Trucks

First Ever U.S. Fuel-Efficiency Plans for Trucks

Future longhaul trucks, school buses and large pickup trucks will be required to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency plans for trucks released Monday by the Obama administration.

Hyundai Shifts Santa Fe SUV to Kia Plant in Georgia

Next month, Korean automaker Hyundai will begin building its popular Santa Fe SUV at a Kia plant in West Point, Ga., where its sister company makes the Kia Sorrento SUV. The move is expected to boost the number of workers associated with the plant from 1,900 to 7,000.

August Auto Sales May Be the Worst in 28 Years

Auto sales braked sharply in August, starting out strong, then slowing to a level that may be the lowest in 28 years. The slowing economy made nervous consumers hesitant to buy, despite the bevy of end-of-model-year deals.

GM Recalls 243,403 Vehicles for Safety Belt Buckle Problem

General Motors is recalling 243,403 vehicles because of a potential safety problem where safety belts could appear to be properly latched when they are not. The recall affects 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, GM said today in a statement. Most of the vehicles are in the United States, with several thousand exported vehicles in countries such as Canada and Mexico also affected.

Toyota May Recall Prius to Fix Brakes

Toyota is reportedly preparing to recall at least 311,000 2010 Priuses to fix a problem with their brakes. Unlike the mechanical issues which led to the two recent recalls of 8 million Toyotas for unintended acceleration, the problem with the Prius is apparently a software issue.

Bumper-to-Bumper Green Cars at Detroit Auto Show

What are car makers tooting their horns about? All the earth-friendlier engines at the Detroit auto show. Hyundai's plug-in Blue Will concept car and Nissan's all-electric Leaf are just a couple of the new models. Companies are keen to show they are serious about raising gas mileage and reducing emissions.

Ford Sweeps Auto Awards in Detroit

Ford Motor added more feathers to its cap Monday by sweeping two industry awards. It's Fusion Hybrid mid-sized sedan was named 2010 North American Car of the Year, while its Transit Connect fleet vehicle took truck of the year.

Ford Sales Surge in December

Ford Motor reported Tuesday that sales of its vehicles rose 33 percent in December compared to a year ago. Sales for the full year, however, were down 15 percent compared to 2008. The company increased its domestic market share by a full percentage point, to 15 percent.

Car Sales Surge at End of 2009

December may go down as one of 2009's better months for car sales thanks to a late surge by bargain-hungry consumers. A major factor in the surge is a big sale by Pontiac and Saturn, which comes as General Motors prepares to shut down the struggling brands.

GM and Chrysler: A Hard Road in 2010

Once icons of American industrial might, GM and Chrysler have cut jobs, closed plants, eliminated models and shed storied brands. Racing to turn business around, both companies still have a long way to go to convince consumers their products are worthy of consideration.

GM to Spyker: No Deal for Saab

Unswayed by the latest offer from Dutch sports car maker Spyker Cars, Detroit-based GM is preparing to mothball Saab for good, The Economic Times has reported, citing a news report published Wednesday in Sweden.