


Free wash part of Veterans Day; donate food for LeMay discount

(Thinkstock) Veterans Day: Free car wash, museum pass, oil change Military veterans and service personnel can get free auto services on Veterans Day this Wednesday. - Several area car-wash facilities...

November 8, 2015


Mazda has new rotary-engine Vision

(Mazda) Mazda RX-Vision The RX stands for rotary engine in this sports car featured at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show. It has a next-generation rotary engine dubbed the Skyactiv-R and...

November 6, 2015


SEMA's Hottest award winners; top-selling cars of October

(Ford) The Hottest cars of SEMA The Ford Mustang (shown) won the Hottest Car award at SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association show that concludes today in Las Vegas. The...

November 6, 2015


Tech is the focus of Tokyo Motor Show

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, unveils the Nissan IDS Concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show. (Shuji Kajiyama / The Associated Press) Tech is the focus at Tokyo...

November 1, 2015


Bridgestone buys Pep Boys; Motorist Choice Award winners

Bridgestone buys Pep Boys Pep Boys — Manny Moe & Jack, the iconic Philadelphia-based auto-parts and service store chain, has agreed to be sold to Bridgestone Corp., the Japan-based tire-maker...

October 30, 2015


Upgraded Yamaha bike returns to Toyko show

(Yamaha) Yamaha PES2 Introduced as the PES1 two years ago at the Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha's PES2 is an evolution of the electric motorcycle and stands for Passion, Electric, Street....

October 28, 2015


10 most reliable brands; motorcycle show coming to Portland

(The Associated Press) Consumer Reports: Lexus ranks No. 1 in reliability Lexus placed in the top spot in the Consumer Reports 2015 Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Here are the top...

October 25, 2015


5 top vehicles to hold value; Microsoft tests safety system

(Toyota) At 3, these vehicles hold value In their most recent Perspective report, NADA Used Car Guide analysts detailed the value performance of used 2012 model year cars and light-duty...

October 23, 2015


Impreza concept a preview of Subaru's sporty push

(Subaru) Subaru Impreza Subaru will unveil this five-door hatchback at the Tokyo Motor Show, which starts Thursday. Subaru says this "Dynamic and Solid" design theme will be featured in many...

October 23, 2015


The Rock rolls with Ford ads; Halloween costume faves for cars

(Ford) Dwayne Johnson in Ford ads Action-movie star Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, plays the leader of an elite crew of Ford technicians and service advisors in new TV commercials...

October 18, 2015


Nissan Gripz a small SUV with sports-car spirit

(Nissan) Nissan Gripz This compact crossover is designed to have the performance of a sports car. Nissan unveiled the hybrid at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. Gripz has four doors...

October 16, 2015


Ford's $1.8B tech spend aimed at China; connected-car appeal

(The Associated Press) Ford will invest $1.8B in tech to attract buyers in China Ford is investing $1.8 billion to develop technologies aimed at attracting Chinese car buyers, underlining China's...

October 16, 2015


To lengthen Mercedes-Benz concept, just add speed

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA Mercedes says the IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) is two cars in one. At the touch of a button, or automatically on reaching about 50 miles per...

October 9, 2015

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Rev weekend with Seattle auto show; Neiman Marcus auto gifts

Seattle International Auto Show comes to CenturyLink The Seattle International Auto Show is the place to see more than 400 new cars through Sunday at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Motor...

October 9, 2015


Car artist Cleworth comes to LeMay; top sellers for September

Car artist comes to LeMay Artist Harold Cleworth is known as the "painter laureate of the car," and a selection of his pieces will show at LeMay — America's Car...

October 4, 2015


Toyota crossover a step closer to production

(Toyota) Toyota C-HR This hybrid compact crossover, which first appeared at the 2015 Paris auto show, was updated for the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle has a more angular...

October 2, 2015


VW adds consumer site; vote on local car for Seattle auto show

(Michael Probst / The Associated Press) New VW site offers updates to answer emissions questions The website is a new resource created by Volkswagen to help customers get timely...

October 2, 2015


Enter your classic car for Seattle Auto Show spot; a red myth

Make your car a star at the Seattle Auto Show There will be hundreds of new cars at the Seattle International Auto Show Oct. 8-11, but LeMay — America's Car...

September 27, 2015


Four local car events to keep your weekend humming

(Linda Hughes / NWautos) Weekend is filled with car shows The first weekend of fall brings a flurry of local auto events. Beater Brunch: Project and finished cars are part...

September 25, 2015


Enter Peugeot Quartz through scissor doors

(The Associated Press) Peugeot Quartz Peugeot combines the body of an SUV with the cabin of a sedan for this concept on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which ends...

September 25, 2015


New cars that are revving up Frankfurt Motor Show

(The Associated Press) What's new at Frankfurt show A flood of new cars and SUVs debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. Here's a look at some of what's...

September 20, 2015


Shoppers relying more on mobile devices to buy, research cars

(Thinkstock) Shopping on mobile devices is up The J.D. Power 2015 New Autoshopper Study says that 51 percent of shoppers use a mobile device to research vehicles. Since 2012, the...

September 18, 2015


Honda Civic Tourer is a bicyclist's dream wagon

(Honda) Honda Civic Tourer Active Life Outfitted for bicyclists, this wagon has rear seats that fold down to accommodate two full-size bicycles. It also has a retractable arm for bicycle...

September 18, 2015


KBB: Most-awarded cars; safety tech a mystery to majority

(Honda) KBB names most-awarded Who got the most Kelley Blue Book awards this model year? Here are KBB's 10 Most Awarded Cars of 2015, which includes categories such as Best...

September 13, 2015


Peugeot Fractal channels music into passengers

(Peugeot) Peugeot Fractal This two-tone car — white up front and black in the back — will be among the reveals this week during the Frankfurt auto show, which starts...

September 11, 2015


W. Seattle Car Show at college; top used cars for millennials

West Seattle Car Show moves to college campus this year After seven years of being at the Junction, the West Seattle Car Show has a new home this year: South...

September 11, 2015


Most think they drive better than mate; top sellers in August

Poll: You probably think you're a better driver than your mate The majority of people think they are better drivers than their spouse or significant other, says a poll by...

September 6, 2015


Rolls-Royce hits the right notes with music-inspired concept

(Rolls-Royce) Rolls-Royce Wraith "Inspired by Music" This version shown at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance joins Rolls-Royce's "Inspired by Film" and "Inspired by Fashion" editions to complete the trilogy....

September 4, 2015


10 most-stolen cars; travel up for holiday; speed cameras help

(Honda) Honda takes first two spots in most-stolen-vehicles report The latest Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau identifies the 10 most-stolen vehicles of 2014 in the U.S....

September 4, 2015


Tesla's 'insane' mode better than best; new vs. used price gap

(Tesla) Tesla with 'insane' mode busts Consumer Reports curve Tesla's all-wheel-drive version of the battery-powered Model S, the P85D, earned a 103 out of a possible 100 in an evaluation...

August 30, 2015


Audi readies to unveil electric SUV

(Audi) Audi electric SUV Audi says it will unveil an electric sport SUV concept with a range of more than 310 miles next month at the Frankfurt auto show. The...

August 28, 2015


'Lucky's Garage' opens at LeMay; top motorcycles of '15

Harold LeMay and his wife, Nancy, in a Chevrolet Bel Air. (LeMay - America's Car Museum) LeMay museum adds 'Lucky's Garage' as permanent show Fifty vehicles from the Harold E....

August 28, 2015


11 best used cars for college; youths save on parents' policy

(Mazda) Edmunds: The 11 best used cars for college students Auto-information site chose these 11 used vehicles as the best for college students, based on affordability, tech features and...

August 23, 2015


Hyundai's next design direction looks like Vision G

(Hyundai) Hyundai Vision G Hyundai debuted this coupe at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before showing it at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, as a preview to...

August 21, 2015


Vintage-motorcycle show is Saturday; millennials lease luxury

(LeMay - America's Car Museum) The Meet: Vintage motorcycles come to LeMay on Saturday Hundreds of vintage motorcycles will be on display Saturday at LeMay — America's Car Museum in...

August 21, 2015


Health effects of giving up driving; share name of your car

(Thinkstock) Survey: Giving up driving may have health effects on seniors Older adults who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five...

August 16, 2015


Vision for Aston Martin includes lithium-sulfur batteries

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin DBX This all-electric coupe, introduced at the Geneva auto show in March, has two doors and seating for five. Its inboard electric motors are driven by...

August 14, 2015


Plan lets college students rent Nissans; hot colors for cars

(Nissan) Plan lets college students rent Nissan cars on campus Nissan and Enterprise CarShare have teamed up in a multi-year partnership to give college students and faculty a chance to...

August 14, 2015


Top carriers for pet safety; apps that distract teen drivers

(Subaru) The top dogs of pet carriers In recent testing by Subaru and the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety, three carriers came out as top dogs for crash-worthiness. The top-performing...

August 9, 2015


Magna's hybrid sports car is a lightweight beauty

(Magna) Magna MILA Plus This two-seat hybrid sports car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Its frame is made of extruded aluminum, while its body panels...

August 7, 2015


NHRA to race at Pacific Raceways; top 10 back-to-school cars

(NHRA) Hot rods at Pacific Raceways Hot-rod racing will fill three days at Pacific Raceways in Kent this week when the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) presents the 28th annual...

August 2, 2015


Renault concept may signal Alpine revival

(Renault) Renault Alpine Celebration Renault's sporty Alpine brand looks like it may be revived based on this concept that debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and then joined...

July 31, 2015


Halfway through year, VW is in lead; the top '15 concept cars

(Volkswagen) VW is top seller so far this year Volkswagen clinched the top spot in global auto sales for the first half of 2015 by selling 5.04 million vehicles, enough...

July 31, 2015


Volvo buys Polestar; KBB names 10 comfy cars below $30K

(Volvo) Volvo buys Polestar Volvo has bought Polestar, a Swedish high-performance car company. Polestar will now be used as the model name for high-performance Volvos. Volvo expects to sell 750...

July 26, 2015


Touch-a-Truck comes to Southcenter Saturday

Little ones can explore dozens of heavy-duty rigs and equipment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today during the fifth annual Touch-a-Truck Safety and Emergency Preparedness Fair at Westfield...

July 25, 2015


Nissan Sway delivers bold look for hatchback

(Associated Press) Nissan Sway Nissan offered a bolder look for a hatchback by introducing this car at the Geneva auto show in March. The car borrows design elements from the...

July 24, 2015


J.D. Power: Top-scoring cars in APEAL study

(Porsche) J.D. Power reveals vehicles with the highest APEAL The Porsche brand topped the J.D. Power 2015 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study for the 11th year in a...

July 24, 2015


BMW drives come to Emerald Downs; Goodguys show starts Friday

(BMW) Drive BMWs at Emerald Downs The parking lot at Emerald Downs in Auburn will be transformed into a track for the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience, to be held July...

July 20, 2015


Entertainment tags along behind Jeep concept

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Jeep Renegade Hard Steel Based on the Jeep Trailhawk, this Renegade is dressed up with a brushed-steel exterior and matte black accents. It debuted at the Geneva...

July 17, 2015


Survey: The power of auto shows; car loans easier to get

The Seattle Auto Show last year. (Linda Hughes / NWautos) Survey: Auto shows influence purchases long after events A new study called "The Power of Auto Shows" says there is...

July 17, 2015


Volvo: Feds need self-driving standards; site for safety tech

Automaker tells feds to create standards for self-driving cars A mishmash of government rules could slow adoption of new self-driving car technology, an auto industry representative told federal lawmakers in...

July 13, 2015


Subaru concept touts STI performance upgrades

(Subaru) Subaru STI Performance The concept that debuted at the New York International Auto Show in March showcases Subaru Tecnica International (STI) vehicle performance capabilities. STI is the motorsports performance...

July 10, 2015


Win Civic signed by One Direction; LeMay opens muscle car show

(Honda) Enter to win a Honda Civic autographed by One Direction A 2015 Honda Civic customized and autographed by the boy band One Direction will be on display Wednesday as...

July 10, 2015


Insurers not ready for self-driving cars; top sellers in June

Survey: Insurance companies not ready for self-driving cars Auto insurers are unprepared for the changes self-driving vehicles will create for their business and most don't think the technology will have...

July 5, 2015


The Washington city with the most car thefts

(Thinkstock) Spokane No. 1 for car theft You're more likely to lose a car or truck to thieves in Spokane than in any other city statewide, a new study says....

July 4, 2015


Toyota merges two vehicles into 1 Ultimate Utility

(Toyota) Toyota Ultimate Utility Vehicle Toyota has created this Sienna body retrofitted on top of a Tacoma truck base and will show it at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)...

July 3, 2015


Fiat debuts Alfa Romeo Giulia; Oregon to test pay-per-mile tax

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Fiat debuts Alfa Romeo Giulia Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently unveiled the long-awaited Alfa Romeo Giulia, a sedan meant to power the premium sports-car brand's return...

June 28, 2015


Lincoln Continental has 30-way seats

(Lincoln) Lincoln Continental A sleek silhouette and an updated chrome grille give this concept a new look from Lincoln, which introduced it at the New York auto show in March....

June 26, 2015


Free movie at LeMay drive-in night; Corvette No. 1M restored

Free LeMay drive-in series shows 'Night at the Museum' "Night at the Museum" will kick off the free drive-in movie series at LeMay — America's Car Museum, in Tacoma, on...

June 26, 2015


Fuel-saving tips for summer driving

(Thinkstock) Fuel-saving tips for summer Want to save fuel on those long summer highway drives? Close the windows and turn the air conditioning on. That's just one of the useful...

June 22, 2015


5 local car shows for Father's Day

LeMay — America's Car Museum will present the Hoods Up for Father's Day event. (LeMay — America's Car Museum) Give Dad the gift of a local car show outing for...

June 19, 2015


Jeep concept gets back to military basics

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Jeep Staff Car Designed as a salute to Jeep military service vehicles, this Wrangler was one of seven concept vehicles created for the Easter Jeep Safari in...

June 19, 2015


KBB: 10 best road-trip cars; women wary of driverless cars

(Audi) KBB: 10 best road-trip cars Kelley Blue Book chose these as the 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2015: • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray • Tesla Model S • Ford...

June 14, 2015


Feds want crash avoidance standard; toxins in child car seats

(Thinkstock) Feds say collision-avoidance systems should be standard Automakers should immediately include as standard equipment in all new cars and commercial trucks systems that automatically brake or warn drivers to...

June 13, 2015


Honda will beef up SUV for China

(Honda) Honda Concept D Honda is thinking larger for the Chinese market as it introduced this SUV concept at the Shanghai auto show in April. The full-size vehicle is equipped...

June 12, 2015


New group wants driverless cars from Detroit; top family cars

New group to push developing driverless cars in Detroit Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according...

June 8, 2015


Carmakers target college grads for deals; top sellers of May

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Deals cater to college grads Many automakers are offering special deals to recent college graduates. Hyundai and Kia are offering $400, and Honda, Acura, Chrysler and Ford...

June 6, 2015


Peugeot creates 875 hp 'Gran Turismo' racer

(Peugeot) Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo Designed for the "Gran Turismo 6" video game, this virtual car has a 3.2-liter V-6 and has specs for 875 horsepower. It's 41 inches tall...

June 5, 2015


Mecum auction comes to CenturyLink; Harley gets into X Games

(David Newhardt / Mecum Auctions) Mecum to fill CenturyLink for 2 days of collector-car auctions Bidders will be able to choose from about 600 collector cars for the Mecum Auctions...

May 31, 2015


Sidewinder can go 93 mph over sand

(Gray Design) Gray Design Sidewinder This hypothetical dune buggy is the work of Eduard Gray of Sweden-based Gray Design. It's powered by an 8.4-liter Chevrolet LSX crate engine to kick...

May 29, 2015


The best headlights for unlit roads; young drivers value mpgs

(Thinkstock) Headlights come up short on unlit roads, says AAA testing AAA tested three types of headlights for safety and found that some fared better than others in providing adequate...

May 29, 2015


8 cars for tech-shy; crashes tied to cellphones rise

(Kia) 8 options for low-tech cars High-tech vehicles aren't for everyone. So auto-information site identified eight "unconnected" new cars not packed with technology (all are model year 2015 unless...

May 25, 2015


KBB: 10 cool cars below $18K; Toyota, Mazda expand partnership

(Kia) Want a cool car below 18K? KBB names its top 10 choices The cool factor figured into Kelley Blue Book's choices for the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000....

May 23, 2015

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Audi finishes Prologue series with 98 mpg Allroad

(Audi) Audi Prologue Allroad Following a coupe and Avant concept, the Allroad is the third Prologue in a series by Audi. Unveiled at the recent Shanghai auto show, the Allroad...

May 22, 2015


FCA to skip summer shutdowns; Autoweek remembers pioneer

(FCA) Automaker will skip summer shutdown to meet demand Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says that four of its U.S. assembly plants along with six engine and transmission plants will continue to...

May 18, 2015


Seattle Swap Meet in Monroe; texting is top road rage trigger

(Early Ford V8 Club) Seattle Swap Meet comes to Monroe for the weekend More than 1,200 vendors will be at the Seattle Swap Meet this weekend at the Evergreen State...

May 16, 2015


Dragonfly doors and swivel seats define Chevy FNR

(General Motors) Chevrolet FNR Chevrolet showed off its self-driving concept at the recent Shanghai auto show. The robo-car was developed at General Motors' Pan Asian Technical Automotive Center joint venture...

May 15, 2015


Porsche opens center; young up driving; free college via FCA

(Porsche) Car gallery, track part of new Porsche Experience Center Porsche opened its new $100 million Porsche Experience Center (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta Thursday. The 27-acre complex is the...

May 10, 2015


Why McLaren is going it alone; top sellers for April

(McLaren) McLaren vows to stay solo McLaren plans to stay independent to take advantage of its nimbleness as it competes with other supercar makers such as Lamborghini and Ferrari. "We're...

May 9, 2015


CASP concept is a green group project

CASP concept A group of automotive suppliers collaborated to create this car that highlights advances in polyurethane products. Its acronym stands for Concepts for Advanced Sustainability in Polyurethanes, and...

May 8, 2015


Thefts rise for key-in-car blunders; AAA: driving costs drop

(Thinkstock) Thieves get 44,828 free rides as drivers leave keys in cars U.S. car thefts with keys left inside the vehicle jumped 14 percent from 2012 to 2014, reaching 44,828...

May 4, 2015


Cars in Europe to automatically call for emergency help

(Thinkstock) Emergency system will be required in European cars All new vehicles in the European Union will have to be fitted as of 2018 with a system that automatically calls...

May 2, 2015


3 gesture-control screens fill VW Golf concept

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Golf R Touch Gesture-control hand movements that operate the Golf's infotainment display enhance the functionality of this car that Volkswagen debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las...

May 1, 2015


Volvo to cars from China; RV show starts Thursday in Puyallup

(Volvo) Volvo to sell cars from China In June, Volvo will begin shipping its S60 Inscription sedan (shown) from its plant in Chengdu, China, to the U.S. The company expects...

April 27, 2015


Ford brings test drives to Emerald Downs; debuts in Shanghai

(Ford) Ford brings EcoBoost test drives to Emerald Downs Ford will bring its EcoBoost Challenge to Emerald Downs in Auburn on May 9 to give drivers a chance to get...

April 25, 2015


Mercedes debuts compact GLC coupe in Shanghai

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Mercedes-Benz is looking to bring out an all-new compact coupe model as early as 2016, the company said at the Shanghai auto show this week. It's...

April 24, 2015


Hyundai sends a message to space; Ward's names best interiors

(Hyundai) Hyundai sends astronaut a record-breaking message To give an astronaut on the International Space Station a message from his 13-year-old daughter, Hyundai created the largest tire track image ever,...

April 20, 2015


Why you should wash salt from car; Arenacross at Tacoma Dome

(Thinkstock) Feds say to wash underside of car to remove corrosive salt If you drive where salt is used to clear the roads of snow and ice, U.S. safety regulators...

April 18, 2015


Driver - and passenger - can take the wheel of Budii

(The Associated Press) Rinspeed Budii Drivers and passengers can take the wheel in this car that debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. The self-driving electric car with steer-by-wire...

April 17, 2015


Monster trucks and demolition derby come to Spring Fair

(Courtesy of Washington State Fair Events Center) Monster trucks and demo derbys rev up Spring Fair Demolition derbys (shown) and a monster-truck show are among the automotive events coming to...

April 12, 2015


Honda takes Civic concept in a sporty direction

(Honda) Honda Civic Honda debuted its 2016 Civic concept at the New York International Auto Show, which ends Sunday. The sporty-looking car has a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance....

April 10, 2015


Toyota to switch to common platforms; top sellers in March

Toyota to shift to common platforms in next 5 years Toyota will shift half of all the vehicles it makes to new cost-saving platforms by 2020. By moving to the...

April 6, 2015


Age, gender impact insurance rates; Seattle traffic 5th worst

(Thinkstock) Report: The impacts of age and gender on insurance rates Women are likely to pay less for car insurance, according to a report commissioned by A 20-year-old man...

April 4, 2015


Easter Jeep Safari concept has a tent on top

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander One of seven Easter Jeep Safari concepts, the Overlander is among the vehicles tackling the trails of Moab, Utah, this week for the...

April 3, 2015


'Live' morning TV to preview New York auto show all week

(Jaguar) 'Live' to preview some of the stars of New York auto show As a preview of the New York International Auto Show, "Live with Kelly and Michael" will spend...

March 29, 2015


Bentley concept could become model No. 5

(The Associated Press) Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Bentley is considering adding a fifth model to its growing lineup and used the Geneva International Motor Show last month to reveal...

March 27, 2015


LeMay shows vintage station wagons; the cheapest car to insure

A 1954 Pontiac Chieftan Deluxe Super Eight will be among the station wagons in a new display at LeMay — America's Car Museum. (Courtesy of LeMay — America's Car Museum)...

March 27, 2015


Estimate: 2015 F-150 will hold value; financing hits new high

(Ford) 2015 F-150 value holds up Fighting back against critics of the switch to the use of aluminum for the bodies of the 2015 F-150 pickup (shown), Ford released third-party...

March 23, 2015


Hellcats prove too popular; Toyota signs on for Olympics

(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Too-popular Hellcats on hold Dodge has told its dealer network to stop taking orders for the 2015 Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats, a pair of 707-horsepower throwbacks...

March 21, 2015


VW coupe chooses course based on driver's biometrics

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE Volkswagen showed off new front-end styling in this hybrid at the recent Geneva auto show. Its headlights and taillights are designed to have a...

March 20, 2015


U.S. News & World Report names top cars for families

(Kia) The best family cars, according to U.S. News U.S. News & World Report names top cars for families For its awards for the 2015 Best Cars for Families, U.S....

March 16, 2015


Millennials show their strength as car shoppers

(Thinkstock) Number of car loans rises for millennials, says TransUnion The millennial generation is the fastest-growing segment of auto-loan consumers, according to a new study from TransUnion. The credit-reporting firm's...

March 14, 2015


Lexus shrinks concept for 25-year anniversary

(Toyota) Lexus LF-SA To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Lexus, the automaker challenged its design studio, ED2, to create a concept of an ultra-compact vehicle for city driving....

March 13, 2015


Hagerty's 10 picks for the next great collectible cars

(Subaru) Hagerty: 10 cars of today that collectors will want tomorrow Classic-car insurance company Hagerty picked these 10 vehicles for its annual Hagerty Hot List, featuring the 2015 vehicles below...

March 9, 2015


Mecedes takes G-Class concept off-road

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4 This concept emphasizes the G-Class' off-road ability and features jacked-up suspension, 22-inch wheels and ground clearance of almost 18 inches. The vehicle, which debuted at the...

March 6, 2015


Compact SUVs dominate at Geneva show; top sellers last month

(The Associated Press) Compact SUVs big in Geneva In Europe, SUV could now stand for a Shrinking Utility Vehicle. An array of small sport utility vehicles is on display this...

March 6, 2015


The top dependable cars, says J.D. Power study

(General Motors) J.D. Power ranks these as the most dependable vehicles For the 2015 J.D. Power and Associates' annual vehicle dependability study, which measures owner-reported problems in 3-year-old vehicles, these...

March 1, 2015


Infiniti's sleek compact SUV to debut at Geneva show

(Infiniti) Infiniti QX30 Designed to combine the sleek lines of a coupe with the higher stance of a compact SUV, the concept will make its debut at the Geneva International...

February 27, 2015


KBB, Consumer Reports, Fortune say these are winners

(Honda) KBB names best family cars Kelley Blue Book picked these vehicles as the 15 Best Family Cars of 2015 (in alphabetical order): • Chevrolet Impala • Chevrolet Tahoe •...

February 27, 2015

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The best for '15, says Motorweek; why used-car prices rising

(Ford) Motorweek picks its top cars For its annual Drivers' Choice Awards, Motorweek magazine evaluated 150 vehicles for driving dynamics, performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and dollar value. Here are...

February 23, 2015


Survey: Drivers know dangers, yet still take risks

(Thinkstock) Survey: Unsafe driving persists despite knowing the dangers Many Americans report that they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one...

February 21, 2015


Kia Trail'ster brings some Soul to off-road fun

(Kia) Kia Trail'ster Based on the Soul, this concept is a turbocharged, hybrid, all-wheel-drive compact SUV created for off-road adventures. The Trail'ster has a retractable canvas roof and integrated roof...

February 20, 2015


Chicago Auto Show introduces new SUVs

(The Associated Press) SUVs debut at Chicago show Sales of SUVs are strong — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this...

February 15, 2015


The best cars for the money; used-car inventory to grow

(Honda) The best vehicles for the money, according to U.S. News U.S. News & World Report picked vehicles in 21 categories for its 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards....

February 14, 2015


Bed of Hyundai's pickup concept slides out to expand

(Hyundai) Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Hyundai is targeting "urban adventurers" with this concept that debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. Designed to be versatile enough to accommodate...

February 13, 2015


Super Bowl ads spike KBB searches; free perk for Subaru owners

(BMW) KBB: Searches spike for cars advertised during Super Bowl The automakers who advertised during the Super Bowl saw big jumps in new-car searches on the Kelley Blue Book website...

February 8, 2015


Mitsubishi concept knows when to shift into power-saving mode

(Mitsubishi) Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV This futuristic crossover hints at the upcoming direction of U.S. Mitsubishi vehicles. The automaker showcased the plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle at the L.A. auto show in November....

February 6, 2015


900+ vendors in Corvette show in Puyallup; January top sellers

(Courtesy of Corvette and High Performance) Corvettes among performance cars at 2-day meet in Puyallup More than 900 vendors will sell new and used accessories, parts and cars at the...

February 6, 2015


Mercedes contracts out making of SUV; VW reducing parts

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes to contract out production of R-Class SUV Military and commercial-vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German...

February 1, 2015


6 automakers tackle Super Bowl ads; MTV: millennials love cars

Actor Pierce Brosnan appears in the Super Bowl ad for the 2016 Kia Sorento. (Kia) 6 automakers take the field with Super Bowl advertising A handful of automakers will be...

January 30, 2015


SpongeBob Sienna is part bubble machine

(Toyota) SpongeBob Movie 2015 Toyota Sienna Nickelodeon and Toyota partnered to modify a Sienna to promote "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," which opens in theaters Feb. 6. A...

January 30, 2015


Toyota leads global sales — by a hair; share lottery dreams

(Toyota) Toyota leads 2014 global sales Toyota narrowly edged out Volkswagen to capture the global auto sales crown for the third consecutive year in 2014. General Motors was third. Toyota...

January 26, 2015


Harley plans 75 years at Sturgis Rally; Fiat to invest $55.5 B

A Harley-Davidson employee removes a brick from the Milwaukee headquarters parking area using a 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750. Bricks from the building will help create a plaza in Sturgis, S.D....

January 24, 2015


Buick hints at future with Avenir concept

(The Associated Press) Buick Avenir A global team of Buick designers helped create the Avenir, which means future in French. The luxury sedan debuted at the Detroit auto show, which...

January 23, 2015


Nissan partners with NASA

(Nissan) Nissan partners with NASA Nissan and NASA have announced a five-year partnership to develop self-driving vehicles. They plan to begin testing the vehicles later this year at NASA Ames...

January 18, 2015


Chevy expects Bolt to deliver 200 miles on electric power

(General Motors) Chevrolet Bolt Chevrolet debuted this all-electric concept at the Detroit auto show this week. The automaker expects to offer a production version in two years for about $30,000....

January 16, 2015


Electric cars might get free ferry rides; Stingray holds value

Governor proposes free ferry rides for EVs in Washington Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to give electric vehicles a free ride on state ferries and highway toll lanes. His transportation...

January 11, 2015


Mercedes dazzles with self-driving concept at CES

Attendees sit in the self-driving Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car at the Mercedes-Benz booth at the International CES, in Las Vegas. (Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press) Mercedes-Benz F...

January 9, 2015


LeMay show covers history of F-Series; top sellers in 2014

A 1956 Ford F-100, on loan from Jeff and Edith Frank, will be part of the LeMay show. (Courtesy of LeMay — America's Car Museum) LeMay's show of Ford F-Series...

January 9, 2015


Monster Jam coming to Tacoma Dome; 2015 gas savings: $550

(Monster Jam) Monster Jam comes to Tacoma Monster trucks, including Grave Digger, Zombie, Double Trouble, Destroyer and Monster Mutt, will race and muscle through stunts during three days at the...

January 4, 2015


Number of safe cars soars for 2015; Ducati debuts Scrambler

(Toyota) Number of safety picks almost doubles for 2015, says IIHS The insurance industry's list of cars and trucks that do the best job of keeping owners alive in a...

January 3, 2015


Chevy beefs up off-road muscle in midsize Colorado concept

(General Motors) Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Chevrolet created this concept as a showcase for off-road capability in a midsize truck. It features the turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine that will...

January 2, 2015


1st Hondas display in new museum; Volvo goes for online focus

An Acura NSX concept car is displayed at the Honda Heritage Center grand opening in Marysville, Ohio. (The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch) New Honda museum will look back...

December 29, 2014


KBB forecasts strong sales; Lincoln Black Label boosts luxury

KBB expects strong '15 sales Auto-information company Kelley Blue Book says 2014 has been strong in auto sales, and next year looks promising, too. Total sales for major manufacturers this...

December 27, 2014


Mini Citysurfer tucks away when it's not zipping around

(BMW) Mini Citysurfer BMW designers conceived this electric scooter as an automotive supplement, able to tuck into a vehicle and go short distances from a parking spot through city streets....

December 26, 2014


The top color for cars; year-end-sales prediction from Edmunds

(Thinkstock) White is top color for cars White remains the most popular color choice for new cars, according to a survey by PPG Industries. The automotive-coatings manufacturer recently released data...

December 22, 2014


Car-theft holiday breakdown; Adam Levine's new band is red

(Thinkstock) Thieves take a X-mas holiday Car thieves may take a break for Christmas, but they get back to "business" in the new year, according to data from the National...

December 20, 2014


Honda fuel-cell vehicle nears launch

(Honda) Honda FCV Honda debuted this fuel-cell vehicle concept in November, showcasing the vehicle the automaker expects to launch in Japan in March 2016. Sales in the U.S. and Europe...

December 19, 2014


State cuts 7-year plate-replacement rule; Ward's: best engines

(Washington State Department of Licensing) 7-year plate replacement no longer mandatory as of Jan. 1 The Washington state law that requires vehicle owners to buy new license plates after seven...

December 15, 2014


Mini to trim number of models; aluminum doors, fenders in works

(BMW) Mini looks to downsize lineup BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses...

December 13, 2014


Mercedes concept powered by solar-panel paint

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz G-Code Mercedes debuted this sport utility coupe for the company's opening of its R&D center in Beijing. The concept uses multi-voltaic silver paint to transform the body into...

December 12, 2014


November's top sellers; seniors support tougher driving rules

(Toyota) The top sellers in November The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in November, with October's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 59,049 (1) 2. Chevrolet Silverado, 42,799...

December 8, 2014


Popular Mechanics picks top cars; loans hit a 9-year high

(Volkswagen) Popular Mechanics picks top vehicles and tech for the year The Popular Mechanics Car Awards named these vehicles and features as the most important auto technology of this year....

December 6, 2014


Chevy concept brings laser-beam propulsion to 'Gran Turismo 6'

(General Motors) Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Chevrolet designed this virtual car for the new PlayStation 3 racing game "Gran Turismo 6." The concept is inspired by the innovative...

December 5, 2014


The 10 best cars for 2015; where a new-car sale can help charities

(BMW) Car and Driver picks 10 best Car and Driver magazine named these vehicles as the 10 best for 2015, in alphabetical order: • BMW M235i (shown) • Cadillac CTS...

December 1, 2014


Alfa Romeo back in U.S.; Mercedes will let drivers stay in control

(Alfa Romeo) Alfa Romeo returns to the U.S. Alfa Romeo is back in the U.S. after a 20-year hiatus. Dealerships are starting to receive shipments of the 2015 4C sports...

November 29, 2014


Lexus LF-C2 concept looks good in any light

(The Associated Press) Lexus LF-C2 This open-air roadster concept debuted at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show and points to Lexus' future design direction. The exterior edges and curves are...

November 28, 2014


L.A. Auto Show winners and debuts

(Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press) New cars and award winners from the L.A. Auto Show Here are some of the highlights of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which...

November 23, 2014


Infiniti SYNAPTIQ is a wild 2029 idea

(Infiniti) Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Infiniti presented this design idea as part of the 2014 Design Challenge at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show. The theme for the challenge is "Sensing the...

November 21, 2014


KBB: best buys for '15; analysts say 2015 sales look promising

(Honda) KBB names best buys for 2015 Kelley Blue Book recently picked these model-year 2015 vehicles as its Best Buy Award winners: Overall winner: Ford F-150 Small car: Honda Civic...

November 21, 2014


Texters keep at it behind wheel; Twitter behind $716M in sales

(Thinkstock) AT&T survey says drivers text despite knowing dangers Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Many people do it anyway. In an AT&T-sponsored survey of frequent drivers...

November 17, 2014


New names coming for Mercedes; celebs help Lincoln MKC sales

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes revives Maybach in name-change plan Mercedes-Benz is reviving the Maybach name for a second time to appeal to the world's wealthiest auto buyers. Maybach, a 1930s-era marque, will...

November 15, 2014


Chevy Suburban concept adds a recycled spin to tailgating

(General Motors) Chevrolet Suburban Premium Outdoors Concept Chevrolet showed this Suburban concept at the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. It has a 6.2-liter V-8 engine and Borla exhaust...

November 14, 2014


The top sellers in October; Mercedes re-enters motorcycle biz

(Chrysler) October's top-selling vehicles The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in October, with September's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 63,410 (1) 2. Chevrolet Silverado, 49,966 (2) 3....

November 9, 2014


Audi RS7 Piloted Concept laps track without driver

(Audi) Audi RS7 Piloted Concept As a demonstration of automated driving, this concept recently made one lap without a driver at the Hockenheimring race track in Germany. The five-door coupe...

November 7, 2014


AAA tests rear-view camera visibility; Tesla adds return policy

AAA: Rear-view cameras up visibility in all vehicle types Rear-view camera systems improved rear visibility an average of 46 percent in tests by AAA. The automotive-services company evaluated 17 vehicles...

November 2, 2014


Chevy concept brings more toughness to Silverado

(General Motors) Chevrolet Silverado Toughnology Chevrolet revealed this concept in September at the State Fair of Texas, and will show it at the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show (SEMA),...

October 31, 2014


Donate food for LeMay discount; tips to prep car for winter

LeMay visitors can donate food to get a museum discount Throughout November, LeMay — America's Car Museum will offer a discount to those who donate nonperishable food for Northwest Harvest....

October 31, 2014


How to check air bag recalls; automakers beat mpg goal again

(Thinkstock) How to check air-bag recalls If you want to know whether your vehicle's air bags are subject to a recall, the website has links to manufacturer sites where...

October 26, 2014


VW XL Sport concept has a motorcycle heart

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen XL Sport This lightweight sports car, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this month, features a two-cylinder engine adapted from the powerful Ducati 1199 Superleggera motorcycle. It has...

October 24, 2014


LeBron James plugs Kia K900; Tesla Model X delay likely

(Kia) LeBron James teams with Kia Basketball star LeBron James has partnered with Kia to promote the K900, the brand's first rear-drive luxury sedan. As the K900 Luxury Ambassador, the...

October 24, 2014


Skidding a must in $300K Aston Martin; top automaker sites

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin buyers want $300K car to be able to skid Drivers of Aston Martin sports cars such as the $300,000 Vanquish coupe are demanding an option that's...

October 19, 2014


Lamborghini spells it all out for Asterion concept

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 All the letters and numbers in this supercar concept tell a story. LP is for longitudinal posterior, meaning it's a mid-engine car. The 910 points...

October 17, 2014


RV sales rise; Toyota is top auto brand, report says

(Coachmen) RV sales accelerate as recovery gains traction Sales of travel trailers and motor homes continue to improve, with demand for some models nearing the peak volume before the recession,...

October 17, 2014


Land Rover's laser display a first; 'Car Matchmaker' debuts

(Land Rover) Laser display debuts in Land Rover Evoque Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque will be the first vehicle to offer a laser head-up display (HUD), which employs holographic techniques...

October 12, 2014


Infiniti brings Q80 Inspiration to Paris

(Infiniti) Infiniti Q80 Inspiration This four-door fastback concept debuted at the Paris Motor Show this month. The car points to the design direction for Nissan's upscale brand. It features a...

October 10, 2014


Rated: Distraction by infotainment systems

A driver is monitored during a study for distracted driving. (AAA Foundation) Distraction ratings for infotainment Two new studies rate the voice-activated dashboard infotainment systems of major automakers and the...

October 10, 2014


September's best sellers; low-cost insurance rare, says report

(Ford) The top-selling cars and trucks last month The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in September, with August's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 59,863 (1) 2. Chevrolet...

October 5, 2014


Volkswagen's Tristar concept is a pickup based on a van

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Tristar Based on a van design, this concept features a short pickup bed and extended cab. VW debuted it recently at the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) Commercial Vehicles show...

October 3, 2014


The top contenders for year's-best awards

(Toyota) The ones to watch for year's-best win The vehicles eligible for the 2015 North American Car and Truck/SUV of the Year awards have been narrowed to 10 and 12,...

October 3, 2014


Expect more Ferraris; feds want to scrutinize nonbank loans

(Ferrari) Ferrari production will jump to meet demand Ferrari will churn out more cars than previously planned after Sergio Marchionne, CEO of parent Fiat SpA, takes the top job at...

September 28, 2014


Toyota's concept made for urban driving

(Toyota) Toyota Urban Utility Designed for urban driving, this concept includes retractable roof panels, a tailgate that can fold into a ramp and a retractable utility bar to hold items...

September 26, 2014

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Active to youthful: Motorist Choice Awards cover 13 categories

(Nissan) The year's winners for Motorist Choice Using a combination of owner-satisfaction surveys by AutoPacific and research data from IntelliChoice, the two companies picked these vehicles for the 2014 Motorist...

September 26, 2014


Small-pickup demand picks up; online time leads to dealer time

(General Motors) GM is hiring to meet small-pickup demand Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build...

September 21, 2014


Alfa Romeo concept marks Disco Volante's 60th year

(Alfa Romeo) Alfa Romeo Disco Volante To mark the 60th birthday of its 1900 C52 Disco Volante, Alfa Romeo turned to Italian sports-car designer and manufacturer Touring Superleggera to create...

September 19, 2014


Safety checks for child seats; 3 sinkhole Corvettes to get fix

(Thinkstock) Safety group offers car-seat inspections Tomorrow is National Seat Check Saturday, but parents can jump ahead by getting a child-seat inspection today from noon to 3 p.m. at Costco,...

September 19, 2014


Tailgate theft rising; Petersen museum plans remodel

Thieves are increasingly targeting tailgates, such as this one on a Ford F-150. (Ford) Tailgate theft is rising, says insurance group The insurance industry is warning pickup drivers to watch...

September 14, 2014


Concept celebrates 100 years of Aston Martin

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin CC100 Created as a celebration of the automaker's centennial, this concept was showcased at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. It has the latest V-12...

September 12, 2014


Year's best by; cost of driving in Washington

(KTM) KTM is best of 2014, says named these bikes as the winners in its 2014 rankings of the best motorcycles of the year. Motorcycle of the Year:...

September 12, 2014


Fall RV show comes to CenturyLink; August's top sellers

(File photo) Fall RV show to fill CenturyLink for 4 days Hundreds of new RVs will be on display for the Seattle Fall RV Show, coming to CenturyLink Field Event...

September 7, 2014


BMW Vision Future is a luxury concept

(BMW) BMW Vision Future Luxury This concept debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last month. Its interior features extensive use of carbon fiber, as well as wood and leather...

September 5, 2014


The 10 most stolen last year; Corvette Museum to fill sinkhole

(Honda) The 10 vehicles most targeted for theft in '13 The latest Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau says these are the 10 vehicles most reported stolen...

September 5, 2014


4 automakers invest in plants; Honda upgrades Fit bumper

Toyota plans to expand production of its Highlander SUV. (Toyota) 4 automakers reveal big plant changes A variety of automakers announced major moves and investments recently: Ford has closed its...

August 31, 2014


Tacoma Carfest is 3 days; McConaughey in ads for Lincoln MKC

Tacoma Carfest offers 3 days of cars, music Muscle cars, low riders, classics and modified imports will be among the vehicles on display during the Tacoma Carfest, Saturday through Monday....

August 29, 2014


Renovo works 4 years in 'stealth mode' for concept

(Renovo) Renovo Coupe Introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month, this concept is by Renovo. The Campbell, Calif.-based company says it's been operating in "stealth mode" for the...

August 29, 2014


10 comfy cars under $30K; site checks recall fixes

(General Motors) KBB names comfy cars below $30K Kelley Blue Book chose these as the 10 Most Comfortable New Cars Under $30,000. All are model year 2014, unless noted otherwise....

August 24, 2014


Concept car: Toyota takes another look at FT-1

(Toyota) Toyota FT-1 Toyota updated the interior styling and exterior color for this second interpretation of the FT-1 concept. It debuted last week during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance....

August 22, 2014


Best car of Pebble Beach comes from Medina

(Reg Regalado / Monterey (Calif.) Herald) Medina Ferrari is the best of Pebble Beach The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance wrapped up last week in California. Among the highlights: Best of...

August 22, 2014


Survey: It's road-trip time; half of Gen Y shops by smartphone

(Thinkstock) Thinking of a road trip? You're not alone August is a hot time for a road trip. Forty percent of drivers plan to take a road trip before Labor...

August 17, 2014


Three British brands show off new cars at Pebble Beach

(Aston Martin) Debuts at Pebble Beach Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover are debuting all-new vehicles during Monterey Car Week, which leads up to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in...

August 15, 2014


Concept car: McLaren unveils P1 at Pebble Beach

(McLaren) McLaren P1 GTR The British automaker is unveiling this plug-in hybrid sports car concept today as part of the festivities for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It's a track-focused...

August 15, 2014


KBB's picks for back-to-school cars; Acura releases a punk pitch for TLX

(Nissan) KBB names 10 best cars for back to school Kelley Blue Book picked the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars. All are model year 2014, unless otherwise noted, and start below...

August 15, 2014


The 10 best-selling cars in July; Gen Y buys more cars than Gen X

(Toyota) The top-selling cars and trucks last month The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in July, with June's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 63,240 (1) 2. Chevrolet...

August 10, 2014


Concept car: Design students create Hyundai sports car

(Hyundai) Hyundai PassoCorto Sixteen students at the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Turin, Italy, helped design this concept in collaboration with Hyundai. The full-scale model debuted at the Geneva auto...

August 8, 2014


Car ads score during World Cup; decals offer safety warning for kids

A TV commercial for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI features Argentinian sports commentator Andres Cantor teaching his son how to drive. (Volkswagen) Car ads during World Cup kick up interest...

August 3, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


SUV/CUV sales overtake sedans for first time; teens' cars often less safe

(Nissan) A first: SUV and CUV sales overtake sedans For the first time, SUVs and crossovers have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., according...

July 20, 2014


See about 1,000 Mustangs at Bellevue College; VW to make SUV

(Ford) Mustangs fill 2 days at Bellevue College Ford Mustangs will take center stage this weekend during the Mustang Roundup and All-Ford Picnic at Bellevue College. On Saturday, a free...

July 18, 2014


AAA's top NW road trips; top fun cars for CEOs

AAA's picks for top Northwest road trips In the thick of road-trip season, here are AAA Washington's top picks for Northwest drives and destinations notable for their scenery and attractions....

July 13, 2014


Concept car: Mini Superleggera Vision is a team effort

(BMW) Mini Superleggera Vision Mini has teamed with Italian sports-car design company Touring Superleggera to create this concept. It debuted at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Italy in...

July 11, 2014


Harley holds grand opening in Renton; BMW to add Mexico plant

(Harley-Davidson) Harley grand opening offers music, barbecue Lawless Harley-Davidson is going big for its grand opening, today through Sunday. The former home of Downtown Harley-Davidson in Renton will offer three...

July 11, 2014


Apple's CarPlay reach grows; top 10 cars for June sales

(Volvo) Nine more brands will support Apple CarPlay CarPlay, Apple's vehicle in-dash entertainment system, will be supported by nine more auto brands, says the tech company. Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep,...

July 6, 2014


Concept car: Aston Martin designs for 'Gran Turismo 6'

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin Design Prototype 100 Vision Gran Turismo The design team at Aston Martin spent six months creating this virtual car, which will be available for download in...

July 4, 2014


Ten cool cars below $18K; Daimler, Renault-Nissan unite for Mexico plant

(Kia) KBB picks the coolest cars for less than $18K They're fun to drive, according to Kelley Blue Book, which picked these as the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000...

July 4, 2014


Harley electic bike is on tour; USB port a top tech 'must'

Riders cross the Manhattan Bridge in New York during the first stop of the Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire Experience. (Harley-Davidson) Harley tour introduces electric motorcycle Harley-Davidson is introducing its Project LiveWire...

June 29, 2014


Concept car: Nissan 2020 Vision game for 'Gran Turismo'

(Nissan) Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Nissan Design Europe collaborated with "Gran Turismo" creators to develop this virtual car as a vision of what a high-performance Nissan could...

June 27, 2014


Audi scoreboard made for soccer; motorcycle thefts drop, but not for Harley

(Audi) Audi kicks up soccer fun with scoreboard Soccer fans in New York can look to Audi-car headlights to learn the scores of World Cup games. The automaker placed 28...

June 27, 2014


The 10 most-stolen SUVs; Honda advertising changes channel to music

(Ford) Ford leads the list of most-stolen SUVs and CUVs The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently reported these 10 vehicles as the most-stolen SUVs and CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) for...

June 22, 2014


Concept car: Ford explores lightweighting

(Ford) Ford Lightweight Concept As part of the automaker's research to reduce the weight of its vehicles for better fuel efficiency, Ford created this concept. It's a 2013 Fusion made...

June 20, 2014


Arts cars part of show-packed weekend; Lincoln, GMC brands satisfy

The Phone Car, built on a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle chassis, will be among the art cars on display this weekend. (Courtesy of Seattle Art Car Blowout) Art cars are part...

June 20, 2014


It may be safer to let car think for you; insurers may look to your credit score

Lane-departure-warning systems, as on the Volvo XC60, can prevent crashes. (Volvo) Studies: Robots may be safer drivers Two studies by researchers at Virginia Tech suggest that cars that automate some...

June 15, 2014


LeMay shows 'Masters of Mustang'; first EarthCruiser export

(Ford) 'Masters of Mustang' show opens at LeMay To mark the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, LeMay — America's Car Museum is presenting the show "Masters of Mustang" from...

June 13, 2014


Concept car: Volvo Estate looks forward — and backward

(Volvo) Volvo Concept Estate Volvo introduced this two-door station wagon at the Geneva auto show in March to show its ideas for future design. A tablet-like touch screen in the...

June 13, 2014


Mecum to hold auction at CenturyLink; 10 best family cars

This 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible will be among the cars up for auction. (Courtesy of Mecum Auctions) Mecum to auction hundreds of cars at CenturyLink Mecum Auctions expects to...

June 8, 2014


Concept car: Maserati marks 100th anniversry with Alfieri

(Maserati) Maserati Alfieri As part of the automaker's celebration of its 100-year anniversary, Maserati unveiled this V-8 coupe at the Geneva auto show in March. The car is named after...

June 6, 2014


May's top sellers; what Washingtonians pay for insurance

(Honda) The top-selling cars and trucks last month The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in May, with April's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 68,520 (1) 2. Toyota...

June 6, 2014


KBB: 10 affordable SUVs; Ford to share inflatable seat belt tech

(General Motors) Jeep in top 2 spots of most affordable SUVs Kelley Blue Book picked these 2014 vehicles as the 10 Most Affordable SUVs based on their Fair Purchase Price,...

June 1, 2014


Concept car: Hazumi hints at next Mazda2

(Mazda) Mazda Hazumi The name of this subcompact concept means "bound" or "spring up" in Japanese. The car, meant to convey the image of an untamed animal leaping, debuted at...

May 30, 2014


Recalls don't hurt resale value; 'the other guy' is aggressive driver

The recalled 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt hasn't seen a significant price drop. (General Motors) Recalled cars tend to hold resale value Used-car shoppers hoping to score a deal on one of...

May 30, 2014


Supercar maker plans plant in state; share Route 66 stories

(SSC North America) Supercar maker SSC to open plant in state A state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is back on track for supercar maker SSC North America. Company founder Jerod Shelby says...

May 25, 2014


Concept car: Jeep modified for Moab

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Maximum Performance This concept, designed for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-road trail rides in Utah last month, features a Mopar Blue exterior. Its off-road capabilities are...

May 23, 2014


Holiday travel expected to rise; test drive at Emerald Downs

(Thinkstock) More will be hitting the road for holiday AAA Travel estimates that 36.1 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day holiday weekend. That's...

May 23, 2014


AAA: Cost to drive down this year; museum may keep sinkhole

(Thinkstock) Cost to drive is down this year, AAA says It's less expensive to drive this year than last year, according to AAA's annual Your Driving Costs study. The cost...

May 18, 2014


Concept car: Nissan redefines sedan with Lannia

(Nissan) Nissan Lannia Nissan featured this sedan concept at the Beijing auto show last month. It has signature trademarks of the company's next-generation design, including a V-motion grille, boomerang headlamps...

May 16, 2014


Jeep named top for NW; Toyota ends Tesla deal for fuel-cell future

(Chrysler) Cherokee named top pick for NW driving More than 20 auto journalists from the Northwest Automotive Press Association tested 23 vehicles during the recent two-day Mudfest competition at Snoqualmie's...

May 16, 2014


Driverless-car site gets support; a third buy after 1 test drive

(University of Michigan via The Associated Press) Automakers join in for driverless-car test site General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan to establish a testing site...

May 11, 2014


Concept car: Ford Edge will do the parking for you

(Ford) Ford Edge Concept Featuring technologies under development, this concept points to future options from Ford. The SUV, displayed at the recent New York auto show, has a fully assisted...

May 9, 2014


The 10 best used cars; Chrysler plans new compact and SUV

(Honda) Honda Civic tops list of 10 best used cars Kelley Blue Book picked these 2004-or-newer vehicles as the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000: 1. 2007 Honda Civic (shown)...

May 9, 2014


Wal-Mart partners with insurance site; top sellers for April

(The Associated Press) Wal-Mart to market auto-insurance site Wal-Mart is bringing one-stop shopping to another area: auto insurance. The retailer has teamed up with AutoInsurance .com to promote the site...

May 4, 2014


Three Jeeps to be made in China; insurance-switch savings average $300

(The Associated Press) Three new Jeeps to be built in China next year Fiat and Chrysler recently announced that they plan to build three new Jeep models in China for...

May 2, 2014


Concept car: VW Golf SportWagen to replace Jetta version

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Golf SportWagen This all-wheel-drive, TDI clean-diesel version of the SportWagen debuted at the recent New York auto show as a preview of the redesigned SportWagen coming early next...

May 2, 2014


First Teslas delivered in China; 'Need for Speed' Mustang sells for $300K

A worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before it's delivered to a customer in China. (Ng Han Guan / The Associated Press) Tesla delivers first Model S cars to...

April 27, 2014


Concept car: Land Rover ride a preview of Discovery line

(The Associated Press) Land Rover Discovery Vision As an introduction to its future line of Discovery vehicles, Land Rover debuted this concept at the New York International Auto Show this...

April 25, 2014


Ford to sell Lincolns in China; KBB names Brand Image winners

(The Associated Press) Ford to introduce Lincolns in China Ford says it will sell its luxury Lincoln line in China for the first time this year when it opens eight...

April 25, 2014


Noteworthy cars from the New York auto show

The Acura TLX has a sharper look. (The Associated Press) Notable rides at the New York auto show Here are some of the noteworthy vehicles that debuted this week at...

April 20, 2014


Concept car: Bentley introduces hybrid

(Bentley) Bentley Hybrid Concept Based on the Bentley Mulsanne, this concept will debut at the Beijing auto show on Sunday. It's a plug-in hybrid capable of going 31 miles on...

April 18, 2014


Toyota debuts redesigned Camry; 10 great auto interiors

(The Associated Press) Toyota introduces sportier Camry design Toyota revealed its redesigned 2015 Camry (shown) at the New York auto show this week, saying that it changed every exterior piece...

April 18, 2014


Automobile Magazine favorites; Toyota reworks gas engine for efficiency

(Honda) Automobile Magazine names its favorites Automobile Magazine named its 10 All-Stars for 2014. These are the favorite vehicles of the editorial staff, in alphabetical order: • Audi A7/S7/RS 7...

April 13, 2014


Concept car: Ford Everest a hit in Bangkok

(Ford) Ford Everest This concept made its debut last week at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Its headlamps are swept back for an aerodynamic look, and it features high ground...

April 11, 2014


Auto events come to Spring Fair; businesses can lease Teslas

(Courtesy of Washington State Fair Events Center) Monster trucks, demo derbys at Spring Fair Demolition derbys (shown) and a monster truck show are among the automotive events coming to the...

April 11, 2014


Small violations can hike insurance, too; top fuel-efficient trucks

(Thinkstock) Even small violations raise insurance rates A new report from says even minor traffic violations can cause significant auto-insurance rate increases. Of seven moving violations examined, the rate-comparison...

April 6, 2014


Concept car: Sport Sedan shows off Nissan's design direction

(Nissan) Nissan Sport Sedan A low roofline and boomerang-shaped headlights of this sedan reflect Nissan's future design direction. The car made its world debut at the Detroit auto show in...

April 4, 2014


Most mistakenly believe hands-free devices safer; top sellers for March

(Thinkstock) Think hands-free is safer? You're wrong A public opinion poll conducted by the National Safety Council says 80 percent of drivers incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than...

April 4, 2014


Trucks that lead in retained value; singing is top non-driving activity

(Land Rover) NADA report: Best '11 trucks to hold value The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is the leading truck or SUV to retain its value after three years, says a March...

March 30, 2014


Concept car: A look forward at Subaru Legacy

(Subaru) Subaru Legacy Marking the 25th anniversary of the Legacy, Subaru introduced a concept version at the L.A. auto show in November. The concept features a more distinctive front design,...

March 28, 2014


Cold, heat shorten EV battery range; RV maker adds workers to meet demand

(Ford) Temperature affects range of EV batteries Testing by auto club AAA has found that how far an electric vehicle can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the...

March 28, 2014


Theme for Movie Night: Karting; Lexus, Mazda have lowest cost of ownership

(Racing Dreams) Thursday Movie Night features karting theme Karting documentary "Racing Dreams" will show Thursday during Club Auto Kirkland's Movie Night. Kart racing is the theme for the evening, which...

March 23, 2014


Concept car: Toyota i-Road a 3-wheel innovation

(Toyota) Toyota i-Road A blend of car and motorcycle, the three-wheel i-Road is all electric and made for two. Toyota showcased it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It...

March 21, 2014


Tesla on top in Consumer Reports issue; rear cameras safer than sensors

(Tesla) Consumer Reports picks Tesla as top car The Tesla Model S (shown) is the top-scoring car for 2014 in Consumer Reports' annual auto issue, on sale now. The car...

March 21, 2014


NADA: These cars hold value; Jeep ups Cherokee, Wrangler production

(Subaru) NADA report: Best '11 cars to hold value The 2011 Subaru Impreza (shown) is the leading vehicle to retain its value after three years, says a February report on...

March 16, 2014


Concept car: Volkswagen T-Roc has open-air option

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen T-Roc Removable roof panels give this two-door "compact SUV" an open-air option. The vehicle made its world debut at the Geneva auto show, which continues through Sunday. It...

March 14, 2014


Automakers among Customer Champions; Subaru to make Impreza in Indiana

Customer Champions include 4 auto brands Four automakers — Cadillac (logo shown), Jaguar, Lexus and Lincoln — are among 50 companies noted for their outstanding customer service on the...

March 14, 2014


Three of 8 Corvettes pulled from sinkhole; the coolest cars under $25K

The first Corvette pulled from the sinkhole, a 2009 ZR1, emerges with only a coating of dust and dirt. (The Associated Press) First three Corvettes pulled from sinkhole Like a...

March 9, 2014


Concept car: Lexus coupe meets racing standards

(Toyota) Lexus RC F GT3 Offering 540 horsepower, this racing concept debuted this week at the Geneva auto show. The car is based on the Lexus RC F performance coupe...

March 7, 2014


Small cars star at Geneva show; 10 top-selling cars for February

(The Associated Press) Small cars play a big role at Geneva show Dozens of cars debuted this week at the Geneva auto show, including a large number of small models....

March 6, 2014


Subaru nabs half of KBB's top 10 AWD list; insurance rates high in March

(Subaru) Subaru dominates list of top 10 AWD Kelley Blue Book has chosen the 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Cars & SUVs Under $25,000. The picks for model-year 2014 vehicles: 1. Subaru...

March 2, 2014


Concept car: GT4 Stinger shows sporty side of Kia

(Kia) Kia GT4 Stinger Transparent A-pillars give drivers a 270-degree view in this sports car, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. The rear-drive four seater has a...

February 28, 2014


Ford to freshen look, engine of Focus; museum to display damaged Corvettes

(Ford) Ford to update Focus engine and looks Ford is giving its Focus compact car (shown) a more fuel-efficient engine for 2015 and a small face-lift, including a restyled hood...

February 28, 2014


KBB: The 12 best cars for families; accident rates fall for older drivers

(Ford) KBB taps families for roundup of best cars Kelley Blue Book editors got input from families to help pick the dozen cars on its Best Family Cars of 2014...

February 23, 2014


Chevrolet to restore sinkhole Corvettes; SRT Viper now 'collectible'

(The Associated Press) Chevrolet to restore Corvettes in sinkhole What Mother Earth devoured, Chevrolet plans to resurrect. The carmaker says it will oversee restoration of the classic cars swallowed by...

February 21, 2014


Concept car: Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge has Formula 1 accents

(Infiniti) Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Formula 1-inspired touches accent this concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. Infiniti collaborated with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team to...

February 21, 2014


'MotorWeek': Drivers' Choice winners; Lexus tops dependability study

(General Motors) 'MotorWeek' honors Corvette Stingray TV show "MotorWeek" named the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (shown) the Best of the Year in its 2014 Drivers' Choice Awards, recently announced at the...

February 16, 2014


Concept car: Kia Niro can record views on all sides

(Kia) Kia Niro Butterfly doors add glamour to this hybrid-electric car. The vehicle made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show, which continues through Monday. Front, side, interior and...

February 14, 2014


Survey: Brands with best image; motorcycle show starts today

(Toyota) Car brands with best image among public Toyota was the leading brand in Consumer Reports' 2014 Car-Brand Perception Survey. The annual survey weighs seven factors of importance to consumers:...

February 14, 2014


Find and fix auto leaks in free class; the best days to buy gas

(Thinkstock) Free classes teach how to find, fix leaks Four free classes at South Seattle Community College will help motorists check for auto leaks and learn how to fix them...

February 9, 2014


Concept car: Audi offers a bright future with laser headlights

(Audi) Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight This plug-in hybrid made its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Its laser headlights are three times as bright and beam twice...

February 7, 2014


Ford plans $80M investment in truck plant; the 10 top-sellers of January

(Ford) Ford to invest $80M to make more trucks Ford plans to invest $80 million in its Louisville, Ky., truck plant (shown) to make more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The...

February 7, 2014


Toyota tops global sales; Subaru showcases hybrid at Seattle garden show

(The Associated Press) Toyota leads sales for second year in a row Toyota remained the world's top-selling automaker for a second year in a row in 2013 and set an...

February 2, 2014


Concept car: VW gives ruggedness to Beetle Dune

(The Associated Press) Volkswagen Beetle Dune Volkswagen bills this concept as a 21st century version of the Baja Bug, a modified Beetle, popular in the 1960s, that can handle off-road...

January 31, 2014


Plenty of automakers tackle Super Bowl ads

Toyota will advertise the Highlander in its Muppet-themed Super Bowl commercial. (Toyota) Automakers prep for Super Bowl response This year's Super Bowl will be the fourth in a row with...

January 31, 2014


Feds push to boost car seat test standards; NADA predicts strong 2014 sales

(Thinkstock) Feds want side-crash test for child car seats The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking a new rule that requires child car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of...

January 26, 2014


Concept car: Toyota FT-1 wows at Detroit auto show

(The Associated Press) Toyota FT-1 The "FT" stands for "Future Toyota" and the number represents "the ultimate" in this concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show. Technical details of...

January 24, 2014


Ford to try Fiesta sales in Japan again; KBB's picks for best SUVs

(Koji Sasahara / The Associated Press) Ford to give its Fiesta another try in Japan Ford's Fiesta compact (shown) is returning to Japan despite failing a decade ago. Ford has...

January 24, 2014


A look at performance cars from Detroit show

Clockwise from top left: Volkswagen's Golf R all-wheel-drive car promises zero-to-60 mph in 4.9 seconds; the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 has a supercharged V-8 engine that delivers 625 horsepower; the...

January 19, 2014


Concept car: Gas-powered VW Passat gets 42 mpg

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion It's not a hybrid, but this sedan gets 42 mpg. Volkswagen is showcasing its fuel-efficiency star at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public...

January 17, 2014


GM wins Detroit show awards; college plans driverless-car test track

(The Associated Press) GM wins car, truck of the year in Detroit The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (shown) won the North American Car of the Year award at the Detroit auto...

January 17, 2014


Dialing while driving is top distraction; Elio moving into old GM plant

(Thinkstock) Leading distraction: Dialing while driving The next time you're tempted to make a phone call while you're behind the wheel, remember this: Dialing while driving increases the risk of...

January 12, 2014


Concept car: Ford debuts solar-powered C-Max at CES

(Ford) Ford C-Max Solar Energi Ford unveiled its solar-powered concept car at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. The C-Max Solar Energi uses a gasoline engine combined with...

January 10, 2014


LeMay exhibit showcases Volkswagens; top sellers for December

(Sean Maynard / Volkswagen of America) LeMay kicks off Volkswagen exhibit Fanciful and classic Volkswagens roll into LeMay — America's Car Museum for the exhibit "VeeDub: Bohemian Beauties" from Saturday...

January 10, 2014


Best of What's New: Popular Science reveals automotive winners

Popular Science picks best auto innovations What were the best innovations in the automotive world last year? Popular Science magazine picked these for its "Best of What's New" roundup. Chevrolet...

January 5, 2014

Concept car: Mercedes SUV powers up on four cyclinders

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG This SUV from Mercedes manages to generate 355 horsepower on four cylinders. The vehicle, which debuted at the L.A. Auto Show in November, also zips...

January 3, 2014


Washington drivers: 13th best in U.S.; Audi to invest $30B through 2018

(Thinkstock) Washington drivers rank 13th best in U.S. Washington drivers aren't as good as our Oregon neighbors, but we certainly aren't among the worst drivers in the country. That distinction...

January 3, 2014


Kent man passes 100,000 miles in Leaf; a warning about filing claims

Gov. Jay Inslee, right, congratulates Nissan Leaf driver Steve Marsh for his milestone. (Nissan) Kent driver noted for 100,000 miles in Leaf Steve Marsh, of Kent, hit 100,000 miles on...

December 29, 2013


Concept car: Volvo Coupe the next direction for carmaker

(Volvo) Volvo Concept Coupé The Coupé is the first in a series of three concepts that demonstrate the new design direction of Volvo Cars. The hybrid, which debuted at the...

December 27, 2013


Ford achives heading online; Seinfeld, Acura team for ads on Web series

(The Associated Press) Ford digitizes archives for online museum Ford and the Henry Ford museum are digitizing their historical documents, photos, video and other items so they can be shared...

December 27, 2013


Most NW drivers say they're OK on ice; Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2014

Poll: NW drivers have icy-road confidence Four out of five Northwest drivers consider themselves on par with or more skilled than their peers at navigating icy roads, according to a...

December 22, 2013


Concept car: Corvette Stingray loaded with carbon fiber

(General Motors) Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific Carbon fiber is inside and out in this concept that debuted at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in November. The exterior's carbon fiber...

December 20, 2013


A state first: Olympia joins lease deal for electrics; GM plans $1.3B upgrades

(Nissan) Olympia adds Nissan Leafs to its city fleet Olympia is the first city in the state to join a lease program that will bring more electric vehicles to the...

December 20, 2013


BMW considers more N. America production; tips to avoid odometer fraud

(BMW) BMW weighing engine plant in N. America BMW is considering building engines in North America for the first time and expanding vehicle production in the region to capitalize on...

December 15, 2013


Concept car: Nissan Sentra Nismo ready to race

(Nissan) Nissan Sentra Nismo It may be built on the foundation of the Nissan Sentra, but this concept has a race-inspired exterior and enhanced aerodynamics, suspension, transmission and motorsports-style cockpit....

December 13, 2013


LeMay's Family Zone has grand opening; loans grow as interest rates drop

(LeMay) LeMay to hold Family Zone grand opening Kids and kids at heart can have hands-on automotive fun during the Family Zone grand opening Saturday at LeMay — America's Car...

December 13, 2013


Older drivers can find a car match at AAA site; November's top sellers

(Thinstock) AAA: 'Smart' features help older drivers Adjustable seats, keyless entry, thick steering wheels and displays with contrasting text are among the features helpful to older drivers, according to AAA....

December 8, 2013


Concept car: VW's Twin Up! a high-mpg hybrid

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Twin Up! Volkswagen says this plug-in hybrid gets 214 mpg. That's in part because of the drive system it shares with VW's other mileage superstar, the XL1, which...

December 6, 2013


The tech car shoppers want; Volvo to test self-driving cars

(Toyota) Touch screens a tech desire for buyers Among those planning to buy a new car in the next year, 42 percent want one with a touch screen, according to...

December 6, 2013


Moses Lake plant adds to carbon-fiber plans; VW to invest $114 billion

(BMW) Moses Lake plant ups carbon-fiber plans The BMW/SGL Group manufacturing plant in Moses Lake will be able to produce twice as much raw carbon fiber as it does now...

December 1, 2013


Concept car: Honda shows fuel-cell car at L.A. Auto Show

(Honda) Honda FCEV A hint of the fuel-cell future for Honda, this concept made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, continuing through Sunday. With the fuel-cell powertrain...

November 29, 2013


Hyundai ups plant efficiency through robots; top resale picks from KBB

(Hyundai) Hyundai ups robotic efficiency in Alabama Hyundai has invested $7 million in an Alabama plant that manufactures two of the automaker's most popular vehicles, the Elantra (shown) and Sonata...

November 29, 2013


Lexus debuts CT 200h in China; fewer expected on roads during holiday

(The Associated Press) Lexus saves CT 200h debut for China show While a flurry of new car models are being paraded this week at auto shows in Los Angeles and...

November 24, 2013


Concept car: Jeff Gordon behind Chevy SS design

(General Motors) Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon had a hand in the design of this Chevrolet concept, which debuted this month at the Specialty Equipment Market...

November 22, 2013


Road & Track picks 'Best Cars'; auto loans on a 7-year high

(General Motors) Road & Track names 'Best Cars' for 2014 Road & Track has released its first "Best Cars" list, detailed in the December/January issue on newsstands now. The winners...

November 22, 2013


Mazda6 the Popular Mechanics pick; most don't know electrics' advantages

(Mazda) Mazda6 top pick by Popular Mechanics Popular Mechanics magazine named the 2014 Mazda6 (shown) "Car of the Year." The award is based on affordability, utility, fuel efficiency, performance, innovation...

November 17, 2013


Concept car: Highlander fully 'Tanked'

(Toyota) SpongeBob Toyota Highlander: 'Tanked' Edition The back-seat passengers of this 2014 Highlander are meant to be of the aquatic kind, swimming in an 800-gallon tank behind the two front...

November 15, 2013


A boost for booster seats; most don't use insurance monitoring option

(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Majority of booster seats earn 'best bet' More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from...

November 15, 2013


Number of vehicles rises to 2008 level; Dubai police show off Brabus

(Thinkstock) Number of vehicles on the road is on the rise If it seems like there are more fellow drivers lately, that's because there were 247.9 million cars and light...

November 10, 2013


Concept car: Ford S-Max lets drivers follow their heart

(Ford) Ford S-Max The driver's seat doubles as a heart-rate monitor in this concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Another high-tech advance in the "sport activity...

November 8, 2013


'Anchorman' ads push Durango forward; the 10 top-sellers in October

(Chrysler) 'Anchorman' ads drive Durango sales Ron Burgundy has turned out to be quite the salesman. The fictional character played by actor Will Ferrell in the movie "Anchorman" has starred...

November 8, 2013


Two added to Motorcycle Hall of Fame; Duke's Caddy ready for auction

Motorcycle Hall of Fame adds 2 racers Racers Mike Sullivan (shown) and Buck Murphy will be inducted into the Washington State Motorcycle Hall of Fame today at Emerald Downs in...

November 3, 2013


Eight states back zero-emission goal; Toyota in No. 1 sales spot

(Nissan) Eight states unite for zero-emission goal The governors in eight states have signed a pledge to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the roadways by 2025 in an effort...

November 1, 2013


Concept car: Jaguar's Project 7 hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds

(Jaguar) Jaguar Project 7 The Jaguar director of design led the creation of this concept, based on the 2014 Jaguar F-Type. It debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in...

November 1, 2013


Dealers, mobile websites matter to shoppers; Ford ups F-Series choices

(Thinkstock) Edmunds to dealers: Mind mobile future Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are changing the way consumers shop for their vehicles, making it critical for dealers to invest...

October 27, 2013


Concept car: Lexus LF-NX crossover makes the most of small size

(Toyota) Lexus LF-NX This crossover hybrid concept that debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September is an example of a smaller crossover for Lexus. It's finished in Brushed Metal...

October 25, 2013


Survey looks at who's likely to buy an electric; Esquire's top car picks

(Honda) Survey gauges buyer demand for electrics A survey of consumers' interest in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) says 6.9 percent of shoppers are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to purchase...

October 25, 2013


Men downplay texting, driving danger; Lincoln's days in China near

(Thinkstock) Males downplay risk of texting and driving Do you think it's OK to text and drive because you're a great driver? If so, chances are you're a guy. A...

October 20, 2013


Concept car: Smart fourjoy does away with doors and more

(Daimler) Smart fourjoy No doors, no rear window and an open roof lighten the load on this concept that debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Its futuristic interior...

October 18, 2013


Great Wall coming on strong in China; fan's Zombie Survival Machine debuts

(Great Wall) Ford eyes Great Wall as strong competitor Great Wall Motor Co., China's top seller of sport utility vehicles such as the M4 (shown), has the most traction among...

October 18, 2013


Forecast: Sales next year will be strong; U.S. in top spot for insurance costs

(The Associated Press) Vehicle sales in 2014 expected to be strong New-car sales in 2014 are expected to reach 16.4 million, forecasts, an automotive-information site. The figure is close...

October 13, 2013


Concept car: Honda NSX made for racing

(Honda) Honda NSX Concept-GT This Honda racing vehicle is based on the NSX Concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January 2012. The GT concept competed at the...

October 11, 2013


Tacoma Fall RV Show throughout weekend; pet restraints put to the test

(Thinkstock) Tacoma Fall RV Show comes to the Dome Hundreds of RVs will be part of the 30th annual Tacoma Fall RV Show, which continues through Sunday at the Tacoma...

October 11, 2013


Demand creates supply dip for Chevy trucks; top sellers for September

(General Motors) Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra in short supply General Motors, introducing its first redesigned pickups since 2006, can't make enough of the most popular versions of its new Chevrolet...

October 6, 2013


Concept car: Kulla an electric hopeful for China

(Associated Press) Great Wall Kulla EV The Chinese answer to the Renault Twizzy, this all-electric concept seats two people, one behind the other. It debuted at the Shanghai auto show...

October 4, 2013


Toyota ups Corolla exports; teens can win Kelly Clarkson show

(Toyota) Corollas are going to 18 more countries Toyota will begin sending its U.S.-built Corolla sedans (shown) to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The...

October 4, 2013


Look for oil leak in free class; Ford invests $685M in Canadian plant

(Thinkstock) Free workshops offer oil-leak inspections Drivers can learn basic car care and get an oil-leak inspection during free workshops through December by the Washington State Department of Ecology. In...

September 29, 2013


Concept car: Infiniti Q30 a style blender

(Infiniti) Infiniti Q30 Concept A fusion of coupe, hatchback and crossover body styles, this concept debuted at the Frankfurt auto show this month. Its unorthodox shape is intended to appeal...

September 27, 2013


Plug In Day comes to Eastside; a look at Web-shopping habits

(Nissan) Saturday event made for fans of plug-ins Owners and would-be owners of plug-in vehicles can celebrate the cars during National Plug In Day Saturday, presented locally at Nissan of...

September 27, 2013


Electric VW Golf coming in 2015; fuel economy at a new high

(Associated Press) VW to create electric version of the Golf Volkswagen will introduce its first electric car to the U.S. when the e-Golf, an electrified version of the company's subcompact...

September 22, 2013


Concept car: Cadillac Elmiraj a reintroduction to big luxury

(General Motors) Cadillac Elmiraj This Cadillac two-door coupe is the likely prototype for the brand's re-entry into big and expensive luxury cars. The Elmiraj, which debuted at a luxury-car event...

September 20, 2013


Bond car fetches almost $1M at auction; German debuts at Frankfurt show

(Associated Press) Bond car auctioned for almost $1 million The submersible Lotus Esprit (shown) used for underwater scenes in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" recently...

September 20, 2013


AAA options for family-friendly vehicles; KBB picks Frankfurt favorites

(Mazda) AAA's picks for family-friendly rides The Mazda5 (shown) is one of the top vehicles for expanding families, according to AAA. Other picks that offer easy handling, dependability and spaciousness...

September 15, 2013


Concept car: Hyundai HND-9 has color-changing seats

(Hyundai) Hyundai HND-9 Butterfly doors and sculptural rear lights add to the sleek look of this sports coupe that made its world debut at the Seoul Motor Show in March....

September 13, 2013


Worst drivers are in D.C., Allstate says; Toyota boosts transmission making

(Thinkstock) D.C. drivers the worst, says Allstate report Drivers in the "other" Washington are the worst in the country, according to an Allstate Insurance Best Drivers Report of 200 U.S....

September 13, 2013


Oregon cheapest state for driving; top sellers for August

(Thinkstock) Oregonians pay least to drive, says report Oregon is the cheapest state in which to operate a motor vehicle, according to a report from Bankrate, a financial-information company. Factoring...

September 8, 2013


Concept car: Jeep Wrangler outfitted for off-road

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon Mopar touches include a 470-horsepower Hemi V-8 crate engine, modified Stinger bumpers, high-clearance flat fenders, and half-door and window kits. The vehicle was created for...

September 6, 2013


AAA survey finds less safety concern; fair brings new cars, tractor action

(The Associated Press) Driver concern for safety slips, AAA says Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy and aggressive driving than they were four years ago, says a survey...

September 6, 2013


How men and women differ in car shopping; Fusion now made in U.S.

(Thinkstock) KBB: Shopping habits vary between sexes Women are more likely to prioritize safety and affordability in shopping for cars, while men appear to seek out cars based on exterior...

September 1, 2013


Concept car: Kids can change panels on Camatte57s

(Toyota) Toyota Camatte57s Fifty-seven detachable panels offer lots of options for children to customize this car that was displayed at the International Tokyo Toy Show in June. Acceleration and braking...

August 30, 2013


Kia hamsters and Soul transformed; Toyota gets in on Bumbershoot fun

(Kia) Kia's hamsters reflect Soul's transformation Kia's hamsters have a new look, which debuted in a commercial during the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday. The advertising mascots have slimmed...

August 30, 2013


Ferrari auctioned for $27.5 million; more traveling for Labor Day

(Bloomberg) Ferrari fetches record price during auction A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider (shown) sold for $27.5 million last week during an auction in Monterey, Calif., as the Pebble...

August 25, 2013


Concept car: Sports car-SUV blend has V-10

(Italdesign) Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour A blend of a sports car and an SUV, the concept debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. The hood, doors and engine cover are...

August 23, 2013


A more direct link to recall info; Mercedes at top of Ideal Vehicles

(Thinkstock) Feds to make recall info easier to access Automakers and motorcycle manufacturers will be required to provide consumers way to search recall information free online using vehicle identification numbers...

August 23, 2013


GM to make factory upgrade; young buyers are coming back

(The Associated Press) GM invests in factory to add 2 new vehicles General Motors plans to spend $167 million on its Tennessee factory in Spring Hill (shown) so it can...

August 18, 2013


Concept car: Students create Espera Sbarro React'EV

(The Associated Press) Espera Sbarro React'EV Thirty students from the Espera Sbarro design school in France designed this sports car, displayed at the Geneva auto show in March. The EV...

August 16, 2013


Honda to spend $215 million to upgrade Ohio plants; accident deaths down

(Honda) Honda to invest in new facilities in Ohio Honda says it will spend $215 million to expand an engine plant and build two training centers in Ohio. About $180...

August 16, 2013


'Porter Ridge' set in auto junkyard; KBB names top luxury SUVs

(Discovery Channel) 'Porter Ridge' debuts on Discovery Channel Country Auto Parts owner Terry Porter (shown) and the characters who frequent his auto junkyard in Indiana will star in the new...

August 11, 2013


Concept cars: Corvette rarities help kick off LeMay exhibit

Clockwise from top left: 1965 Manta Ray, 1961 Mako Shark and 1959 Stingray Racer. (LeMay) Corvette concepts From top, a 1961 Mako Shark, 1965 Manta Ray and 1959 Stingray Racer...

August 9, 2013


Ford beefs up production to meet F-Series demand; July's top-selling cars

(Ford) Ford adds 900 jobs to meet F-Series demand Ford has added a third crew to its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant in order to keep up with demand for...

August 9, 2013


Justice League Kia auctioned; many missing out on insurance discounts

(Kia) Justice League Kia raises $41K for charity A special-edition Justice League Kia Sorento sold for $41,075 last week during an eBay auction to raise funds for DC Entertainment's "We...

August 4, 2013


Concept car: Toyota Highlander soaks in SpongeBob fun

(Toyota) SpongeBob Toyota Highlander Nickelodeon and Toyota teamed to create this one-of-a-kind SpongeBob SquarePants-themed vehicle, which was unveiled in July during SpongeBob Day at a Padres baseball game in San...

August 2, 2013


Ford system gives police a hand; Jay Leno comments for California auction

(Carlos Osorio / The Associated Press) Ford surveillance system protects police Ford's new surveillance system for police cars automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors and puts up the windows...

August 2, 2013


Toyota's new service center has test course; VW big winner in APEAL scores

Mechanics work on a Prius at the new Toyota training center in Tajimi, Japan. (Yuri Kageyama / The Associated Press) Toyota training center also has test track As part of...

July 28, 2013


Concept car: Venucia Viwa designed for zero emissions in China

(Nissan) Venucia Viwa This electric vehicle was unveiled at the Shanghai auto show in April. It was created by Venucia, a joint venture between Nissan and Chinese automaker Dongfeng. The...

July 26, 2013


Gas prices climb for summer; Veloster tops KBB list of cool cars below $18K

(The Associated Press) Gas prices jumping; increases expected American motorists are bracing for further increases in the cost of gasoline this summer after average national prices rose 12 cents last...

July 26, 2013


Most-stolen vehicle? F-250; Mercedes race car fetches $29 million

(Ford) F-250 tops Escalade as most-stolen vehicle The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, the Highway Loss Data Institute reports. New antitheft technology...

July 21, 2013


Concept car: Camaro has 'Turbo' inspiration

(General Motors) Chevrolet Camaro Turbo In a partnership with DreamWorks, Chevrolet created this concept to promote the animated movie "Turbo," released in theaters this week. The Camaro, displayed at the...

July 19, 2013


June sales sizzle; 2014 Corvette to get 29 mpg

A Honda Civic sits outside a Honda dealership in Des Plaines, Ill. (Nam Y. Huh / The Associated Press) Auto sales hot streak continues in June Sales of new vehicles...

July 19, 2013


Monitor Tesla with Google Glass app; women quoted higher for repairs

How the Tesla app looks in Google Glass. (GlassTesla) Google Glass app keeps tabs on Teslas A new app designed for Google Glass allows Tesla Model S owners to control...

July 14, 2013


Nissan to build Rogue, jobs in U.S.; Yakima and Spokane in car-theft top 10

Workers at the Nissan plant in Tennessee walk by an Altima sedan. (Erik Schelzig / The Associated Press) Nissan adds U.S. jobs to build Rogue SUV Nissan is adding 900...

July 12, 2013


Concept car: Ford plans redo of Escort for China

(Ford) Ford Escort Ford stopped making the Escort for the U.S. market in 2003, but it's looking to bring the brand to Chinese customers. This concept debuted at the Shanghai...

July 12, 2013


Picks for 'most American' vehicles; new-car sales hit pre-recession level

(Toyota) Edmunds releases 'most American' list In honor of the Fourth of July weekend, Edmunds has released its list of the "most American" vehicles on the market. The ratings were...

July 7, 2013


Concept car: Kia Forte Cyborg has superhero inspiration

(Kia) Kia Forte Cyborg Built by RIDES magazine and based on the superhero Cyborg, this Kia Forte debuted at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas last fall. It features...

July 5, 2013


LeMay exhibit to celebrate Corvettes; top-selling vehicles for June

(General Motors) LeMay exhibit to celebrate Corvettes LeMay — America's Car Museum is celebrating the Chevrolet Corvette's 60th anniversary with an exhibit, "60 Years of Vette," opening Aug. 9. The...

July 5, 2013


AAA study compares driver distractions; price cut ups Nissan sales

(File photo) Report studies levels of driving distraction A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that listening and responding to in-vehicle, voice-activated email features increased mental...

June 30, 2013


Concept car: Emissions low for Mitsubishi's diesel-hybrid truck

(The Associated Press) Mitsubishi GR-HEV A diesel-hybrid system is under development for this sport utility truck, which debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. Its diesel engine and high-output...

June 28, 2013


Rent a Dream Car from Hertz; 2015 is new deadline for rear-view-camera rules

(Hertz) Hertz begins renting 'Dream Cars' in Seattle If you want to rent a Bentley or an Aston Martin on your next vacation, now you can. But it'll cost you....

June 28, 2013


Porsche tops in performance rating; factory in China will build Cadillacs

(Porsche) Porsche leads in performance rankings Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new-vehicle quality. J.D. Power questioned more than 83,000 U.S. car owners about problems with...

June 23, 2013


Concept car: A first look at new Acura NSX interior

(Acura) Acura NSX This updated concept car was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. It was the first look at the new interior design, founded on a...

June 21, 2013


Sandy-damaged cars winding up in Washington; Oregon bans smoking in vehicles with kids

Vehicles float in a parking lot in New York after Superstorm Sandy struck in October. (New York Times file photo) Flood-damaged Sandy autos found in state Vehicles damaged by Superstorm...

June 21, 2013


GM introduces free maintenance plan; Ford leads brand-loyalty ranking

(The Associated Press) New GM cars to get free maintenance plan General Motors, aiming to increase customer loyalty, recently announced that it will expand its free scheduled-maintenance program to most...

June 16, 2013


Cadillac tops satisfaction awards; LeMay drive-in series begins

(General Motors) Cadillac, Buick top satisfaction survey Cadillac and Buick were the top brands in AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, based on measures of owner satisfaction with 51 vehicle attributes including...

June 14, 2013


Concept car: Trailhawk made for off-road adventures

(Chrysler) Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk An extreme version of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Trailhawk was created for the off-road event East Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, in March....

June 14, 2013


Cadillac sales groovy like the '70s again; plant workers get less summer break

(General Motors) Cadillac has biggest sales gain since 1970s Cadillac has had its biggest gain so far this year since 1976, when Gerald Ford was president, the U.S. celebrated its...

June 9, 2013


Concept car: Egoista a Lamborghini made for one

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini Egoista This one-off car, unveiled at Lamborghini's 50th-anniversary party in May, is inspired by the look of Apache attack helicopters and is powered by a 600-horsepower V-10 engine....

June 7, 2013


Pickups lead strong May sales; dealer group coming to Renton

(The Associated Press) Trucks, Nissan have strong May sales Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May, as small businesses replaced the aging pickups they held onto during...

June 7, 2013


Leasing prices drop for EVs; helmet-law change has costly consequences

(Honda) Automakers cut EV lease prices, add perks Auto companies are lowering lease prices for electric cars as they try to jump-start slow sales in a competitive market. Honda announced...

June 2, 2013


Concept car: Drive by hologram in Buick Riviera

(The Associated Press) Buick Riviera This plug-in electric hybrid made its debut at the Shanghai auto show in April. It features a new take on Buick's signature waterfall grille and...

May 31, 2013


China revives elite sedan; AAA expects a travel-friendly summer

The Hongqi (Red Flag) H7 sedan. (Hongqi) Sedan once made for Mao returns in China A new version of the Red Flag sedan went on sale in China last week...

May 31, 2013


New crash test stymies SUVs; Fiat mulls move to U.S.

A Nissan Rogue undergoes the "small overlap" test. (New York Times News Service) Subaru, Mitsubishi pass new crash test Just two of the 13 small SUVs tested performed well in...

May 26, 2013


Concept car: Jeep creates Flattop for safari event

(Chrysler) Jeep Wrangler Flattop This Jeep was created for the Easter Jeep Safari held in Moab, Utah, in March. Jeep designers gave it a one-piece hard top that's chopped 2...

May 23, 2013


Domestic cars, trucks score in quality study

(General Motors) U.S. carmakers score in quality survey For the first time in more than a decade, cars and trucks made by domestic automakers finished first in a majority of...

May 23, 2013


LeMay opens NASCAR exhibit; the comeback of full-size trucks

(Courtesy of LeMay — America's Car Museum) New LeMay exhibit to look at NASCAR LeMay — America's Car Museum in Tacoma will look at the wild world of NASCAR in...

May 19, 2013


Concept car: GLA headlights double as projectors

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA The compact SUV shown at the Shanghai auto show in April strives for a sporty, coupe-like look. Its four-cylinder turbocharged engine is rated at 208 horsepower....

May 17, 2013


Hyundai of Everett holds grand opening; summer gas prices expected to drop

(Courtesy of Hyundai of Everett) Hyundai of Everett's grand-opening events This weekend, Hyundai of Everett is celebrating the grand opening of its new dealership at 7800 Evergreen Way, which features...

May 17, 2013


Seven Nissan models get a price cut; Honda CR-V the leading small SUV

The Nissan Altima is getting a $580 price cut. (Nissan) Nissan cuts prices on seven U.S. models Nissan is cutting prices on seven of its 18 models in the U.S.,...

May 12, 2013


Concept car: Next generation of Subaru WRX sleeker, lighter

(Subaru) Subaru WRX The lower, sleeker and wider design of this concept, shown at the New York auto show in March, hints at the next generation of the WRX. Its...

May 10, 2013


Park free on Mother's Day at 6 downtown lots; April's top-selling vehicles

(Archive photo) Free parking offer for some downtown lots The Washington State Department of Transportation and City of Seattle are teaming with several waterfront businesses to offer up to four...

May 10, 2013


Auto sales surge thanks to pickups; Stingray pricing released

(The Associated Press) April auto sales up, led by truck rebound Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car...

May 5, 2013


Concept car: Fuel efficiency the driving force behind Volkswagen's XL1

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen XL1 Designed to be a highly fuel-efficient car, the XL1 gets 261 mpg. The hybrid, which debuted at the Geneva auto show in March, can cover up to...

May 3, 2013


Feds to automakers: Cut distracted-driving risks; Churchill car sold on eBay

(The Associated Press) Feds ask automakers to limit distractions The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released guidelines last week aimed at lessening the risks of distracted driving, recommending that automakers...

May 3, 2013


Seattle No. 8 for bad traffic; Dubai police drive Lamborghini, Ferrari

(The Associated Press file photo) L.A. leads for worst traffic; Seattle 8th Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the nation, according to a new report, with Seattle coming in...

April 28, 2013


Concept car: Subaru Viziv a vision for innovation

(Subaru) Subaru Viziv Clean lines enhance the solid look of this crossover shown at the Geneva auto show in March. The name Viziv is based on the phrase "vision for...

April 26, 2013


GM says its global sales bested VW's; states with toughest texting laws

Strong Chevrolet sales helped GM's figures. (General Motors) GM keeps global sales edge over VW General Motors says its worldwide sales rose 3.6 percent during the first quarter compared with...

April 26, 2013


Cost of driving rises; Japan a hot market for Ferrari

(iStock) Driving costs rise slightly in AAA study The average cost to own and operate a sedan in the U.S. has gone up 1.96 percent — or 1.17 cents —...

April 21, 2013


Concept car: Spyker B6 Venator to land in U.S. next year

(Martial Trezzini / The Associated Press) Spyker B6 Venator "Venator" is Latin for hunter, an appropriate name for this mid-engine sports car that pays homage to aircraft influences (Spyker created...

April 19, 2013


GM revamping midsize pickups; Ward's picks top interiors

The current Chevrolet Colorado. (General Motors) GM planning new midsize pickups General Motors plans to unveil a line of revamped midsize pickup trucks this year with gas mileage and...

April 19, 2013


Toyota counters Ford's top-spot claim; Honda among KBB brand winners

(Ford) Ford, Toyota both claim top-selling car Shortly after Ford announced last week that its Focus compact car (shown) was the leading global nameplate, with 1.02 million sales last year,...

April 14, 2013


Concept car: Kia Provo has a hybrid heart, racing looks

(Kia) Kia Provo This coupe-style hatchback from Kia debuted at the Geneva auto show last month. Designed to be a street-legal racing car, it features a turbocharged engine regenerated by...

April 12, 2013


Chevrolet ups mpg for 2014 Silverado; top sellers for March

(General Motors) GM boosts mileage in redesigned Silverado General Motors recently announced that its 2014 Chevy Silverado (shown) will get 23 mpg on the highway with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine....

April 12, 2013


Consumer Reports takes on motorcycle rating; AAA's top commuter picks

The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two. (Harley-Davidson) Reliability report ranks motorcycles Yamaha motorcycles were found to be the most reliable in a survey conducted by Consumer Reports. It's the publication's first look into...

April 7, 2013 1 Comment


Concept car: BoConcept brings interior-design touch to smart car

(Daimler) smart fortwo BoConcept It's a match made for city living. BoConcept, a Danish interior design company, helped design a smart fortwo cabrio that optimizes space in urban environments. It...

April 5, 2013


VW Golf wins World Car of the Year — again; Ford takes top loyalty spot

Volkswagen chief designer Walter de'Silva holds the World Car of the Year award. (Richard Drew / The Associated Press) VW Golf takes World Car of Year award The Volkswagen Golf...

April 5, 2013


Young buyers turning to U.S., Korean brands; Ford of Kirkland awarded

(Kia) Young buyers turn from Japanese brands Detroit's automakers are doing better selling to young buyers, but South Korean car companies are making the biggest inroads in that segment, primarily...

March 31, 2013


Concept car: 'Zombie Survival Machine' livens Chicago auto show

(Hyundai) Hyundai Elantra 'Zombie Survival Machine' In association with the TV series "The Walking Dead," Hyundai created the "Zombie Survival Machine" and presented it at the Chicago auto show last...

March 29, 2013


VW tops in profitability; has new app for safety

(The Associated Press) VW led auto world in profitability in 2012 Volkswagen, which six years ago set out to become the world's biggest carmaker by 2018, has become the leader...

March 29, 2013


European drivers less distracted; Lamborghini sales up

(The Associated Press) Study: European drivers use phone less Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a recent study that surveyed drivers about their...

March 24, 2013


Consumer Reports lists top used cars; efficiency key to Hyundai's growth

(Toyota) Consumer Reports' picks for used cars Consumer Reports has compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012. The magazine looked at four price...

March 22, 2013


Concept car: Opel crossover made for sunny days

(The Associated Press) Opel Adam Rocks This mini-crossover made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this month. The muscular-looking car offers open-air capability; a fabric top extends across...

March 22, 2013


Sedan, coupe give Studebaker owner options

OWNER: Larry Worden, Auburn OCCUPATION: Retired CAR'S MAKE AND MODEL: 1955 Studebaker two-door sedan (left) and coupe "I LOVE MY CARS BECAUSE me the Studebakers from 1950 to...

March 17, 2013


Buyers benefit from low interest rates; teen driving deaths rise in 2012

(Thinkstock) Historic interest rates boosting car sales New-car buyers, shunned by lenders just four years ago, now are benefiting from historically low interest rates and more-available credit, pacing a U.S....

March 17, 2013


Kia combines luxury crossover with its GT concept

(Kia) Kia Cross GT A blend of Kia's GT concept and a luxury crossover utility vehicle, the Cross GT debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February. The V-6 hybrid...

March 15, 2013


Gas-price dip will continue, analyst says; fewer in King County drive alone

(The Associated Press) Analyst: Gas prices expected to drop The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps has fallen over the past few weeks, and experts expect more declines....

March 15, 2013


Chrysler invests in its Indiana plants; VW Golf is tops in Europe

(AJ Mast / The Associated Press) Chrysler's Indiana plants to get upgrade Chrysler will hire 1,250 new workers and invest $374 million at its plants in central Indiana, where the...

March 10, 2013


Larger front glass panel makes Resonance feel more spacious

(Nissan) Nissan Resonance This aerodynamic hybrid crossover made its world debut at the Detroit auto show in January. It features an extra large front glass panel that the company says...

March 8, 2013


Trucks lead the way in February sales; Consumer Reports lauds Lexus

(General Motors) The top-selling vehicles for February The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold in February, with January's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-Series, 54,489 (1) 2. Chevrolet Silverado...

March 8, 2013


Fiesta to enlist fans through social media; GM's OnStar will go 4G in 2015

(Ford) Social-media fans to rule Fiesta campaign Wanted: 100 social-media enthusiasts to promote the 2014 Ford Fiesta (shown). That's who Ford is recruiting for Fiesta Movement: A Social Remix, the...

March 3, 2013


Diesel-electric hybrid from VW seats seven

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen CrossBlue The seven-seat midsize SUV designed for the U.S. and Canada made its global debut at the Detroit auto show in January. The diesel-electric hybrid is estimated to...

March 1, 2013 1 Comment


Best Cars for the Money named; tix don't usually hike insurance

(Honda) Magazine picks Best Cars for the Money The Honda Fit (shown) was named both the top subcompact and top hatchback car in U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars...

March 1, 2013


'Farmer' was top Super Bowl ad; Mercedes-Benz unveils new designs

(Ram) Ram's 'Farmer' the top Super Bowl ad The Ram truck "Farmer" ad (shown) won best Super Bowl commercial in YouTube's 2013 Ad Blitz contest. The top five ads --...

February 24, 2013 1 Comment


Concept car: Lincoln offers openness inside, sleekness outside

(Ford) Lincoln MKC Lincoln's take on a small premium utility vehicle strives for openness inside and sleekness outside. Revealed at the Detroit auto show in January, the MKC features the...

February 22, 2013


Museum offers free meal to responders; commercial trucks recognized

LeMay — America's Car Museum celebrates Community Hero Month in March. (LeMay) Museum offers free meal to responders As part of its Community Hero Month, LeMay — America's Car Museum...

February 22, 2013


Superman-themed Kia lands in Chicago; Porsche celebrates 50 years of 911

Custom colors and lights make this Kia Optima Hybrid wheels for the Man of Steel. (Kia) Superheroes get into the act at car show A Superman-themed Kia Optima Hybrid was...

February 17, 2013


Concept car: Truck's toolbox overflows with options

(Ford) Ford Atlas Ford debuted this truck concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. Designed to accommodate a wide variety of trucking needs, it includes...

February 15, 2013


Price reduction for Chevrolet Malibu; Mercedes-Benz adds SUV at U.S. plant

GM is lowering the price of its Chevy Malibu in order to stay competitive. (General Motors) Automaker brings down price of car In an effort to make its Chevrolet Malibu...

February 15, 2013


SUVs among least expensive to insure; expansion to speed tech offerings

(Ford) SUVs lead ranking of low insurance rates SUVs dominate the top 10 least-expensive 2013 vehicles to insure, according to, a resource for consumer-insurance information. The 2013 Ford Edge...

February 10, 2013


Concept car: Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis avoids distractions

(The Associated Press) Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, this Hyundai won Best Concept honors in the Autoweek Editors' Choice Awards....

February 8, 2013


Honda rated a best value; January's top-selling vehicles

(Honda) Kiplinger awards Honda top honors The 2013 Honda Accord (shown) and 2013 Honda CR-V have earned Best Value awards from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The Accord was named "Best...

February 8, 2013


Study notes impact of traffic cameras; Toyota favored after Super Bowl

(Thinkstock) Traffic cameras slow violations, study finds A year-long study undertaken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that red-light-running rates declined at Arlington, Va., intersections equipped with cameras....

February 3, 2013


Concept car: Exterior styling is focus of Toyota Furia

(The Associated Press) Toyota Furia Designed to be the next-generation Corolla, this concept debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Toyota focused on exterior styling...

February 1, 2013


Town & Country is 'Best Family Hauler;' Toyota unveils full-size pickup

(Chrysler) Minivan honors For the eighth consecutive year, the Chrysler Town & Country was chosen the "Best Family Hauler" in the Detroit News Readers' Choice awards. The honor was bestowed...

February 1, 2013


Subaru ad campaign goes to the dogs; VW commercial named best ever

(Subaru of America) Subaru advertising goes to the dogs Subaru will air its "Dog Tested, Dog Approved" campaign during Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl IX," a two-hour program that airs 3...

February 1, 2013 1 Comment


No slowing down for Honda sales; Lincoln aims for Chinese market

The 2013 Civic, shown at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, has helped Honda. (Honda) Honda confident of sales momentum Last year was Honda's comeback year. After an earthquake and flooding...

January 27, 2013


VW wants to double U.S. sales; pickup-truck sales poised for banner year

Workers assemble Passat sedans at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Volkswagen AG) Volkswagen plans to double U.S. sales New vehicles and lower prices helped Volkswagen AG to its best...

January 25, 2013


Concept car: Honda SUV hints at things to come

(Honda) Honda Urban SUV Concept A hint of things to come, this fuel-efficient vehicle made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week. The...

January 25, 2013 1 Comment


Kia looks to fill gap between mainstream, luxury; Jeep Cherokee goes diesel

(The Associated Press) Premium sedan Kia Motors Corp. is moving into the North American premium sedan market with the 2014 Cadenza, aiming for buyers looking in the gap between mainstream...

January 25, 2013


New cars' fuel efficiency climbs; Leaf making moves to Tennessee

(Thinkstock) Fuel economy Fuel efficiency in the U.S. new-car market continues to improve. The average fuel economy for new cars sold in 2012 increased to 23.1 mpg — up from...

January 20, 2013


Toyota offers indoor rides at auto show; many foreign cars made in U.S.

(Toyota) Toyota demos cars in auto show rides Toyota is offering an interactive ride-and-drive event at the Philadelphia Auto Show, which continues through Jan. 27. "Let's Go for a Ride"...

January 20, 2013


Chrysler, Carhartt team for clothing; Grohl part of Acura-backed film festival

(Carhartt) Clothing combo Chrysler and Carhartt have teamed to launch a limited-edition "Imported From Detroit" line of workwear. The collection includes shirts, jackets and pants. For details, visit —...

January 18, 2013


Concept car: Visteon e-Bee a hint of the future

(Visteon) Visteon e-Bee Representing Visteon Corporation's vision of mobility in 2020, this concept car was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. Displays can be customized for the...

January 18, 2013 2 Comments


Murano assembly to move to U.S. from Japan; Chevy has new slogan

Nissan will move assembly of its Murano crossover vehicle to Mississippi in 2014. (Nissan) Murano assembly coming stateside Nissan Motor Co. will assemble its Murano crossover vehicle in its Canton,...

January 18, 2013


Auto ingenuity strong at CES; Detroit auto show begins next week

Preparation for the Audi booth at CES. (Jae C. Hong / The Associated Press) Auto presence better than ever at CES A record number of auto manufacturers exhibited at the...

January 13, 2013


Honda CR-V is well-researched; Ford F-Series top seller last year

(Honda) Honda CR-V leads KBB research list The Honda CR-V (shown) is No. 1 on the list of the most-researched new vehicles of 2012 on Kelley Blue Book's website

January 11, 2013


Concept car: Jeep Mighty FC built for off-road

(Jeep) Jeep Mighty FC AutoWeek magazine picked this vehicle as one of its favorite concept trucks for 2012. It debuted at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, last year....

January 11, 2013


Strong sales expected this year; sign up online for service reminders

(Thinkstock) Polk anticipates rise in vehicle sales in '13 Auto-industry research firm Polk expects new-vehicle registrations to rise 6.6 percent this year over last, totaling 15.3 million car sales. It...

January 6, 2013


Concept car: Infiniti LE can be charged wirelessly

(Infiniti) Infiniti LE Almost ready for showrooms in 2014, this five-seat Infiniti concept made a stop at the L.A. auto show in December. The electric vehicle can be charged wirelessly...

January 4, 2013


Ford leads U.S. sales; Infiniti names to begin with Q

(Ford) Ford holds onto lead in sales last year Ford kept its lead in U.S. auto sales last year, selling more than 2 million vehicles the second year in a...

January 4, 2013 1 Comment


Auto review: Turbo kicks up appeal of Hyundai Veloster

When we drove the new Hyundai Veloster last year, we immediately took to the little hatchback with the odd number of doors and even odder name. We liked its funky design, but were disappointed with the "sporty" coupe's obvious lack of power. Now comes a turbo model, and all is right in the Veloster's world.

By Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek January 2, 2013


Top safety picks for 2013; New Year's Eve reminder: drive safely

(Subara) Group names top safety picks for 2013 Thirteen 2013 vehicles have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety award as a Top Safety Pick+: • Acura TL • Chrysler...

December 30, 2012


Concept car: Nissan Mixim wows at China show

(Nissan) Nissan Mixim A wraparound windscreen and flowing roofline give this updated electric concept car a sporty look. Visitors at the November Guangzhou auto show in China were able...

December 28, 2012


Fiat invests in factory; big vehicles may get computerized brakes

(The Associated Press) Fiat to spend $1.3B to beef up production Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (shown) will invest $1.32 billion in the auto company's southern Italian factory to produce two...

December 28, 2012


AAA predicts more holiday traveling; Camaro on move to Michigan

(Thinkstock) AAA: Holiday travel to increase this year AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6 percent...

December 23, 2012


Concept car: Volvo Polestar built for performance

(Volvo) Volvo S60 Polestar Handling and performance are enhanced in this Volvo concept car that debuted at the L.A. Auto Show this month. A turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine generates 508...

December 21, 2012


Car thieves take a break for Christmas; men quoted higher insurance rates

(Thinkstock) Even car thieves take it easy on Christmas You better watch out for your vehicle on New Year's Day, the busiest official holiday for car thieves in 2011, says...

December 21, 2012


Toyotas lauded for resale values; stiffer drunk-driver laws sought

(Toyota) KBB resale awards laud Toyota products Kelley Blue Blook (KBB) has released its list of 2013-model-year vehicles that have the best resale value over the first five years of...

December 16, 2012


Strong sales for pickups; Renault hoping for turnaround

(General Motors) Truck incentives increase this month December is turning out to be a good month to buy a pickup. General Motors, straining with an oversupply of full-size trucks, is...

December 14, 2012


The ultimate patrol car; teens texting more than imagined

(Subaru) Subaru designs the ultimate patrol car The Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC, shown) won the Design Challenge as part of the L.A. Auto Show. The Design Challenge theme,...

December 9, 2012


Record-setting prices predicted; top-selling cars, trucks

(Associated Press file photo) Forecast: 2012 most expensive for gas This year will go down as having the highest average price for gasoline ever, according to GasBuddy. "We did the...

December 7, 2012 1 Comment


New mobile app for auto shows; another GM factory in China

Porsche's 2014 Cayman is on display at the L.A. Auto Show, one of several auto shows featured on a new app. (The Associated Press) App features latest from auto...

December 2, 2012


Concept car: BMW C evolution scooter goes 60 miles per charge

(BMW) BMW C evolution Designed for daily commuter traffic, BMW's electric scooter concept can go approximately 60 miles before needing a charge at a household power socket or public charging...

November 30, 2012


Paris takes aim at older cars; Porsche breaks ground for new HQ

(Citroen) Paris mayor proposes older-car ban in city Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has angered vintage-car owners and motorist groups with his proposal to ban vehicles made before 1997 in metropolitan...

November 30, 2012


Lamborghini may join SUV fray; Volvo eyes India expansion

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini still mulling adding SUV Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the automaker will decide in coming months whether to join other luxury brands and expand into all-terrain SUVs.Lamborghini, owned...

November 25, 2012


Concept car: Infiniti Emerg-E hybrid has get-up-and-go

(Infiniti) Infiniti Emerg-E Named Best in Show at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, this hybrid concept made its North American debut at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. It's...

November 23, 2012


Leaf boosts battery life; Chrysler adds truck jobs

A Nissan employee plugs in a Leaf electric car in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Junji Kurokawa / The Associated Press) Leaf upgrades include longer battery life The upgraded Nissan Leaf electric...

November 23, 2012


Auto braking among safety recommendations; Toyota to up exports of Venzas

(Thinkstock) Feds release wish list of safety changes The National Transportation Safety Board released its annual list of its 10 most-wanted safety improvements last week, and three involved autos. Recommendations...

November 18, 2012


Concept car: Lamborghini Urus has cameras instead of mirrors

(Lamborghini) Lamborghini Urus This Lamborghini SUV showed off its clean lines at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The Urus offers 600 horsepower and the lowest carbon dioxide figures...

November 16, 2012


More women than men licensed to drive; Thanksgiving travel to inch up

(Thinkstock) Study: More women than men are licensed More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel. A study by the...

November 16, 2012


Used-car prices could rise in wake of Sandy; Land Rover sales lift Tata

Cars are shown submerged at the entrance to a parking garage in New York in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30. (Richard Drew / The Associated Press)...

November 11, 2012


Concept car: Lexus LF-CC a luxury hybrid

(Toyota) Lexus LF-CC This midsize hybrid coupe concept debuted at the Paris auto show last month. It features a three-LED projector headlamp design and Fluid Titanium metallic paint. The dash...

November 9, 2012


Suzuki leaves car market; top sellers for October

(Suzuki) Suzuki cuts cars, will still sell bikes in U.S. Suzuki, which announced this week it will pull out of the U.S. car market after almost three decades, will continue...

November 9, 2012


SEMA picks hottest cars; time change a wiper and lights reminder

(Toyota) SEMA awards go to Ford, Scion and Jeep The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car at this year's SEMA show, while the Scion FR-S (shown) took Hottest Sport Compact...

November 4, 2012


Scion leads reliability ranking; VW gains ground in China

(The Associated Press) Japanese brands lead reliability rankings Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings placed Japanese brands in the top seven spots. The rankings predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles...

November 2, 2012


Concept car: Bentley gets racy with Continental GT3

(Bentley) Bentley Continental GT3 Signaling Bentley's intention to return to motorsports, the company debuted this race-car concept at the Paris auto show in October. It can go 205 mph and...

November 2, 2012


Volkswagen eyes U.S. plant to make SUV; Peugeot and GM team

An employee works an assembly line at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Erik Schelzig/The Associated Press) VW mulls new SUV for North America German automaker Volkswagen is considering the...

October 28, 2012


Concept Car: Volkswagen Golf GTI gets sporty

(Volkswagen) The concept of the seventh-generation Golf GTI debuted at the recent Paris auto show, showing off a sportier look than found in its predecessors. Volkswagen is planning the option...

October 26, 2012


Feds see a future with driverless cars; Audi closes in on competition

Google's autonomous car in 2010. (Associated Press file photo) Fed group sees future with driverless cars Cars that drive themselves may hold the potential to save thousands of lives, an...

October 26, 2012


Sales at collector-car auction sizzle; Aston Martin a Bond fave

A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione sold for $11.3 million this year. (Gooding & Co.) Collector-car sales see spike at auction The collector-car market was particularly hot...

October 21, 2012


Concept car: Smart Forstars projects video

(Daimler) Smart Forstars An iPhone and a blank wall are all that are needed to see movies or videos projected from the Smart concept car, which debuted at the recent...

October 19, 2012


Mercedes SUV wins Motor Trend award; Tundra bridges shuttle move

(Mercedes-Benz) New Mercedes GL given top SUV award The all-new, second-generation Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV has been named the 2013 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year. It's the second time the GL...

October 19, 2012


Small-car sales surge in September; white is top auto color

The Chevrolet Sonic led subcompact sales. (General Motors) Small-car sales surge for all in September Small cars are selling big across the board, on pace to capture the largest share...

October 14, 2012


Concept car: Comfort is key with BMW Active Tourer

(BMW) BMW Concept Active Tourer BMW is showing off this compact concept at the ongoing Paris auto show. The hybrid can go 18 miles on electric power alone. A raised...

October 12, 2012


Autoweek's top cars from Paris auto show

The editors of Autoweek favored power in their picks for the best of the Paris auto show, which wraps up on Sunday. Best in show: Jaguar F-Type (pictured). Others...

October 12, 2012


No gas-price relief for West Coast; Mercedes leads luxury sales

(The Associated Press) Still no gas-price relief for West Coast Drivers on the West Coast may be questioning the conventional wisdom that gas prices fall after Labor Day. Motorists in...

October 7, 2012


Survey finds common car-seat mistakes; Ford F-Series among recent best-sellers

(File photo) Survey finds common car-seat mistakes A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey shows that parents are making five significant mistakes when using car seats and booster seats....

October 5, 2012


Concept car: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a high-tech, hybrid dream

(Porsche) Instead of exterior mirrors, this Porsche concept car now at the Paris auto show has two cameras mounted in side air outlets to display images in the cockpit. A...

October 5, 2012 1 Comment


Honda aims to double global sales; Report looks at injury rates among vehicles

(The Associated Pres) Honda's goal: double global sales in 5 years Honda is aiming to double its global auto sales to more than 6 million vehicles over the next five...

September 30, 2012


GM hits 2 million sales mark early in China; traffic lights are getting 'smart'

Shanghai GM's sales were led by the Buick Excelle family. (General Motors) GM hits 2 million sales mark early in China General Motors says it has sold 2 million cars...

September 28, 2012


Concept car: Toyota Fun-Vii is all about interactivity

(Toyota) With a name that stands for "Fun Vehicle Interactive Internet," this Toyota concept from the Tokyo auto show is all about interactivity. Drivers can download apps or upload images...

September 28, 2012


GM to offer infotainment training; Passat sales jump, but still trail leaders

The touch screen on a Chevrolet Spark. (General Motors) GM to focus on infotainment training Infotainment systems are often the biggest source of frustration for new-car buyers. So General Motors...

September 23, 2012 1 Comment


'Automotive Misery' low in Washington; Pickup sales picking up

(Associated Press file photo) 'Misery' index finds most pain in the South The cost of driving a car in in Washington state is among the lowest in the country, according...

September 21, 2012


Concept car: Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 expands on sensing technology

(General Motors) This followup to the 2010 EN-V (electric networked-vehicle) concept has a more practical design and expands on sensing technology, wireless communication and GPS navigation. The concept, which debuted...

September 21, 2012 1 Comment


Ford Fusion to be made in the USA; NW drivers feeling polite

(Ford) U.S. to manufacture the Ford Fusion Ford is adding 1,200 workers to a Flat Rock, Mich., factory to build the Fusion, a sign of confidence that the revamped sedan...

September 16, 2012 1 Comment


Concept car: McLaren creates a track star

(McLaren) McLaren 12C Can-Am McLaren GT debuted its "ultimate track car" at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The car's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine can produce up to 630...

September 14, 2012 3 Comments


Toyota tops Kelley list; OnStar plans expansion into Mexico

(Toyota) Toyota most-shopped brand on Kelley list Last month, five of the top 25 most-shopped new cars on the Kelley Blue Book site were Toyota models: Camry (No. 1,...

September 14, 2012


Ford Focus a global top seller; Carrera wins Motor Trend award

(Ford) Ford Focus on track to be top-selling car Ford says its Focus small car (shown) is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping...

September 9, 2012


Concept car: Mercedes-Benz Coupe has sporty look

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz Coupe The blend of concave and convex lines gives this coupe its distinctive sporty look. It made its U.S. debut at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last month....

September 7, 2012 7 Comments


Used cars holding value; top sellers for August

(File photo) Used-car depreciation expected to stay flat A period of used-vehicle price stability that hasn't been seen in more than a decade is expected over the next few years,...

September 7, 2012 1 Comment


More Cadillacs coming; Nissan hires Consumer Reports reviewer

(General Motors) Slew of new Cadillacs scheduled to roll out General Motors plans to introduce 10 all-new or redesigned Cadillacs within the next three years, executives say. The plan reflects...

September 2, 2012


Concept car: Bentley EXP 9 F a luxury ride

(Bentley) Bentley EXP 9 F The F stands for falcon in this Bentley Motors SUV concept that made its North American debut at California's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this month....

August 31, 2012


Ford to sell Lincolns in China; Hertz buys Dollar Thrifty

Ford Vice President Jim Farley shows a Lincoln to reporters in Beijing Tuesday. (Ford) Ford to sell Lincolns in China for first time Ford, eager to grab a piece of...

August 31, 2012


Chrysler 300 highly rated; number of late auto payments drops

(Chrysler) Chrysler 300 gets high marks in review Consumer Reports car reviewers gave high marks to the latest version of the Chrysler 300 (shown), putting it near the top of...

August 26, 2012


Concept car: Daihatsu PICO surrounded by warning light

(Daihatsu) Daihatsu PICO Created as a cross between a car and a motorized bicycle, the two-seat electric PICO debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. An LED belt on...

August 24, 2012


Accord from '94 most-stolen car; more traveling for Labor Day

(Honda) Honda Accord is most stolen car once again Honda's 1994 Accord (shown) was the most frequently stolen car in the United States in 2011 for the fourth straight year...

August 24, 2012


More young drivers buy Camrys; auto CD players may fade

(Toyota) Camry sales boosted by younger buyers A top Toyota executive says a new version of the Camry is selling well and attracting younger buyers. Senior Vice President Bob Carter...

August 19, 2012 2 Comments


Safety tips for back-to-school driving; Mercedes sends kits to Asia

(File photo) Tips for preparing for back-to-school driving Get your child ready for back-to-school driving with an auto checkup and a discussion about travel safety. First-time drivers should also practice...

August 17, 2012


Concept car: Toyota Camatte a toy that really drives

(Toyota) Toyota Camatte An instrument panel, adjustable seats, gas pedal, steering wheel and brakes make this working kids' car more than child's play. It debuted at the Tokyo Toy Show...

August 17, 2012


Dodge drops NASCAR; U.S. News adds used-car best bets

Sam Hornish Jr. drives his Dodge Challenger during a NASCAR race in May. (Charlie Neibergall / The Associated Press) Dodge pulls out of NASCAR for 2013 Dodge has decided to...

August 12, 2012


Concept car: EDAG designed for sharing

(EDAG) EDAG Light Car - Sharing The electric-powered vehicle created for car sharing debuted at the Geneva car show in March. It seats six and has gel pads around the...

August 10, 2012


Mini heads to Olympics; top sales for July

(The Associated Press) BMW hopes Mini grabs Olympic glory BMW is featuring Mini in its sponsorship of the Olympics as part of a bid to burnish the brand's sporty image...

August 10, 2012


Stick shift making a comeback; safety devices for kids disappoint

(Ford) An unexpected shift: stick-shift sales jump Cars with manual transmissions are making a modest comeback, but with tens of millions of drivers lacking the ability to operate a stick...

August 5, 2012


Chrysler introduces eight-speed; rent a BMW for $35 an hour

(The Associated Press) Chrysler rolling out 8-speed transmissions Chrysler's biggest U.S. investment since its 2009 bankruptcy exit is about to show up under more of its hoods: transmissions with additional...

August 3, 2012


Toyota takes global sales lead; Study ranks makes, models

(The Associated Press) Toyota retakes global sales lead from GM Toyota bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the...

July 29, 2012


Fewer teens behind the wheel; Ferrari collection for sale

(File photo) Internet use drives down teen driving The percentage of 19-year-olds in the U.S. who have driver's licenses dropped from 87.3 percent in 1983 to 69.5 percent in 2010,...

July 27, 2012


GM planning Olympic ad binge; VW making big move into France

(General Motors) GM to push Cadillac ATS during Olympics General Motors, which begins selling the new Cadillac ATS compact car in August, will introduce a television ad campaign during the...

July 22, 2012


Mitsubishi to make Outlander in U.S.; Mercedes backs compacts

An Outlander Sport crossover is displayed at Mitsubishi's Illinois plant. (Steve Smedley/The Associated Press) Mitsubishi crossover to be built in the U.S. Mitsubishi's plant in central Illinois will produce the...

July 20, 2012


Concept car: Kia Track'ster kicks up horsepower

(Kia) Kia Track'ster The performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept debuted at the Chicago auto show in February. Its engine offers 250 horsepower, a 66 percent increase over a standard Soul....

July 20, 2012


U.S. won't get Indian trucks; Peugeot to close French plant

(Mahindra & Mahindra) Indian company drops bid to import truck Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian manufacturer of farm equipment, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, has abandoned its effort to...

July 15, 2012


Concept car: VW Passat Alltrack is a test for U.S. market

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Volkswagen showed this overseas model at the New York auto show in April as a "concept" to gauge U.S. interest. The wagon is intended to close...

July 13, 2012 6 Comments


Chevy adding a return program; top selling vehicles in June

The Chevrolet website is promoting the "Chevy Confidence" program. (General Motors) GM: New Chevy buyers allowed to return cars General Motors will allow Chevrolet buyers to return their vehicles up...

July 13, 2012


VW, Porsche deal finally done; GM may be back on Facebook

A Volkswagen badge is reflected in a Porsche sports car in Germany. (Matthias Rietschel/The Associated Press) VW pays $5.6 billion to close Porsche deal Volkswagen agreed to buy the 50.1...

July 8, 2012


Concept car: Toyota FCV-R takes another swing at fuel cells

(Toyota) Toyota FCV-R Toyota is taking another look at fuel-cell technology with the FCV-R, which it debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. The car seats four and has...

July 6, 2012


Chrysler, GM have strong June; Fit EV comes with unusual perk

(Associated Press file photo) GM, Chrysler get sales boosts in June General Motors and Chrysler reported double-digit sales growth of new vehicles in June as the auto industry was helped...

July 6, 2012


Car prices drop; Ford wants to check your stress levels

(Associated Press file photo) Car prices decline as dealers get restocked New-vehicle prices have dropped $500 on average in the past year, mainly because Japanese automakers have restocked dealers after...

July 1, 2012


Concept car: Suzuki Regina is light-weight and fuel-efficient

(Suzuki) Suzuki Regina This compact city car debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. It is designed to get 75 mpg from a three-cylinder engine, as well as start-stop...

June 29, 2012


U.S. sees two weeks of fuel-price drops; July 4 travel to rise

(The Associated Press) Survey: Fuel prices dropping across U.S. The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 15 cents over the past two weeks. That's according to...

June 29, 2012


Lexus tops J.D. Power quality survey; AAA's car picks for teens

(Toyota) Lexus tops quality study, U.S. improves Lexus makes the best-quality cars in the U.S., and automakers overall are much better at eliminating problems that land vehicles in the repair...

June 24, 2012


Concept car: Acura RLX is a concept ready for production

(Honda) Acura RLX This luxury sedan debuted at the New York auto show in April. It's intended to be a replacement for the RL model. It will feature a "Sport...

June 22, 2012


Scarff Ford celebrates 90 years; site names Infiniti top brand

Scarff family members pose with classic Fords at the dealership in the 1970s. (Courtesy of Scarff Ford) Scarff Ford in Auburn celebrates 90 years Scarff Ford in Auburn is celebrating...

June 22, 2012


Saab to become e-car company; Mercedes boosts AMG versions

(The Associated Press) Saab sold again, will become e-car brand A Chinese-Japanese investment group has agreed to buy Saab and convert the bankrupt Swedish manufacturer into a maker of electric...

June 17, 2012


Concept car: Ford Mustang High Gear has feminine flavor

(Ford) Ford Mustang High Gear This concept came out of a collaboration between Ford and SEMA in which three Mustangs were designed by women. The public then voted on which...

June 15, 2012


New Aston Martin due out soon; car dealers feeling bullish

(Aston Martin) Aston Martin flagship DBS to be replaced Aston Martin, the 99-year-old British maker of luxury sports cars featured in James Bond movies, is preparing to introduce a vehicle...

June 15, 2012


High rates of teen texting; Buick leads satisfaction survey

(File photo) National survey finds teen texting common More than half of high school seniors admit they text or email while driving — the first federal statistics on how common...

June 10, 2012


Concept car: Subaru Advanced Tourer is a lean, mean wagon

(Subaru) Subaru Advanced Tourer This aggressive-looking sports wagon debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November, and is an early look at the next-generation WRX. The concept features an all-glass...

June 8, 2012


Survey puts fuel economy atop buyers' list; top sellers in May

(The Associated Press) Survey: Fuel economy top priority for buyers Consumers are planning to move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles with their next purchase, according to a recent survey by...

June 8, 2012


End of record used-car prices, GM partners with Man U

(file photo) Used-car prices down, likely to fall further Used-car prices are starting to fall after rising steadily for much of the year. Easing gas prices in much of the...

June 3, 2012


Late auto loans decrease; Tata profits from Evoque sales

(File photo) Late loan payments drop to 13-year low The rate of late payments for auto loans fell nationally in the first three months of the year to the lowest...

June 1, 2012


Concept car: Accord Coupe is a look at future Hondas

(Honda) Honda Accord Coupe Concept This two-door version of the Accord offers a peek at the line's new styling. It has a sleeker look, a new honeycomb grille and deeply...

June 1, 2012 3 Comments


GM is out of Super Bowl; Mazda, Fiat joining forces on car

GM's "Happy Grad" 2012 Super Bowl ad. (General Motors) GM cuts Super Bowl from its ad budget General Motors says it won't run ads during the next Super Bowl. "We...

May 27, 2012 3 Comments


Concept car: Sho Case is a rolling entertainment station

(Daihatsu) Daihatsu FC Sho Case This futuristic four-seater debuted at the Tokyo auto show in December. Its seats can fold flat into the floor and the steering wheel retracts...

May 25, 2012 2 Comments


Chevy adding rear-wheel sedan; Memorial Day traffic on rise

(General Motors) Chevy to bring back rear-wheel sedan For the first time in nearly two decades, the Chevrolet brand will have a rear-wheel-drive sedan in its U.S. lineup. The 2014...

May 25, 2012 2 Comments


Forecaster warns of sharp jump in Seattle-area gas prices

A sharp rise in gasoline prices is likely to occur over the next few days and through the weekend in Seattle, according to analysts at, a gas-price-tracking website. "I...

May 23, 2012

Honda Uni-Cub is a mini mobile unit; Feds push for truck safety

(The Associated Press) Honda device is like scaled-down Segway Honda has introduced its new Uni-Cub, a personal mobility device that lets you glide around the office or the aquarium perched...

May 20, 2012


Concept car: Hi-Cross adds to Nissan crossover portfolio

(Nissan) Nissan Hi-Cross This hybrid cossover debuted at the Geneva auto show in March. It seats seven in its compact frame. Due to its production-ready looks, the SUV is expected...

May 18, 2012


Carroll Shelby's life remembered; Suppliers rank carmakers

Carroll Shelby is shown in 1964. (The Associated Press) Miniseries revisits Carroll Shelby's legacy The life of Carroll Shelby, the legendary car designer and champion auto racer who died May...

May 18, 2012


Gas prices unlikely to set record; highway deaths at record low

(The Associated Press) Summer gas prices unlikely to set record Gasoline prices likely won't set any records this summer, thanks to a recent drop in the price of oil. The...

May 13, 2012


Driverless car moves forward; top-selling autos in April

(The Associated Press file, 2010) Google gets license for self-driving cars Nevada has issued the country's first license to test self-driving cars on public roads, and Google's name is on...

May 11, 2012


Concept car: Nissan Pathfinder is a look into next generation

(Nissan) Nissan Pathfinder concept This SUV, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, is expected to be very close to the production version due out in the fall....

May 11, 2012


Drivers open to autonomous cars; Toyota makes a comeback

A Google autonomous car is tested in 2010. (The Associated Press) Survey: Some ready to try driverless cars Although the technology is just in its infancy, one in five drivers...

May 6, 2012


Gas prices raise driving costs, but may have peaked for year

(The Associated Press) Study: Driving costs up due to fuel prices Increases in the cost of fuel and tires have driven up the average cost to operate a vehicle, according...

May 4, 2012


Concept car: Toyota NS4 takes the Prius into the future

(Toyota) Toyota NS4 This plug-in hybrid concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It's a break from the Prius family, with a lower, more futuristic design. The midsize...

May 4, 2012 2 Comments


Chrysler has huge first quarter; Ford pondering China brand

(The Associated Press) Chrysler makes global comeback in 2012 Chrysler says it earned $473 million in the first quarter, exceeding its profit for all of 2011 in just three months...

April 29, 2012


Concept car: Daihatsu D-Cross is a real chameleon

(Daihatsu) Daihatsu D-X Pronounced D-Cross, this concept was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in December. It features swappable plastic body parts that can change it from a roadster to...

April 27, 2012


Lamborghini develops an SUV; Ward names top interiors

(The Associated Press) Lamborghini mulls adding SUV to lineup Lamborghini unveiled its first SUV in almost two decades as the Italian supercar maker looks to tap rising demand from emerging...

April 27, 2012


Car seats and auto design not mixing; Maserati plans to expand

(File photo) Study: Auto design hinders car-seat use Child safety seats are difficult to properly install in cars because of the design of most passenger seats, according to an insurance...

April 22, 2012


Concept Car: Cadillac Ciel is the most luxury of convertibles

(General Motors) Cadillac Ciel This luxury convertible takes its name from the French word for sky. It also borrows the French door style, with the rear doors hinging in the...

April 20, 2012


Gas-price drop likely temporary; Avalanche getting scrapped

(The Associated Press) Gas prices drop again, but will likely rise Gasoline prices dropped around much of the nation for the second straight week, an Energy Department survey found. But...

April 20, 2012


VW Up! wins World Car award; Toyota raising prices in May

(Volkswagen) VW compact named World Car of the Year Automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North America announced their picks for the top world cars — vehicles available on at...

April 15, 2012


Honda tops perception survey; age of trade-ins reaches high

(The Associated Press) Honda, Ford top perception survey Kelley Blue Book has named the winners of its 2012 Brand Image Awards. The awards are based on a study of how...

April 13, 2012


Concept car: Acura ILX gets boost from Honda Civic

(Acura) Acura ILX This premium compact concept is very close to the version that will be released this spring. It will be available as a hybrid, based on the Honda...

April 13, 2012


Autos a standout when the world came to Seattle

Auto ads from the 1962 World's Fair souvenir edition. Auto-related facts in honor of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next weekend: 1962 souvenir edition Explore...

April 13, 2012


Flying car shows up in New York; car sales surging this year

( Flying car takes off, shows off in New York Terrafugia says that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of...

April 8, 2012


Chrysler rebadges for Europe; Top sellers in March

(Chrysler) Chrysler 200 becomes a Lancia for Europe Rebadged versions of the Chrysler 200 convertible rolling off a Michigan assembly line will soon be on sale across Europe as the...

April 6, 2012


Concept car: Maserati Kubang is a head turning SUV

(Maserati) Maserati Kubang This luxury SUV turned heads at its Frankfurt auto show debut in September, and again at its North American debut at the Detroit auto show in January....

April 6, 2012 2 Comments


Cadillac's innovative safety feature; Land Rover marks 25 years

Cadillac's new safety technology combines cameras and sensors to detect collisions. (General Motors) Cadillac safety system adds seat vibration Cadillac is rolling out a suite of safety features ­­-- including...

April 1, 2012


Concept Car: Nissan van is an electric hauler

(Nissan) Nissan e-NV200 Concept This van is a new version of the model that won the contest to become the official taxi for New York City starting in 2013. It...

March 30, 2012 1 Comment


Summer road trips may take hit; report tallies congestion costs

(The Associated Press) Gas prices likely to cut into summer trips Rising fuel prices are likely to make business and leisure travelers alter their plans this summer, a survey by...

March 30, 2012


Seattleites on Ford reality show; Service department ratings

(Ford) Ford reality show features Seattleites Ford has purchased a reality-TV show, "Escape Routes," that will debut March 31 on NBC. The show is a road-trip competition designed to promote...

March 25, 2012


Concept Car: New Bentley would be company's first SUV

(Bentley) Bentley EXP 9 F This SUV concept debuted at the Geneva auto show this month. The all-wheel-drive luxury vehicle has all-terrain capability and can support a V-8 or hybrid...

March 23, 2012


$4-a-gallon club gets new members; cars improve in mileage

(File photo) Gas prices continue to rise across nation Pump prices rose in most of the U.S. during the past week, with five more states, including Washington, joining the $4-a-gallon...

March 23, 2012


Audi may buy Ducati; Ford infotainment upgrades mailed

(Ducati) Audi may add bike maker to holdings Audi is in talks to buy Ducati Motor Holding, the maker of luxury motorbikes ridden by celebrities such as Brad Pitt, according...

March 18, 2012 2 Comments


Concept Car: Volvo XC60 plug-in shows company's future

(Vovlo) Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid This concept, which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January, is intended to show the direction Volvo will take as it develops its hybrid...

March 16, 2012


Nissan may be reviving Datsun brand; top picks for families

(Nissan) Nissan may soon revive Datsun brand Nissan's chief executive has fueled speculation that the Japanese automaker may revive its Datsun brand to compete in the low-cost end of the...

March 16, 2012


World auto production hits a high; New Ferrari is fastest yet

(The Associated Press) Auto production hits record around globe Global auto production hit record levels in 2011, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. The Paris-based industry group...

March 11, 2012


Concept car: Chrysler 700 a test model for next minivan

(Chrysler) Chrysler 700C This minivan concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It was rolled out early — without an engine or powertrain — so Chrysler could get...

March 9, 2012


Volt version named top auto in Europe; February's top sellers

(General Motors) European version of Volt given top award The Opel Ampera, which sells in the U.S. as the Chevrolet Volt, has been named European Car of the Year by...

March 9, 2012 3 Comments


Most, least expensive autos to insure; February car sales up

Toyota minivan found cheapest to insure has released its 2012 model-year rankings of the most and least expensive vehicles to insure. The least expensive was the four-cylinder Toyota...

March 4, 2012 1 Comment


Consumer Reports releases annual list of top autos

(The Associated Press) Japan tops Consumer Reports' rankings Subaru and Mazda received the top scores in Consumer Reports' annual Automaker Report Card, and Japanese automakers claimed the five top spots,...

March 2, 2012


Concept car: Audi bringing Q3 to America

(Audi) Audi Q3 Vail The Q3 — a compact crossover offered in the European market — will soon be coming to the U.S. Audi made the announcement at the Detroit...

March 2, 2012 3 Comments


GM, Peugeot might partner; Hyundai aims to boost production

(Peugeot) GM, Peugeot may be talking partnership General Motors is in talks about a possible tie-up with French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen, a French government official said last week. An...

February 26, 2012 2 Comments


Concept cars: Sporty Chevrolets have Gen Y in mind

Chevrolet Code 130R and Tru 140S Chevy unveiled these coupes at the Detroit auto show in January. Both are aimed at younger buyers, and the company surveyed college and...

February 24, 2012


Feds calls for fewer distractions; owners hanging onto cars

(Ford) Safety group calls for infotainment restraint The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has formally urged carmakers to stop equipping autos with infotainment systems that can distract drivers. The agency...

February 24, 2012


Kia leads cost-of-ownership rankings; Toyota's fleet sales

(Kia) Kia takes top spot on cost-of-ownership list Kia was the top-rated brand in Kelley Blue Book's inaugural Total Cost of Ownership Awards. The awards honor current model-year vehicles and...

February 19, 2012


Lexus tops reliability rankings; gas prices rising fast, early

(The Associated Press) Auto reliability grows; Lexus leads in survey Lexus was the top performer in a survey of vehicle dependability released last week, but most other brands also showed...

February 17, 2012


Concept Car: Toyota model updates the GRMN

(Toyota) Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept II First unveiled at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race last summer, this hybrid sports car was shown again at the Tokyo auto show in December....

February 17, 2012


Dealer group sees auto prices going up; Britain ups production

(The Associated Press) Dealer group: Car prices, sales to go up Car buyers will likely pay more for new and used autos this year as the economy improves. That's according...

February 12, 2012


Two off-season Harley debuts; fuel prices continue to rise

Two new Harleys target younger riders Harley-Davidson unveiled two new motorcycles for the 2012 model year last week: a laid-back Sportster called the Seventy-Two and a Softail Slim retro...

February 10, 2012


Concept car: Honda Micro Commuter has bonus scooter

(Honda) Honda Micro Commuter This three-person electric vehicle debuted at the Tokyo auto show in December. It features a customizable, aerodynamic exterior. It also includes a fold-up electric two-wheeler, the...

February 10, 2012


Brand perception up for automakers; Mopar celebrates 75 years

Brand perception up for most car makes More auto brands scored near the top of Consumer Reports' annual Car-Brand Perception Survey than in recent years. The survey measures how...

February 5, 2012


New safety technology may become standard; fuel-price outlook

An illustration of Ford's "intelligent vehicle" program, in which cars would communicate. (Ford) Car-to-car communication may become standard The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced it will decide next...

February 3, 2012


Concept car: Lexus LF-LC coupe hybrid embodies dramatic design

(Toyota) Lexus LF-LC This performance coupe hybrid won the Eyes on Design award at its debut at the Detroit auto show last month. A long hood, dramatic spindle grille and...

February 3, 2012


Saab classics go to auction; China's auto sales lose steam

(Saab) Up for sale: Saab's heritage collection More than 100 Saabs, from a 1947 Ursaab prototype to a 2010 9-5 sedan, are to be taken from the company's museum in...

January 29, 2012 1 Comment


Concept car: Latest NSX is a stunning supercar

(Honda) Acura NSX A new hybrid version of the NSX supercar debuted at the Detroit auto show to raves earlier this month. A V-6 engine mated with a pair of...

January 27, 2012


Detroit auto show a hit; Toyota electronics cleared

Show visitors play in a Mercedes-Benz E350. (The Associated Press) Detroit auto show attendance spikes It wasn't a record, but the 770,932 people who attended the North American International Auto...

January 27, 2012


Average car age hits record; More auto jobs expected in U.S.

Average car age hits record of 10.8 years The average age of a car or truck in the U.S. hit a record 10.8 years in 2011 as eco- nomic worries...

January 22, 2012 1 Comment


Concept car: Nissan adds Nismo sportiness to Juke

(Nissan) Nissan Juke Nismo This race-car-inspired take on the Juke debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. It gets Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels and more aerodynamic front and rear...

January 20, 2012


Autoweek's picks for best of Detroit show

Clockwise from top left: Ford Fusion, Dodge Dart, Porsche 911 Cabriolet, Acura NSX. Autoweek's editors have named their top picks from the Detroit auto show, which wraps on Jan. 22....

January 20, 2012


Detroit auto show heavy with hybrids, electric cars

The 2013 Toyota Prius c debuted at the show. (The Associated Press) New hybrids and electric vehicles continue to roll out at the Detroit auto show, which opened to the...

January 15, 2012 2 Comments


Top-selling autos, brands and companies in US for 2011

Ford was the second-best-selling company and the top-selling brand, and had the top-selling model in 2011 with the F-Series truck. (Ford) The top companies, brands and models by sales for...

January 13, 2012


Concept car: VW Cross Coupe is sign of things to come

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen Cross Coupe This four-door "coupe" debuted at the Tokyo auto show in November. It previews the look and underpinning of VW's next generation of crossover vehicle, with a...

January 13, 2012 3 Comments


New challenger for world's cheapest car; Ford hits sales mark

(The Associated Press) New car could vie for world's cheapest In the race to make the world's cheapest car, Indian company Tata Motors might soon lose its No. 1 status...

January 8, 2012


Concept car: Mazda Takeri turns heads in Tokyo

(Mazda) This compact sedan debuted to strong praise at the Tokyo auto show in December. It continues Mazda's Kodo design language and is an indicator of the look of the...

January 6, 2012 2 Comments


2011 sees auto-sales rebound; Super Bowl ads plum with cars

(The Associated Press) 2011 auto-sales totals top previous years Americans bought more cars and trucks last year, inspired by easier credit, an improved economy and the desire to replace aging...

January 6, 2012


Car ads some of year's best; an auto artist dies at 84

(Volkswagen) Best 2011 auto ads led by VW, Chrysler If TV-ad quality is any indication of coming sales, Volkswagen and Chrysler have a lot to look forward to. Their ads...

January 1, 2012


Concept car: Suzuki Q EV is short, cute and quirky

(Suzuki) This cutesy electric vehicle that's a mere 98 inches long debuted at the Tokyo auto show this month. The seating can be configured to seat two adults in tandem,...

December 30, 2011


New releases slated for Detroit show; Toyota's comeback bid

(Acura) Acura, Buick set to unveil new designs Acura and Buick will debut two all-new vehicles at the Detroit auto show next month. Acura is introducing a sedan intended for...

December 30, 2011


Holiday travel is up again; safety picks reach record number

(Archive photo) Holiday travel up for third straight year U.S. travel during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends is expected to increase 1.4 percent from 2010 to the highest...

December 25, 2011


Concept car: Honda EV-STER is a high-tech electric coupe

(Honda) This electric rear-wheel-drive roadster, which debuted at the Tokyo auto show this month, has a range of about 100 miles and a top speed of 99 mph. The two-seater...

December 23, 2011 1 Comment


Big Three make gains; Americans break record for gas spending

(The Associated Press) Detroit carmakers all gain market share This year, for the first time since 1988, all three Detroit automakers have gained market share in the U.S. Through November,...

December 23, 2011


Top picks out of Tokyo; traffic deaths drop to 60-year low

Autoweek's top picks from Tokyo auto show Autoweek's editors have named their picks for the best of the Tokyo auto show, which wrapped last week. The winners: Most Fun:...

December 18, 2011


Concept car: Toyota Boshoku T-Brain is a wonder

(The Associated Press) This four-seat wagon design study grabbed attention at the Tokyo auto show, which wrapped on Dec. 11. Totoya Boshoku is a Japanese auto-parts supplier. — NWautos staff...

December 16, 2011 1 Comment


Car and Driver's top picks for 2012; young drivers still texting

(Ford) Car and Driver names its 10 best for 2012 Car and Driver magazine has named its top 10 cars for 2012. All cars are priced under $80,000, are all-new...

December 16, 2011


Volt is tops in customer satisfaction; Dodge Dart name returns

(General Motors) Volt owners report highest satisfaction Chevrolet Volt buyers are the most satisfied car owners in the U.S., according to the latest owner-satisfaction survey from Consumer Reports. Ninety-three percent...

December 11, 2011


Concept Car: Subaru BRZ shows automaker's sportier side

(Subaru) The STI version of the BRZ concept debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. The performance car has a sporty suspension setup, Brembo brakes and carbon-fiber parts...

December 9, 2011


Auto jobs expected to increase; November's top-selling autos

Autoworkers assemble the body of a Ford F-150 at a Ford plant in Michigan. (Paul Sancya / The Associated Press) Auto jobs expected to jump in next few years Employment...

December 9, 2011


VW may be top car seller this year; Hybrid drivers safer

Volkswagen logos sit in a production line at the company's headquarters in Germany. (Fabian Bimmer / The Associated Press) VW may take world's No. 1 title this year Some forecasters...

December 4, 2011


Find parking and enter to win theater tickets at e-Park

The Seattle Department of Transportation's e-Park division is giving away theater tickets to four different downtown shows. Two tickets will be awarded per winner to The 5th Avenue Theatre's "Cinderella"...

December 2, 2011

Concept Car: Beetle gets a macho makeover with the R

(Volkswagen) The Volkswagen Beetle gets a macho makeover with the R concept. Engine specifics weren't released at its debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, but it's likely to...

December 2, 2011


Toy Run comes to raceway; design concept scales walls

Car show to double as toy donation site On Sunday, Pacific Raceways will turn into a huge toy-collection site as car clubs and enthusiasts participate in the Northwest Toy Run...

December 2, 2011


Audi A7 wins awards; Toyota and Lexus keep resale value

(Audi) Audi picks up two awards for all-new A7 The Audi A7 has racked up two 2012 awards, being named Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year and Motor Press Guild...

November 27, 2011


Escape makeover debut; Passat Car of the Year

(The Associated Press) Escape makeover debuts at LA show Ford unveiled its redesigned Escape at the on-going Los Angeles Auto Show, transforming it from a five-passenger SUV into a sloping...

November 25, 2011


Concept Car: Citroën Tubik goes back to the future

(Citroën) This nine-person "executive shuttle" debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in September. A single gull-wing door opens the cabin, which features violet modular lounge seats and a driver's cockpit....

November 25, 2011


Ford's new front seat, luxury car event

Seat engineer Mike Kolich shows off the inner structure of Ford's new global seat. (Ford) New seats for Ford cars around the world When it goes on sale next...

November 20, 2011


MyFordTouch upgrades and Honda Civic refresh

The new MyFordTouch navigation system. (Ford) MyFordTouch system getting upgrades Ford is improving its onboard infotainment system, MyFordTouch, for the 2013 model year. Customers with earlier versions of the...

November 18, 2011


Concept Car: Kia GT rear-wheel-drive sports car

Kia This rear-wheel-drive sports car was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. It's Kia's attempt to go up-market with a V-6 engine producing 389 horsepower. Aggressive exterior styling...

November 18, 2011


Evoque nabs best of 2012 awards; first month is risky for new drivers

(Land Rover) Evoque nabs two best of 2012 awards The new Range Rover Evoque (shown) was recently named Motor Trend's 2012 Sport/Utility of the Year. The small SUV was designed...

November 13, 2011


Kick-start tailgate control and top-selling autos in October

photo credit: Ford Kick of the foot to open tailgates, trucks Ford will introduce its "gesture-based" tailgate control on the redesigned 2013 Escape SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show...

November 11, 2011


Concept Car: Land Rover DC100 Sport convertible SUV

Land Rover This convertible SUV was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. It's an open-air version of the DC100, which is likely to come out in 2015 as...

November 11, 2011


Best of 2012 short list announced, for-profit red-light cameras criticized

(Volkswagen) Best of 2012 field pared to two dozen The North American Car and Truck of the Year jury has announced its short list of 24 vehicles up for its...

November 6, 2011


Scion ranks tops for reliability; Honda and Toyota up sales incentives

(Toyota) CR reliability survey puts Scion on top Consumer Reports has issued its 2011 ranking of vehicle brands' overall reliability, based on responses from the owners of 1.3 million vehicles...

November 4, 2011 1 Comment


Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz F 125! Offers a glimpse of the future

(Mercedes-Benz) This look at what autos may look like in the year 2025 was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September. In that year, the F125 would travel more...

November 4, 2011 1 Comment


GM to sell midsize pickup and facilitate owner rentals

(General Motors) Chevy to sell midsize pickup in the US General Motors will build and sell the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck in the U.S., the company recently announced....

October 30, 2011


Neiman Marcus picks Ferrari for catalog; car sales growth predicted for 2012

(Neiman Marcus) Neiman Marcus picks Ferrari for catalog An exclusive edition of the 2012 Ferrari FF, which reaches top speeds of more than 200 mph, is the car featured in...

October 28, 2011


Concept Car: Volvo Concept You is a tech-savvy luxury vehicle

(Volvo) This four-door fastback, which debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last month, is already scheduled for production. It features suicide doors and a sleek exterior in a move to...

October 28, 2011


Toyota backs Camry with big ad money; Cadillac takes a 'Cue' from smartphones

(Toyota) Toyota putting big ad dollars behind Camry Toyota is spending an estimated $175 million in what it is calling its largest-ever marketing campaign to promote the 2012 version of...

October 23, 2011


1884 steam vehicle sells for $4.62 million; Brotherton dealership reopens

(The Associated Press) 1884 steam vehicle sells for $4.62 million An 1884 French-built steam runabout, billed as the world's oldest running family car, sold in Hershey, Pa., for $4.62 million...

October 21, 2011


Concept Car: Fisker Surf e-sports car/station wagon

(Fisker) This electric sports car/station wagon from the maker of the Karma all-electric vehicle debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last month. It adds extra, flexible load-carrying capability to the...

October 21, 2011


White is the new silver, Jaguar wins Autoweek's Best in Show

(Kia) White bests silver as 2011's top auto color White has passed silver as the world's most popular car color, according to an annual survey by paint maker PPG Industries....

October 16, 2011


Mercedes name on Superdome, September's top sellers, Fiat staying in Italy

(The Associated Press) Mercedes name to be on first US stadium The home of the New Orleans Saints and site of six Super Bowls will be renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome...

October 14, 2011


Concept Car: The Jaguar C-X16 shows the future of technology

This two-door, rear-wheel drive sports car shows the future of Jaguar design and technology. It's powered by a supercharged V-6 that produces 375 horsepower. The push of a steering-wheel...

October 14, 2011


Center air bags for GM, and used-car scam warning signs

(General Motors) GM to install center air bags in crossovers General Motors will install a center air bag on three of its models next year to better protect drivers and...

October 9, 2011


New car laws for Cuba, how to avoid flooded cars

(The Associated Press) Cuban streets may get less 'American' Cuban streets may get a new look as the country recently legalized the sale and purchase of automobiles for all citizens....

October 7, 2011


Concept Car: Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior

(Bentley) This interior concept debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last month. The ultra-luxurious cabin includes two iPad workstations, a 15.6-inch LED television, fold-down backseat tables, multi-directional lighting, USB connectors...

October 7, 2011


NADAguides ' top buys, new Infiniti's Mercedes-Benz base

(General Motors) NADAguides names top new-model buys NADAguides has announced its Top Recommended Current Buys for the quarter, based on depreciation value, current incentives and rebates, warranty, assistance services and...

October 2, 2011


Most-stolen motorcycles and wheelchair-ready vehicle

(Honda) Honda tops list of most-stolen motorcycles Motorcycle thefts dropped by 24 percent from 2007 to 2010, the National Insurance Crime Bureau recently reported. There were 65,678 motorcycles reported stolen...

September 30, 2011 1 Comment


Concept Car: Ultra-light Audi Urban Concept

(Audi) This ultra-light concept debuted at the Frankfurt auto show this month. The two-seater combines elements of a race car and an urban car, and is intended to be fun...

September 30, 2011


Fiat Doblo coming to America, new 911 Carrera, trucker cellphone ban

(Fiat) Fiat bringing Doblo small van to US Fiat plans to sell its Doblo small van in the U.S. and Canada starting in 2013. The Italian automaker says the Doblo...

September 25, 2011


Record fuel spending, Lamborghini supercars and Alfa Romeo's return delay

(The Associated Press) US drivers facing record fuel spending U.S. motorists are on pace to spend $491 billion for gasoline this year, the most ever. The average high for the...

September 23, 2011


Concept Car: Ford Evos reveals a glimpse of Ford's future

(Ford) This concept reveals the new face and future look for the Ford brand. The sleek, edgy plug-in hybrid debuted at the Frankfurt auto show last week. The four gullwing...

September 23, 2011


More affordable GM luxury car, increasing car sales, and gas prices

(General Motors) GM sets price for new luxury car on low end General Motors will price its newest luxury compact, the Buick Verano, on the low end of its class,...

September 18, 2011


Compact cars improve, Fiat may move production to US and GM's Lutz is back

(Honda) Civic, Elantra top Kelley compact test Compact cars available in the U.S. are all significantly better, more fuel-efficient and more pleasant to drive than they were five years ago,...

September 16, 2011


Concept Car: BMW i8 and i3 electric cars are coming in 2013

(BMW) Although labeled concepts, the i8 and i3 are already slated for production in 2013. The i8 (shown, top) is a plug-in hybrid sport coupe that will carry a six-figure...

September 16, 2011


End of the line for Ford cop car; car auctions set world record

(Ford) Last of Ford's iconic cop cars rolls off line The last Crown Victoria -- the no-nonsense police car that has made motorists straighten up and drive attentively for more...

September 11, 2011


Maserati SUV to be made in Detroit; August's top auto sellers

(Maserati) Maserati SUV to be made in Detroit Fiat's Maserati is betting that Italian luxury can also be a made-in-Detroit SUV. The elite car brand, based in Italy, plans to...

September 9, 2011


Concept Car: The Infiniti JX seven-seat luxury crossover

(Infiniti) This three-row luxury crossover debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The seven-seater features a second row that slides five and a half inches for easier access....

September 9, 2011


Thieves love Escalades, US drivers stay home, auto dealerships see gain

(General Motors) Escalade tops list of vehicles thieves love The Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV is the vehicle most likely to be targeted by thieves, according to the Highway Loss Data...

September 4, 2011


More Camry for less, seven-seat VW SUV and GM support of King memorial

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, unveils the 2012 Camry at the Toyota plant in Kentucky, Aug. 23. (David Perry / The Associated Press) New Camry adds...

September 2, 2011


Concept Car: Scion FR-S rear-wheel drive sports coupe

(The Associated Press) This rear-wheel-drive sports car was unveiled at the New York auto show in April. Part of the joint venture between Toyota and Subaru, the FR-S was inspired...

September 2, 2011


Vista roofs soar, Portland gets 'Electric Avenue' and Focus gets game

(Ford) Drivers want sun, but not convertibles Auto buyers are trading the open air for high-tech glass. Ford says sales of vehicles with "vista" or "panoramic" roofs are soaring. The...

August 28, 2011


Toyota satisfies, Honda leads Web, and Fiat joins Gucci for high-fashion 500

(The Associated Press) Toyota brands lead in satisfaction survey Improved customer satisfaction with Japanese automakers helped boost the auto industry's overall score by 1.2 percent in the American Customer Satisfaction...

August 26, 2011


Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class is all class

(Mercedes-Benz) This three-door hatchback debuted at the Shanghai and New York auto shows in April is expected to go into production worldwide. It features an elaborate pinwork grille, elongated headlights...

August 26, 2011


Seniors buy domestic, OnStar adds tracking and the Ram goes Wild West

(General Motors) Older Americans still favor domestic brands Americans age 65 and older tend to chose vehicles from brands they grew up with, according to a new study by,...

August 21, 2011


Concept Car: Saab PhoeniX hybrid sports coupe is the future of design

(The Associated Press) This hybrid sports coupe debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The turbocharged all-wheel-drive sports car is the Saab design debut of former Ferrari design head...

August 19, 2011


Solar option for Electric Focus, increase in value for used cars

(SunPower) Electric Focus buyers can add solar option Ford is teaming with solar provider SunPower to sell a discounted solar energy system in conjunction with the Focus Electric sedan that...

August 19, 2011


Hondas are most-stolen cars, Cadillac to get two new models

(Honda) Hondas lead list of most-stolen cars Thieves are stealing more American vehicles than foreign cars for the first time since 2002, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The...

August 14, 2011


Free car insurance, Chevy top-sellers and the return of the auto industry

(General Motors) GM testing insurance giveaway in state General Motors is test-marketing a free year of auto insurance as an incentive to buyers in the Northwest, according to the industry...

August 12, 2011


Concept Car: Bertone B99 Jaguar is a small, classic luxury

(Bertone) The B99, produced by Bertone for the Geneva Motor Show in March, is a proposal for a small, luxury Jaguar that returns to a more classic look. Jaguar did...

August 12, 2011 1 Comment


Ford scores big in satisfaction; L.A.'s post-red-light-camera cleanup

(The Associated Press) Ford ranks highly in satisfaction survey Porsche topped this year's J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction survey, with Jaguar and BMW coming in second and third. Ford...

August 7, 2011


Formula One racing returns, Fiat 500 gets Mopar treatment

(Wheelbase Communications) Formula One to return to the US in 2012 The Austin city council has voted overwhelmingly to endorse the return of Formula One racing to America, clearing the...

August 5, 2011


Concept Car Mazda Minagi

(Mazda) This compact crossover SUV debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and continues Mazda's "Kodo" design language. The style emphasizes sharp details and an aggressive look. The interior...

August 5, 2011


Volvo 'City Safety' crash system, Fiat majority owner of Chrysler

(Volvo) Study: Volvo crash system successful The "City Safety" automatic braking systems sold in some Volvos could slice the number of low-speed crashes that happen by one-quarter if widely adopted,...

July 31, 2011


Leaf leads sales, OnStar now available for non-GM cars

(Nissan) Leaf leading Volt in sales; will raise price Nissan is charging ahead in electric vehicle sales, selling 4,134 of its battery-powered Leafs so far this year. Chevrolet, by comparison,...

July 29, 2011


Concept Car: Nissan Esflow is a fast electric sports car

(Nissan) This electric sports car debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March. It's powered by an electric motor on each rear wheel, taking it from zero to 60 mph...

July 29, 2011


Ford's live phone operators, Prince Albert's custom Lexus

(Ford) Ford testing operator support for Sync Ford is taking a page from General Motors' OnStar system by testing live phone operators to help customers looking for directions to a...

July 24, 2011


Ford supports phone ban, VW sales up, local Ford dealership on TV

(NWautos archive) Ford endorses ban on phone use in cars Ford has come out in support of congressional legislation that would institute a nationwide ban on motorists using hand-held cellphones...

July 22, 2011


Concept Car: GMC Sierra All Terrain HD is built for off-roading

(GMC) This large, lifestyle truck may be a precursor to the next generation 1500 Sierra. It's built for off-roading -- with knobby 35-inch tires and a swing-down exit step --...

July 22, 2011


Gen Y prefers foreign cars, auto jobs on the rise

(Toyota) Foreign brands most popular for Gen Y Millennials showed a distinct preference for Asian autos in 2009 and 2010, according to a new study by, an auto data...

July 17, 2011


Highest parking rates, June's top sellers and local Chevy show

(Thinkstock) NYC, London parkers fork out top rates It's not just Manhattan apartments that are expensive -- so are the parking spaces. An annual survey of parking rates finds that...

July 15, 2011


Concept Car: Mini Paceman crossover is not so mini

(Mini) This not-so-mini Mini was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. The crossover coupe is expected to go into production, although not until after the coupe and roadster...

July 15, 2011


Camry is 'most-American' car, Land Rover revamp starts with new SUV

(Toyota) Camry remains atop 'most-American' list The Toyota Camry (shown) took the top spot for the third-consecutive year in's American Made Index. The list is based on percentage of...

July 10, 2011


Jaguar and Fiat 500 win honors, Nevada gets Google's driverless cars

(Jaguar) Jaguar supercar nabs top concept awards The high-performance Jaguar C-X75 received top honors at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, winning Concept Car of the Year...

July 8, 2011


Concept Car: The Prius C is the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in hybrid

(The Associated Press) The Prius C, unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January, is Toyota's small, urban hybrid option. It's expected to come to market in 2012, affordably priced...

July 8, 2011


Foreign cars lead in quality rankings; Ford plans new Lincoln models

(Toyota) Foreign cars head up quality rankings New cars and trucks made by foreign-based automakers dominated the J.D. Power and Associates quality rankings. The survey asked drivers about problem with...

July 3, 2011


Ford boosts fonts and adds new seat belts, Kia scores Blake Griffin

Ford's inflatable seat belts have an air bag sewn in. They are an option in the Explorer. (Ford) Ford to boost fonts, expand new seat belts Ford plans to use...

July 1, 2011


Concept Car: Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec is all decked out

(The Associated Press) Chevy put all of its favorite factory and after-market accessories on this Sonic variation for the Detroit auto show in January. It features a rear spoiler, 18-inch...

July 1, 2011


Cars in demand, GM Sonic pricing and Gran Turismo racer

(Ford) Top selling cars that are hardest to find NADAguides has complied a list of the most in-demand vehicles -- cars that have had high sales but have limited availability...

June 26, 2011


Concept Car: Kia KV7 is an 'activity van'

(The Associated Press) Kia's boxy design sensibility continues with this "activity van," which debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. The SUV-like minivan features a passenger-side gullwing door for...

June 24, 2011


Consumer Reports' fuel efficiency picks, free Ford music event

(Volkswagen) Consumer Reports' picks for fuel sippers Consumer Reports recently conducted real-world testing to determine the best new cars for fuel efficiency. The recommended models also had to meet the...

June 24, 2011


SUV safety surge and Cadillac makeovers

(The Associated Press) Report: Safety surges for SUV drivers Drivers of SUVs are among the least likely to die in a crash thanks mainly to the addition of electronic stability...

June 19, 2011 1 Comment


New Ford C-Max, Royal Rolls-Royce, 2012 VW Beetle and 'Transformers'

(Ford) New Ford C-Max van will be hybrid only Ford will sell a hybrid-only minivan in the U.S. next year in a bid to challenge Toyota's hybrid dominance. The five-passenger...

June 17, 2011


Concept Car: Hyundai Curb is a high-tech crossover

(Hyundai) This compact crossover is aimed at young urban drivers and features a rugged exterior that includes a pop-up roof rack and pull-out bike rack. The high-tech interior features touch...

June 17, 2011 1 Comment


Chrysler small pickup and classic cars that won't break the bank

(Chrysler) New Chrysler small pickup is in the works Chrysler is making progress toward a new "lifestyle" pickup for the Ram brand to replace the soon-to-be-retired Dodge Dakota. The Dakota,...

June 12, 2011


Top fuel-efficient vehicles, May's best sellers and Mazda production

(Mitsubishi) Most fuel-efficient vehicles NADAguides has compiled the most fuel-efficient 2011 vehicles in each segment based on combined mpg ratings. The top models: Crossover: Kia Sorento two-wheel-drive four-door I4 LX...

June 10, 2011


Concept car: Porsche 918 RSR is a Spyder racecar

(The Associated Press) This racecar version of the company's 918 Spyder Concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It will have 767 horsepower that comes from a 6.2-liter...

June 10, 2011


Small car safety, fuel economy labels and NYC taxi horns

The Nissan Leaf was named a Top Safety Pick after its crash test. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Small cars make big strides in safety tests Small cars are getting...

June 5, 2011


Concept Car: Ford Vertrek has an EcoBoost engine

(Ford) This compact crossover, set to replace the Escape, debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. It is scheduled for production in 2012, complete with a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine...

June 3, 2011


Save on car maintenance

Some online deals to save on car maintenance According to AAA, it will cost drivers in an urban area $6,758 to $11,239 to own and operate their vehicles in...

June 3, 2011


Ferrari hatchback and in-car health apps for Ford

(New York Times News Service) A new Ferrari that's fit for a baby seat Ferrari is looking to get a bit practical with -- brace yourself -- a hatchback. Mind...

May 29, 2011


Concept Car: Toyota RAV4 EV is a second-generation e-car

(Toyota) The second generation of the electric RAV4 is a collaboration between Toyota and Tesla Motors. It gets about 100 miles on a charge and is expected to go on...

May 27, 2011 1 Comment


New car sales on the rebound; less holiday travel by car

Dealerships, like this Ford showroom in Vermont, can expect more customers in the next two years. (Toby Talbot / The Associated Press) Study: new car sales to jump by 2013...

May 27, 2011


Best buys for 2011 and Google's driverless cars

(Kia) NADAguides names Best Buys for 2011 NADAguides, an online provider of vehicle pricing and information, has named its Best Car Buys for 2011. Vehicles were scored on price, first...

May 22, 2011


Seattle's first Airstream dealership; Toyota rebound

(Airstream) Seattle gets first Airstream dealership Seattleites interested in one of Airstream's iconic silver trailers no longer have to travel to Spokane or Portland to find a dealer. The Seattle...

May 20, 2011


Concept Car: Cub Cadet Volunteer VTX utility concept is a transformer

(Cub Cadet) Cub Cadet, a maker of outdoor power equipment, debuted its utility vehicle concept at the SEMA show in November. Designed for use in areas such as municipal work,...

May 20, 2011


Small car supply dwindling; vote to choose which charity wins a Toyota

Ford has just 31 days worth of the Fiesta, the most popular subcompact last month. (Ford) Small cars hot, but getting hard to find Shoppers looking for small cars may...

May 15, 2011


Minivan taxicabs for NYC; overhaul for Ford Taurus

The Nissan NV200 was selected to be the new fleet taxi for New York City. (Nissan) Next NYC taxis will be Nissan minivans A boxy minivan made by Nissan will...

May 13, 2011


Concept Car: Nissan New Mobility is a mini e-car

(Nissan) This electric two-seater has a range of 62 miles on a charge, and a maximum speed of 47 mph. The EV system was developed by alliance partner Renault, and...

May 13, 2011 1 Comment


Sunscreen while driving; Ford F-Series leads sales

(Thinkstock) Think SPF on those sunny driving days If you spend long hours driving, especially during daylight hours, sunscreen may be a good idea. Most car manufacturers install laminated windshields...

May 8, 2011


GM expands military discount; laser spark plugs in the future

GM Military Discount expanded this month Chevrolet will honor National Military Appreciation Month by expanding the GM Military Discount to military spouses and retirees this month. The discount is...

May 6, 2011 4 Comments


Concept Car: Subaru Impreza is a four-door coupe

(Subaru) This design concept, which debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, hints at future styling trends for Subaru vehicles. The "four-door coupe" style is intended to be...

May 6, 2011


Seattle among top 10 for worst traffic; stars for cars at auto show

(Linda Hughes) Traffic woes earn Seattle spot in top 10 Seattle ranked among the 10 most traffic congested in the U.S. in 2010, according to INRIX, a provider of traffic...

May 1, 2011


Concept Car: Honda Fit EV has an electric motor and its own remote

Using the same five-passenger layout of the Fit hatchback, this EV concept adds the electric motor from the FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle. It comes with a remote that drivers...

April 29, 2011


Dr. Dre in Chrysler ads; Corvette's Centennial Edition

Dr. Dre among celebs in Chrysler campaign After making a splash with its Super Bowl ad showcasing rapper Eminem, Chrysler plans to keep its urban music theme going with...

April 29, 2011


Yao Ming backs BMW e-car; Jeep Grand Cherokee is a NW favorite

(Andy Wong / The Associated Press) Yao Ming backs BMW at show in Shanghai BMW got a little help from Chinese basketball star Yao Ming (pictured at right) to launch...

April 24, 2011


Chrysler credit card offers discounts; Ford leads in loyalty

(Chrysler) Chrysler credit card can bring discounts Chrysler Group has teamed up with a Nebraska bank to offer a credit card that earns points that can bring cash discounts on...

April 22, 2011


Concept car: Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

(The Associated Press) Cadillac unveiled its compact design study at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The aim was to create a luxury auto for urbanites while still seating...

April 22, 2011 1 Comment


Olympia driver named Highway Hero; e-car safety for emergency crews

(Goodyear) Olympia truck driver named Highway Hero Olympia truck driver Tilden Curl -- who helped save the lives of two people in a car that had come to a stop...

April 17, 2011 1 Comment


Concept car: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, the first convertible crossover

(Nissan) Billed as the world's first convertible crossover, this all-wheel-drive vehicle is slated for sale as early as this year. It has a soft top, two doors and four seats....

April 15, 2011 1 Comment


Area Volkswagen tech up for world title; pickups top sales

From left, Dan Planz, head of technical training for Volkswagen of America, congratulates technician Scott Roberts. (Byron Sprague) Area Volkswagen tech to vie for world title Scott Roberts, a master...

April 15, 2011


Tesla with 300-mile range; Nissans with luxurious details

The Tesla will be able to travel 300 miles on a single charge. (Tesla) Tesla to release electric car with 300-mile range Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans to offer...

April 10, 2011


Concept Car: The tiny Kia POP electric is big on style

Inspired by lightweight, aerodynamic items such as gliders and high-tech bicycles, this tiny three-seater made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It can...

April 8, 2011


Diagnostic kit gives your car a checkup; Volvo slims its lineup

(Wheelbase Communications) Give your car a checkup It used to be that only trained automotive technicians could determine the cause of the "check engine" light. Now you can diagnose just...

April 8, 2011


Lincoln is tops in dependability, electric cars go slow in Hawaii

The 2011 Lincoln MKS is among the Lincoln offerings that rank No. 1 in a dependability study. (Ford) Lincoln ranks No. 1 in dependability study Lincoln took the top spot...

April 3, 2011


Porsche's Spyder hybrid to sell for $845K; Gary Busey's voice on your GPS

(Porsche) Porsche prices limited-edition Spyder hybrid at $845K Porsche will sell the 918 Spyder hybrid sports car, its most expensive model ever, for $845,000 in North America and limit...

April 1, 2011


Concept Car: Mazda Shinari has a bold new look

(Mazda) This four-door, four-seat concept coupe features Mazda's new global design language, KODO, or "Soul of Motion." The design is intended to be graceful and carefree yet powerful, and signals...

April 1, 2011


Mapping safest highway routes online; gas-saving gadget for idling cars

Find sites for fatal crashes on ( Road trip? Plotting safe routes online Savvy trip planners may soon be able to add another feature to their itinerary: the safest...

March 27, 2011


Fiesta is a top safety pick; first street-legal Pagani coming to US

(Ford) Fiesta earns top crash-test safety ratings worldwide Ford says its Fiesta is the first car in the subcompact segment to earn top crash-test ratings in each of the world's...

March 25, 2011


Concept Car: Saab's first electric vehicle, the ePower Concept

(Saab) Saab's first electric vehicle debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October. The wagon is projected to get 124 miles on a charge via high-density lithium-ion batteries. The car...

March 25, 2011 1 Comment


Bremerton Motorsports Park move; Chevrolet Suburban top family car

The current park must move to make way for a Port of Bremerton road project. (Ken Todd Photos) Bremerton Motorsports Park may grow to 250 acres A lease agreement between...

March 20, 2011


Concept Car: Nissan Ellure has stylish allure

Nissan unveiled this hybrid sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Although it is unlikely to see production, it could show the styling direction for Nissan's future...

March 18, 2011


Hot rides of 1986 now considered antiques; plus, February's top-sellers

The 1986 Ford Taurus is now considered an antique. (Ford) Hot rides of 1986 now considered antiques If anything reminds us of the passage of time, it is the latest...

March 18, 2011


Poll on jaywalking tickets; Ford and Sollers to partner in Russia

(Thinkstock) Pemco poll: Jaywalkers deserve to be ticketed Seventy percent of Washington drivers polled by Pemco Insurance agree that pedestrians who jaywalk should be ticketed. While a significant majority of...

March 13, 2011


Concept Car: Opel GTC Paris is an 'achievable dream car'

(Opel) This sports hatchback debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October as an "achievable dream car." The three-door with room for five runs on a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine...

March 11, 2011 1 Comment


AAA names safety and efficiency picks; no more car cassette decks

(Ford) AAA names its safety, efficiency favorites Every two years, AAA offers its pick of innovative technologies designed to improve safety, increase performance and reduce the environmental impact of new...

March 11, 2011


GM scholarships and Quest minivan as mom-mobile

(Millennial Media) GM's $4.5 million scholarship program to help 1,100 students General Motors is helping students, particularly disadvantaged ones, through a $4.5 million scholarship program. Buick Achievers Scholarships offer $2,000...

March 6, 2011


Ford moves into start-stop technology; a Bentley for Bond in new book

(Wheelbase Communications) Ford about to move into start-stop technology Engine shutoff technology has been big in Europe for years but Ford will soon be offering it in the U.S. Start-stop...

March 4, 2011


Concept Car: Audi e-tron Spyder is a powerful plug-in

This convertible sports car debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October, and is believed to be a preview of a forthcoming production model. Using Audi's plug-in hybrid technology,...

March 4, 2011


Car-care seminars for women, US a hub for BMW SUV exports

(ACDelco) Car-care seminars, booklet aids women "Knowledge is Power," a new ACDelco program for women, helps readers ask the right questions about vehicle maintenance. A free booklet can be downloaded...

February 27, 2011


Concept Car: BMW 6 Series is wider, lower

(BMW) BMW unveiled the direction of its next-generation 6 Series at the Paris Motor Show in October. The coupe has a wider, lower, sculpted body and is said to be...

February 25, 2011


Everett dealer a finalist for award and Italian supercar coming to U.S.

Buzz Rodland (Toyota-Scion) Everett dealer a finalist for Time Dealer of the Year award Buzz Rodland, president and general manager of Rodland Toyota-Scion in Everett, accepted his award for regional...

February 25, 2011 1 Comment


Latest Camaro ups horsepower race; more emotional ads for Chrysler

(The Associated Press) Latest Camaro ups the horsepower race The pony race continues to heat up as Chevrolet unveiled its Camaro ZL1, equipped with a supercharged V-8 engine, last week...

February 20, 2011


Concept Car: The tiny Lotus City Car is designed to be electric

(Lotus) Lotus unveiled several concepts at the Paris Motor Show in October, most of which were the sportscars the brand is known for. This tiny three-door hatchback is a departure,...

February 18, 2011


Fiat 500 pricing, 'Motorweek' picks and lowrider legend

(Fiat) Fiat 500 will feature no-haggle pricing Chrysler wants dealers to avoid haggling with shoppers over the price of the Fiat 500 when reintroducing the brand to America, betting that...

February 18, 2011


Carpool rates declining; VW may bring back Phaeton and Scirocco

(Thinkstock) Census: carpool rates decline over decades The percentage of workers who carpool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the...

February 13, 2011 1 Comment


Concept Car: Visteon C-Beyond features a carful of technology

(Visteon) Visteon, an automotive supplier of climate, interior, electronic and lighting products, created this concept for October's Paris Auto Show. It features more than 40 of the company's technologies, including...

February 11, 2011


Red light cameras save lives and January sales are strong

(Sean O'Connor / Special to NWautos) Study finds red light cameras cut fatalities Red light cameras reduced the rate of fatal crashes by 24 percent in 14 large cities that...

February 11, 2011 1 Comment


Toyota and GM sales, Nissan's new NV van and Detroit Auto Show crowds

(The Associated Press) Toyota, GM battle for tops in global sales Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles globally in 2010, narrowly remaining the world's top automaker ahead of General Motors. GM...

February 6, 2011


Super Bowl commercials, low auto loan rates and Toyota quality offices

A still from Chevy's Super Bowl ad. (General Motors) Car ads will be racing through Super Bowl The automotive industry is expected to buy the most commercial time of any...

February 4, 2011


Concept Car: Infiniti IPL G Convertible packs power and style

(Infiniti) This aerodynamic convertible debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October. It features a V6 engine, a three-piece retractable hardtop and a dramatic red leather interior. It adds to...

February 4, 2011


Distracted driving, Chevy sales, first female GM product development head

(Archive) Distracted driving agenda will continue Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he will keep distracted driving at the top of his agenda despite critics who say the department should focus...

January 30, 2011


Concept Car: Audi Quattro named best concept

(Audi) Named best concept at the Paris Motor Show by AutoWeek, this 408 horsepower compact coupe was recently green lighted for limited production. It was built to celebrate 30 years...

January 28, 2011


New airbag requirements, Ford Touch training, Gen Y wants high-tech cars

(General Motors) Stronger side air bags required by 2018 New cars and trucks will need to have larger and stronger side air bags to prevent motorists from being tossed out...

January 28, 2011 1 Comment


Charging stations on Highway 2, OnStar expansion and high Rolls sales

(The Associated Press) Charging stations planned for Hwy. 2 Washington state plans to install charging stations along U.S. 2 across the Cascades to allow electric vehicles to travel between western...

January 23, 2011 1 Comment


Honda leads quality survey, seat belt use is up and Porsche is a winner

(Honda) Honda, Ford lead in auto quality survey Honda and Ford took the top spots in the quality category of Consumer Reports' 2011 Car Brand Perception Survey, a look at...

January 21, 2011


Concept Car: Electric Nissan Townpod is quite a concept

(Nissan) Nissan continued its electric car initiative with this multi-use vehicle that it debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October. Designed for small-business owners, it has several interior configurations,...

January 21, 2011


Volt is Car of the Year; locals on reality show; execs' expectations

(General Motors) Volt, Explorer snag top industry awards The Chevrolet Volt (shown at right) was named The North American Car of the Year, beating out two other finalists, the Hyundai...

January 16, 2011


Concept Car: MINI Scooter is big on style

(MINI) MINI showed three versions of its electric scooter at the Paris Motor Show in October. The three scooters are mechanically identical, but show the individual style owners can impart...

January 14, 2011


Chevy Camaro outsells Ford Mustang, plus more of 2010's top-sellers

(General Motors) Chevy Camaro takes 2010 muscle car title Ford's Mustang muscle car has lost the sports-car crown it held for 23 years to the Chevrolet Camaro (shown at right)....

January 14, 2011


Auto sales rise in 2010; companies look to continue improvement

U.S. auto sales picked in the final months of 2010 and car companies expect them to keep climbing this year as the economy recovers and buyers grow more confident.

January 10, 2011


Rental-cars profits are up; Ford to offer radio limits for teens

(Thinkstock) As biz travel revs up, so do rental-car firms Business travel is coming back, and the airline and hotel industries are reaping the benefits. But a less obvious beneficiary...

January 9, 2011


Concept Car: Renault DeZir electric sportscar is red-hot

(Renault) (Renault) This ultra-flashy electric sportscar debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October. It has a low, wide body, complete with aluminum sideblades and reverse-hinged butterfly doors. Its French...

January 7, 2011


Auto complaints accelerate; Allstate rewards safe drivers

(Thinkstock) Auto complaints accelerated last year Driver complaints to federal highway safety regulators soared in 2010, spurred by a slew of Toyota Motor Corp. recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

January 7, 2011 1 Comment


Ford and Honda inspire loyalty; car sales to increase in 2011

(Ford) Ford, Honda lead in customer loyalty Ford's renaissance won some significant validation recently as it tied with Honda as the top brand for consumer loyalty in the 2010 J.D....

January 2, 2011 1 Comment


Concept Car: Jaguar C-X75 electric supercar reaches 205 mph

(Jaguar) This electric supercar debuted at the Paris motor show in October and points to the future of Jaguar design. Four electric motors provide 68 miles of pure-electric driving, while...

December 31, 2010


Insurance Institute safety picks; minivans from Ford and Nissan

(Volkswagen) Insurance Institute safety picks named The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized 66 vehicles as winners of their top safety pick award for the 2011 model year. The award...

December 31, 2010


Chevy's second Motor Trend award; China's BYD electric cars in US

(General Motors) Chevy earns second Motor Trend award The Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty was named the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, completing a rare same-year sweep of the prestigious...

December 26, 2010


Holiday travel by car increases, Truck of the Year finalists announced

(Photo archive) Bump in travelers hitting holiday road AAA projects 92.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 3.1 percent...

December 24, 2010


Concept Car: Lotus offers glimpse of the future with five concepts

Clockwise from top: The Elan, Esprit, Eterne, Elise and Elite. (Lotus) Lotus made a stir at the Paris Motor Show in October with five sportscar concepts meant to showcase the...

December 24, 2010 3 Comments


Rising gas prices and future collector cars

(The Associated Press) Gas prices rising, and end may not be near Despite weak demand in the U.S. and Europe, oil prices climbed last week to near $90 a barrel,...

December 19, 2010


Concept Car: Pininfarina Nido EV is 80th anniversary car

(Pininfarina) This electric city car is a restyling of the 2004 Nido and a celebration vehicle for the company's 80th anniversary. It has a range of 87 miles and a...

December 17, 2010


Leaf is European Car of the Year, Chrysler launches new sedans

(Nissan) Europeans name Leaf as Car of the Year The all-electric Nissan Lead was recently named 2011 European Car of the Year, the first time an electric vehicle has won...

December 17, 2010


Oprah loves the new Beetle; Car and Driver names top picks

Oprah Winfrey revealed the silhouette of the new VW Beetle on her show recently. (Volkswagen) New Beetle an Oprah 'Favorite Thing' Oprah did it again, recently giving away a new...

December 12, 2010


Concept Car: Citroen Metropolis is a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan

(Citroen) Citroen debuted this large luxury sedan at the Shanghai World Fair in May. Designed in the company's Shanghai design studio, it's intended for a Chinese audience. It runs on...

December 10, 2010 1 Comment


Bid on the first Chevy Volt; Trucks lead sales

(General Motors) Bidders vying to be first Chevy Volt owner Want to own the first Chevrolet Volt? Bidding for the first one off the line started last week and ends...

December 10, 2010


Volt wins again; Kia on eBay

(The Associated Press) Volt snags two more best of 2011 awards The Chevrolet Volt has picked up two more major awards: Motor Trend's 2011 Car of the Year and Automobile...

December 5, 2010


Buick Regal is Car of Year; Subaru tops Kelley Blue Book resale list

(General Motors) NADA names Buick Regal Car of Year NADAguides, a leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, awarded the 2011 Buick Regal its Car of the Year award at...

December 3, 2010


Concept Car: Volkswagen Milano Taxi is battery-powered

(Volkswagen) VW presented this battery-powered taxi concept at a trade show in Germany in April. Its large curb-side door slides forward and the front passenger seat was removed in favor...

December 3, 2010


Toyota's electric plans; more IndyCar engines

Toyota's Prius plug-in hybrid was shown in Tokyo last week. (Koji Sasahara / The Associated Press) Toyota has big plans for electric vehicles Toyota announced last week it's planning to...

November 28, 2010


Thanksgiving travel up; new Ford Model A museum

(Thinkstock) Thanksgiving travel up sharply this year Auto club AAA and the economic analysis firm IHS Global Insight are projecting that about 42.2 million Americans are traveling at least 50...

November 26, 2010


Concept Car: Seat IBE is an electric sports coupe

(Seat) This electric coupe debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Spanish company gave it a sporty look that is short, low and wide with unusual LED headlights...

November 26, 2010


Fiat 500 pricing and dealers; the return of the Barracuda

The U.S. version of the Fiat 500 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. (The Associated Press) Fiat 500 pricing, dealers announced Fiat announced this week that its...

November 21, 2010


Concept Car: The "Rinspeed UC?" is unique, no question

(Rinspeed) This electric subcompact is an Urban Commuter. You see? Aside from the conceptual name, the UC? is practical -- measuring just 2.6 meters and intended to fit onto European...

November 19, 2010 4 Comments


AAA checklist for winter driving prep

(Thinkstock) AAA recommends the following checks that car owners should do before winter-driving season. Can do at home: __ Check the condition and connections of the battery cables and terminals....

November 19, 2010


End-of-year bargains on car lots, and goodbye Mr. Goodwrench

(The Associated Press) End of year deals expected on car lots Car buyers looking for a bargain may be rewarded this month and next. Automakers are more likely to offer...

November 14, 2010


Concept Car: Protoscar Lampo2 sportscar has two electric motors

(Protoscar) This electric sports car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It features two electric motors creating the equivalent of 350 horsepower. It has a range of more...

November 12, 2010


Truck sales a good sign for economy; Top October sellers

The Ford F-150 was a top-seller last month. (Ford) Truck sales a good sign for economy Trucks outsold cars by the highest margin in nearly five years in October, a...

November 12, 2010 1 Comment


SEMA gives out first 'hottest' vehicle awards; James Bond's Aston Martin sold

(Chevrolet) SEMA gives out first 'hottest' awards The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) gave out its new awards for the Hottest Car, Hottest Truck and Hottest 4X4/SUV at last week's...

November 7, 2010


Concept Car: 5 By Peugeot is a large luxury hybrid

(Peugeot) This concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is Peugeot's entry into the large luxury vehicle market. The hybrid system can run on electricity alone for...

November 5, 2010


Porsche Cayenne is SUV of the year; Consumer Reports picks and driverless vans

(Porsche) Porsche Cayenne nabs SUV of the year Motor Trend has named the Porsche Cayenne its 2011 Sport/Utility of the Year. The magazine uses six criteria to evaluate its contenders:...

November 5, 2010


Tesla sells electric sportscar in Japan; Fatalities involving teens drop

(The Associated Press) Tesla selling electric sportscar in Japan Tesla, the U.S. maker of electric sportscars, opened its first Asian showroom last week in a fashionable Tokyo neighborhood, hoping to...

October 31, 2010


Cars to get you in the Halloween mood

1974 Gremlin In honor of Halloween, a Top 10 list of the scariest cars ever, according to Too scary to look at Cars that make you scream with fright:...

October 31, 2010 1 Comment


Concept Car: Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta next-generation spider stretches its legs

(Pininfarina) This concept by Italian design house Pininfarina debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It's the company's vision for how the next-generation Alfa spider should look. The two-seater...

October 29, 2010


Emissions standards for trucks; Porsche Cayman racer

(Thinkstock) Emissions standards for trucks planned Future longhaul trucks, school buses and large pickup trucks will be required to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under...

October 29, 2010


Ford's online reality show casting coming to Seattle Oct. 27

Ford and the creators of "The Amazing Race" are teaming up to create an online reality show, with five weekly episodes to be streamed on Hulu. Taping for the show...

October 25, 2010

Christmas Camaros gone in three minutes; NASCAR switches to 'green' gas

(The Associated Press) Christmas Camaros gone in three minutes In just three minutes Tuesday, customers bought all 100 of the special-edition 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertibles offered in the Neiman Marcus...

October 24, 2010


Concept Car: Citroen DS High Rider hybrid is high-class

(Citroen) This premium three-door crossover debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March as a harbinger of Citroen's DS4 line, which is intended to appeal to luxury car buyers. The...

October 22, 2010


Prius wagon and plug-in on the way; teen drivers need diverse practice

Toyota plans to release a plug-in Prius, like this one at the Frankfurt Auto Show. (Frank Augstein / The Associated Press) Prius wagon, plug-in expected next year Toyota plans to...

October 22, 2010


Four-door Smart car to be sold only in US; Buick plans new fuel-efficient compact

(Smart USA) Four-door Smart car will be U.S. exclusive Nissan has partnered with car dealership chain Penske Automotive Group to build a new four-door version of the Smart car. The...

October 17, 2010

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Ford casting for reality show; trucks lead September sales

(Ford) Ford casting for online reality show Ford and the creators of "The Amazing Race" are teaming up to create an online reality show, with five weekly episodes to be...

October 15, 2010 1 Comment


Concept Car: Chrysler design study offers a glimpse into the future

(Chrysler) This concept pairs the styling of a Lanci Delta with Chrysler badging. Chrysler's new parent company, Fiat, has plans to merge the brands and this may be a first...

October 15, 2010


Cellphone anti-texting warnings and Jaguar concept car

Anti-texting warning labels coming soon? Coming to your cellphone: a cigarette-style warning label about the dangers of distracted driving? Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood offered the off-the-cuff suggestion last week,...

October 10, 2010


Concept Car: Peugeot RCZ HYbrid4 pairs an electric motor with a diesel engine

(Peugeot) An electric motor pairs with a diesel engine in this sports car to achieve 64 mpg. The "4" in HYbrid refers to the car's four-wheel drive. A non-hybrid version...

October 8, 2010


Car of the Year finalists; Sabbs with BMW engines

(Kia) Journalists name Car of the Year finalists General Motors and Nissan cars lead the list of 14 vehicles being considered for the 2011 North American Car of the Year....

October 8, 2010 2 Comments


Washington buckles up; Chrysler dealers want Fiats

(Thinkstock) Nearly all drivers in the state buckle up An observational survey by the Washington State Patrol last week found that 97.6 percent of state motorists wear their seat belts...

October 3, 2010


NUMMI plant is now a Tesla factory; Fewer children killed on US highways

(Tesla) NUMMI plant reopens as a Tesla factory The former NUMMI auto plant -- a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota that closed in April -- comes back to...

October 1, 2010 2 Comments


Concept Car: Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo is bigger and better

(Mitsubishi) Based on the same i-MiEV powertrain that's running the production minicar, this concept adds expanded cargo space suitable for a small business or recreational equipment. The electric vehicle has...

October 1, 2010


New respect for GM from filmmaker; More hybrid sharing possible for Toyota

Chris Paine on set of his documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" (The Associated Press) New respect for GM from filmmaker Chris Paine, director of the influential documentary "Who Killed...

September 26, 2010


Favorite car colors by city, free Toyota decals and top picks by cost of ownership

Seattle's color palette according to Ford data. Ford releases favorite car colors by city Last week, Ford released its data on regional preferences for cars. Here are various colors and...

September 24, 2010


Concept Car: The Mercedes-Benz Brabus Viano Lounge has the techie comforts of home

(Brabus) Brabus interior designers tricked out a Mercedes-Benz van with a huge array of technological gear, such as a 32-inch LCD screen, a laptop and an espresso maker. The company...

September 24, 2010


OnStar texts and Facebook, Porsche four-door, Japan trip contest, Concours winner

The OnStar Command Center in Detroit. (General Motors) OnStar soon to get texts, Facebook General Motors' OnStar communications unit will begin offering in-car access to Facebook and text messages later...

September 19, 2010


Tim Allen's voice introduces new Cruze; Car booster seats ranked on safe fit

(General Motors) Familiar voice to introduce new Cruze Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. After more than a year of searching for a new marketing theme, Chevrolet says it has landed...

September 17, 2010 1 Comment


Concept Car: The Citroen GQ is made for the discerning gentleman

(Citroen) This collaboration between Citroen and men's magazine GQ was intended to create the "ultimate gentleman's drive." The car has classic lines and an interior by a Savile Row tailor....

September 17, 2010 1 Comment


Pick fuel economy sticker; Mexico on one tank; driving with dogs is distracting

One sticker option, left, uses a grading system, while the other relies on sliding scales. (The Associated Press) Help pick the next fuel economy sticker The Environmental Protection Agency and...

September 12, 2010


Luxury car sales on the rise; Ford and Chevy trucks lead August sales

The Ferrari 458 Italia costs about $300,000. (Ferrari) Luxury car sales rise in first half of year With the economy improving -- albeit slowly -- the well-heeled are splurging on...

September 10, 2010


Concept Car: Porsche TechArt Concept One adds a body kit to the Panamera

(TechArt) German tuner company TechArt displayed this design study based on the Porsche Panamera at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It adds a full body kit to the car,...

September 10, 2010 1 Comment


Refinancing isn't just for home loans; Nissan and Hyundai vie for US sales

(Thinkstock) Refinancing isn't just for home loans It's easy to overlook auto loans with mortgage rates grabbing all the attention. But car buyers who didn't get the best loan terms...

September 5, 2010


WSU beats UW in license plate registration; crowded roads on Labor Day

(WSU Alumni Association) Based on plates, WSU fans are strongest The Huskies and Cougars start their runs for football domination tomorrow, but Washington State University has already won the race...

September 3, 2010


Concept Car: Opel Flextreme brings Volt electric drivetrain to a larger vehicle

(Opel) Opel Flextreme GT/E This General Motors line debuted the Flextreme at the Geneva Motor Show in March as an example of how the Volt's electric drivetrain could be used...

September 3, 2010


Texan donates cars worth $3.5 million; Volkswagen brings back Phaeton

Tony Buzbee is giving away several of his sports cars, including his Mercedes McLaren SLR, worth $525,000. (Jennifer Reynolds / The Associated Press) Texan donates exotic cars worth millions Tony...

August 29, 2010


Volvo going upscale, says CEO; Concours classics auction appears recession-proof

Stefan Jacoby discusses Volvo's future at a press conference last week. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall / The Associated Press) Volvo CEO says car line will go upscale Volvo Chief Executive Officer...

August 27, 2010


Concept Car: Honda Skydeck puts you under the glass ceiling, in a good way

(Honda) This sleek hybrid minivan debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. It features front doors that hinge up and an all-glass roof. Inside, the center-mounted floating seats can...

August 27, 2010 2 Comments


Search for the oldest Porsche; Bright Idea hybrid commercial vehicle

(Porsche) Porsche celebrates 60 with two contests To celebrate its 60th anniversary in the U.S., Porsche is searching for the oldest Porsche in the country, as well as the oldest...

August 22, 2010


Lincoln aces test of dealerships; Audi safety technology puts camera on drivers

(Ford) Lincoln aces test of car dealerships A host of mystery shoppers sent to critique dealerships across the country last month gave luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Lexus high...

August 20, 2010


Concept Car: Lotus Evora Carbon is made with lightweight carbon fiber

(Lotus) This version of the Evora, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, goes lightweight with its body panels, roof, front splitter and rear diffuser replaced with carbon...

August 20, 2010


Possible GM lineup additions; Free horsepower upgrades for Ford trucks

(General Motors) Sources: GM considering line-up additions General Motors is studying several possible additions to its vehicle lineup, including a new midsize pickup and a stretched version of its European...

August 15, 2010


$30-million Bugati goes on display; Trucks lead July sales

(The Associated Press) $30-million Bugatti goes on display If you're dying to see the record-breaking Bugatti that sold in May, now you have a chance. The 1936 beauty that recently...

August 13, 2010


Most -- and least -- likely vehicles to be stolen; U.S. Honda output tops Japan

(General Motors) Most, least likely vehicles to be stolen The Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance industry group, has calculated theft claim rates for vehicles from the 2007-2009 model years....

August 8, 2010


GM boosts production for Volt; Spokane's Tango out of X Prize running

President Barack Obama looks over the new Chevy Volt last week during a tour of the GM plant in Hamtramck, Mich. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press) GM hikes...

August 6, 2010


Concept Car: Tesla Eye is easy on the eyes

(Tesla) This concept was designed by students in the Master of Arts in Transportation Design program at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy in collaboration with Tesla. The design,...

August 6, 2010


New Ford Explorer tour coming to Seattle, VW head wants more local parts in cars

(The Associated Press) New Explorer tour coming to Seattle Ford's revealed its new Explorer for the first time last week, promising a SUV with seating for seven that has similar...

August 1, 2010


Ford says aftermarket parts are often inferior; GM expects sales spike in Brazil

(Ford) Ford: Aftermarket parts often inferior A comparison of aftermarket replacement parts for critical safety components such as bumpers and vehicle supports found they often are inferior to parts made...

July 30, 2010 6 Comments


Concept Car: Hyundai i-Flow diesel hybrid is edgy, with curves

(Hyundai) This concept is said to preview an edgier design aesthetic for the Korean brand, with more dramatic, flowing lines. The diesel-electric hybrid has solar panels on the roof and...

July 30, 2010


Corvette buyers can build their own engines, U.S. cars lead APEAL study

(The Associated Press) Corvette buyers can build their own engines Corvette owners could soon be revving up an engine they built with their own hands. General Motors recently announced that...

July 25, 2010


Crash-test dummies join the Smithsonian, Ford Edge uses Mustang engine

(NHTSA) Vince and Larry crash the Smithsonian The crash-test dummies who promoted auto safety for 25 years in public service TV ads are headed to the Smithsonian's National Museum of...

July 23, 2010


Concept Car: Emas subcompacts are good things in small packages

(Italdesign) Three variations on the subcompact were developed for a Malaysian manufacturer with the aim of optimizing interior space. The Emas is a hatchback with rear seats that are the...

July 23, 2010


Ford adds curve control to Explorer; Chrysler offers big-money sales incentives

(Thinkstock) Ford adds curve control to Explorer Ford is upgrading the electronic stability control system on its 2011 Ford Explorer to help the SUV perform better if a driver takes...

July 18, 2010


Adults texting as much as teens; trucks selling well in June

(Thinkstock) Study: Adults texting as much as teens It's not just teenagers. A study recently released by the Pew Center's Internet & American Life Project found that adults are just...

July 16, 2010


Concept Car: IDEA Institute Sofia pays homage to Sofia Loren

(IDEA Institute) This sedan/sports car was inspired by actress Sofia Loren (and the female form in general), as well as classic Italian sports cars. The concept, which debuted at the...

July 16, 2010


BMW electric city car; Older drivers crashing less; Flying car in 2011

(BMW) BMW debuts sketch of its electric city car BMW offered a glimpse last week of its Mega City Vehicle, or MCV, an urban electric car that is set to...

July 11, 2010


WWU team makes final round for X Prize; Last PT Cruiser rolls off the line

(Progressive Automotive X Prize) WWU team another step closer to X Prize The team of students from Western Washington University has made it through to the final rounds of the...

July 9, 2010


Concept Car: Electric Honda EV-N has a solar roof

(Honda) This super-cute, retro-styled, all-electric city car features swappable seat fabrics, a solar roof and storage for the UX-3 personal scooter in the passenger door. There are no plans to...

July 9, 2010 3 Comments


Camry is 'most American,' Beetle is most popular with women

(Toyota) Camry tops 'most American' list again For the second year in a row, the Toyota Camry tops the list of the cars deemed "most American" by the editors at...

July 4, 2010


Survey says gadgets are key to family road trips; German luxury car sales up

(Thinkstock) Survey: Gadgets key to road trips with kids The longest summer drive on average this year will be about 8.5 hours each way, according to a recent survey. The...

July 2, 2010


Concept Car: Citroen Survolt is a sleek, sexy electric performance vehicle

(Citroen) This neon-laden sportscar shows another side of the company's development of all-electric vehicles. The Revolte concept was an urban vehicle, while the Survolt is a performance car, though details...

July 2, 2010


South Tacoma Mazda enters the rap game

Just got off the phone with Brian Kuzmer, professional South Tacoma Mazda salesman and amateur rapper. He made a hiphop song dedicated to the Mazda 3.

By Andrew Matson June 28, 2010

Auto poll finds growing interest in voice-activated technology

The results of an annual survey that studies advanced automotive technologies were released this month, and show American drivers are growing more likely to adopt voice-activated technologies to use in...

June 28, 2010

Luxury brands and Ford top quality survey; four-door Fiat 500 is coming

The Ford Focus topped the compact car segment. (Ford) Luxury brands, Ford top quality survey Ford jumped up to a top spot in J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of...

June 27, 2010


Oil prices on the way up, Volkswagen Jetta prices on the way down

(The Associated Press) Expect to see holiday hike at the gas pump Oil and gasoline prices both edged up last week as the driving season picked up speed and more...

June 25, 2010


Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style previews the CLS-class redesign

(Mercedes-Benz) This plug-in hybrid debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and gives a preview of the CLS-class redesign. The "four-door coupe" has a V6 mated to its electric...

June 25, 2010


LeMay sponsors Chicago microcar exhibition

A BMW Isetta 250 at the BMW Museum. (BMW) LeMay -- America's Car Museum, in Tacoma, may be known for its extensive collection of rare and classic autos. But July...

June 21, 2010 1 Comment


SUVs boost sales at GM and Ford; Auto worker labor shortage possible

The Ford Edge (Ford) The Chevrolet Equinox (General Motors) SUVs drive sales boost at GM, Ford General Motors and Ford posted U.S. sales increases in May that topped analysts' estimates...

June 20, 2010


All-new Explorer to launch on Facebook first; GM offers low APR on used models

(Ford) All-new Explorer will break the debut norm Ford is taking a unique marketing approach for the all-new Ford Explorer: It's launching it on Facebook instead of at an auto...

June 18, 2010


Concept Car: Bertone Pandion study has doors that open straight up

(The Associated Press) Italian design firm Bertone debuted this over-the-top design study at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The grill and rear are made up of thousands of interlaced...

June 18, 2010


Mercury's heyday will be remembered; America's Car Museum breaks ground in Tacoma

(The Associated Press) Remembering the glory days of Mercury Mercurys accounted for just 0.9 percent of U.S. new vehicle sales this year, but the brand -- which Ford recently announced...

June 13, 2010


'World's most famous car' up for auction, Ford keeps lead in May sales

(RM Auctions) 'World's most famous car' going up for auction The Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies is going on sale at London's RM Auctions...

June 11, 2010


Concept Car: Gazal 1 SUV built by students at Saudi Arabia's King Saud University

(The Associated Press) The Gazal, which means gazelle in Arabic, comes from Saudi Arabia's King Saud University. It debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Students built the off-road...

June 11, 2010


Le Mans race will show its artistic side

The Jeff Koons-designed BMW Art Car is displayed before the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans race. (BMW) The 24 Hours of Le Mans race -- which starts June 12...

June 10, 2010


Love soccer? You could star in a Volkswagen ad

Volkswagen is calling on soccer fans to express their passion for the game and possibly win an appearance in a national TV spot during the World Cup. Fans can...

June 8, 2010


Distracted driving law, dropping gas prices and Shoreline auto center opening

Distracted driving law takes effect Thursday Starting Thursday, talking or sending text messages while holding a wireless device becomes a primary traffic offense, carrying a $124 fine. Drivers with instruction...

June 6, 2010 1 Comment


Concept Car: BMW Gran Coupé is a cross between a Gran Turismo and a sports car

(BMW) This four-door with a low coupe-style roofline is a mingling of the Gran Turismo and a sports car. It was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April without...

June 4, 2010


Tax credits for electric cars; Washington ranks among best in seat belt use

(The Associated Press) Bill: More tax credits for e-car buyers The federal government would provide grants to help cities build electric vehicle infrastructure and offer new tax credits for buyers...

June 4, 2010


Tesla and Toyota team up on e-cars; Chrysler rolls out new Cherokee

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda during a news conference last week. (Paul Sakuma / The Associated Press) Tesla and Toyota team up on...

May 30, 2010


What are you driving to Sasquatch?

2010 Subaru Outback. (Subaru) If you're driving a 2010 Subaru Outback to the Sasquatch! Music Festival then you're right in line with Kelley Blue Book's editors. It's their suggestion for...

May 28, 2010


Local Cars & Coffee cruise-in; Ford invests in 'green' cars

(Courtesy of Cars & Coffee) Saturdays -- now with more coffee and cars Cars & Coffee, a Saturday morning cruise-in held at the Central Market in Shoreline, has started up...

May 28, 2010


Concept Car: Sbarro Coupe Autobau has 12-cylinder engine and 500 horsepower

(The Associated Press) This super-sleek sports car from Swiss automaker Sbarro debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Inspired by Swiss race car driver Fredy Lienhard, it puts out...

May 28, 2010 1 Comment


Mitsubishi has the largest number of young buyers; large truck sales climb

The Mitsubishi Lancer has the highest percentage of young buyers in the company's lineup, according to a new study. (Mitsubishi) Mitsubishi tops list of 'youngest' brands Mitsubishi has the highest...

May 23, 2010


Leaf pre-orders exceed capacity; GM commercial boosts brand image

(The Associated Press) Leaf pre-orders rise above capacity Nissan says the automaker has received more than 13,000 orders in the U.S. and Japan for its new electric car, the Leaf,...

May 21, 2010


Concept Car: Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break previews new CLS sedan

(Mercedes-Benz) This wagon, which debuted at the Beijing auto show in April, is said to closely preview the new CLS sedan Mercedes plans to unveil this summer. The shooting brake...

May 21, 2010


Big financing offers continue until June; Ford starts Fiesta sales training early

A buyer checks out 2010 Chrysler PT Cruisers at a dealership in Colorado. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press) Big financing offers continue until June Chrysler is offering zero-percent financing on...

May 16, 2010


Seattle Art Car Blowout adds car documentary; Ford, Chevy trucks lead April sales

(Courtesy of Harrod Blank) Art Car Blowout adds film screenings The annual Seattle Art Car Blowout, held in conjunction with the Fremont Fair, is adding three screenings of the art...

May 14, 2010


Concept Car: Small-scale Ford Start is designed to be affordable

(Ford) Ford's take on the affordable urban car debuted at the Beijing auto show last month. It uses an aluminum and steel frame to cut weight, and its body panels...

May 14, 2010 2 Comments


Volvo headquarters, factory may move to China; Dodge marks end of Viper generation

Geely Chairman Li Shufu speaks after signing a binding deal to buy Volvo in March. (Wu Wei / Associated Press) Volvo: Soon to be made in China? Chinese automaker Geely...

May 9, 2010


Driver's Edge free young driver's training program comes to Seattle-area May 15-16

Driver's Edge, a free young driver's training program, will be in the Seattle-area May 15-16.

May 7, 2010


Spyker gears up Saab production; GM moves to boost engine fuel efficiency

(Saab) Spyker gears up Saab production Spyker, the new owner of Saab, recently announced it has been producing Saab cars at the rate of 1,000 per week since resuming production...

May 7, 2010


Concept Car: Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid achieves 78 mpg

(Associated Press) This hybrid sports car, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, combines a V8-engine with an electric motor to achieve 78 mpg with 500 horsepower. Porsche...

May 7, 2010 3 Comments


Auto site's most exciting car picks of 2011; fleet sales surge in U.S.

(Jeep) Auto site's five 2011 models to watch for The New York auto show recently wrapped after two weeks of sneak peaks at the 2011 models. Here are's picks...

May 2, 2010


Auto site's most exciting car picks of 2011; fleet sales surge in U.S.

(Jeep) Auto site's five 2011 models to watch for The New York auto show recently wrapped after two weeks of sneak peaks at the 2011 models. Here are's picks...

May 2, 2010


Emerging markets boost U.S. carmakers; motorcycle thefts down in 2009

A man walks outside a General Motor Chevrolet dealership in Beijing, China, last month. (Alexander F. Yuan / Associated Press) Emerging markets boost U.S. carmakers Strong growth in China and...

April 30, 2010


Concept Car: Valmet Automotive's Eva goes up to 100 miles on one battery charge

(Valmet Automotive) Valmet Automotive, the Finnish company producing the Fisker Karma, presented its own electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Eva is a four-seat, urban vehicle built...

April 30, 2010


Awards honor car and truck interiors; new Explorer gets traction-control dial

(Subaru) Awards honor car and truck interiors Chevrolet picked up two 2010 Ward's Auto Interior of the Year awards last week. Ward's editors evaluated 40 vehicles that have either all-new...

April 25, 2010


WWU up for Auto X-Prize; Chrysler, NASA to share technology

WWU's Viking 45 hybrid vehicle. (Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize) Auto X-Prize still a possibility for WWU Western Washington University in Bellingham is one of only two universities in the...

April 23, 2010


Concept Car: The Peugeot SR1 convertible has a turbo-diesel hybrid engine

(Peugeot) This plastic-roofed convertible debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March complete with a turbo-diesel hybrid engine that makes 313 horsepower while getting 48 mpg. Its long hood and...

April 23, 2010 1 Comment


Small car alliance; antilock brakes help motorcyclists; end to Hummer sales

(Associated Press) Daimler, Nissan, Renault forge deal Renault and Nissan have agreed to a parts-sharing and research alliance with German automaker Daimler. The companies signed an agreement to jointly develop...

April 18, 2010


GM, others add brake overrides to new cars; Indian Chief bikes rolling once more

(iStock) GM, others add brake overrides to new cars General Motors says it will install a new brake safety measure that can prevent unintended acceleration on all its new vehicles...

April 16, 2010 2 Comments


Concept Car: The Suzuki Makai beach-mobile is a vacation on wheels

(Associated Press) This beach-mobile was shown at this month's New York auto show, complete with bright orange paint and surfboards mounted to the top. The seats are made of leather...

April 16, 2010


Hyundai luxury car comes with an iPad; Leaf announcement sparks price cuts

(Hyundai) Hyundai luxury car comes with a bonus Can't get your hands on an iPad? Just buy a new Equus. Hyundai is including an iPad -- loaded with a digital...

April 11, 2010


Volkswagen takes two World Car awards; Camry back to No. 2 in sales for March

(Volkswagen) Volkswagen takes two World Car awards The Volkswagen Polo (shown) was named the 2010 World Car of the Year at the New York auto show last week, beating out...

April 9, 2010


Concept Car: The General Motors Electric Networked-Vehicle is a tiny two-wheeler

(Associated Press) General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC debuted the "Electric Networked-Vehicle" last month at the Shanghai Expo. The tiny urban vehicle, designed for the Chinese market, has two...

April 9, 2010


AAA picks top commuter vehicles; GM exec says profit possible this year

(Mazda) AAA picks top commuter vehicles The type of vehicle you drive can ease both the expense and pain of a long commute, AAA says. And after evaluating hundreds of...

April 4, 2010


Mercedes exterior air bags, Honda and Toyota leasing offers

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes experiment: exterior air bags To make driving safer, Mercedes-Benz is experimenting with air bags -- on the outside of the car. The bag inflates below the car as...

April 2, 2010


Concept Car: The Ferrari HY-KERS couples an electric motor with a V12

(Associated Press) The first hybrid concept by Ferrari was unveiled at the Geneva auto show last month. It couples an electric motor with a V12 to maintain performance, and employs...

April 2, 2010


Gas prices unlikely to surge much more; local app is aimed at used car buyers

U.S. gas prices won't go much higher than $3 a gallon, experts predict. (Associated Press) Gas prices unlikely to surge much more Gasoline prices almost always rise in the spring,...

March 28, 2010 1 Comment


Porsche and Cadillac tops in dependability study; Ford debuts new police car

An employee wipes off a Porsche Cayman S. (Andy Wong / Associated Press) Porsche, Cadillac tops in reliability study Porsche shot to the top of a closely watched study...

March 26, 2010

Ford Police Cruiser

Concept Car: The new Honda Odyssey minivan is wider with improved fuel efficiency

(Honda) Unveiled at the Chicago auto show last month, this concept hints at the look of the next-generation Odyssey -- the nation's top-selling minivan. The stance is lower and wider...

March 26, 2010

2011 Honda Odyssey

Pasco port selling vintage Aston Martin, Jaguar; bids accepted until March 31

The Port of Pasco is taking sealed bids on two vintage cars -- a 1974 Aston Martin and a 1972 Jaguar E V12 Coupe. No, they weren't port work vehicles,...

March 23, 2010

Seattle auto repair ranks below average; stimulus money for highway projects

(Jupiter Images) Seattle below par in fair auto repair survey, an auto repair resource owned by US Auto Parts Network, has rated the 50 most-populated U.S. cities from best...

March 21, 2010

Highway construction's best car buys for 2010; a Ford Mustang packed with Kentucky pride

(Volkswagen) Auto guide group reveals 2010 car picks has announced its "Best Car Buys" for 2010 based on fuel efficiency, warranty coverage, safety and depreciation. The following are the...

March 19, 2010

Coach Cal

Concept Car: The Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid has a lightweight, aerodynamic design

(Kia) A hit at the Chicago auto show, where it debuted last month, the Ray was designed to show how Kia would implement hybrid technology. The four-seat compact sedan has...

March 19, 2010 1 Comment

Kia Ray

Local Volvo appears on 'The Daily Show'

Go to 7:15 in the clip to see Stewart with the classic Volvo. (Courtesy of Nayak Polissar hoped to see his 1979 Volvo 245 DL station wagon in...

March 18, 2010

Finalists for World Car awards announced; Cadillac begins new European initiative

(Citroën) Finalists for World Car awards unveiled The finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards...

March 14, 2010


GM stops work on the Cadillac Converj; Ford F-series is February's top seller

(Associated Press) GM shelves Converj; will focus on hybrids General Motors has stopped work on the Cadillac Converj, an electric-drive coupe similar to the Chevrolet Volt, to focus on cheaper...

March 12, 2010

Ford Sales

Concept Car: The Hyundai Blue-Will plug-in hybrid can go 40 miles on one charge

(Hyundai) The Blue-Will, which made its U.S. debut at the Detroit auto show in January, is the company's first plug-in hybrid. It has a 152-horsepower engine and a 100-kilowatt electric...

March 12, 2010

Hyundai Blue Will

Mercedes and Aston Martin honored for design; Hyundai swaps stars for Oscar ads

(Aston Martin) Design competition honors luxury cars Three Mercedes-Benz vehicles and the Aston Martin One-77 Sports Car (pictured at right) were awarded 2009 Good Design awards in the transportation category...

March 7, 2010

Hyundai Oscars

Picks from the Chicago Auto Show; Prius is Consumer Reports' top eco-friendly car

(Ford) Chicago auto fans pick best of show Visitors to last month's Chicago Auto Show voted on their favorite vehicles in five categories. The winners: Best All-New Production Vehicle: Ford...

March 5, 2010


Concept Car: Volkswagen Compact Coupe hybrid gets 45 mpg in full-electric mode

(Associated Press) This Jetta-sized coupe debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. The lithium ion-powered battery gets the car 45 mpg, and the car can be driven in full-electric...

March 5, 2010 3 Comments


Nissan starts reservations for the electric Leaf; Ford amps up the Shelby GT500

(Associated Press) Nissan to start Leaf reservations in April Nissan has announced that it will start signing up customers in April who want to buy its new Leaf electric car,...

February 28, 2010


Kelley Blue Book's favorite family cars; a Port Angeles VW dealer is honored

(General Motors) KBB names its 2010 favorite family cars Kelley Blue Book has named its top 10 family cars for 2010. Judging was based on factors such as resale value,...

February 26, 2010

Chevy Suburban

Concept Car: Chevy Aveo RS's exterior styling won praise at the Detroit auto show

(General Motors) This diminutive hatchback previews what may be to come in the next-generation Aveo that is scheduled to debut next year. The exterior styling, which won praise at its...

February 26, 2010

Chevy Aveo

Super Bowl spots give cars a Web boost; Ford plans changes between major redesigns

(Hyundai) Super Bowl ads give cars an online bump Kelley Blue Book saw a big surge in new-car Web traffic for the heavily advertised Hyundai Sonata (shown above) during Super...

February 21, 2010

Ford Edge

VW debuts performance vehicles; Mercedes-Benz supplies trucks to Iraqi government

A Passat CC with an R-Line equipment package. (Volkswagen) VW pushes for more performance vehicles Volkswagen is entering more boldly into the performance arena as the brand debuts a number...

February 19, 2010

MB Trucks

Concept Car: Buick Regal GS sports sedan packs a 255-horsepower turbocharged punch

(General Motors) The Regal GS, which debuted at last month's Detroit auto show, increases the performance of the Regal that General Motors showed at the L.A. auto show in December....

February 19, 2010 1 Comment

Buick Regal

Volkswagen vies to be the world's top seller; car sales in China remain strong

An employee cleans a Buick in the showroom of a GM dealership in Beijing, China. (Alexander F. Yuan / Associated Press) Automakers still successful in China Sales reports from major...

February 14, 2010


Nano's price won't be tiny in the U.S.; Chevy and Honda sales rise in January

Associated Press Nano's price won't be so small in U.S. The world's cheapest car is being readied for sale in the U.S., but by the time India's Tata Nano is...

February 12, 2010

Honda Accord

Concept Car: Cadillac XTS Platinum is a hybrid luxury sedan with smart suspension

General Motors The XTS, which can run on a rechargeable battery-powered electric motor or a 350-horsepower V-6 engine, debuted at the Detroit auto show last month. The luxury car has...

February 12, 2010


Fatal crashes are down in Washington, and a national used-car database goes online

Associated Press Study: Fatal crashes down in Washington Last year Washington's roads were the scene of the fewest fatal crashes since 1955. According to preliminary statistics compiled by the Washington...

February 7, 2010


Carmakers return to Super Bowl advertising; more details concerning GM's Saab sale

Associated Press Automakers edge back into Super Bowl Chrysler is advertising during Sunday's Super Bowl for the first time since 2004, making it the first U.S. automaker in the world's...

February 5, 2010


Seattle ranks among U.S. cities with worst traffic; Smart launches lease program

Jupiter Images Seattle route makes inglorious top 10 list With the help of traffic-tracking firm INRIX, online magazine The Daily Beast has ranked the U.S. cities with the worst rush-hour...

January 31, 2010

Smart Fortwo

Chevy Spark to make U.S. debut in 2012; Hummer reaches end of the road

General Motors Chevy Spark will get a shot in the U.S. The Chevrolet Spark minicar, already on sale in Europe, is coming to the U.S. in 2012. General Motors showed...

January 29, 2010 1 Comment


Audi E-tron and others take top honors at North American International Auto Show

Audi E-tron The best of the Detroit auto show The 2010 AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award winners for the Best of the North American International Auto Show, taking place in Detroit:...

January 24, 2010

Audi E-tron

Honda, Toyota earn top loyalty honors; Ford CEO makes a splash at auto show

Associated Press Customers most loyal to Toyota and Honda Toyota and Honda took top honors in R. L. Polk & Co.'s 14th annual Automotive Loyalty Awards. Toyota ranked No. 1...

January 22, 2010 1 Comment

Alan Mulally

Alfa Romeo to remain under Fiat's wing; Ford F-series is December's top seller

Fiat Fiat CEO says Alfa Romeo not for sale Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday that he has no...

January 15, 2010 1 Comment

Ford logo

Group names future classics from the '00s; Volvo sale to China's Geely draws near

Acura Group picks future classics from the '00s Hagerty, the leading insurer of collector cars, has picked 10 vehicles from the last decade that have the highest probability of becoming...

January 10, 2010

Volvo logo

Henry Ford Museum puts films online; seized car collection goes to auction

Henry Ford Museum Henry Ford Museum putting films online Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., is making its film collections more widely accessible by running a "Historic Video of the...

January 8, 2010

Henry Ford movie

Tool helps senior drivers assess their abilities; GM welcomes jeans to the office

Jupiter Images A tool to test abilities of older drivers Older drivers can assess their ability to drive safely in a convenient and private manner with AAA's free online version...

January 3, 2010

Blue jeans

Nissan has designs on youth market; Ford Mustang cranks up horsepower for 2011

Nissan Nissan wins youth car design challenge The team from Nissan's San Diego design studio took first place in the annual automotive design challenge at the L.A. Auto Show last...

January 1, 2010

Ford Mustang 2011

Ford researches crash impact on pregnant women and Lamborghini launches a boutique

Ford Model shows crash impact on pregnant women Ford, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are teaming to create a computer-aided model of a pregnant woman for virtual crash test simulations....

December 27, 2009

Lamborghini shop

More people traveling farther; VW, Suzuki form alliance

(iStock) AAA predicts rise in car travel for holidays AAA is projecting 87.7 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home during the year-end holidays. This...

December 25, 2009


Redesigned Ram truck wins raves and government proposes stronger side air bags

Chrysler Motor Trend names Ram as top truck The burly 2010 Ram Heavy Duty pickup was named Motor Trend's Truck of the Year last week. The Ram, previously known as...

December 20, 2009

Side Air Bags

VW's Final Edition Beetle rolls into showrooms and a Chrysler ad gets political

Volkswagen Final Edition Beetle models debut Volkswagen Beetle fans have one last chance to snag a current-generation model when the Final Edition line rolls into showrooms this spring. The Final...

December 18, 2009


Residual values rise for Chrysler and GM; Ford Fiesta subcompact comes to America

Associated Press Residual values up for Chrysler, GM General Motors and Chrysler both saw slight upticks in the projected residual values of their vehicles after five years despite the companies'...

December 13, 2009

Ford Fiestas

More top picks for 2010 announced; Ford F-150 remains a best seller in November

Volvo 2010 awards season lauds array of autos Awards season continues with Car and Driver magazine announcing its 2010 "10Best" cars sold in America. The winners (in alphabetical order): Audi...

December 11, 2009

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Enterprise leads in rental car satisfaction; housing boom may help truck sales

Enterprise Enterprise leads in rental car satisfaction Overall customer satisfaction with renting cars at airports has stabilized in 2009 after two years of declines, according to the recently released J.D....

December 6, 2009

GMC Sierra

Camaro gains on Mustang in muscle car sales and auto leasing makes a comeback

General Motors Camaro gaining in muscle car battle The new Chevrolet Camaro (right) is fast approaching its longtime rival, the Ford Mustang, as Detroit's muscle car sales leader. Through October,...

December 4, 2009

Auto leasing

Wheelchair-ready vehicle gets green light; Ford to replace familiar police cruiser

The Vehicle Production Group Wheelchair-ready MV-1 gets green light The first factory-built and assembled wheelchair-accessible vehicle, the MV-1, will begin volume production in October 2010, its maker, The Vehicle Production...

November 29, 2009

Ford Crown Victoria

Fusion and GTI pick up top honors for 2010; holiday travelers take to the roads

Volkswagen Fusion, GTI pick up top honors for 2010 Car of the Year awards for the 2010 models are rolling out, starting with Automobile Magazine bestowing the honor on the...

November 27, 2009


Museum exhibition examines parking structures; Land Rover to rerelease a classic

National Building Museum Parking structures as works of art Think a parking garage is just a utilitarian space? Think again. The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. last month opened...

November 22, 2009


Larger Prius to go on sale next year and Subaru has Motor Trend's top SUV pick

Paper: Bigger Prius set for sale next year Toyota is planning a larger version of its popular Prius hybrid, which will be powered by a lithium-ion battery, a Japanese...

November 20, 2009 1 Comment

Subaru Outback

Ford introduces seat belt air bags; Barbie gets her own rental car

Associated Press Front, side and now seat belt air bags Ford plans to introduce seat belt-mounted air bags in the back seat of the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV, which will...

November 15, 2009 1 Comment


Chrysler's plan for new lineup unveiled and childhood racer gets top toy honor

Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Chrysler's plan for new line-up unveiled Chrysler unveiled details of its five-year plan last week to boost sales and return to profitability with a "soulful"...

November 13, 2009

Big Wheel

Ford F-150 keeps top seller spot in October and Volvo may go to Chinese automaker

Associated Press Ford F-150 keeps top seller spot in October The top-selling vehicles and the total number sold last month, with September's rank in parentheses: 1. Ford F-series, 39,496 (1)...

November 8, 2009 5 Comments


Electric bike named 'Most Fun' at Tokyo Motor Show and carmakers extend guarantees

Yamaha The best of the Tokyo Motor Show The 2009 AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award winners for the best of the Tokyo Motor Show, which closed Nov. 4, are the Honda...

November 6, 2009

Yamaha EC-f

Seattle Auto Show tickets go on sale and limited-edition Jaguar is a holiday hit

Fisker Seattle Auto Show tickets now on sale The Seattle Auto Show, one of the most popular automotive events in the Puget Sound region, will feature 250 all-new 2010 vehicles,...

November 1, 2009


Get spooked by the scariest-looking cars and help name a Chevy Volt exterior color

Ford Get spooked by the scariest-looking cars In honor of Halloween, the editors of Kelley Blue Book chose the 10 new cars with the most sinister-looking faces. Among those listed...

October 30, 2009 1 Comment

Chevrolet Volt

Hybrids dominate new EPA ratings and Fiat mulls a sporty model for the U.S. market

Ford Hybrids dominate EPA ratings for 2010 Nine of the top 10 vehicles in the government's fuel economy rankings for the 2010 model year are hybrids, coming from six different...

October 25, 2009

Fiat 500

A pioneering woman driving champ dies and buzz grows around Nissan's electric Leaf

Associated Press Driving champion Donna Mae Mims dies Donna Mae Mims, the first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship in 1963, died Nov. 11. She...

October 23, 2009

Nissan Leaf

Tesla mechanics to make house calls and the Michelin Man returns in a super new ad

Tesla Tesla mechanics to make house calls Tesla Motors is launching a maintenance plan where mechanics travel to owners' homes or offices to perform repairs and tune-ups. Tesla, which makes...

October 18, 2009

Michelin Man

VW steers away from iconic Beetle and Ford bests Toyota in September sales

Volkswagen VW wants to look beyond the Beetle Volkswagen is considering a bold change: steering the brand away from the iconic Beetle and cars aimed at young, trendy buyers toward...

October 16, 2009 2 Comments

Ford F150XLT

Honda takes a cue from Segway and General Motors may extend its return program

Shizuo Kambayashi / AP Honda unveils small 'mobility' device Look out, Segway. Honda recently unveiled a new "personal mobility" device that looks like a unicycle, but all you need to...

October 11, 2009

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Competition to buy Volvo heats up and Dodge Journey is named a top safety pick

Ford Volvo has another possible buyer The race to buy Volvo from Ford is heating up. Swedish and American investors are discussing a joint bid for the line, according Swedish...

October 9, 2009

Dodge Journey

Chrysler rejoins the leasing game and Toyota prepares a billion-dollar ad blitz

AP Chrysler brings back leasing after year off Chrysler is getting back into the leasing business after a year of virtually none. All 2010 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models will...

October 4, 2009

Toyota Prius

China's BYD aims to overtake Toyota and Lamborghini sees profit in its future

Eugene Hoshiko / AP Chinese automaker aims for global lead Fast-growing Chinese battery and automaker BYD aims to overtake Toyota to become the global auto leader in under two decades,...

October 2, 2009


Ferrari, Porsche make AutoWeek's list of favorites from the Frankfurt Auto Show

Ferrari 458 Italia. (Ferrari) The best of the Frankfurt Auto Show The 2009 AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award winners for the Best of Frankfurt: Best in show Ferrari 458 Italia (other...

September 27, 2009


Ford expands C-Max line in Europe and General Motors launches new ad strategy

Ford Ford announces two new C-Max models Ford plans to offer two new versions of its C-Max vehicle that contain its most advanced EcoBoost engine, starting with 2010 European releases....

September 25, 2009

Hummer H3020

Biopics to bring DeLorean back to the future and Japan addresses hybrids' silence

DeLorean Motor Company Moviemakers vie for DeLorean biopic Hollywood is eyeing an epic pileup over three separate projects featuring the renegade automotive entrepreneur John Z. DeLorean (right), who died in...

September 20, 2009 1 Comment

Toyota Prius

Car buyers warm to U.S. makes and local Zipcars get fitted for the great outdoors

Paul Sancya / Associated Press Survey: Car buyers open to U.S. brands An overwhelming percentage of new-car buyers said they would consider a vehicle made by Detroit's Big Three, according...

September 18, 2009

Bike rack

With the Solstice, the sun sets on Pontiac and Toyota boasts August's top sellers

General Motors Pontiac's final model wraps up production The Pontiac Solstice coupe is assured a place in automotive history as Pontiac's last new model, and the stylish roadster could become...

September 13, 2009 5 Comments

Toyota Camry

Tom Cruise narrates a NASCAR documentary and Ford's new commercial van takes off

Hendrick Motorsports Tom Cruise to lend voice to documentary Tom Cruise will narrate an upcoming documentary about the history of Hendrick Motorsports, the New York Yankees of NASCAR. "TOGETHER: The...

September 11, 2009

Ford Transit Connect

General Motors will phase out logo on vehicles and Hondas are hot with car thieves

General Motors GM vehicles will lose the company logo General Motors Co. will begin removing its "Mark of Excellence" logo from its products, leaving just the GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac or...

September 6, 2009 8 Comments

Honda Accord

Americans hit the road for Labor Day and Smart cars earn props for roof strength

iStock Millions head out for one last road trip Cheaper gasoline and an abundance of special holiday deals promises to make it a busy Labor Day weekend at airports and...

September 4, 2009

Smart Fortwo

Driver satisfaction with U.S. cars jumps and a classic ride sets an auction record

Cadillacs, such as the STS, were top-ranked in a customer satisfaction survey. (General Motors) Satisfaction up with American auto brands General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all posted significant gains in...

August 30, 2009

Cobra Coupe

The top choices of 'clunker' traders and the European union of two popular brands

A "Cash for Clunkers" sign is displayed in front of a dealership in Portland. (Rick Bowmer / AP) Top vehicles bought after trading clunkers Two weeks before the program's end,...

August 28, 2009

Volkswagen-Porsche merger

U.S. auto plants step up production and Lexus places first in buyer satisfaction

Workers assemble Ford Focuses in May 2008 in Wayne, Mich. (Gary Malerba / Associated Press) Automakers begin boosting production After the best month for auto sales in almost a year...

August 23, 2009 2 Comments

Lexus LS

Toyota plans an affordable sports car and GM gets government green for its Volt

Toyota Toyota injects a sports car into lineup Toyota recently announced it will introduce an affordable sports car in the U.S. Toyota executives say the vehicle will be built in...

August 21, 2009

GM Volt

'Cash for clunkers' program draws buyers and small repairs mean long-term savings

Customers view the cars for sale at Commonwealth Motors in Lawrence, Mass., in July. (Charles Krupa / AP) Dealers get 'clunkers' sales jump in July The government's "cash for clunkers"...

August 16, 2009

Tire check

Nissan turns over a zero-emission Leaf and Ford's F-150 remains the top seller

The Nissan Leaf. (Itsuo Inouye / AP) Nissan's electric car takes center stage Nissan debuted the zero-emission electric car it will bring to the U.S. next year at its headquarters...

August 14, 2009 2 Comments

Ford F-150

Harley-Davidson reveals a new lineup in 2010 and drivers fear texters on the go

Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson revamps for 2010 Harley-Davidson will release nine new or retooled motorcycle models for 2010 across six model platforms. The most expansive new-product introduction in the history of the...

August 9, 2009


A crime-fighter's ride gets revamped and buyers consider cars from China and India

Sony Pictures 'Green Hornet' car gets updates for film Seth Rogen dropped by Comic Con in San Diego last month to debut the Black Beauty, a modified 1965 Chrysler Crown...

August 7, 2009


Ford Focus is named a safe ride and a Wash. teen designs his 'truck of the future'

Ford Ford Focus is named Top Safety Pick The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently tested four 2009 coupes -- the Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Scion tC...

July 31, 2009

Mitch Cory

Chrysler competes with 'clunkers' and a truck dealer launches a bold promotion

David Zalubowski / AP Chrysler to match 'clunkers' incentive Chrysler recently announced it's offering $4,500 in cash toward the purchase of a new vehicle as it seeks to match a...

July 30, 2009 1 Comment


Porsche nabs top spot in satisfaction survey

J.D. Power and Associates' survey of how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive found that average ratings for all models in 2009 improved considerably from 2008,...

July 24, 2009


Toyota and Ford top the 'most American' list and your clunker may be worth cash

Photo by Toyota Camry, F-150 named 'most American' The Toyota Camry and Ford F-150 are the "most American" vehicles according to the annual American-Made Index, which ranks vehicles based...

July 23, 2009 3 Comments

Cash for Clunkers

Drunk driving fatalities down and Kirkland dealership honored by Ford

Drunk driving, overall fatalities drop in 2008 The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this month that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit their lowest level...

July 17, 2009


GM stays true-blue to its logo and Ford comes out on top in June auto sales

Photo by Carlos Osorio / Associated Press CEO says GM logo will stay the same CEO Fritz Henderson denied reports last week that the company was considering changing the background...

July 16, 2009

GM logo

Buy a Hyundai and fill up for $1.49 a gallon -- half the threshold for car buyers

Hyundai Hyundai offers $1.49 gas guarantee Hyundai has announced that customers who buy or lease its vehicles by Aug. 31 will receive a gas card that lets them buy fuel...

July 10, 2009 1 Comment


Fiat's retro hatchback comes to America and India makes inroads with pickups

Fiat 500 coming to America next year Fiat has officially announced its retro-styled 500 hatchback will be coming to North America in about 18 months. The car will be...

July 9, 2009


Lexus named best in quality and AAA launches iPhone application for discounts

The study found that the Lexus LX has the fewest quality problems in the industry. (Toyota) Quality study lauds Lexus, Porsche Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury line, was the top...

July 3, 2009


Independence Day loses some road warriors and Kent opens an outdoor karting track

July 4th travel cools despite cheaper gas AAA says it expects 37.1 million travelers -- 12 percent of the U.S. population -- to take a trip of 50 miles...

July 2, 2009


Riversimple unveils a hydrogen-powered car and F-150 is May's top-selling auto

Associated Press British firm debuts hydrogen power car Britain-based Riversimple, a company founded by former race car driver Hugo Spowers and backed by Porsche scion Sebastian Piech, last week unveiled...

June 26, 2009 6 Comments


Honda marks 50 years in the U.S. and the Hughes Speedster auction is a slam dunk

Honda At 50, Honda is still fuel-efficiency leader Honda is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S. this month, as the industry turns toward the small cars it's been selling...

June 25, 2009

Howard Hughes car

Motorcycles star in summer movies and state auto dealers group gets new president

Kirk and his Buell in "Star Trek." (Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount) Hot summer movie trend: motorcycles The summer movie season is here, in all its action-packed and, increasingly, motorcycle-enhanced glory....

June 19, 2009

Star Trek

Buyers reconsider U.S. cars and Team Seattle pulls a McDreamy finish at Le Mans

Would you consider a 2010 Cadillac CTS? (Photo by GM) Buy a GM? More say maybe, survey finds Kelley Blue Book recently announced the results of its survey of in-market...

June 18, 2009

Le Mans

Little Tykes 'car' inducted into auto museum and street sweeper helps fight cancer

Little Tykes Best selling "car" makes auto museum In 2008, it outsold every other car in America with more than 457,000 units sold. Now, the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe has...

June 12, 2009


Hughes car goes on the block and Porsche earns a hearty recommendation from owners Hughes car expected to set auction record Howard Hughes' Aero-Mobile -- recently on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., -- is expected to a...

June 11, 2009


Study finds support for red-light cameras and Infiniti G37 named top upscale sedan

Admit it: You support red-light cameras A recent national survey found that 69 percent of Americans support the use of red-light cameras at the most dangerous intersections in their...

June 5, 2009 5 Comments

Infiniti G37

Beware of invincible texting teens and get set for rising rental car prices

Young drivers know the risk, text anyway A recent survey of 16- to 20-year-old drivers found that even thought they know it's risky, 83 percent talk on a cell...

June 4, 2009 1 Comment

Car rental

Costs to own a car level with last year

Despite lower fuel prices, AAA reports that the costs to own and operate a vehicle have remained constant due to increases in areas such as insurance premiums, depreciation, finance...

May 29, 2009

Gas costs

Keep pets safe from hot cars in summer and see how far a day's drive can take you

As temps heat up, watch for pets in cars Even with Seattle's mild summers, pet owners should be aware of leaving pets in the car as temperatures rise. To...

May 28, 2009

Dog in car

Memorial Day weekend: More are expected on the roads and Indy's track turns 100

More expected on the roads this weekend An estimated 32.4 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend -- a 1.5-percent increase over last year -- with...

May 22, 2009


Honda pioneers robotic research, and Porsche and Volkswagen get cozy

Honda's non-invasive headgear that reads electric currents and blood flow. (Koji Sasahara / AP) Another space-age driving development Honda Motor Co. has developed a way to read patterns of electric...

May 21, 2009

Boxster and Beetle

India flips for bargain-priced Tata Nano and Zipcar goes to college

Customers book a Nano in Mumbai, India. (Rajanish Kakade / Associated Press) Tata's supercheap Nano a hit in India More than 203,000 people bought the ultracheap Nano car in India...

May 15, 2009


Los Angeles makes hailing a cab easier and the three-point seatbelt turns 50

Los Angeles attempts to boost its cab culture The next time you go to Los Angeles you may have an easier time hailing a cab. Unlike most other big...

May 14, 2009


Los Angeles tunnel is a media star; aggressive drivers are closer than they appear

And best supporting tunnel goes to ... Sure, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx are the stars of "The Soloist," which opened last week. But those attending the movie...

May 8, 2009

Road rage

Consumer Reports names RAV4 its top small SUV and we celebrate five cool Pontiacs

RAV4 takes top seat in small SUV rankings The freshened four-cylinder Toyota RAV4 was named top small SUV in April tests by Consumer Reports. The RAV4 was praised for...

May 7, 2009 1 Comment

Knight Rider

MyKey sets limits, student-built racers go off-road and I-90 lane closures begin

MyKey system lets you set speed limits Ford's MyKey -- a system that allows owners to program their cars to limit the speed and music volume -- has been...

May 1, 2009

Baja racer

Get to know the Chinese automakers

The Shanghai Auto Show was once a venue for the West to show off its cars to a country still relying on bicycles. This year, last week's event was a...

April 30, 2009 2 Comments


Ward's Auto World recognizes best interiors and Keanu Reeves speeds to victory

Kia Awards say it's what's inside that matters Exteriors get the most buzz, but Ward's AutoWorld recently announced its Interior of the Year awards, naming 11 winners. Included were the...

April 24, 2009


Acura ZDX, Volkswagen GTI among the hit debuts at the New York auto show

Top debuts at the New York auto show The New York International Auto Show closes its doors tonight after two weeks. Here are four of the most-lauded debuts from the...

April 23, 2009 6 Comments

Volkswagen GTI

Oregon plans an electric-car charging network and the Element goes to the dogs

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Need a charge? Head to Oregon Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (shown above, test driving a Nissan electric vehicle) announced in early April that Nissan and the state...

April 17, 2009 1 Comment

Honda dogs

World Car of the Year winners named

2009 World Car: VW Golf VI. (Photo: AP) World Car of the Year awards were given in three categories last week at the start of the New York International Auto...

April 16, 2009


A free motorsports documentary and a 12-day concert to support the auto industry

NFL Films Racing film "Truth in 24" free on iTunes The motorsports documentary "Truth in 24," which chronicles the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France, was...

April 10, 2009

Assembly Line Concert

A racecar legend cooks up a new hobby and popular hybrids heat up their rivalry

Can Shelby lap Newman in the food business? (Ford) Shelby Cobra, Shelby Mustang, Shelby salsa Former racecar driver and automotive legend Carroll Shelby plans to walk in the footsteps of...

April 9, 2009

Prius and Insight

Flying car takes off on a wing and a prayer; World groups set fuel-efficiency goal

The Transition's wings fold up for driving. (Terrafugia) "Flying car" makes successful air debut Aiming to make an airplane that can be driven to and from a runway and parked...

April 2, 2009


BMW's art cars tour Mexico and Mercedes-Benz USA honors a Lynnwood dealer

PR Newswire BMW Art Cars take to the road once again Four of BMW's famous Art Cars, used as canvases by the artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella and...

April 2, 2009 2 Comments

BMW art car

German grocery sells cars online and Israeli scientists link fast music to speeding

German grocery selling cars online Could Costco and Wal-Mart be next? A German discount supermarket known for low-priced groceries and household goods has begun selling cars on its Web...

March 26, 2009


Software ensures teens hang up and drive; Honda tops list of most-stolen cars

Products shut down moving cell phones Parents looking for a way to prevent their teenagers from using cell phones while driving have some new options. WebSafety's $10-a-month software can...

March 26, 2009

1195 Honda Civic

Europe's big auto show picks its favorites, from best in show to most fun

AutoWeek picks best of Geneva auto show Europe's big auto show wrapped up on Sunday after a week of world debuts. AutoWeek's editors picked their favorites in four categories. Infiniti...

March 19, 2009 1 Comment

Audi TT

India releases the world's cheapest car and the Fiesta enjoys global popularity

Associated Press India's super-cheap car finally released The Nano, billed as the world's cheapest car, will launch Monday after months of building excitement, says its manufacturer, India's Tata Motors. The...

March 19, 2009


Hybrids join San Francisco's Zipcar fleet; green technology resurrects Ford plant

Zipcar San Fran Zipcar fleet gets a little greener Zipcar has added a plug-in hybrid vehicle -- a converted Toyota Prius with a Hymotion L5 PCM battery -- to its...

March 12, 2009

Ohio Ford plant

Obama license plates, green measures for yellow taxis and VW's roadster

Those Obama plates aren't just for Illinois Illinois residents have just over a month left to display their temporary commemorative Barak Obama license plates. The plates sell for $50,...

March 12, 2009

VW Bluesport

Buses move America; Financing tips and tools can help when you're ready to buy new

Buses provide most passenger trips in U.S. More than planes or trains, Americans take commercial buses for their intercity travel, according to a recent census by the American Bus...

March 5, 2009


Honda tops Consumer Reports' annual rankings; NASCAR star pulls into daytime TV

The Honda Accord was named top family sedan, and Honda the top automaker. (Photo by Honda) Consumer Reports honors Honda again Honda Motor Co. was named top automaker for the...

March 5, 2009

2009 Accord

Germany's next top models, Gen Y buyer expectations and Cadillac's Converj

Model Julia Stegner poses with the SL 63 AMG Edition IWC. (Photo by Newscom) Fashion models meet new Benz models Last week's New York Fashion Week wasn't all about clothes....

February 26, 2009

Cadillac Converj

Mustang gets a spring makeover; Vespa leads the scooter renaissance

Updated Mustang gets back in the race Ford's response to the Dodge Challenger and upcoming Chevrolet Camaro is to update its Mustang for spring of 2009. Although the physical...

February 26, 2009


Ford Sync technology tricks out your ride; aficionados flock to Detroit's Auto Show

Ford lures tech fans with Sync upgrades Ford executives say that starting this spring the Ford Sync -- a voice-activated in-car entertainment and communication service -- will use GPS...

February 19, 2009

Auto Show

The benefits of diesel, a local dealer's historic honor and Audi's new concept car

Weigh the benefits of buying a diesel To buy a diesel or not to buy a diesel; that's the question these days. The modern diesel is durable, quiet and...

February 19, 2009

Audi Concept

Chrysler's new concept, wiper wisdom and corn cobs for fuel

Concept car: Chrysler 200C EV The torpedo-shaped 200C EV concept car is lovely inside and out. But its top feature is an electronic instrument panel controlled by touch, like...

February 12, 2009

Corn cobs

Peek in the presidential limo; predicting auto sales growth for China

Take a peek inside the presidential limo Wondering about the features in President Obama's Cadillac Presidential Limousine? Cadillac touts the executive compartment filled with mobile office gear and the...

February 12, 2009 1 Comment

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