Americans have been steadily gaining weight over the last 50 years. That is not news, and the personal cost of carrying too much weight is well-documented. But in addition to an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart disease, a recent article pinpoints another cost: obese motorists consume more gasoline. With fuel costs hovering Read on! →


General Motors Co. has designs on acquiring Isuzu Motors. Reuters reports that GM had considered purchasing a controlling interest in Isuzu at more than one-third, which would have cost $3 billion. After the Japanese truck-maker noted that it wished to remain independent, GM reportedly scaled back its offer. Nikkei business daily notes that GM may Read on! →


The hot hatch variant of the Ford Focus, the Focus ST, has previously been available in Europe, though Ford announced a while ago that it would go on sale in the U.S. The car will be at dealerships by June, starting at $24,495 before destination charges. Domestic hot hatch Hot hatchbacks are cool, because they Read on! →


Some banks give away free calendars, toasters and pens to new depositors. In an unprecedented move, a Florida bank is offering a free Mercedes-Benz to its customers who deposit $1 million or more. Meanwhile, Mercedes celebrates its best April sales ever. Open a CD, drive a Mercedes The C1 Bank of Florida — formerly known Read on! →


It has been almost a decade since Volkswagen offered a new camper van, a segment of the industry it used to soar in. However, a UK company offers a unique camper van conversion for the European-sold VW Transporter T5. At the push of a button, the VW Transporter California Doubleback van conversion nearly doubles its Read on! →


The next frontier in “smart” or “intelligent” or automatically adapting car technology is the most low-tech item on a car today: the tires. Intelligent tires are edging closer to being ready for sale every year. Where the rubber out-thinks the road Many components on cars have been improved over time with sensor technology and automation, Read on! →


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! →


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! →