Contrary to popular belief, using a turn signal is not a courteous flourish in most places but rather is legally mandated. However, many people believe the opposite and a Society and Automotive Engineers study suggests turn signal neglect is more dangerous than distracted driving. The second lever There is a lever located on either the Read on! →


Because of EPA disclosure regulations, a new car buyer can leave a dealer’s lot confident that his or her new vehicle will clock in at the miles per gallon rated on its sticker, right? Maybe not always. But is that a cause for alarm, and what should be done about it, if anything? ‘Actual mileage Read on! →


Sales of the Fiat 500 Abarth were sluggish until the Italian automaker took a page from the tried and true “sex in advertising” playbook. The ongoing Fiat Abarth commercial campaign featuring Romanian supermodel Catrinel Menghia, which debuted during the 2011 Super Bowl broadcast, has helped propel the brand to record sales through March 2012. Parent Read on! →


A legend among early sports cars was the Morgan 3 Wheeler, a curious vehicle with a tiny, two-seat cockpit, an open engine compartment and only one wheel in the rear. The quirky but quick vehicle has been resurrected by Morgan and is headed for showrooms in the U.S. The prodigal trike returns The first car Read on! →


New vehicle sales have buoyed the fortunes of auto dealers, reports Automotive News. Automotive dealer profits were much higher across the board in the first quarter of 2012. Experts predict that increased used vehicle sales are necessary to unleash ideal dealership profits. Profit lies in trade-ins Bryan DeBoer, chief operating officer of Lithia Motors Inc. Read on! →


In a world-class demonstration of “misplacing” something, Miami-Dade county in Florida lost nearly 300 Toyota Priuses six years ago. Recently they were found, by accident, rusting away unused in a warehouse. $4 million from taxpayers The Priuses were bought with $4 million of taxpayer money in 2006 to fill out the county fleet with low-polluting, Read on! →


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chairman David Strickland told an audience at the SAE World Congress Thursday in Detroit that the time for vehicle-to-vehicle communication has come in all vehicles. Strickland noted that the NHTSA is considering 2013 regulations that will make the safe driving technology mandatory. Baseline for accident prevention Strickland speculated that the Read on! →


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Irvine, Calif.-based Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., has voluntarily agreed to conduct a recall of some of its Teryx Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles. Because of an incorrect label, the vehicles could become overloaded, increasing the risk of injury or death. Eerily similar to Nissan recall The recall sounds eerily Read on! →


Some people might have noticed the term “continuously variable transmission” and other buzzwords being bandied about concerning automotive transmissions. There’s nothing magical about them, but there are some fundamental differences people should be aware of. Fringe transmissions gaining ground Automobile transmissions used to come in two flavors: manual and automatic. However, some may have noticed Read on! →


Chrysler Group reported that its net profits have quadrupled in the first quarter of 2012, compared with the first quarter of 2011, for a total of $473 million. It was the company’s largest quarterly profit in 13 years. It is another strong indication that the post-bailout automotive industry is heartily rebounding. Steepest gain of any Read on! →