April car sales figures are being released, and domestic automakers appear to have made out like bandits. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors all experienced considerable sales increases as higher gas prices sent consumers looking for more fuel efficient vehicles. However, sales of hybrid models were not behind the rise in sales. Crossovers boost April sales Read on! →


Legislation passed by the Senate earlier this week would make it mandatory for automakers to install black box recording devices, like those in commercial aircrafts, in every automobile sold in the U.S. by 2015. Activist groups are rising up, demanding the government back off on keeping tabs on its free citizens. However, Big Brother may Read on! →


Volkswagen’s plans to build a two-seater turbodiesel convertible roadster, the Blue Sport, have been on-again, off-again since the concept first appeared at  the 2009 Detroit auto show. Now it looks as if those plans could fade entirely. The German automaker says it just doesn’t see the kind of projected sales numbers it needs to justify Read on! →


Elio Motors is an automotive start-up, offering a three-wheeler ideally suited to solo commuters with a low price tag and jaw-dropping fuel efficiency. The “definitive” version of their intended car was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show recently, though a few hurdles remain until production and sales can start. Elio Motors three-wheeler won’t stay Read on! →


A concept from the Tokyo Motor Show, the SIM-LEI by boutique firm SIM Drive, has some interesting features for an electric car. It could be everything an electric car could really be. Corvette fast with no gas needed Electric cars are hampered by a few things. Firstly, the only models fast enough to be exciting Read on! →


Luxury SUVs are a huge business, but the companies that make them are hurting due to private SUV exporting. Straw buyers purchase vehicles in First World countries and ship them to other markets to sell or deliver to customers who purchase them, and the auto industry is not amused. SUV exporting is why Land Rover Read on! →


Chrysler has filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, saying it wants a $2.5 million security deposit it paid to Duke Energy in 2009 returned. Chrysler demands deposit back Following Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2008, Duke Energy, which supplies power to the Michigan-based automaker’s plants in Kokomo, Indiana, demand a $2.5 million deposit, based Read on! →


A new study predicts that the world’s oil consumption will continue to rise yearly for the next nine years and then drop off sharply. By 2035, the study says, world oil demand will be less than what it was in 2010. Oil demand to peak in 2020 The England-based Ricardo Strategic Consulting firm’s recent study Read on! →


The Japan earthquake and tsunami has created a ton of news stories about auto parts shortages, factory shutdowns, schedule interruptions and shipping delays. Throw in rising gas prices, and you get a perfect storm of panic buying as U.S. consumers make a run on fuel-efficient vehicles. The situation has led to severe price gouging by Read on! →


The automotive wing of German holding company Porsche Automobil Holding SE is poised for a big sales year in 2012. According to the brand’s top sales and marketing executive Bernhard Maier, Porsche Zwischenholding GmbH expects significant growth in new car sales in 2012. That growth will be only partially dependent upon sales from Volkswagen AG, Read on! →