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! →


Road salt, garden variety salt used to deice roads in winter, causes corrosion in car suspension components, which leads to recalls. The latest is an expansion of a Jeep Liberty recall, which now includes more than 350,000 Liberty SUVs from the 2004 to 2007 model years. Rust in pieces Salt, as it turns out, is Read on! →


Chevrolet is about to release the 2013 Malibu to coincide with college basketball “March Madness.” However, few college students will be driving one, as the only available model will be the premium edition. March Madness Every year, millions of people tune into “March Madness” to watch college basketball teams vie for sporting supremacy. It is Read on! →


The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed Wednesday that electronic stability control (ESC) systems should be mandated on all large commercial trucks, buses and motor coaches. Save 60 lives a year Already mandatory on passenger vehicles for 2012, the expanded mandate, according to the federal regulator, will eliminate more than half of the yearly Read on! →


Automotive News reports that Audi’s talks to purchase Italian motorcycle maker Ducati may have come to a conclusion. As early as April 18, it is believed that Audi plans to formally announce that it has acquired Ducati, according to two sources close to the matter. That is the day before Audi parent company Volkswagen AG’s Read on! →


Amid all the May flowers, automotive fans can expect a big month from Dodge. The Detroit Free Press reports that full production of the compact 2013 Dodge Dart will begin in May. Chrysler sales chief Reid Bigland said the new Dart should hit Dodge dealers by mid-summer. Ten thousand new Darts by July According to Read on! →


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released a study about crash safety that found SUVs are becoming safer over time. Since the introduction of electronic stability features, the formerly top-heavy and roll-prone SUV is becoming a thing of the past. Nissan 350Z statistically the most dangerous car on the road The Insurance Institute for Read on! →


A spare tire is one of those things we often do not think about until we need it. In an effort to improve fuel economy, many car makers are choosing to forgo the spare tire in favor of lighter-weight solutions. Cutting out the weight The heavier something is, the more energy it takes to move Read on! →


Fuel economy is at an all-time premium, but paying a premium for greater fuel efficiency does not always lead to a savings over the long term. Consumer Reports, as others have, recently found in an eco-model round-up that the fuel savings don’t cover the efficiency premium. Short term versus long term Fuel prices have been Read on! →


Green vehicles are all the rage, including the first generation of electric vehicles. The third EV from a major manufacturer, the Mitsubishi i, has only been available for a few months, but is spreading across the United States. First delivery taken in Illinois Mitsubishi is the third car maker to unleash an electric vehicle in Read on! →