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Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

Electric Vehicle Sales Shorting Out

At a time when automakers are bringing more electric vehicles onto the market, buyer enthusiasm for them seems to be running out of gas.
While car sales have been higher than at any time in the past decade (August topped out at 1.6 million vehicles), electric and hybrid vehicles only comprised …

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

Mercedes-Benz Reports Record August Sales

Mercedes-Benz announced financial results for August 2014.  The company reported total sales of 27,078 vehicles last month, a year-over-year increase of 9.4% from 24,761 units sold.  The sales set a new record for the highest August sales volume in the company’s history.
Sales for the month were driven by strong performance …

Labor Day Fuel Prices Lowest in Decade

Labor Day Fuel Prices Lowest in Decade

Drivers filling up their tanks for the holiday weekend paid substantially as fuel prices were at their lowest Labor Day level since 2010, while the number of people expected to be on the road will be the highest since 2008.
Across the nation, the average price of diesel dropped almost $0.014 …

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Six-Month Review and Report

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Six-Month Review and Report

If you’re an automotive journalist who regularly reviews cars, there’s nothing like 14 winter storms in your neck of the woods to stop you dead in your tracks.
Few automakers equip their cars with winter tires and no-season (our term for all-season) tires aren’t effective for driving following a significant snowfall.
In …

Diesel Car, SUV Registrations Climb

Diesel Car, SUV Registrations Climb

A study of car registration data in the United States shows that three states, California, Florida, and Texas, have the most registrations of fuel-efficient vehicles.
The data, prepared by R.L. Polk, a research firm, also shows trends for growth in diesel registrations as well as clusters of states with a higher …

Google Debuts Driverless Car

Google Debuts Driverless Car

Google, a company better known for its search engine than automotive prowess, announced plans to build its own driverless car Tuesday.
The company plans to eventually manufacture such autonomous vehicles without traditional driver controls, such as an accelerator pedal, gear shift, brake, and steering wheel, with the only controls being a …

Diesel Fuel Prices Lower at Start of Memorial Day Weekend

Diesel Fuel Prices Lower at Start of Memorial Day Weekend

The start of the summer driving season not only signals an end of snow, sleet, and winter weather advisories but brings good news for drivers: slightly lower fuel prices
Across the nation, the average price of diesel dropped $0.04 to $3.934, the lowest price in over three months, while in the …

California Moves to Allow Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

California Moves to Allow Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced that it promulgated rules that permit the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state.  The rules go into effect September 16 of this year.
An autonomous vehicle, sometimes referred to as a driverless or self-driving car, is an automobile that is capable …

New York Auto Show Report – Day 1

New York Auto Show Report – Day 1

VW, Audi Show Off New Diesels, BMW X5 Goes Plug-In
NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers are showcasing dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously …

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker.
The Cruze Diesel received an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver.
The votes …

Chevrolet Chosen as 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

Chevrolet Chosen as 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

Chevrolet is the 2014 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine. This is the first time that a U.S. automaker has captured the title.
Detroit-based Chevrolet, a unit of General Motors, received 45% of the 11,161 votes cast by readers of The Diesel …

2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

2014 Diesel Car of the Year to be Announced Wednesday at New York International Auto Show

Past Winners Include BMW 335d, BMW X5, VW Passat
The 2014 Diesel Car of the Year and Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year winners will be announced Wednesday at the New York International Auto show.
Over 11,000 votes were cast by readers of The Diesel Driver from over 100 countries.
Eighty-eight percent of …