General Motors Expands Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors is expanding a recall of some of its small cars. The recall is due to a problem with the ignition switch in the affected models. The 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 were included in the earlier recall. Now, the 2003 to 2007 Saturn Ion, as well as the 2006 to 2007 Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky are being recalled. The number of recalled vehicles tops 1.3 million. According to GM, “This expanded ... continue reading»

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Full-Size SUVs Bet on Fuel Saving Tech

It used to be that large SUVs were all about capability. They were the vehicles buyers chose because they needed V8 power, beefy towing abilities and room for up to nine people. Times have changed. Upcoming large SUVs are focusing on getting better fuel economy. Ahead of the Dallas-Fort Worth auto show, Ford announced that the refreshed 2015 Ford Expedition will eschew the old model’s V8 engine in favor of one of the company’s EcoBoost V6 engines. According ... continue reading»

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The 2014 Best Cars for the Money

This morning, we released our 2014 Best Cars for the Money awards. The awards are one of our favorite projects here at U.S. News Best Cars. Most automotive awards recognize cars based on how much of a total package they offer. Other awards recognize cars that are great values. Our Best Cars for the Money awards are the only automotive awards that do both. The awards cover 21 different automotive categories, including cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs. They truly ... continue reading»

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Winter Weather Freezes New Car Sales

After a strong 2013, new car sales were mixed in the first month of 2014. Automotive News reports that in January, “Automakers and dealers sold 1,011,187 light vehicles for the month. The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate was 15.2 million, virtually unchanged from last January, but down slightly from December's 15.4 million SAAR.” Most analysts agree that abnormally cold weather and high snowfall kept car shoppers away from dealerships. Jessica Caldwell, senior an analyst at ... continue reading»

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New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Spells Few Changes for Consumers

Chrysler is a storied American automotive brand. Chrysler Group LLC is the corporate entity that owns the Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, SRT, Mopar and Jeep brands. Earlier this month, Italian automaker FIAT gained sole ownership of Chrysler Group. Now Chrysler is undergoing more changes. Forbes reports, “On Wednesday, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne announced the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA for short. The new company will be initially be based in London, not Milan, Italy, the long-time home of ... continue reading»

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