The average price of gasoline in the U.S. is nearly $4 per gallon. But if you return a rental car without topping off the gas tank, you’ll pay more than double that for each gallon the rental service puts in to fill the tank. This is one of the hidden rental car fees that can Read on! →


As it escapes the recession doldrums, Toyota Motor Corp. has announced plans to add shifts at its factory in San Antonio, Texas, in order to push pickup production, reports Automotive News. Toyota pickups in demand Toyota’s San Antonio factory will add additional shifts on Saturdays to meet increased consumer demand for pickups and boost dealer Read on! →


When you take your car in for maintenance, choosing where you go is often a difficult question – should you go to the dealer for your maintenance, or go to an independent maintenance shop? There are benefits and drawbacks to both, and the ultimate answer is that it depends on what type of vehicle repairs Read on! →


Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, sat the suave spy behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB Mark III in his book “Goldfinger.” However, when it came time to turn the book into a movie, the filmmakers opted instead for the then-current Aston Martin DB5. The rest is cinematic and automotive history. Read on! →


Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has delivered 15 Town & Country plug-in hybrid EV minivans to the fleets of three different cities. The vehicles will be driven by city staffers and tested for two years. Several other cities will receive demonstration fleet hybrid pickups as well. Minivan in Read on! →


The price of gas is rapidly approaching the $5 mark and international tensions are strained over the acquisition and control of oil. These concerns, and others, are leading many motorists to consider buying hybrid and electric cars. However, a new study on hybrid loyalty shows that most first-time hybrid owners don’t buy a second. Two-thirds Read on! →


Audi has recently announced that the latest generation A3, the entry-level estate car, will go on the market next year. Audi is also planning a limited run of the R8 E-tron, an electric version of the Audi supercar. Update for the Audi estate According to Car and Driver, Audi recently confirmed the updated version of Read on! →


Last year, BMW showed off the i8, a gorgeous concept car heading for production as one of the first plug-in hybrids from BMW. A convertible version, the i8 Spyder, was recently shown off at the Beijing Auto Show. A possible mission BMW announced late last year that it was working on two “green” vehicles to Read on! →


Every driver has multiple blind spots; it’s impossible to see everything on the roadway at once. Since 2008, blind-spot radar that can help drivers avoid accidents has been introduced in consumer vehicles to help deal with this safety issue. As Steve Rode, president of Swedish blind-spot radar manufacturer Autoliv Electronics, notes business is booming. Sales Read on! →


August auto sales in the U.S. managed to fall short of July’s rebounding pace, reports Automotive News. The reasons for this were largely two-fold, according to experts: falling consumer confidence and the disruption caused by Hurricane Irene along the East Coast. US economy still showing a frown A Bloomberg survey of August automotive sales noted Read on! →