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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.

Toyota Speeds Past GM to Grab the Global Auto Sales Crown Again

Toyota has dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. Though both companies' sales increased in 2012, Toyota bounced back from a manufacturing slowdown caused by Japan's 2011 earthquake to sell 9.7 million cars and trucks, while GM's sales rose just 2.9% to 9.29 million.

U.S. Stock Prices Dip Ahead of Earnings Season Kickoff

U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as traders awaited the start of the corporate earnings season. Market-watchers expect the quarter's results could include many surprises because of events like Superstorm Sandy, the presidential election, and the narrowly avoided "fiscal cliff."

Chrysler Reports Best Sales Year Since Before the Great Recession

Chrysler's U.S. sales jumped 21 percent last year, the carmaker's strongest performance since 2007. The company's sales growth, which outpaced the U.S. auto industry overall, was a strong sign that Americans were feeling more confident about the economy last year.

Toyota's Got Bigger Problems Than the Recall

On top of Toyota's large-scale recall involving a potential fire hazard, the company is suffering from steep declines in one of its most important markets because of a political dispute. But things may not be as grim as they seem for the carmaker.

Toyota Recalls 7.5 Million Cars For Door Fires

Toyota is recalling 7.5 million cars worldwide, and 2.5 million in the U.S., over a faulty door switch that could result in car fires. It's the automaker's largest recall since the sudden acceleration recalls in 2009 and 2010.

Could GM Ever Fail? Yeah, It Could Happen

GM has been cleaning up its act and has the profits to show for it. But the competition has never been stiffer, all over the world, and GM's cars will have to be top-notch to assure the success of a turnaround.

How Close Are We to the Age of the Self-Driving Car?

Imagine a world without traffic jams, driver's licenses or car insurance. Sounds like science fiction, but maybe it's not. Last week, California became the second state in the country to pass legislation paving the way for self-driving vehicles.

What's Behind Rising Auto Sales? Cheap Financing

Want a cheap car loan? How about a free one? Believe it or not, more and more car buyers are being offered 0% interest loans, and almost everyone else can now get cheap financing -- even folks with less-than-perfect credit.

Is the Electric Car Revolution Running Out of Juice?

Electric car sales are nowhere near what the auto industry -- or Washington -- hoped they'd be by now, though Tesla Motors' hot Model S sedan doing great, and the the Chevy Volt is finally getting some traction. But is the electric revolution stalled, or just accelerating too slowly?

10 Surprising Brands That We're Starting to Love Again

Popularity can be fickle: One day America loves your brand; the next, you're passe. But every year brings some surprising rebounds, and you won't believe some of the companies that made 2012's list for most improved images in the eyes of U.S. consumers.

Do Women Really Make Better Car Choices Than Men?

One recent study of used-car buying habits found that women were more likely to do research and have a mechanic inspect a car before buying. Another study on new-car buying preferences shows that women make more practical choices.

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.

Toyota's Still Tops to Consumers, but Ford's Closing In

Despite its troubles in recent years, Toyota retained its crown in Consumer Reports' annual survey of auto-brand perception, but the survey also showed that Ford is rapidly closing the gap, and other brands aren't far behind.

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.

Ford Fusion Revamp Steals the Detroit Auto Show

There was nothing wrong with the old Ford Fusion. In fact, it had its best sales year ever in 2011. It's a good-looking, high-quality sedan and a good value. But when Ford took the wraps off the new Fusion this week, it had been transformed from a good hybrid to a deluxe hottie.

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Sooner Than You Think

Before you know it, cars that drive themselves may be available at your local dealership: According to a top GM official, vehicles that "partially drive themselves" will be available in just a few years, with more sophisticated self-driving cars possible by the end of the decade.

Can Toyota Catch Up to Detroit?

Somebody forgot to tell the automakers that the economy is going downhill: Auto sales in September were up 10% over last year's numbers, with all of Detroit's Big Three posting solid gains. Imports, however, did not fare as well. Can Toyota, once unstoppable, win back its former primacy, post-tsunami and accelerator debacle?

Hyundai and Kia See Accelerating Sales in September

Hyundai and its stablemate Kia have been taking U.S. auto market share gradually for more than two decades. Lately, though, those chunks have gotten bigger. The South Korean car makers' sales are expected to surge almost 25% in September compared to the same month year ago, according to research firm Truecar.

GM On Track to Be August's Car Sales Winner

GM is expected to show a sales increase of 15.3% from a year ago when it posts August numbers later this week, according to auto industry research firm Edmunds. That would be an improvement of 30,000 cars and light trucks and would eclipse the unit gains of its smaller rivals.

Will Debt Cap Fight Keep You from Buying a New Car?

Estimates of what will happen to consumer borrowing rates if the government defaults on August 2 are wildly divergent, but some expect that interests on loans could move at least .5% higher. That would certainly hurt the housing market, and could ding the new car market as well.

Toyota Accelerates Toward a Market Share Recovery

Toyota will announce Friday that by September, it expects to have all of its North American plants back to their normal production levels. Then, it can begin attempting to recoup the U.S. market share it lost due to shortages related to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, as well as a slew of recalls.