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122The ugly economics of green vehicles

All Of Us Want Cleaner Cars, But How Many Of Us Are Willing To Pay For Them?

It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't – or won't – pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's green cars demand. We're not all "cashed-up greenies."

3Why Teens Are Driving Less: It's The Economy, Stupid

New study says economic crunch is primarily to blame for decline in teen driving

Teens are driving less. That much, we know already. We've watched the auto industry gnash its collective teeth over the downward trend in Generation Y driving for the better part of a year.

4American Drivers May Have Hit Their Peak

The "Peak Car" theory says U.S. citizens will buy fewer cars

Compared with the rest of the world, the U.S. has long been known as the gas guzzler country--the nation of the widest roads, largest vehicles and the least amount of reliable mass transit for the geography. That image could be changing, according to a new study that says driving in the U.S. has already peaked and will decline.

AddLast year's high gas prices stopping people from spending like they used to

Old habits die hard, and when it comes to changing our spending habits to account for gas price increases, newer ones do as well. About four in five Americans have held steady with their lower discretionary spending levels from last year – a time when gas prices spiked – despite the fact that the cost to fill up a tank has dropped since then. And those habits are consistent across age and income brackets.

22Auto industry cites raw material cost, easy credit as two biggest concerns

A whopping 93 percent of automotive OEMs and suppliers say they have seen an increase in demand for their vehicles, parts and services in the past year. Those numbers are reported in the 2012 Dykema Automotive Institute Survey: Industry Challenges. Due to the jump in business, 77 percent surveyed said they had "made substantive changes" to handle the growth.

159PSA: Sunbathing in the road can yield unfortunate tan lines

We know rural Midwestern folks sometimes do things a little differently than their urban cousins. If you want to get a tan in the reedy areas of The Corn Belt you don't need a booth, you just lie down in your own yard. One thing you don't do when bronzing, however – even in the Midwest – is lie down in the street. That is what two unlucky girls did in Economy, Pennsylvania and when they fell asleep during their sunlight session they got run over by a car.

41India's exotic car market booms as economy births more millionaires

Demand for supercars in India has exotic automakers scrambling, with Lamborghini on the verge of opening its second dealership in India this year, and Ferrari planning to open four more by the end of 2012.

11Americans driving less, log fewest miles since 2004

The price of a gallon of gasoline has been a major downer so far in 2011, and data shows that it may be affecting driving habits. According to The Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration claims that Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles in the first half of 2011. That's down 1.1 percent compared to the first six months of 2010, or an eye-popping 15.5 billion fewer miles compared to the first half of last year. In fact, the government report shows that total miles are down to the lowest l

28Americans driving less, log fewest miles since 2004

The price of a gallon of gasoline has been a major downer so far in 2011, and data shows that it may be affecting driving habits. According to The Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration claims that Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles in the first half of 2011. That's down 1.1 percent compared to the first six months of 2010, or an eye-popping 15.5 billion fewer miles compared to the first half of last year. In fact, the government report shows that total miles are down to the lowest l

46Used cars commanding record prices, sometimes cheaper to buy new

Just a couple years after U.S. auto sales plunged to their lowest levels in decades, dealers are finding an industry-wide shortage of used vehicles. This lack of used inventory has driven up the price of scarce pre-owned vehicles on lots, sending more and more consumers into aggressively priced new vehicles. One economist says as many as 500,000 people who intend on purchasing used will instead take delivery on new vehicles by mid-2012.

AddReport: Sales of 30+ MPG cars fell 10% in first five months of 2010

Every month, Ward's Auto posts its Fuel Economy Index (FEI) numbers. Last time around, we noted that Ward's witnessed a decrease in buyer interest in fuel-efficient vehicles. While the numbers did indicate that overall fuel efficiency was still on the rise, it was also evident that buyers were opting for larger, less efficient vehicles. The FEI numbers posted for May are even more disturbing.

16JDM Retrofuturism: Mitsuoka launches updated New Viewt

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17Texas truck sales uptick seen as bellweather for auto sales?

2009 Ford F-150 - Click above for high-res image gallery

13Triple Play: Mercedes reportedly files patent papers for three-seat Smart

Trying to give buyers more chances to get into a Smart, the company produced a four-seat hatch called the ForFour in 2004. It sold so poorly that the car was axed after just two years. In spite of that, Autocar says that parent Mercedes-Benz has filed patent papers for an embiggened Smart.

AddREPORT: Impact of Cash for Clunkers might not be so hot; charities insisted on 18 mpg limit

With the official kick-off date for the Cash For Clunkers program CARS just over a week away, people are already saying it's really too little, too short. Last week, Auto Alliance president Dave McCurdy said that Congress could expand the program, and now some economists interviewed by Reuters are predicting that the overall effect on the economy (and, therefore, on the environment as well) will not be very large. A senior economist at Wachovia told Reuters that, "It's a very small number of peo

62REPORT: Analyst urges Mitsubishi, Suzuki to exit U.S. market

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4REPORT: Lamborghini sees no recovery until 2011

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce – Click above for high-res image gallery

13Opel reportedly mulling reviving Wartburg as low-cost brand

Despite an uncertain future, Ward's Auto is reporting that Opel is looking at the possibility of starting a new low-cost line under the revived moniker "Wartburg." Made by East German company VEB AEW until 1991, in their most recent guise, Wartburgs were cheap transportation for the Communist set, vying for breadline parking spaces with Trabants and the like. The cheap and cheerless models were assembled in a facility in Eisenach that was within sight of Wartburg castle. When the Soviet-era fact

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