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! →


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! →


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! →