The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  issued a recall for nearly 15,000 Sonata Hybrids on Friday. The recall concerns issues with the vehicle’s center rear seatbelts. While a recall isn’t terribly unusual, the Korean automaker’s reaction was. It plans to petition the NTHSA and challenge part of the recall. Seatbelts violate federal standards The NHTSA Read on! →


Automakers know where their bread is buttered. That’s why Ford Motor Co. is making a move to close the distance on General Motors and Volkswagen AG by committing to build a new $760 million assembly plant in Hangzhou, China. China is the world’s largest automotive market. Ford expects to double production By building the Hangzhou Read on! →


When people make decisions, they generally adjust their outlook based upon a set perception, or anchor. Once a person has established an anchor to compare related circumstances against, that anchor tends to remain set in the individual’s mind. This process of bias is called anchoring, and the retail sales industry uses it to great advantage Read on! →


Depending upon your point of view, a Toyota launch in Japan could be all about the car or all about the sizzle. Automotive News sides with the former, although the publication’s description of the recent launch party for the Lexus CT 200h suggests that the experience has left the car behind – not exactly at Read on! →


Toyota’s Prius is proving that so-called “green” cars may not be the antithesis of “mainstream” after all. The little hybrid that could hit the market as a niche model 15 years ago. Now, at the end of the first quarter of 2012, it has become the third largest selling vehicle in the world. Sales more Read on! →


Most car companies are producing fewer V-8 engines and indeed, fewer V-6 engines. BMW, however, is not entirely on the bandwagon and is instead producing the BMW 760Li V12, a special edition commemorating and celebrating the BMW V-12. BMW 760Li V-12 tops already fantastically pricey range When most car makers make a commemorative edition of Read on! →


The Highway Loss Data Institute, a part of the National Institute for Highway Safety, has released its 2010 theft numbers. By comparing the number of insured vehicles on the road to the number of theft claims, HLDI creates the most-stolen list. This year, the Cadillac Escalade topped the list, and pickups are becoming more frequent Read on! →


Spy shots and leaked info on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala have begun to appear, according to Automotive News. Among the pearls is an admission: The 2014 Chevy Impala may have numerous things in common with the 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan. The public will know for sure when the new Impala hits showrooms in early 2013. Read on! →


Swedish automaker Saab has been on the ropes for years, but the firm may have been saved by two Chinese auto firms. A last minute agreement by Zhejiang Youngman Lotus and Pang Da to purchase Saab appears to have saved it from liquidation. Possible end to Saab story Earlier this year, it was announced that Read on! →


General Motors has announced a recall of almost 40,000 Pontiac G8 cars manufactured between 2008 and 2009. A faulty sensor could cause the passenger-side airbag to not deploy correctly in the event of a crash. Holden airbag tests reveal a problem The Pontiac brand is dead and gone; General Motors had to shutter the under-performing Read on! →