Chevrolet recently authorized dealerships to start selling the demo versions of the Volt, Chevrolet’s plug-in electric hybrid. Sales have been decent, but there is concern that models with the desired options aren’t available. Volt faces tough competition The Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in electric hybrid, was released last year at a higher cost than other hybrid Read on! →


JD Power and Associates has just released a consumer survey that ranks on-board satellite navigation systems in various cars. The top of the heap was the Garmin system in the Dodge Charger. Garmin makes two of three consumer favorites Auto loans allow  buyers to afford more features. According to USA Today, JD Power and Associates Read on! →


General Motors has announced plans for a $1 billion-plus expansion of its automotive production plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. The five-year project will reportedly boost production from 98,000 annually all the way up to 230,000. Ground on the project was reportedly broken today. ‘A new era in Russia’ As many as 4,000 additional jobs will Read on! →


In a move that will bring 2,000 jobs to the beleaguered state, construction will resume on the Mississippi Toyota plant in Blue Springs. The Associated Press reports that Toyota’s estimate is that the plant should be fully operational by the fall of 2011. It had originally been slated for completion in 2010, but the recession Read on! →


While the surge of Memorial Day weekend traffic will be somewhat less than has been traditional, estimates the American Automobile Association, lowering gas prices will lure more American onto highways than were out last year. Travelers up 1.4 percent According to AAA, there will be nearly 35 million U.S. travelers going 50 miles or more Read on! →


A growing number of luxury and sports cars are going green, and Porsche is leading the charge with hybrid versions of its cars. A plug-in version is coming soon to complement the existing Panamera hybrid, among other models. Lean green and mean The onus from the public is for cars to be fuel efficient and Read on! →


Laying rubber on a nation’s cultural heritage doesn’t sound like a great way to open the throttle for automotive sales, does it? Yet that’s exactly what Ferrari unintentionally did Monday atop a 600-year-old wall surrounding the ancient Chinese city of Nanjing. A Ferrari China dealership employee did doughnuts in a $950,000 458 Italia atop the Read on! →


Some unusual problems are nipping at the heels of a pair of European luxury automakers this week. The German car-maker BMW is issuing a pair of recall campaigns over emissions issues and problems with the head rest. Meanwhile, famed Italian sports car-maker Ferrari says that some of its Italia 458 and California models could get Read on! →


Fisker has taken umbrage with Mitt Romney’s comments Wednesday night that the company is a “loser.” It fired back at the Republican candidate on Thursday. Fisker and others slammed by Romeny In the televised debate on Wednesday night, Republican Mitt Romney took aim at federal investments into green technology under President Obama’s watch. Although not Read on! →


Green automaker Fisker announced a “potential safety issue” last week concerning the batteries in some of its Karma models. Friday the company made it official. Fisker will be recalling about 239 cars. An assembly error in the battery system could potentially cause a fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall filing said. Alerted by Read on! →