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! →


The economic climate of recession and the resulting taxpayer auto bailout apparently still has automakers gun shy, reports Automotive News. That’s because low factory inventory is becoming the rule rather than the exception lately. The result of this is that dealers need more cars to sell, as they cannot meet rising demand. An online survey Read on! →


The recession has forced many consumers to hold onto their cars for longer than they’d planned, which is both a blessing and a curse for dealer service departments, says Wards Auto. Car sales and warranty jobs are down (as well as the market for auto loans), which has prompted dealer service departments to intensify their Read on! →


Don’t think it won’t happen to you — or someone you want to impress. One morning, your car won’t start when you need it to. Rather than calling for help, however, you can be prepared for this situation. If you have jumper cables and can tell the difference between red and black and the plus Read on! →


Getting green automotive technology off the ground requires a large capital investment; that’s why it never hurts to have Bill Gates in your corner if you’re EcoMotors International. The startup that is committed to the development of environmentally friendly automotive engine technology received a massive investment from the former Microsoft chairman in the amount of Read on! →


Scientists at Edinburgh Napier University’s Biofuel Research Center in Edinburgh, Scotland, have successfully used Scotch whiskey by-products to produce butanol biofuel, reports Cnet.com. These by-products – waste grains from the distillery process – can provide 30 percent more energy than traditional biofuels like ethanol when formulated into butanol, writes MIT Technology Review. That means more Read on! →


In this ongoing era of green automotive technology, the desire to get there faster while expending as little fuel with as small an environmental footprint as possible has prompted automakers to tap into a very basic formula. In order to achieve fuel economy, there four basic concepts are weight of the vehicle, aerodynamics of the Read on! →


When you take your vehicle to an auto mechanic, you should have reasonable assurance that they are reputable and trustworthy, rather than someone who is waiting to perpetrate one of many different auto mechanic scams. Researching a mechanic ahead of time via AAA or other industry resources helps. However, being prepared with knowledge of some Read on! →


As the auto industry undergoes a profound transformation, new cars may be a better investment than pre-owned vehicles. Low interest and no interest financing for new cars is creating an unusual auto loan environment. Classic assumptions about new versus used cars aren’t always correct. Depending on the make and model, there are some vehicles that Read on! →


Auto dealer regulation has been on the minds of House Democrats of late, or more specifically a lack thereof. Their belief is that the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) would hamper auto dealers’ ability to recover during these trying financial times by limiting their ability to continue offering dealer-assisted financing.  Led by New Read on! →