Chrysler's PT Cruiser has run its course.
Despite just 5,452 sales this year, the PT Cruiser was an early hit for Chrysler and proved its staying power: Overall, the quirky sedan has more than 1.3 million in sales since its introduction a decade ago.
Consumer Reports lists top deals for U.S.-built cars -- but that may not mean what you think.
Let's let them explain their criteria:
"In this case, we’re taking the term 'American-made' literally. We’re including only models that are built right here on U.S. soil, whether from a domestic or import manufacturer. (And to keep things simple, we’re not looking at parts content, which is listed on a vehicle’s window sticker.)" So in this list of the 42 Consumer Reports-recommended vehicles (of the 120 that, according to their standards, are U.S.-built), you'll find several Hondas, as well as an Acura and a Hyundai, but not, say, the Lincoln MKZ (most Lincolns are assembled in Mexico or Canada.)
Still, when it comes to new car deals, a bargain is a bargain. Check out the list after the jump.
By Diana T. Kurylko and David Barkholz, Automotive News
Lutz, who left GM as vice chairman two months ago at age 78, has had discussions with Lotus but hasn't received a formal offer, two people familiar with the situation said.
Purves, 61, said in a telephone interview that he “would be happy” to be involved, but his talks with Lotus aren't final.
“The goal is to make a contribution to projects of the future--improving the quality, the product offerings and the operations of the company,” said Purves, who led BMW in North America before becoming CEO of the German automaker's Rolls-Royce unit. “It's exciting, and there is no question it is a great brand and has a good future.”
Getting to know the Porsche Panamera V6.
Traffic continues to flow through an accidentally signless traffic intersection in Budapest.
The result? Better than you might expect. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians all interacted in such a way that all groups took turns with right-of-way and traffic continued to flow -- for the duration of the video, anyway.
On the eve of its stock offering, Tesla increases available shares by 20 percent.
But on the plus side of the ledger, Toyota has agreed to buy $50 million of stock when it goes on sale tomorrow, and the two companies may -- though this is still a very loose idea at this point -- collaborate or somehow work together in the future. Not bad having the world's largest automaker on your side. Also, in a move that speaks of increased confidence from the company, as well as demand from investors, Tesla announced today in revised Securities and Exchange Commission paperwork that it was increasing the number of shares offered, from 11.1 million to 13.3 million. Major shareholders will sell more stock, as well -- 1.42 million shares, up from 1.1 million.
By Dale Jewett
Designer Gordon Murray gained fame for his pen that drew the McLaren F1 and the Mercedes McLaren SLR super cars. Now, he's shifting gears to something greener.
Murray has pulled the wraps off his T25 city car, after hinting at its design for the better part of two years.
The Chevy Volt makes its way to Consumer Reports testing facility.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5
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