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Car and Truck Sales Likely Improving

Though official sales numbers likely won’t be released until later this week, it looks like June car and truck sales have rebounded after an ominous dip in May. Analysts expect sales reports for June 2011 to be better than both May 2011 and June 2010, as the industry sheds the effects of Japan’s March earthquake and sky-high gas prices. Though May sales slumped by about 3.7 percent from April 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. J ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Sales Data, Sales Trends

You Grew Up, and So Did Your Minivan

The simple joy of driving is something that I may have lost as I've aged. When I was 16, I was just excited to drive. Given the option, I'd probably have chosen something other than the Chevy Suburban or Dodge Caravan that my parents owned, but I was more than happy to take the keys and run with whatever I was given. It became clear that happiness no longer exists when I swapped test car keys with Managing ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Analysis, Toyota Sienna

Cars of Summer: June Weddings and the 2012 Audi A7

For most people, summer is driving season. AAA estimates that 35 million people will hit the road this Fourth of July weekend. Even if you're not heading out with the crowds, summer means day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine. This summer, U.S. News is putting the cars we test through their summer paces and giving you tips and advice for making the most of your summer ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Audi A7, Cars of Summer

Initial Quality of Newly Launched Vehicles Suffers Big Decline

The initial quality of new cars, trucks and SUVs launched this year “has declined considerably,” according to J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study released Thursday. Despite the quality decline of newly launched vehicles, overall initial quality is “higher than it has been in the past six years,” J.D. Power reports. The study, which measures owner complaints at the 90-day mark, looks at owner-reported design-related problems and defects and malfunctions, and is then recorded as ... continue reading»

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AAA to Recharge Dead EVs with Mobile Charging Trucks

Electric vehicles are ideal green cars because they don’t require any gas, but America’s poor charging infrastructure has left owners and potential buyers worried about getting stranded if the battery dies. This is a common concern among electric car shoppers and AAA is offering a solution. The company, known for its roadside assistance program, unveiled its new mobile charging stations last week. Trucks will quickly charge a dead battery on an electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf and ... continue reading»

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