Ford has joined the ranks of companies making electric cars by releasing the Ford Focus Electric, which is being slowly rolled out across the country. The electric Focus is not taking the world by storm; only a few people have purchased one. Slow-burning debut Like many other green vehicles, the electric Ford Focus is being Read on! →


Mandates and future standards have created a new market among automakers. A market not about trading vehicles, but of buying and selling credits to meet legal requirements. Zero-emission vehicles mandate California now requires the six largest automakers to sell a certain quota of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) within the year or face penalties. ZEVs are cars Read on! →


Not many cars stay in production for 30 years. One of the few that has, the Lada Riva, was one of the icons of the Soviet auto industry. Now, it is being phased out as the company is being modernized. Some things stay the same The list of cars that remain in production for several Read on! →


In a vehicle, the headliner can be a difficult problem, especially when there is a stain or unpleasant smell. Cleaning a headliner correctly can help extend its life by years, possibly decades. Breaking down a headliner Headliners are generally attached to vehicles using mostly glue and lamination of some kind. The lamination loses holding power Read on! →


A Los Angeles woman, disgruntled with fuel mileage claims made by Honda, is taking a novel approach to her legal grievances. She has decided to opt out of a proposed class-action suit and take the automaker to small-claims court. Furthermore, she is encouraging other Honda owners to do the same thing. If the strategy is Read on! →


The Progressive Automotive X Prize has long been considered the “holy grail” of vehicle efficiency. This $5 million prize is for creating a vehicle that gets 100 miles per gallon. Trials in Michigan are underway, and it appears that two cars have a very good chance of winning the prize. The details of the Automotive Read on! →


This week, Chrysler issued two small-scale recalls over issues that it blames on its suppliers and faulty parts. Both issues, says the automaker, could lead to injuries, although none have been reported at this time. Less than 2,000 cars affected As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler announced two small-scale recalls Friday. Read on! →


In the new memoir “Decision Points,” former U.S. President George W. Bush stands behind his decision toward the tail end of his presidency to extend a $17.4 billion auto bailout. Automotive News reports that President Bush knew just four days after GM announced it was near bankruptcy – on Nov. 11, 2008 – that he Read on! →


Toyota has made a move in the Canadian market that will create jobs, reports CBC News. Hundreds of jobs will be created as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. expands its Canadian presence. Increased Toyota RAV4 assembly at a plant in Woodstock, Ont., will require a significantly expanded workforce to meet production goals. Toyota to increase Read on! →


Green vehicles have proven to be popular with Japanese consumers. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan knows this. Thus, despite having the largest public debt of any nation, Automotive News reports that Japan has decided to extend government tax incentives for green vehicle ownership for another three years. Showing support for Japan’s automakers The calamitous Read on! →