Paul A. Eisenstein is a CNBC contributor and the publisher of thedetroitbureau.com. He has over 30 years of experience covering the auto industry.
Drivers who depend on diesel fuel were still paying an average of $3.21 a gallon as of Dec. 29.
A total of 71 vehicles have earned either a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, up from just 39 models during 2014.
Combined new and used auto sales are likely to rise 8.3 percent to $1.1 trillion this year, according to TrueCar.
Car theft has plunged 58 percent since its all-time high, according to new FBI data.
Auto recalls are adding momentum to a broad industry shift away from conventional ignition switches.
Roughly 85 percent of the vehicles Nissan expects to sell in the U.S. next year will be produced in North America.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 will be the biggest vehicle in the German maker's luxury line-up--and its priciest--when it hits showrooms next year.
Now that the price of gasoline has fallen to less than $3 a gallon in much of the country, demand for light trucks has been soaring.
Critics of geographic recalls say they are irresponsible and ignore many realities of the marketplace, including the mobility of drivers.
With gas prices down, analysts say it will be even more difficult to persuade buyers to opt for vehicles that plug in rather than tank up.