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  • Going further: America's new MPG record Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 8:30 AM ET

    Even with SUV and crossover utility vehicles sales surging, the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles sold in August set a new record high for the U.S..

  • Auto profits to surge, but there's another problem Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 2:32 PM ET
    A Cadillac SRX SUV displayed at a dealership in Shanghai

    Global auto profits will grow by 50 percent by 2020, with more than half of that coming from China, according to a new report.

  • Take August auto numbers with a grain of salt Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 4:50 PM ET

    Ultimately, many on Wall Street will combine August and September, look at the combined sales rate and then compare it against the SAAR from earlier this year.

  • Auto leasing surges to record high Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 12:01 AM ET

    New data from Experian Automotive shows a record high of 27.6 percent of financed new vehicles purchases in the second quarter being a lease.

  • Honda Odyssey sets new standard for minivan safety Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    2014 Honda Odyssey

    The Odyssey is the first minivan to pass rigorous safety testing administered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Ford adds 1,400 workers to meet Fusion demand Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 1:12 AM ET
    A 2013 Ford Fusion

    Additional workers, and a second shift has been added at the automaker's Flat Rock assembly plant to ramp up supply.

  • Nissan to build self-driven cars Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:30 PM ET

    Nissan, the sixth-largest automaker in the United States, announced Tuesday it will sell a self-driven car by 2020.

  • America's best drivers: Go West, study says Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:05 AM ET
    Fort Collins, Colo.

    Fort Collins, Colo., is now known as the U.S. city where you are least likely to get into an auto accident.

  • US automakers fall further behind foreign brands Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:03 AM ET
    A dealer walks out of the front doors of the Jack Maxton Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio.

    A new survey of customer satisfaction in the United States shows the gap between the 'Big Three' automakers and imported car brands has stretched to its widest point in five years.

  • One college student rides the Tesla stock wave Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 5:09 PM ET
    A Tesla Model S sedan is seen plugged into a new Tesla Supercharger outside of the Tesla Factory on August 16, 2013 in Fremont, California.

    Patrick Hop made an initial investment a year ago. Hop then dumped the stock at $115. But instead of pocketing a huge profit, he re-invested the money into Tesla call options.

  • Three things that could slow down Tesla Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 11:34 AM ET
    Tesla employee works on a Tesla Model S sedan

    As Tesla plans to boost production by another 35 percent next year, several issues could arise to challenge electric carmaker Elon Musk.

  • Musk: Tired but optimistic about Tesla's future Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 10:52 PM ET
    Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Co.

    Elon Musk says the electric car company is now building more than five-hundred Model S vehicles a week and is on target for a major ramp-up in production next year.

  • GM's former boss blasts automaker's old ways Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 9:47 AM ET
    Ed Whitacre, former CEO of General Motors

    Ed Whitacre's latest comments are a sobering reminder of just how screwed up the world's largest automaker was during its brief bankruptcy and the short period of time afterward.

  • The young and rich snapping up Tesla's Model S Monday, 19 Aug 2013 | 12:58 AM ET
    Tesla Motors Model S

    Compared to other luxury sedans, Tesla sells the Model S to a much higher percentage of men and those buyers are, on average, younger and wealthier.

  • Ford lowers mileage estimate for C-Max Hybrid Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 5:31 PM ET

    The automaker, facing numerous complaints and a class-action lawsuit, is lowering the mileage estimate for its C-Max hybrid crossover vehicle.

  • 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.

 

  • Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based in the Chicago bureau and editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

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