Consumer Reports Announces Its Top Car Picks For 2011

Consumer Reports Announces Its Top Car Picks For 2011

Our test-happy kin at Consumer Reports have released their annual auto issue, which means it’s time for the magazine’s list of its top picks in 10 categories. [More]

Toyota Allegedly Conspired To Keep Canadian Exports Out Of US — Get A Piece Of The Class Action

Toyota Allegedly Conspired To Keep Canadian Exports Out Of US — Get A Piece Of The Class Action

If you bought or leased a new car in the Toyota family from Jan 1, 2001 to April 30, 2003, you could get some cash in a new class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and the Canadian Automobile Dealer’s Association (CADA) to keep Canadian car exports out of the states and raise prices for American consumers. [More]

GM Kills Mr. Goodwrench In The Garage With A Lead
Pipe

GM Kills Mr. Goodwrench In The Garage With A Lead Pipe

As the latest step in its post-bailout image overhaul, General Motors announced yesterday that the car maker will be phasing out its GM Goodwrench auto service in favor of brand-specific “Certified Service” centers. [More]

Mercedes Drivers Are The Most Ticketed; GM Drivers The
Least

Mercedes Drivers Are The Most Ticketed; GM Drivers The Least

A new study by an insurance industry analytics service reveals the vehicles with the highest and lowest percentages of traffic violations. Of the top 10 automobiles with the most violations, three of them were made by Mercedes-Benz. On the opposite end of the scale, 6 of the 10 least ticketed cars were GM models. [More]

GM Recalls 322,000 Chevy Impalas Over Seat Belt
Screw-Up

GM Recalls 322,000 Chevy Impalas Over Seat Belt Screw-Up

Before you go crashing your Chevy Impala into something, you should know that the seat belts might not hold up to the impact; GM announced earlier today that it is recalling 322,409 2009-2010 Impalas because some front seat belt webbings may not have been properly secured to the lap belt anchor pretensioner mounted to the side of the seat nearest the door. [More]

Is $41,000 Too Much For A Chevy Volt?

Is $41,000 Too Much For A Chevy Volt?

After months of speculation about what price General Motors would slap on its first electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt, we finally have an answer, and it’s an expensive one. The Chevy — oops, we mean Chevrolet — vehicle will debut with a price tag of $41,000. [More]

What's Creepier, New Chevy Volt Ads, Or John Carpenter's Christine?

What's Creepier, New Chevy Volt Ads, Or John Carpenter's Christine?

At first I thought it was a horror movie trailer coming out of the dashboard radio. There is a wall of droning sound, then an intense voice overlays with, “Listen. Hear that? That’s the sound of the status quo crumbling.” I wondered what new machete-wielding maniac would be gracing the theaters this summer, until I realized that his name was Chevy Volt. What? That’s your electric car ad? Why does it sound so much like the trailer for the 1983 cult classic Christine in which an otherworldly-possessed car goes on a murderous rampage? [More]

Consumer Reports Tries Out Chevy Volt, Enjoys Driving It

Consumer Reports Tries Out Chevy Volt, Enjoys Driving It

Yes, Virginia, there is an electric car. Sibling Consumer Reports got their hands on a pre-production model of the Chevy Volt, a new plug-in electric car hitting the asphalt this fall. It has a range of 40 miles on just electric. After the battery is depleted, the gas engine kicks in, extending the total range to 300 miles. Yep, you can plug it in to a standard outlet. But how’s the ride? [More]

GM To Employees: It's 'Chevrolet,' Not 'Chevy'

GM To Employees: It's 'Chevrolet,' Not 'Chevy'

Apparently, when General Motors isn’t busy destroying documents, they’re apparently not taking the time to improve their vehicles. Instead, they’re fretting over whether people refer to their most popular brand as “Chevrolet” or “Chevy.” [More]

Some Ford Cars Are Reliable, Actually Worth Buying

Some Ford Cars Are Reliable, Actually Worth Buying

Several Ford cars are among the world’s most reliable vehicles, according to the latest annual car reliability survey from Consumer Reports.

Crash Test Wars: 1959 Chevy Bel Air VS 2009 Chevy Malibu

Crash Test Wars: 1959 Chevy Bel Air VS 2009 Chevy Malibu

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) celebrated its 50th anniversary the same way we all celebrate our major milestones: by smashing up a classic car and putting footage of it on the Internet.

Enterprise Removed Air Bags From Cars, Sold Cars, Forgot To Tell Customers

Enterprise Removed Air Bags From Cars, Sold Cars, Forgot To Tell Customers

New safety innovations for automobiles can be impressive. Side-curtain airbags are a great development for protecting people in a side-impact crash, and are standard on many models, including the Chevrolet Impala. Unless you’re driving an Impala in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car fleet, in which case the airbags were never installed in order to save Enterprise $175 per car. This wasn’t really a problem until Enterprise went to sell their used Impalas, and sort of forgot to tell people that the airbags had been removed.

GM Salvages The Pontiac G8 From The Bankruptcy Junkyard

GM Salvages The Pontiac G8 From The Bankruptcy Junkyard

The Pontiac G8, from what we can tell, is considered the only Pontiac worth saving — and so it has been saved. It’ll now be known as the Chevrolet Caprice, according to USAToday.

Sorry, GM's Lots Are Too Full To Take Your Lease Back

Sorry, GM's Lots Are Too Full To Take Your Lease Back

Nearing the end of his lease on a Chevy Equinox, Tom wanted to turn the vehicle in before he used up his allotted miles, and drop it from his insurance as soon as he could. The dealership he leased it from, their lot clogged with cars and trucks that nobody particularly wants to buy, wasn’t really keen to take it back. So Tom got creative.

Vincent To Get Car He Wants

Vincent To Get Car He Wants

Yesterday we brought you the story of Vincent who got “gold misted” at a Chevy dealership. After his story went up he learned that his brother-in-law’s cousin works at a Chevy dealership and will get him the car he wanted. “Life is good :-)” announced Vincent.

Chevy Takes Time Away From Failing To Try To Rip Off Customer

Chevy Takes Time Away From Failing To Try To Rip Off Customer

UPDATE: Vincent To Get Car He Wants

Your Car Is Used. Should GM Still Be Responsible For A Mistake It Made In The Factory?

Your Car Is Used. Should GM Still Be Responsible For A Mistake It Made In The Factory?

At what point is an auto manufacturer freed from all responsibility for the car it makes and sells? Griffin says it’s almost certain that the incorrect body control module (BCM) was inserted at the factory, and that GM’s mistake cost him $459 to fix. GM says the former owner (Griffin’s friend) must have swapped out BCMs and therefore it’s “out of our control,” but Griffin argues that’s pretty much impossible.

GM Recalls Nearly 1 Million Vehicles With Defective Windshield Wiper Systems

GM Recalls Nearly 1 Million Vehicles With Defective Windshield Wiper Systems

Can your late-model GM vehicle melt snow and ice with a blast of heated windshield wiper fluid? It might be one of 944,000 vehicles with a faulty heating system that can cause odors, smoke, or even a surprise car fire.