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  • China drives the Ford Focus to No. 1 Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | 1:05 PM ET
    A 2013 Ford Focus

    In a sign of its growing strength in China, Ford said that demand there for the Focus helped make the model the world's top-selling car in the first quarter.

  • Age of cars in America climbs to all-time high Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Americans are making their old cars and trucks run longer. A study by Polk finds the average age for vehicles in America has climbed to an all-time high of 11.4 years.

  • The cheapest—and most expensive—cars to drive Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 7:00 PM ET
    Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

    Think you can guess the cheapest car to drive? Hint: It clocks in at 7 cents per mile. The most expensive costs 36 cents per mile. Check out the answers from GasBuddy.com.

  • BMW's new i3 battery car targets urbanites Monday, 29 Jul 2013 | 6:28 AM ET
    BMW i3 detail

    One look at the BMW i3 and you'll know this is not your typical BMW.

  • Look what the ladies are driving: Porsche! Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    In the last two years the luxury car brand Porsche has doubled its sales to woman in the U.S., with the percentage of Porsche sales to females growing to 15 percent.

  • Consumer Reports gives a Chevy its highest rating Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    In a rare move, Consumer Reports has rated a large sedan from a U.S. automaker as the best in its category - the first time in more than 20 years a domestic model has been rated the best sedan.

  • GM earnings could set stage for big second half Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 9:58 AM ET
    GM CEO Dan Akerson

    GM should post big numbers later this year, thanks largely to a wave of new models hitting U.S. showrooms. But that's only part of the storyline.

  • Auto job boom rolls on as Ford e-x-p-a-n-d-s Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 11:31 AM ET

    The move means it will add a total of 3,000 white collar jobs this year, with most of them located at the Dearborn headquarters.

  • Earnings preview: Ford trucks to haul big Q2 EPS Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 9:06 AM ET
    Ford's F150 pickup.

    The Street consensus is for the automaker to earn $0.37 share on revenue of $35.24 billion, but analysts are already whispering to expect more in Wednesday's earnings reports.

  • Auto rebound bittersweet in auto towns left behind Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    A Chrysler Jeep sign is seen in front of a dealership in Hollywood, Florida.

    Four years after the auto industry bottomed out with GM and Chrysler going bankrupt, those automakers and the industry as a whole is roaring again.

  • Tesla shares plunge 14 percent Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 5:50 PM ET
    Tesla Model S

    Tesla's shares, which soared to a new all-time high earlier this week, were thrown into reverse Tuesday in the biggest one-day drop the stock has seen since January 2012.

  • General Motors edges out Volkswagen in China Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 4:47 PM ET

    The race to be No. 1 in China has become a proxy for the battle the companies are waging to be the global leader in auto sales.

  • Why America is losing its gas-guzzling ways Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 1:06 PM ET

    A fundamental and dramatic shift is happening when it comes to our addiction to gasoline. The amount consumed at the pump is dropping. Here's why.

  • Red, white and blue: States most loyal to the Big 3 Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 10:55 AM ET

    Some states are more patriotic than others when it comes to buying cars and trucks from domestic automakers. Here's a look at how they stack up.

  • Trucks power strongest june auto sales since 2007 Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 12:11 PM ET
    A Ford F-150 pickup parked on the lot at the Serramonte Ford dealership in Colma, California.

    Sales came in at a pace that was much stronger than many analysts were expecting and could hit the rate of 16 million vehicles.

  • Ford leverages truck power with new F-Series Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 2:51 PM ET

    Ford is rolling out a new version of its popular F-Series truck. The Ford F-150 Tremor is a regular cab pickup with a short wheel base and Ecoboost engine.

  • ‘Most American’ automaker is American again Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 2:03 PM ET
    Ford F-150

    The country's top-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150, has a new title: "Most American." The Cars.com American-Made Index ranks the F-150 in the top spot, replacing the Toyota Camry.

  • Charge 'er up! Tesla offers quickie battery swap Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 11:39 AM ET
    Tesla Model S

    Tesla Motors will offer drivers on some routes the option to swap in a new battery rather than wait for a recharge.

  • New study sounds alarm about distracted driving Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    A new study shows drivers who use hands free cell phones to talk or send messages while on the road are more distracted than those not using a cell phone behind the wheel.

  • Chevy Volt joins electric car price war Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 5:25 PM ET
    Chevy Volt

    With Chevy Volt sales lagging and inventory backing up, General Motors is offering up to $5,000 cashback in hopes of spurring greater sales.

 

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