Toyota Motor Corp., Duke Energy Corp. and the not-for-profit Energy Systems Network are collaborating in Indiana on a pilot program to test standards for plug-in vehicles and charging stations that communicate with the power grid. Toyota team-up seeks to answer questions How will power companies assess charges for a future infrastructure supporting electric and plug-in Read on! →


According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thursday, luxury Italian automaker Maserati is recalling nearly 1,800 2008-2010 Granturismo models. The recall affects both the coupe and convertible versions of the car, and comes in response to a possible defect in the tail and brake lights. Defect could cauce lights to Read on! →


Today, Nov. 3, Chevrolet is celebrating its 100th birthday. A division of GM, Chevrolet is the top-selling auto brand of all time. It has sold more than 204 million cars and trucks in the last century. Founding fathers The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded Nov. 3, 1911, by William C. Durant, who partnered with Read on! →


June 3, Ford Motor Company announced that by the end of 2010, the company stop manufacturing Mercury brand vehicles. Mercury was first introduced in 1939 as a mid-level brand. Facing a potential billion-dollar price tag to maintain the brand, though, Ford has opted to simply cut the Mercury brand from its offerings. The history of Read on! →


Nearly every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter has said something about reducing dependence on foreign oil for fuel. A novel idea was brought up, which was to power cars with ethanol instead of gasoline. Over the last few years, gas suppliers have been mixing gasoline and ethanol, in a solution called E10, or 10 percent Read on! →


The U.S. Treasury under the Obama Administration has been part-owner of General Motors Co. for more than three years now. That association is not likely to end at any time in the foreseeable future, as the government is presenting no timetable for an exit. GM stock performing poorly Since its controversial Government-backed bankruptcy, the giant Read on! →


More convertibles are due to hit the market in coming years, among them the Buick Cascada, geared at snagging a few more customers for GM’s sub-Cadillac luxury brand. It’s becoming more fashionable to go topless…at least as far as cars are concerned. Younger buyers supposed to be enticed by Buick Cascada Among the entrants at Read on! →


The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Senate passed a two-year, $109 billion bipartisan transportation bill today by a vote of 74-22. Sources indicate that the Senate transportation and highway bill will create jobs and improve the infrastructure through which commerce flows, including the U.S. interstate highway system. Job creation in an election year Senate Read on! →


The road to recovery for automakers will not be easy. That’s what General Motors Vice President of Marketing Joel Ewanick recently told Automotive News in an interview. GM has waded through bankruptcy and tremendous turnover, which might seem to make any deals designed simply to move product fast attractive. However, Ewanick insists that GM must Read on! →