Here's some of what's on tap from our friends over at AOL Autos:
Here's some of what's on tap from our friends over at AOL Autos:
With Apple, Ford, Nintendo, Zynga and Amazon getting ready to report, let's go over a few of the items that will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street.
The debate over buying vs. leasing a car has been running for years, but these days, we can't afford to choose poorly. Our readers chime in with their experiences and advice.
Chrysler is recalling more than 919,000 older-model Jeep SUVs worldwide because the air bags can inflate while people are driving them. The recall affects Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2002 through 2004 model years, and Jeep Libertys from model years 2002 and 2003.
Airlines have canceled thousands of flights, stranding travelers around the globe. Insurers are bracing for possible damages of $5 billion. Retailers face shrunken sales.
While car buyers have been able to comparison shop online for years, drivers who want to lease their cars mainly have had to do their own legwork -- until now. LeaseTrader.com this week launched a new service to help them comparison shop for leases.
In a still-shaky economy, more and more drivers are deciding to lease their cars instead of buy them. If you're considering leasing your next set of wheels, here's how to find out if it makes sense -- and to get a good deal.
Used has become chic, especially when it comes to cars. Trouble is, with everybody clamoring for cheap transportation, pre-owned has gotten pricier, which means you'll have to dig to find deals. Web2Carz.com has made that hunt a little easier with its Best Used Cars Under $10,000 list.
Higher gas prices are beginning to bite in new and unusual ways. Not only are prices going up at the pump, but they are being propelled upward for smaller, fuel efficient vehicles on used car lots nationwide. Here's why.
It happens like clockwork with every oil price shock -- drivers search for a wonder engine additive that will help their gas mileage. But can any of the engine additives currently on the market substantially increase gas mileage?
If you're driving less in this time of high gas prices, you might be eligible to pay less for auto insurance with a new crop of pay-as-you-go plans. But these per-mile policies come with some drawbacks as well, and certain habits -- like driving late at night -- could disqualify you.
As soon as oil prices rise, it takes little time before drivers begin to feel the pain at the pump. But it takes far longer for price decreases to reach consumers. Here's why.
Toyota, Nissan and Honda, among other companies, have shut down plants temporarily in Japan in the wake of Friday's earthquake and tsunami. While many of their factories were undamaged, crippled nuclear plants are causing power shortages, and there has been damage to parts makers and transportation infrastructure.
Chrysler is recalling nearly half a million popular minivan and crossover models because the engines may unexpectedly turn off while driving, increasing the risk for a crash.
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.
Ford reported Tuesday that its sales in February rose 14% compared to a year ago, in part due to strong sales of the revamped Ford Explorer sports-utility vehicle, the Fusion midsized sedan and the Ford Escape compact SUV. Total sales for the month hit 156,626.
Asian automakers have traditionally fared well in tests conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, and this year is no exception. Overall, eight Japanese and Korean models were named "best values" in their segments, the publication said Monday.
In the State of the Union address in January, President Barack Obama set a goal of getting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. Now he's proposed $7,500 rebates, instead of tax credits, to reach that goal. Will that be enough to make it doable?
The Japanese automaker said earnings fell 39% in the third quarter while sales fell 1.2%. But the company is optimistic that auto sales are recovering: It raised its full-year forecast.
Faulty interior door handles may allow the doors to pop open during a crash. The recall involves F-150 pickups from the 2009-10 model years equipped with chrome interior door handles.
Mazda Motors posted a quarterly loss for October through December, down from a profit for the same period last year. The loss comes in spite of slightly higher revenue. The stronger yen and weak demand cut into the company's income.
Despite wintry weather across much of the nation, Americans were in a car-buying mood last month, boosting most automakers' sales by double-digit percentages compared to a year ago. Analysts estimate that January's sales reached the second-fastest pace in 17 months.
Ford Motor said sales of its cars and trucks rose 13.3% in January on improved demand by consumers, bucking last year's trend, when sales to fleet customers largely drove the increase. For the month, the automaker sold 127,317 units, up 13.3% compared to a year ago.
General Motors sales rose 21.8% in January compared to a year ago on strong sales across its lines of passenger cars, "crossover" vehicles and trucks, the automaker said Tuesday. Each of the automaker's four divisions recorded higher sales for the month.
Union employees at Chrysler Group will receive a $750 bonus next week as an acknowledgment of their contributions in helping to revive the once-bankrupt company, the automaker said Monday. Salaried workers, excluding the company's top 50 executives, will also receive the payment.
Ford shares headed down sharply after the company announced quarterly earnings 18 cents per-share lower than analyst expectations. The miss cast a shadow on the report from Ford, which posted its best annual profit in a more than decade -- $6.6 billion.
Back in 2009, General Motors applied to the Department of Energy for $14.4 billion in loans to help it manufacture more fuel-efficient vehicles. Today, with the automaker making big strides in turning around its business, GM said it no longer needs or wants the money.
Analysts forecast that Ford will announce a profit of 48 cents a share on revenue of about $30.6 billion when it releases earnings on Friday. That translates into an expected pretax profit of $8 billion in 2010, the best Ford has seen since 1999.
Ford is recalling more than half a million minivans to repair parts that could corrode and affect vehicle handling. The action involves Ford Windstar minivans from the 1999 to 2003 model years that were sold in cold-weather areas where salt is routinely used to de-ice roads.
Toyota's recall troubles seem never-ending. Just a few months after the car company's last recall, it has found defects involving the fueling systems of a variety of Lexus models. This won't help the company's beleaguered reputation.