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Lexus Tops Consumer Reports' Brand Report Card

Lexus topped the rankings in Consumer Reports's 2013 automotive brand report card. Detroit automakers didn't fare very well -- Cadillac's 14th place tie was the best for U.S. brand -- while Japanese automakers again dominated, taking eight of the top 10 spots.

Ford Resurrects Lincoln: What This Luxury Relaunch Really Means

Ford unveiled a surprise this week: It's relaunching the Lincoln brand, and committing more than $1 billion to the effort. The renewal of the luxury brand is about more than just prestige. It's about big profits, and a push by Ford into one very big foreign market.

How Much Will Your Next Car Really Cost You?

Purchase price is just the beginning of what it costs to own a car. Depreciation, insurance and maintenance costs can vary widely between competing models. But is there any way to estimate all of that in advance? A few experts have taken a stab at it.

Do Super Bowl Ads Score for Their Companies' Stocks?

The Patriots and Giants will interrupt the entertainment to run some football plays, but everyone knows the Super Bowl is all about the commercials, and at $3.5 million for 30 seconds, sponsors must think they'll get their money's worth. But will their shareholders feel the same way?

New Cadillac ATS Takes Bold Aim at BMW 3 Series

BMW's 3 Series is the undisputed global king of the entry-level luxury sedans, but GM is looking to stage a bit of a coup with its Cadillac ATS. The car has all the right moves, inside and out -- but there's one thing missing.

February's Sales Put Carmakers in the Fast Lane

It was a good month for auto sales despite inclement weather across much of the country and surging oil prices. Cars sold near an annual pace of 13 million vehicles. That would make February the best on record since the "cash for clunkers" rebate program in 2009.

February Auto Sales Likely Kept Zipping Along

Major automakers are set to release February sales figures on Tuesday, and analysts expect the reports will show sales improved 20% compared to a year ago as consumers continued to warm to the slowly improving economy -- so far, despite surging oil prices.

January Auto Sales Should Build on 2010's Momentum

A slowly brightening economy combined with low financing rates and generally stable fuel prices have put consumers in a buying mood. New models, particularly from Ford and GM, are also helping to keep U.S. auto sales on a positive trajectory as 2011 starts.

Volkswagen Unveils $71 Billion Investment Plan

Volkswagen (VLKAY), Europe%u2019s top carmaker, plans to invest 51.6 billion euros ($71 billion) over the next five years. The company%u2019s supervisory board approved the investments in plants, vehicles and development for the nine Volkswagen brands, Bloomberg News reported.

October Car Sales Point to an Auto Rebound

Buoyed by consumers' increased confidence in the U.S. economy, automakers with few exceptions reported higher sales of cars and trucks in the U.S. during October compared to a year ago.

October Auto Sales: Is the Market Improving?

Automakers on Wednesday are expected to report a mixed picture for October: mostly better than a year ago, but down slightly from September. Still, the pace appears strong enough that the upper end of full-year sales forecasts of 11.5 million to 12 million units is reachable.

GM Vehicles Rise in Consumer Reports' Latest Quality Survey

Although Honda and Toyota remain the benchmark of reliability in the U.S. automobile industry, General Motors has made considerable strides in improving the quality of its cars and trucks, according to the magazine's 2010 Annual New Car Reliability Survey.

BMW Revamps X3 Model to Compete With Audi

BMW is revamping its X3 model in a bid to catch up with Audi in the U.S. small SUV market. The X3, a small compact SUV that includes optional in-car Internet access, goes on sale on Jan. 22, Bloomberg News said. The car will take on more than 3 inches in length and 1 inch in width as BMW strives to compete with Audi%u2019s Q5 model.

Volkswagen Taps Ex-GM Exec as CEO of U.S. Unit

Volkswagen has tapped a veteran with deep knowledge of the U.S. domestic auto industry to head its U.S. operations. The German carmaker named Jonathan Browning, who has worked for both General Motors and Ford Motor, as CEO of Volkswagen of America.

BMW Aims to Boost Sales to 2 Million Units a Year

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG aims to boost sales to more than 2 million a year by 2020 by widening the 6-series and Mini model lines as well as bringing in a battery-powered car for city driving. BMW, which sold 1.29 million cars last year, is trying to fend off competition in the luxury car segment from Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Audi, Bloomberg News reported.

Five Ford Models Are Among Those Getting Top Safety Rating

A trio of Ford Motor midsized sedans are among 2010 vehicles that topped the list of an insurance industry crash-testing organization's tests for safety. Hyundai, VW and Audi models also made the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top grade.

Audi's Super Bowl Ad Has a Nazi Problem

Audi's "Green Police" ad campaign, featuring green-uniformed cops who give energy-saving tips, will have its big launch with a commercial during the Super Bowl. But in a historic faux pas, the German car maker has picked a name with some unpleasant Nazi-era connotations.

Plenty of Bang for Super Bowl Ad Bucks

With many advertisers sitting out the big game to save money, commercial prices are down this year. But a recent study shows that skipping the Super Bowl, even in a recession, may be the wrong play. Turns out, in advertising, the best defense is a funny offense on the first Sunday in February.