There are some luxury vehicles I'd described as SINOs. My acronym — a total contrivance — stands for "SUVs-in-name-only," and you know the type.
Assume for a second that you could buy a car with a highway mpg rivaling a Toyota Prius, but that's also capable of bursts of low-end power that surpass a six-cylinder Chevrolet Camaro.
The race to increase vehicle fuel economy is taking a toll on quality.
Lost in the hubbub over the union vote this week at the Volkswagen assembly plant is an important fact: Workers there continue to churn out some of the most solid, practical sedans made in North America.
It's only February, but 2015 Kias are already hitting the ground here.
Toyota’s successful Highlander crossover SUV enters its third generation for the 2014 model year with more space, interior refinements and more purposeful sheet metal.
Volkswagen is touting German engineering -- and its Chattanooga-made Passat -- in a online teaser ad for its upcoming Super Bowl commercial.
Newly named Volkswagen of America chief Michael Horn said the automaker needs not just a seven-seat sport utility vehicle, which the Chattanooga assembly plant is the leading contender to build, but a new compact SUV as well.
Already the frontrunner to assemble a new sport utility vehicle, Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant also could see even more product such as the Jetta compact car, according to a report Friday.
Whether you're talking birthday parties or SUVs, extra punch is good.
DETROIT — The Volkswagen Passat family is growing -- a move that could bolster production of the midsize sedan at the company's Chattanooga plant.
Buick's mid-size Regal sedan gets a standard 259-horsepower, turbocharged engine for 2014 -- an upgrade that makes it a scorching-hot competitor in the sport sedan world.
Any discussion of the new breed of plug-in hybrid cars such as the Chevy Volt starts with the bottom line.
Volkswagen officials knew they were making history when the German automaker decided to bring vehicle production back to the U.S., with its $1 billion Chattanooga plant helping put VW on an arc toward its goal -- to become the world's largest car company.
I have some of the smartest readers on the face of the planet. Following my recent column about auto repair rip-offs, I received an email from local resident Ray Cherry who added a great tip to those I suggested. Mr. Cherry has made life much easier over the years for his wife with respect to vehicles out of warranty and how to fix those bugaboos that pop up.
I think the local auto mechanic ripped me off recently. Before my car needs another tune up (or a second opinion), what steps should I take to avoid problems like what I think I've experienced? — Adam Auto
Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May
If you've always wanted a restored classic car and have at least $30,000 to spend, the first Choo Choo Classic Auto Expo will be the place to be on Saturday.
What do the Chevrolet Cruze, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mazda6 have in common? Generally, not much.
The Detroit Three did surprisingly well on Strategic Vision’s 2013 quality study, with the Dodge Dart, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Volt getting the best scores in their respective segments.
Big, burly pickups — dismissed as dinosaurs five years ago — will probably lead the auto industry in sales growth this year.
Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.
No brand competes in as many North American racing series as Chevrolet
Several years ago, I asked then-GM Vice President Bob Lutz what he thought the prospects were for full-size automobiles, which were once the heart and soul of the American market.
America is getting back to work, and it needs pickup trucks.
Ford wants to help customers more accurately measure the fuel economy of their Ford vehicles to demonstrate the fuel economy of certain models.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that model year 2012 cars and trucks will have the highest ever real-world average fuel economy.
Klaus Busse can laugh now about his first trip to the Texas State Fair in 2005 to study how pickup owners drove and worshipped their rigs.
Americans want new cars and trucks, and they’re not letting higher gas prices or political dysfunction stand in their way.
Volkswagen first introduced the all-new Tiguan SUV to the American marketplace in 2009.
Chevrolet announced last week that in June it will begin selling the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, the first diesel passenger car offered by a Detroit automaker since the 1986 Chevrolet Chevette
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota and Lincoln had the best records in the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates vehicle dependability study.
American consumers ignored tax increases and trudged through winter weather to buy new cars and trucks at an unusually strong pace last month.
Who stole the auto show? Who should’ve stayed home?
The 2013 North American International Auto Show offers convincing evidence that designing and making flashy, fuel-efficient and fun vehicles is cool again.
Car companies were positively giddy this week as the North American International Auto Show opened in Detroit
Chevy Sonic helping General Motors with its comeback
A healthier economy and more model introductions should push U.S. auto sales above the 15 million mark this year, predicts an auto industry research firm.
Iconic Chevrolet Corvette celebrates 60th birthday
With a new generation of Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks introduced Thursday, General Motors Co. is driving into rugged terrain.
If you’re looking for a car, love snow. Love ice. Delight in shivering. Used car prices tend to dip when the weather is cold, and deals are best in winter.
With consumers and the government demanding ever-higher fuel economy, automakers are tripping over one another at this year’s auto show to trumpet technologies that squeeze more miles out of a fuel tank or an electric charge.
The annual Los Angeles Auto Show opened to the media Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
While Google’s self-driving car is getting heaps of attention, a lesser-known effort that would employ cutting edge technologies to make regular automobiles safer is fast gaining traction.
The storm destroyed about 250,000 used vehicles on the East Coast, and maybe more, according to estimates by the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Sales at Chrysler rose 10 percent last month, while Ford sales increased slightly as both automakers reported decent months despite Superstorm Sandy washing out three days of business on the East Coast.
In an ambitious and risky expansion, Honda will nearly double global car sales to 6 million a year by 2017, the company’s leader recently said in Japan. Honda will also increase motorcycle sales 67 percent to 25 million by the fiscal year that will end March 31, 2017, President and CEO Takanobu Ito declared.
When it comes to autos, white is the new white.
Centered around the annually popular and best-selling Infiniti G37, Chattanooga’s Kelly Infiniti dealership has displayed a particular amount of maturity and drive when it comes to sales and service.
The newest edition of the Honda Accord has undergone about $4,000 in additions — but they only equate to a few hundred- dollar increase on the retail price.
Big pickups always cast long shadows. But they loom especially large these days as growing truck sales suggest increasing grass-roots confidence in the economy.
Kelly Subaru Mitsubishi is ushering in the newest version of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and is offering it with attractive incentives and features.
Auto sales surged in August as consumers reacted to higher gas prices by snapping up fuel-efficient cars and small sport utility vehicles.
Big pickups have carried U.S. auto sales to their highest level in three years.
General Motors plans to introduce 10 all-new or redesigned Cadillacs within the next three years, executives said Tuesday.
Customer satisfaction with major automakers has returned to its highest point in the nearly 20 years of the widely tracked American Customer Satisfaction Index.
It may be the dog days of August, but auto sales aren’t slowing.
General Motors’ sales slipped 6.4 percent in July, but the automaker has no plans to abandon its U.S. marketing strategies after its global chief marketing officer exited abruptly Sunday.
The economic news remains mixed, but that hasn’t slowed car buyers down in July.
Every year automakers launch a barrage of advertisements pitching how they need to clear out the current year’s vehicles to make way for new model year inventory.
For car buyers seeking auto loans, happy days are here again.
Chevrolet will allow buyers to return their cars for a full refund as long as they have less than 4,000 miles driven and no damage.
The 2013 Porsche Boxster, available for purchase at Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche of Chattanooga, is a completely redesigned and improved iteration of its popular mid-engine roadster.
One of the world’s top leasing companies is betting that corporations with fleets of cars and trucks increasingly will want them to be powered by electricity and other alternatives to fossil fuels.
Volkswagen will step up its presence in the crossover-SUV market in a big way as the automaker elbows its way into the mainstream of the U.S. car market.
Easier credit, hot new cars and falling gas prices kept Americans buying vehicles at a strong pace in May despite bad economic news.
If you want to save money on a new car, look for an older model that is about to be replaced.
The collector car market, which slumped with the economy, is coming back along with the rest of the auto industry.
Car shoppers will soon find two Ford Focus sedans sitting side by side when they visit the dealership — one with a gas tank and another with batteries.
When was the last time you bought a new car or truck? If shoulder pads were fashionable, you’re in for a surprise when you walk into a new car showroom. Even if it’s been only five years since your new set of wheels, you’d be amazed at the technology missing in your car.
Auto sales maintained a strong pace in April, but some carmakers — especially Chrysler, Volkswagen and Toyota — had a decided advantage.
Ford and other automakers have downsized by making engines with equal or greater power than the engines they replace.
Vehicles are fetching record average prices of $30,748, up 6.9 percent from a year ago, but don’t blame the automakers.
The economy remains wobbly, unemployment is still high, and yet people are buying new cars at a pace that would suggest a sweeping wave of prosperity.
The recovery in the American auto industry has moved into the fast lane.
One down, 300,000 to go. Last week, I installed the software fixes that the 300,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners will soon receive to improve the control system in their Focuses, Explorers, Edges and MKXs.
A perfect storm in the leasing business recently blew a new GMC pickup into Roger Cade’s driveway.
With national gasoline prices averaging about $3.80 a gallon and the fuel above $4 in many states, consumer auto information sites are taking a new look at the fuel economy of vehicles and making recommendations.
They is only a 3-inch or so swatch of a vehicle worth thousands and thousands of dollars, a metallic stamp on the rump of any car, truck or SUV on the planet.
Subaru and Mazda received the top scores in Consumer Reports’ annual Automaker Report Card and Japanese automakers claimed the five top spots, the widely followed magazine said Tuesday.
As the nation’s auto dealers gathered for their annual convention, the mood was driven by growing profits, the anticipation of new vehicles and the potential of social networks to boost sales as the bad memories of 2009 fade.
Four out of the top 10 brands in J.D. Power’s reliability study are from Ford or General Motors and their performance contributed to the industry’s best overall score in the history of a study that dates back to 1990.
Hyundai Motor America is squeezing as much production as possible out of its facilities in the United States, but it will not be enough to meet demand, CEO John Krafcik told dealers at a J.D. Power and Associates conference in Las Vegas on Friday.
U.S. auto sales are off to a strong start this year, continuing their brisk pace from late 2011.
Hybrids, electrics and clean diesels took center stage at the Memphis International Auto Show recently as most major manufacturers will highlight their new cars that get 40 or more miles per gallon.
Legendary nameplates vied with brash newcomers as automakers from around the world rolled out an extraordinary collection of vehicles this week at the North American International Auto Show.
Shoppers looking for family passenger cars could be winners of a war breaking out in the auto industry.
Americans bought more cars and trucks last year, inspired by easier credit, an improved economy and the desire to replace aging vehicles that got them through the Great Recession.
This year, for the first time since 1988, all three Detroit automakers have gained market share in the U.S.
What worries Manish Sahay, the sales manager of Star Hyundai-Bayside, a New York City dealership in Queens for South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co., is a stock shortage.
Alabama’s annual auto production is expected to near 900,000 in the next few years, a mark that could push it into the top three auto-making states in the country.
People are finally replacing the cars and trucks they held on to during the economic slump, giving a big boost to U.S. auto sales in November.
Green cars rolled into the spotlight at the Tokyo auto show as Japan’s automakers look to fuel efficient technology to reinvigorate growth after tough times.
Nearly 25 years after David Caver graduated from high school, he still has the same best friend and his cherished 1969 Camaro convertible.
AutoNation Inc., the largest new-car seller in the U.S., owns 18 Mercedes-Benz stores and 11 BMW franchises, but only two that sell Lincolns.
Chrysler Group LLC plans to announce that it will hire 1,105 workers in Toledo, Ohio, just three weeks after hourly workers narrowly approved a new labor contract with the United Auto Workers union.
Watch the Buick Verano carefully. The upscale compact car will say a lot about whether General Motors’ global strategy works.
Once, there was an automobile industry that rebelled against any suggestion of improved fuel economy, that labeled as “impossible” the achievement of more miles per gallon without reduced crash safety, that treated economy cars as motorized dross for the poor and certifiably less fortunate.
Electric vehicles are giving automakers a boost automakers a boost - in marketing appeal.
The Detroit Three can thank low gas prices for sales gains in September, which led to marketshare gains for General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, as U.S. light-vehicle sales reached their highest level since April.
A senior analyst for J.D. Power and Associates said Tuesday that U.S. demand for new vehicles should continue to slowly rise over the next few years as aging vehicles are replaced and new car buyers enter the market.
Just a year ago, no one could touch the kings of compact cars, the venerable Toyota Corolla and feisty Honda Civic.
I just got a 700-mile glimpse of Chrysler’s future, and there’s plenty to look forward to. Good fuel economy, terrific handling, a quiet, comfortable ride and roomy interior, for a start.
What sovereign debt crisis? Lamborghini’s racy Gallardo, Maserati’s concept SUV and the new hardtop Ferrari 458 Spider on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show immediately dispel any gloom emanating from the European Central Bank tower across town where bankers are trying to salvage Europe’s single currency.
The Detroit Three gained U.S. share in August for the sixth straight month, benefiting from Japanese automakers’ inventory woes and fresh lineups. But Japanese competitors are preparing to fight back.
The all-new 2012 650i marks a new chapter in BMW convertible history.
This Summit White Acadia from Integrity GMC gets 24 miles per gallon in highway driving.
This CR-V EX-L from Economy Honda has plenty of creature comforts and topflight fuel economy.
The 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo has a top track speed of 172 miles per hour.
This Truffle Mica 2010 Lexus RX 350 is one of the best selling luxury crossover SUVs on the market.
New for 2010, the trusty Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan is available in a five-door hatch version called the Sportback.
This Victory Red 2010 Camaro 2SS represents the top trim in Chevrolet’s new Camaro line.
This 2010 Murano LE is a top-of-the-line model in the popular Glacier Pearl color.
This 2010 Snow Silver Metallic Saab 9-3 convertible from Kelly Saab cuts a rakish profile.
This Jetta SportsWagen TDI is a good choice for drivers with an active lifestyle.
The new XJL body style has a rakish roofline that gives the luxury sedan the sleek profile of a coupe
The Ford Escape is a good compromise vehicle for small families and singles.
It’s tempting to call the GMC Yukon Denali a poor man’s Cadillac Escalade — problem is, poor men don’t buy $55,000 SUVs.
Toyota is injecting sportiness into the minivan segment with its new 2011 Sienna.
The 2010 Sierra is the latest in a long line of GMC work trucks.
Truth be told, most SUVs are homely. Squint your eyes and you’ll see a boxcar.
If your heart’s desire is a living room on wheels, look no further than Dodge Grand Caravan SXT.
Three years into its design cycle, the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu is still a stylish and economical alternative in the mid-size sedan segment.
After a year of test-driving a car each week, I’ve frankly become a little jaded.
Honda’s mid-size Pilot SUV is as versatile as a blue suit.
Quick. What adjectives come to mind when you think of the Toyota 4Runner?
From a certain angle, the Acura MDX appears to be smiling.
While we were testdriving a 2010 Cadillac SRX from Kelly Cadillac, the dealership called to request we hurry back...
The five-passenger luxury crossover market is a sweet spot for automakers seeking to attract small, affluent families and boomers with grandchildren.
Motor Trend magazine calls the 2010 Dodge heavy duty trucks "the hardest working trucks in tow business."
I remember my first spin in a Mustang. It was 1967, and I was 8 years old.
While SUVs have waned in popularity in the last two years, safety and sportiness never go out of style.
As Nissan’s bread-andbutter sedan, the Altima must appeal to a broad swath of customers.
When race car driver Davy Jones says Jaguar has hit the bull’s eye with its new fl agship sedan, the XJ, he should know.
A gee-whiz option on the new-for-2010 Lexus HS 250h sedan is called the "driver attention monitor."
Subaru has up-sized the Legacy for 2010 in an effort to carve out more market share for this sometimes overlooked sedan.
Mitsubishi Outlander SUV gets new, aggressive look
Redesigned for 2009, the Nissan Maxima carries on virtually unchanged for 2010.
Buick’s new corporate motto is “a new class of world class.”
Honda is a master of good timing.
If the 2010 Volkswagen CC is any sign of the styling-tovalue ratio we can expect in the new mid-sized sedan to be made in Chattanooga in the next decade, let the goodtimes roll.
Driving the Chevrolet Traverse is a bittersweet experience because it was the last vehicle assembled at the soon-to-be idled General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.
For the record: The twin turbocharged BMW 535i is a serious driving machine.
Note to Ford: Your new Taurus is gorgeous. If you can get enough fannies in this machine for test drives you¹ll sell a blue million of them.
Hot off an assembly line in Canada...
Billed by the automaker as “The GTI of compact Sport Utility Vehicles”...
Acura made a bold leap with the introduction of the redesigned 2009 TL sedan.
Infinity’s G37 convertible is, in a word, athletic.
Audi’s sleek A4, redesigned for the 2009 model year, is a handsome ride.
In 2008, when the price of regular gas shot up to $3.97 a gallon in the Chattanooga area...
Dodge’s 2009 Ram 1500 Laramie truck combines brute force with refined elegance.
Kia’s funky new 2010 Soul line has a color palate that includes Alien (green), Molten (red) and Dune (brown).
Nissan’s compact Rogue SUV may be named like a scalawag...
The acid test for any rear-drive muscle car is how it looks standing still.
Ford has been one of the big winners during the government’s “cash for clunkers” program.
Once upon a time, a Volvo wagon was the ultimate example of practicality trumping style.
When I hit the car stores this week, showrooms were buzzing...
My everyday car is a 2006 Subaru Outback.
The new-for-2009 Jaguar XF is a striking addition to the venerable British brand.
Time was, small cars had small interiors.
In 1985, I bought a Honda CRX, a fun two-seater.
Time was, a Saturn dealership was a place you went to buy a sturdy sedan with no-haggle pricing.
In 2008, as gas prices in the Chattanooga area exceeded $4 a gallon,
Nissan’s new Cube is technically a misnomer.
The new-for-2009 Toyota Venza is said to be 70 percent sedan and 30 percent SUV.
For people of a certain generation, “clean diesel” is an oxymoron.
The gathering of men in the parking lot of Herb Adcox Chevrolet on Brainerd Road earlier this month could mean only one thing...
On my recent visit to Kelly Cadillac, the dealership had a CTS-V gassed up and ready for me to test drive.
This is the Ultimate Experience.
There are two reasons the Ford F-150 is one of the most popular vehicles in the world — virtue and value.
Debuting in the 2008 model year as BMW’s new entry-level vehicles...
Do you remember Hyundai's original mission to deliver affordable transportation to the North American masses?
You know the automotive world has turned upside down when Volkswagen...
You can’t blame Volkswagen officials and dealers for wanting to retain every buyer they can, including families that want a minivan.
In Yountville, Calif, it's unusual that a decade-old nameplate could be called "iconic,"...
In danger of falling behind the times in the large-and-in-charge department,
While nearly all prize ponies have long since left the barn, BMW has decided to wait for all the pushing and shoving to subside before letting loose its prized Z4 thoroughbred.
"Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?"
The vehicle's name is Taurus, but it could also be called the Phoenix.
A century ago, painter Pablo Picasso helped pioneer the cubism movement that ushered in a new form of modern art.
"Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?"
It's always pleasant to be greeted by a smiling face...
If there was a congeniality award for automobiles, the Equinox would rank as one of the leading contenders.
What birthday present do you get a 45-year-old automotive icon that seems to have everything?
The Insight is back with more power, a more practical design...
Proof of a sports car's validity is sometimes seen when its successor is highly refined as opposed to heavily made over.
Would you prefer Java or Molten?
Incremental gain is what Porsche is all about.
The Ford Fusion is set to turn the sedan world upside down.
When you think about it, the excitement is understandable.
If you thought the prolific lineup from Mercedes-Benz covered all the bases...
It's an executive-class Cadillac with the heart of a Corvette sports car.
The affordable diesel passenger car is back
For years the BMW 3-Series has been home to a wide range of products geared to nearly every entry-luxury taste.
An Evo twin? Not exactly...
Amidst the current economic gloom and helter-skelter financial turmoil...
Can a top-drawer roadster also make it as a fixed-top touring car?
Cool compacts with a little SSomething extra under the hood and a little more SStyle inside and out are all about the SSizzle.
Suzuki and Nissan might be worlds apart as competitors, but not when it comes to creating the new Equator pickup.
The Corvette ZR1 was bound to happen.
If you thought the sport utility vehicle market had grown dormant...
Looking slimmer and trimmer and having increased flexibility and greater agility are the benefits of getting fit.
What a difference 43 years can make.
Kia's new multi-tasking wagon takes its name from the desert community of Borrego Springs, Calif.
If you're going to position your bread-and-butter four-door as a "sport sedan", it had better look and act the part.
In Danbury, Conn. It's a candy store for anyone with a need for speed.
Bigger isn't necessary better these days, but the two terms are riding right along side each other under the skin of the new 2009 Audi A4 sedan and wagon.
It's no secret that sales of gas-slurping full-size pickup trucks have taken an abrupt nosedive.
Engineering, content, safety and power are important to just about any buyer, but the curb appeal is often what ultimately determines what vehicle ends up in your driveway.
It would seem that success has a minor down side.
Just how far can you take an already excellent vehicle? To Infiniti.
With a gallon of gas well past the $4 mark, fuel-efficient cars of every stripe are in hot demand. That's good news for Suzuki buyers who have the all-wheel-drive SX4 wagon and its front-drive SX4 Sport sedan counterpart to choose from.
In the passenger-car business, the vast gap in the level of quality ...
All pickup trucks are not created equal and the 2009 Hummer H3T certainly drives home the point.
Thinking and acting smaller is all the rage these days and Volvo's new XC60 is the right vehicle at the right time.
How do you describe the indescribable when the subject at hand is the new BMW X6?
Make a good car great . . . and don't wait.
To go Hybrid or not?
The Chevrolet Corvette is all three and more, especially now that the’08 version features drive train and interior upgrades to make its steal-of-deal base price look like its missing a digit.
”Not so fast" isn't a request to slow down, but a comment regarding the general state of performance at Lexus. Up until now, that IS.
Honda aims to banish the bland by giving its all-new 2009 Pilot a strong dose of traditional sport ute styling.
Toyota certainly knows a good thing when it sells it and has kept its reformulated 2009 Matrix true to the original while introducing new style and more under-hood spirit.
Is the 2009 Subaru Forester really a sport utility vehicle, or simply a wagon-bodied underling?
According to Nissan, the 2009 Maxima almost didn't happen. That would have deprived the world of a sensational looking automobile with performance enhancements to match its seductive shape.
The automaker recently created an all-new full-size wagon platform and assigned it to a number of its divisions.
Is the 2009 Subaru Forester really a sport utility vehicle, or simply a wagon-bodied underling?
When first launched, Acura's TSX was a neat and tidy package. It was a treat for the eyes and fun to drive.
A new truck to lock horns with the competition
The Genesis is the beginning of something radically different for Hyundai. This is a serious luxury machine built around a rear-wheel-drive platform and an available V8 engine.
There's a pivotal product coming from Toyota with the impending arrival of the company's first mid-size wagon in several years. And, from the look of things, the timing is just about perfect.
Since 1975 the F-150 has been touted as a multi-tasking truck that competently tackles its various chores. This fall, a brand new version of the world's best-selling light-duty pickup aims to keep Ford at the head of the class in this hotly contested division.
Has it actually been nearly 40 years since the Dodge Challenger first attempted to muscle its way onto the scene for a share of the Ponycar pie?
What's in a name? In the case of the upcoming Tiguan, it's actually sort of a combination of the words Tiger and Iguana, although there's nothing especially ferocious (Tiger) or weird looking (Iguana) about Volkswagen's new five-passenger family-sized wagon that's set to arrive by summer.
The all-out war between international rally-racing titans Subaru and Mitsubishi spills onto the streets of North America this spring.
Do you need extra space wrapped in a stylish package? Then take a quick trip to see the Journey, which appears at Dodge dealerships later this year.
It’s no ordinary supercar. It has four seats instead of two, a real trunk, real world price tag and a Nissan badge.
By MALCOLM GUNNWHEELBASE COMMUNICATIONS As sport-utility vehicles go, the original B9 Tribeca arrived for the 2006 model year with plenty of redeeming qualities. However following a two-year stint, Subaru has introduced sweeping changes to