Automotive News reports that Allstate Insurance is expanding its finance and insurance offerings to include large-scale partnerships with automotive dealerships. The partnership will allow dealership agents to become licensed and sell auto insurance in Allstate’s name. Pilot program expands to all US dealerships Allstate Dealer Services, which is run by President Doug Herberger, began its Read on! →


In December, Honda announced it was going to introduce a four-cylinder model of the Crosstour crossover wagon. The Accord-based wagon is now available with a smaller motor and a smaller price to boot. Dismal sales prompt economy option Prior to December 2011, Honda’s Accord-based crossover utility vehicle or CUV, the Crosstour, had been selling but Read on! →


Diesel cars are not typically thought to be as fast as their petrol counterparts. However, a team of students from Boise State University in Idaho are trying to get their biodiesel-powered S-10 to hit 215 miles per hour. New record In November 2011, according to Slashgear, a team of students from Boise State University in Read on! →


Purchasers of everything from electronics to clothing have shown time and time again that reviews play a huge part in buying decisions. This makes a new survey from J.D. Power and Associates that found reviews play a smaller role in vehicle purchasing than reputation especially surprising to some. Why some brands are avoided Released today, Read on! →


U.S. taxpayers are still owed $132.9 billion by companies that haven’t repaid their Troubled Asset Relief Program debt, reports the Detroit Free Press. Some of it will never be recovered from the automakers that were deemed “too big to fail.” Years of auto bailout blues Launched at the zenith of the financial crisis in September Read on! →


New York-based lithium-ion automotive battery maker Ener1 Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The company, which was granted a $118 million U.S. Energy Department grant to make batteries for electric vehicles, defaulted on its bond debt. Competition from Asian battery makers is also believed to have contributed to Ener1’s financial woes. China, Read on! →


Not many cars have been able to ace the new battery of safety tests required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, there are only two. Volvo has always garnered high marks for safety, and that continues. The 2012 Volvo S60 is the latest car with just the right stuff. Volvo and Camaro Read on! →


A venture involving the Spanish government, some small Spanish firms and engineers from MIT may soon come to fruition. The project has yielded an interesting city car, the Hiriko, which will start production by the end of the year. Basque to the future According to the New York Times, the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Read on! →


Vehicles are designed for to get you from Point A to Point B and protect you in case something goes wrong. Some vehicles lock you in when your speed goes over a set point, which begs the question: is it safer to lock yourself into a moving vehicle? Basics of vehicle structure A vehicle is Read on! →


It’s not the smallest recall in recent memory, but it’s close. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that BMW will be recalling exactly six 2012 X5 xDrive35i models to replace the automatic transmissions. The cars may roll away if the parking brake is not set, the NHTSA said. Manufacturing error The NHTSA reported Read on! →