Does Volkswagen Need a Budget Brand?

The Volkswagen Group is made up of 12 brands, going beyond its eponymous Volkswagen moniker to include such makes as Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Skoda. Not every brand is fully owned and, in the case of Suzuki, VW’s relationship with this Japanese make is a strained one. The Volkswagen Collective … Read more

Jeep Drops Liberty, Revives Cherokee

One of the most popular names in modern day Jeepdom is Cherokee, an appellation ascribed to not to one, but two models. The Cherokee name first appeared in the 1970s and was essentially the cheaper version of the Wagoneer. In the 1980s, a new model emerged, and this time it … Read more

Postal Service Teases Us With Muscle Car Stamps

Don’t you just hate the U.S. Postal Service?! Just weeks after announcing that Saturday mail delivery is dead on arrival come August, it releases a fresh batch of postal stamps that are designed to catch the attention of automotive enthusiasts everywhere. New Release On Friday, the USPS used the backdrop … Read more

Car Leasing: How to Make it Happen

You have your eyes set on a race red Ford Focus Titanium sedan, a model loaded with such goodies as MyFordTouch, a Sony audio package, dual zone climate control and heated front leather seats. Buying this car is one option, but so is car leasing. You decide on the latter … Read more

PIN This 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet is still calling the Impala its flagship sedan, despite its plans to introduce the burly full-size Australian-built Chevrolet SS for the 2014 model year. Thats understandable since the SS is more of a niche player or will only be sold stateside, while the Chevrolet Impala is the brands standard … Read more

Chinese Qoros 3 Sedan Set For Geneva Debut

The 83rd edition of the Geneva Motor Show is fast approaching, one of the more important shows on the calendar. If you can make it at Geneva, you can make it anywhere, at least that is the hope of an all-new Chinese automotive brand that will make its global debut … Read more

At a Glance: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Among pickup trucks, the full-size Chevrolet Silverado is one of the best sellers. Include its GMC Sierra twin in the mix and GM sells nearly as many big pickup trucks as does Ford. For 2014 the Chevrolet Silverado is all-new, the latest generation in a string of models that have … Read more

Top Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage

An automobile is more of a necessity than a luxury in Los Angeles. Unlike many U.S. cities that have square, box-like geographies New York, Philadelphia and Boston come to mind Los Angeles is generally spread out. It’s not unusual for Southland citizens to travel 15 to 30 miles to work … Read more

Truck Tailgate Thefts Are on the Rise

Owners of Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra and GMC Sierra pickup trucks know that these vehicles are prized models. Ideal for their room, payload and towing capacities, large pickup trucks are also prized by thieves and may be stolen, chopped up and the parts shipped … Read more

Light Duty Diesel Pickup Truck for the Ram 1500

Do you like diesels? This writer admits that he does although his experience with and brief ownership of a 1978 Rabbit Diesel does little to uphold his position that diesel technology is the way to go. For fuel savings. For reduced emissions. For less of a dependency on foreign oil. … Read more

Stunning: Kia Cross GT Concept

If you are at the Chicago Auto Show this week and in the vicinity of the Kia display, you will want to head over to it to check out the Kia Cross GT Concept. This vehicle gives a strong indication where Kia would like to take its crossover line, by … Read more

Chrysler Capital to Replace Ally Financial

Say good-bye to Ally Financial and hello to Chrysler Capital. Earlier this week, the Chrysler Group forged an agreement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. to provide comprehensive financial services to all Chrysler Group and FIAT dealers. The agreement will yield the first loans under the newly minted Chrysler Capital brand … Read more

Chicago Hope: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Here on Auto Trends, we have been tracking the progress of the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, a model that we learned about when the first Cruzes began to hit Americas highways in summer 2010. In 2011, GM made it official, with promises to bring this car to the market by 2013. … Read more

Chicago Style: 2014 Toyota Tundra

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show today, one of the more widely anticipated new vehicles of the season was unveiled, the 2014 Toyota Tundra. The new model, the third generation of Toyotas full-size pickup truck aspirations, offers numerous technological and styling updates over the current model. It also sends a … Read more

NADA, EPA Craft Energy Partnership

Announced at the Washington Auto Show. The US Environmental Protection Agency has been overseeing federal policy on energy use, pollution and like matters for four decades. One of its most significant achievements in the past year was to lay out a framework to help Americas automotive fleet average 54.5 mpg … Read more

Game On: New Toyota Tundra Set for Chicago Debut

When the second generation Toyota Tundra made its debut for the 2007 model year, Toyota served notice to Ford, General Motors and Chrysler that it was serious about the large pickup truck segment. Nissan, too, was in Toyotas crosshairs as it had brought its own Titan truck to this highly … Read more