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Americans Want Big Cars and Pickups...Detroit Wants to Build Big...So Let's Have Big...BUT! (Originally Published April 2009)

Americans Want Big Cars and Pickups...Detroit Wants to Build Big...So Let's Have Big...BUT! (Originally Published April 2009)

By Bob Gordon and Marc Rauch, Co-Publishers and owners of The Auto Channel. Spacious, roomy, profitable big vehicles; it’s what the people want and it’s what the American car makers want to build. According to all reports in recent years (before the depression really hit), GM, Ford and Chrysler made all t ... Continue reading

New-Car Transaction Prices Climb Nearly 2 Percent Year-Over-Year In April 2017, According To Kelley Blue Book

New-Car Transaction Prices Climb Nearly 2 Percent Year-Over-Year In April 2017, According To Kelley Blue Book

Demand for SUV Segments Continues to Drive Higher Transaction Prices PrintEmailRSSAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Google+Share to LinkedInShare to PinterestPDF IRVINE, Calif., May 2, 2017 -- The analysts at Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the vehicle valuation and information source trust ... Continue reading

Average New-Car Prices Jump 2 Percent for March 2018 on SUV Sales Strength, According to Kelley Blue Book

Average New-Car Prices Jump 2 Percent for March 2018 on SUV Sales Strength, According to Kelley Blue Book

IRVINE, Calif., April 3, 2018 – The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price (ATP) for light vehicles in the United States was $35,285 in March 2018. New-vehicle prices have increased by $703 (up 2 percent) from March 2017, while falling $23 (down 0.1 percent) from last mont ... Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz Of Goldens Bridge NY is Vindicated as North State Drops its Claims

Mercedes-Benz Of Goldens Bridge NY is Vindicated as North State Drops its Claims

GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y., April 2, 2018 -- In 2017, North State Autobahn d/b/a North State Custom Body Repair has made egregious allegations against Mercedes-Benz of Goldens Bridge, part of the Celebrity Motor Cars dealer group and its owner Tom Maoli, claiming Mercedes-Benz of Goldens Bridge was engaging in illegal busin ... Continue reading

Advance Auto Parts Announces CFO Transition

Advance Auto Parts Announces CFO Transition

ROANOKE, Va.--Advance Auto Parts, Inc. , a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Tom Okray has decided to leave the organization, effective April ... Continue reading

Biz on EPA Rollback: Major Biz Calls out EPA for Rollbacks to Vehicle Emissions Standards

Biz on EPA Rollback: Major Biz Calls out EPA for Rollbacks to Vehicle Emissions Standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Helen Booth-Tobin, Ceres booth-tobin@ceres.org (mailto:booth-tobin@ceres.org) (617) 247-0700 ext. 214 Major U.S. Businesses Call out EPA for Rollbacks to Vehicle Emissions Standards Strong national standards bolster state economies and help U.S. automakers stay competitive BOSTON - ... Continue reading

MPG Rollback: Weakening Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards is Bad for Economy, Auto Industry

MPG Rollback: Weakening Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards is Bad for Economy, Auto Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Keefe-Feldman, Ceres keefe-feldman@ceres.org (mailto:keefe-feldman@ceres.org) (617) 247-0700 ext. 126 Weakening Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards is Bad for Economy, Auto Industry Businesses call out EPA for threatening rollback BOSTON - In response to the U.S. Environmen ... Continue reading

EPA/MPG: Auto Suppliers, Emission Control Companies Want Coordination by All Agencies

EPA/MPG: Auto Suppliers, Emission Control Companies Want Coordination by All Agencies

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (https://www.mema.org/) (MEMA). “Our goal is to ensure that the U.S. is a leader in technologies that meet light-duty fuel economy and emission standards here and around the globe while providing affordable vehicles to the consumer.�?? The Automotive Technology Lea ... Continue reading

Auto Journalists Comments On EPA Emission Standards

Auto Journalists Comments On EPA Emission Standards

Washington DC April 2 2018; Today in Washington, the EPA marked the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for setting Green House Gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. As widely expected, current emission targets set by the previous administration were determine ... Continue reading

Huh?: Lexus Partners with 23andMe for "Genetic Select"

Huh?: Lexus Partners with 23andMe for "Genetic Select"

Lexus Says Finding the perfect vehicle that meets your every need was once only a fantasy, but now it’s becoming reality. ... Continue reading

US Toyota Dealers To Sell And Install Yakima Accessories

US Toyota Dealers To Sell And Install Yakima Accessories

PLANO, Texas (April 2, 2018) – Toyota owners have long relied on Yakima to carry their favorite outdoor gear. Thanks to a new partnership announced today, Toyota customers now can purchase Yakima’s vehicle racks, bike, ski and boat mounts, cargo boxes, and other cargo management accessories directly from participat ... Continue reading

NRDC: EPA Move to Weaken Clean Car Standards is Irresponsible and Unwarranted

NRDC: EPA Move to Weaken Clean Car Standards is Irresponsible and Unwarranted

https://us.vocuspr.com/Publish/2531753/vcsPRAsset_2531753_159060_96befcb8-dca5-4b74-9408-2525b5ab97ca_0.jpg FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Caruso, 202-717-8286, lcaruso@nrdc.org (mailto:lcaruso@nrdc.org) ; Patrick Crooks, 202-717-8288 pcrooks@nrdc.org EPA Move to Weaken Clean Car Standards is Irresponsible and Unw ... Continue reading

Consumers Union: EPA takes first step to roll back car and truck standards, raise costs for consumers

Consumers Union: EPA takes first step to roll back car and truck standards, raise costs for consumers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a new final determination reversing its previous conclusion that the greenhouse gas standards for light-duty vehicles set for 2022-2025 are appropriate and do not need to be re-evaluated. Unfortunately for consumers, this signals the first step towards lowering emi ... Continue reading

Digital Dealer: AdTaxi Survey Reports Car Shoppers Conduct Online Research Before Visiting a Dealership

Digital Dealer: AdTaxi Survey Reports Car Shoppers Conduct Online Research Before Visiting a Dealership

78% listed something other than price as the motivating factor for shopping online, showing that, although price matters, both convenience and transparency are more important to an internet shopper ... Continue reading

Class action filed regarding BMW X5 and BMW 335d diesel vehicles

Class action filed regarding BMW X5 and BMW 335d diesel vehicles

LONDON, ON and TORONTO, April 2, 2018 /CNW/ - On March 27, 2018 Siskinds LLP filed a proposed national class action against BMW and Bosch regarding certain BMW vehicles equipped with Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance engine technology. The proposed action alleges that BMW equipped affected vehicles with software th ... Continue reading

Congratulations to all of the 2017 CAJ Awards finalists!

Congratulations to all of the 2017 CAJ Awards finalists!

OTTAWA, April 2, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is pleased to release the full list of nominees in the 2017 CAJ Awards program. The recipients in each category will be announced May 5 at the CAJ Awards gala and conference banquet in Toronto, part of the #CAJ18 annual conference at the Hyatt Regen ... Continue reading

Enterprise Car Sales Now Offering Three-Month SiriusXM Subscription to Customers

Enterprise Car Sales Now Offering Three-Month SiriusXM Subscription to Customers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [SXM_NoSat_1400] Enterprise Car Sales Now Offering Three-Month SiriusXM Subscription to Customers More than 130 Enterprise Car Sales dealerships participating in the SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program Customers buying any SiriusXM-equipped vehicle get SiriusXM's All Access audio package as well as any ava ... Continue reading

Head-Up Display Market Worth 4.71 Billion USD by 2023

Head-Up Display Market Worth 4.71 Billion USD by 2023

PUNE, India, April 2, 2018 -- According to the new market research report "Head-Up Display Market by Component (Video Generator, Projector/Projection Unit, Display Unit, Software), Type (Conventional HUD, AR-Based HUD), Application (Aviation, Automotive), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2023", published by Marketsan ... Continue reading

Hyundai Motor America Presents "The Dream Lives" Program Honoring The Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King During The 50th Anniversary Of His Assassination

Hyundai Motor America Presents "The Dream Lives" Program Honoring The Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King During The 50th Anniversary Of His Assassination

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 2, 2018 -- On Monday, April 2, 2018 - Hyundai Motor America, in partnership with the NAACP, Rainbow Push Coalition and Temple of Deliverance COGIC will host a special MLK50 program paying homage to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Continue reading

Late-Night TV Celebrities Ranked by Car Owners Most Trusted To Work on Their Cars

Late-Night TV Celebrities Ranked by Car Owners Most Trusted To Work on Their Cars

BETHESDA, Md., April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you could pick a late-night television celebrity to work on your car, there is a good chance his first name would be Jimmy. In a survey of more than 20,000 vehicle owners across the country, the results show that Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon top the list, says ... Continue reading

Polaris Agrees to Pay $27.25 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Recreational Off-Road Vehicles

Polaris Agrees to Pay $27.25 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Recreational Off-Road Vehicles

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minnesota, (Polaris) has agreed to pay a $27.25 million civil penalty. The penalty settles charges that Polaris failed to immediately report to CPSC that models of ... Continue reading

Porsche Design Celebrates 40 Years of the Iconic P'8478 Sunglasses

Porsche Design Celebrates 40 Years of the Iconic P'8478 Sunglasses

Porsche Design Celebrates 40 Years of the Iconic P'8478 Sunglasses #outlook a {padding:0;} a { color: rgb(61, 152, 198); } @media all and (max-width: 480px) { body{ zoom:0.3; } } @media all and (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 767px) { body{ zoom:0.5; } } @media all and (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 1024px) ... Continue reading

Subaru Marks STI 30th Anniversary

Subaru Marks STI 30th Anniversary

CHERRY HILL, N.J., April 2, 2018 -- Managing Subaru motorsports and special performance vehicle and parts development since 1988 Three World Rally Championships, 47 WRC wins Four wins at Nürburgring and counting Nürburgring lap record for sedans in 2017 New limited-production WRX® STI® Type RA and BRZ tS (tuned by ... Continue reading

American Electric Power Seeks Bids for Coal

American Electric Power Seeks Bids for Coal

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 2, 2018 -- American Electric Power is seeking bids for the supply of coal to one or more of its generating stations. AEP seeks proposals for the following: Up to 360,000 tons of coal, FOB Barge, beginning in July 2018 and ending in December 2018 Up to 1.5 million tons of coal, FOB Barge, beginning ... Continue reading

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE Explore Using Electric Car Batteries as Renewable Energy Storage for Office Buildings

Hitachi, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE Explore Using Electric Car Batteries as Renewable Energy Storage for Office Buildings

Project launched in The Netherlands to support development of energy neutral office buildings TOKYO, Mar, 30 2018; Hitachi Europe Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE have demonstrated a pioneering project to explore the potential for electric vehicles to act as a means of energy storage for an office building. For this d ... Continue reading

Toyota to Merge Tokyo Sales Companies to Form New Company in April 2019

Toyota to Merge Tokyo Sales Companies to Form New Company in April 2019

Specifically, the new company is to be primarily comprised of a Toyota business unit, and a Lexus business unit. For the time being the four sales channels of the Toyota business will be maintained as an in-house company within the Toyota business unit. In addition, the Lexus business, whose sales companies are current ... Continue reading

Ballard Fuel Cell Modules Used in Successful Yanmar Boat Test to Support Development of Safety Guidelines in Japan

Ballard Fuel Cell Modules Used in Successful Yanmar Boat Test to Support Development of Safety Guidelines in Japan

VANCOUVER and TOKYO, April 2, 2018 - Ballard Power Systems today announced that two of its FCveloCity®-MD 30-kilowatt (kW) modules have been successfully integrated and tested in a hybrid marine application by a consortium that includes Yanmar Co. Ltd. ... Continue reading

New Boats Group Study Evaluates more than 2.5 Million Households, Shows Increased Lead Conversion, Growing Trend of New Boat Sales

New Boats Group Study Evaluates more than 2.5 Million Households, Shows Increased Lead Conversion, Growing Trend of New Boat Sales

MIAMI, April 2, 2018 -- Boats Group has announced the findings from its in-depth analysis of US sales leads across three of its sites – YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com. One of the key factors revealed by this analysis is the continuing rise of new boat sales, giving valuable insight into consumer trends across ... Continue reading

SORL Auto Parts Reports Record Annual Net Sales With a 40.1% Increase in the 2017 Year

SORL Auto Parts Reports Record Annual Net Sales With a 40.1% Increase in the 2017 Year

ZHEJIANG, China, April 2, 2018 -- SORL Auto Parts, Inc.  ("SORL" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive brake systems as well as other key safety-related auto parts in China, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 and the year ended December 31, 2017. Four ... Continue reading

NHTSA RECALLS SUMMARY - April 2, 2018; Toyota; Ferrari; Polaris; Lazy Daze; Keystone; Monaco; RV Group; More

NHTSA RECALLS SUMMARY - April 2, 2018; Toyota; Ferrari; Polaris; Lazy Daze; Keystone; Monaco; RV Group; More

Your vehicle MAY be involved in a safety recall and MAY create a safety risk for you or your passengers. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. ... Continue reading

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Review By Larry Nutson

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Review By Larry Nutson

The A5 has been redone for 2018 -- outside, inside and underneath too. There’s still the familiar side character line and roof profile along with the muscular rear. The grille is wider and flatter and the hood drops off curiously low. Front and rear fascias are new along with a new LED taillight design. ... Continue reading

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