Every auto show, these days, is "all about plug-in cars and hybrids," they say. Everyone's gawking at the cherry on top while few notice how different the ice cream underneath is.
Chrysler Group unveiled its much-needed new small car, the Dodge Dart small car at the Detroit auto show Monday. The car is expected to go on sale later this year at prices starting at about $16,000. Official fuel economy estimates aren't available, yet.
Last month, for the first time in 26 years, more Ford F-150 pickup buyers opted for V6 engines rather than the more traditional V8.
The Ford F-150 has been named Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year.
Chrysler Group is tapping its history, resurrecting the Dodge Dart name for a new small car being unveiled at next month's Detroit Auto Show.
Fiat unveiled the American version its Abarth 500 compact car at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday. This is the performance-tuned version of the Fiat 500 minicar.
General Motors will unveil the most powerful convertible Chevrolet has ever made at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
In a little-noticed development recently, Ford announced that it had received EPA certification for a new engine in its best-selling Explorer.
Ford will build a three-cylinder engine -- its smallest engine ever -- with better fuel economy and all the power of a larger one, the company said Thursday.
An 800-horsepower version of the Ford Mustang will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show later this month.
Motor Trend magazine named the 2011 Porsche Cayenne as the winner of its SUV of the Year Award on Tuesday.
Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled the 84th edition of its Christmas Book on Tuesday, with such unusual gift ideas as a houseboat, a gingerbread treehouse and a massive glass art work for the bottom of your pool.
When Denny Hamlin departed Michigan International Speedway in June, he had vaulted to the top of the short list of favorites for the Sprint Cup championship. Written off by many after his knee surgery on March 31, and two days after winning at Martinsville, he gutted out a painful run to 30th at Phoenix, then proceeded to win four of his next eight races, including the one at MIS. Stories flowed about how Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing had overtaken Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports as the combination to beat.
For a few days, Ford could boast of having the most powerful V6 in the segment with its 305 horsepower Mustang engine. But then General Motors revealed that the 304 horsepower rating on its Camaro V6 wasn't actually official. The official rating, it turned out, was 312.
General Motors will bring back the Regal name on a new Buick car set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
Drivers looking for fuel efficiency and performance may cheer Ford's efforts, but for Mustang fans who demand a burbling V8, fuel economy takes a back seat to tradition.
If you have a heavy foot and may travel a bit over the speed limit, you might want to keep an eye out for these popular police car models.
Regardless of whether you're talking politics or automotive technologies, the voting and driving public often gravitates to what's new and fresh.
The conventional wisdom, among most folks, anyway, is that buying a used car is usually something done out of necessity, by those on a budget -- that is, people who want, or need, to "move down" from the new-car market because a new model is simply out of their reach.
No question about it, NASCAR's penalties against Joe Gibbs Racing Wednesday were swift and sudden, some of the harshest ever handed down by the sport.
Five things we learned on a blue-sky Sunday afternoon at Michigan International:
During the 14 years since Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened its doors to stock cars, July and August have belonged to Chevrolet. Beginning with Jeff Gordon taking the first checkered flag in 1994, Lumina and Monte Carlo drivers have guzzled more milk in Victory Lane than anyone else, winning nine races including the last five in a row. Local legend Gordon has led the way, leading 433 laps at the Brickyard while taking home a series-high four trophies (1994, '98, '01, and '04).
Popularity is one reason to choose something; a shirt, a new car, even someone to date.
Meet today's most powerful production cars.
When Ford's new flagship Lincoln sedan, the MKS, goes on sale later this year it will be available with all-wheel-drive, a six-speed transmission and plenty of rear-seat legroom. But one feature usually found on full-size luxury cars will not be available on the MKS at any price: a V8 engine.
As we're in the midst of a trend that equates green with cool, just about every automaker is showcasing ecologically-minded concepts at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. (Thank you Lamborghini for bucking the trend ... vehicles in their display are powered by gasoline gulping V10s and V12s.)
Tadge Juechter, General Motors' chief engineer for the Chevrolet Corvette, wants to set one thing straight: the Corvette is here to stay.
Ford Motor Company will unveil a new special edition Mustang, designed to commemorate the 1968 Steve McQueen movie 'Bullitt,' at next week's Los Angeles Auto Show.
I just spent a week driving an SUV with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces as much torque as the 6.0-liter V10 engine in a Dodge Viper. It can go from a dead stop to sixty miles per hour in about 6.4 seconds.
More than 35 years after the death of the original muscle cars, Detroit is once again poised to produce modern muscle cars by the thousands.
Chrysler recently instituted a "lifetime" - yes, your lifetime - powertrain warranty for its Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. If you're shopping for a car and comparing warranty coverage, "lifetime" sounds tough to beat.
Chrysler Group announced Monday that the gas/electric hybrid Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs to be released in 2008 will be powered by the company's 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine.
Ahead of next week's opening of the New York Auto Show, General Motors unveiled two new Buick models at a press lunch here. The Buick LaCrosse Super and the larger Lucerne Super represent the start of GM's push to revive the company's understated luxury brand.
South Korean auto maker Hyundai will unveil a large V8-powered luxury car at the New York Auto Show in early April. While the Genesis is officially a concept car, a production version will go on sale in the U.S. early next year, the company said.
General Motors will unveiled a new compact car for its Saturn division at the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday.
General Motors will unveil a new Pontiac sedan at the Chicago Auto Show today.
General Motors will unveil a new compact car for its Saturn division at the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday.
Some people, no matter how much they have, want to be sure they have more than everyone else.
The PT Cruiser has been a huge hit for Chrysler. Now, the company wants to make sure it stays that way, even as the car enters its eighth year and Chrysler executives wrestle with the big question: What should an all-new PT Cruiser look like?
I quickly felt at home in the new Camry, although the faintheartedness of that sentiment may induce apoplexy in those perfectionists at Toyota.
It takes me only a few minutes to figure out whether I'm comfortable in a new car. Sure, familiarity helps, but so do good ergonomics, intuitive controls, fine materials, and accommodating seats. T...
MONEY's car tests don't involve stopwatches. Instead, trunks are loaded up, kids shuttled, vehicles parallel-parked--in other words, what you do with your car in the real world. Value is the other ...
In late 1995, six months after Toyota decided to move forward with its revolutionary hybrid, the Prius, and two years before the car was supposed to go into production in Japan, the engineers worki...
Ford Motor Co. is unveiling a redesigned Lincoln Navigator at the Chicago Auto Show today.
Toyota unveiled the latest version of its chart-topper, the Camry at the Detroit Auto Show.
in gas, that will equal roughly $5,000 in five years--enough for a nice down payment on a car for your kid. ...
A company-wide cost-cutting initiative at Ford Motor Co. will not affect its future product programs, including a plan to significantly expand its hybrid vehicle lineup by 2010, a Ford executive said on Wednesday.
If you're planning on buying a car in the new world of $3-a-gallon gas, fuel economy has probably gone from nice option to deciding factor. Do the math: If you can save, say, around $1,000 a year i...
Growing up in tiny Verona, N.D., in the mid-1970s, Bill Wiemann hoed beets and mowed cemetery lawns, saving enough to buy his first car, a 1970 Dodge Charger. The teenager also dreamed of its optio...
Two years after its U.S. debut, why is Toyota's iconic Prius hybrid still so hard to get your hands on? It's no longer about saving the planet or projecting a greener-than-thou image. Nope, today i...
Mini, the BMW division that makes the trendy little Mini Cooper, revealed a longer concept version of the Cooper at the Frankfurt Motor Show Monday.
If General Motors created a Hummer and everybody liked it, would it still be a Hummer?
Gasoline prices? Who cares. We want to get where we're going, we want to get there fast and we want get there comfy.
If you are shopping for a 2006 Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep model, you should be aware of a change -- the car will no longer come with a standard 7-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty.
People who enjoy cars tend to engage in a numeric reductionism that is both charming and slightly off-putting. I have a friend--let's call him Jay--for whom automobiles function as bookmarks in the...
As a child, I wanted to grow up to be a reporter, and I wanted to drive a Mustang convertible, just like Joe Rossi on "The Lou Grant Show."
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General Motors unveiled two new large luxury sedans at the Chicago Auto Show Wednesday.
DaimlerChrysler's Dodge division is auctioning off the first production 2006 Dodge Charger on eBay along with the fake NASCAR body shell that was lifted off the car during its Detroit Auto Show introduction early last month.
A golden 1954 Oldsmobile concept car sold at auction this weekend for $3.24 million.
DaimlerChrysler's Dodge division will auction off the first production 2006 Dodge Charger on eBay along with the fake NASCAR body shell that was lifted off the car during its Detroit Auto Show introduction earlier this month.
Once again, the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit earlier this month, highlighted both the best and worst in fuel economy.
Once again, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit highlighted both the best and worst in fuel economy.
The new 2006 Dodge Charger, brandishing a nameplate made famous in the late-1960s era of powerful muscle cars, is being revealed in Detroit today at the 2005 North American International Auto Show.
Few cars evoke rose-tinted memories like the Ford Mustang, which first appeared in 1964. What's forgotten is that the original Mustang was based on the humble Falcon, and the misbegotten Mustang II...
I was there at Virginia International Raceway, about to drive the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren for no good reason, really.
Carroll Shelby, best known as the creator of the muscle car-era Shelby Mustangs, is adding his big-power touch to something a little different and much bigger -- a souped-up version of the Ford Expedition sport/utility vehicle.
If you've been to Europe in the past few years, you may have seen people driving around in small cars that look like giant insect heads.
Which came first, the engine or the car? For the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, it's definitely the engine.
Big sedans. Big wagons. And above all, V-8 engines sending big power to the rear wheels--never, ever the front. Sounds like America, circa 1974. But for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, it's no n...
Big sedans. Big wagons. And above all, V-8 engines sending big power to the rear wheels -- never, ever the front.
For a city whose denizens spend more time on the subway than the freeway, New York still manages to grab the automotive spotlight for a few weeks each spring.
For a city whose denizens spend more time on the subway than the freeway, New York still manages to grab the automotive spotlight for a few weeks each spring.
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Detroit's North American International Auto Show has spent recent years cementing its position as the nation's prime venue for showing off new cars and trucks.
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Most people know a good car when they drive it. Unfortunately, most people don't get to drive that many.
Beaters. That's what my brother and I called the cars my father bought us when we were teenagers. They were older cars that would stand up to the scrapes we'd inflict before we learned to judge whe...
Every good country song, it seems, has a pickup truck. But the latest pickups look ready for a night at the opera. That's especially true of the redesigned Ford F-150 (pictured above), the deluxe e...
The miniskirt is back. The Mini Cooper is all the rage. Why not the minivan? Once the darling of the American family, the minivan has been upstaged by SUVs that carry the kids and the gear--but not...
The miniskirt is back. The Mini Cooper is all the rage. Why not the minivan? Once the darling of the American family, the minivan has been upstaged by SUVs that carry the kids and the gear -- but not the symbolic baggage. Minivans, alas, have become an emblem of suburban surrender, the automotive equivalent of dishpan hands.
Driving instructors like to warn anxious students of the perils of tunnel vision. On the road, it's the big picture that counts. Would that more consumers heeded that lesson at car-shopping time. L...
In a marketplace that's more competitive than ever, the new-car introductions never stop. Within weeks, the first 2004 models will begin vrooming into showrooms. Here are 14 we can't wait to test drive.
Automakers have been so busy minting money from ever-pricier SUVs that many have taken the sedan buyer for granted. The imagination--even sheer chutzpah--that's come to characterize truck design ha...
Automakers have been so busy minting money from ever-pricier SUVs that many have taken the sedan buyer for granted. The imagination -- even sheer chutzpah -- that's come to characterize truck design has been lacking in cars, especially the trusty family four-door. Designers got hung up on chasing the sedan-market rulers, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Pity SUVs. The big lugs suffer nonstop abuse--for bullying smaller cars, guzzling gas, flipping over. So what do we do when we're not nominating sport utilities as Scourge of the Planet? We buy the...
And you thought great car deals would vanish a few weeks after the "Keep America Rolling" TV ads went off the air. Not so. Desperate measures on the part of car dealers anxious to clinch any sale m...
Best concept. To you, it may look like a glorified go-cart. But to more than 200,000 drivers in Europe and Japan, DaimlerChrysler's eight-foot-long "smart car" (right) is a very big deal. Think of ...
Ahhh, Fall. Amber-colored leaves on the ground, the blaze of a warm fire in the hearth, and the smell of fresh exhaust blasting from the tailpipes of this season's new 2002 models. It's a particula...
In Hollywood, it's Oscar season. On my calendar, it's time for another set of awards--my annual honors for the best cars of the year, for the shining stars on wheels. And this year, I'm more glad t...
When you watch a trial production run at International Truck & Engine Corp.'s revamped truck-building line in Springfield, Ohio, it's hard to believe you haven't stumbled into a plant for making sl...
Back in 1989 I was piloting a little Subaru mini-car called the Justy ECVT through the rowdy traffic on Manhattan's West Side Highway. Spotting an opening ahead in the adjacent lane, I nailed the t...
There's a cute minicar called Ka zipping around Europe that wears a Ford badge on its grille. Yet much of its development was done by a three-year-old company you probably haven't heard of: MSX Int...
For the unlikeliest automotive spectacle of 1999, I nominate a minivan with buzz. When I recently test-drove a '99 Honda Odyssey, strangers in parking lots and store delivery bays kept asking me ab...
Che bella macchina! Italiana, si?" cries the Italian gentleman lounging roadside as I pull up in the Audi TT. Seeing the TT as an Italian car is an easy enough mistake to make, given that we are ne...
Some stellar improvements have surfaced in the luxury-car market in the past few years--state-of-the-art traction control, side airbags, and more powerful and efficient engines, to name a few. Yet ...
MUSTANG'S NEW SALLY. The frisky pony car first seen in 1964 at the New York World's Fair (for $2,368) turns 30 in April. Ford has revamped the Mustang design, updating 1,330 of the 1,850 parts, add...
DETROIT'S remarkable resurgence contains just one flaw: The recent performance of Ford Motor, No. 2 in the U.S. and the world, has been a significant -- and surprising -- disappointment. Ford is a ...
New models are the high-octane fuel of the auto industry, so these redesigned 1993 cars and trucks must supply the horsepower if Detroit is to drive out of its sales rut. Foreign competition is all...
The Big Three have been dangling cash rebates and low-cost financing before skeptical American car buyers with scant success. Now, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have added a new prize: longer w...