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AddValues of small used cars fall in lockstep with gas prices

The Detroit News reports used small-car prices are plummeting right along with fuel prices. The news comes courtesy of a National Automobile Dealers Association study, which says gas prices have dropped an average of 3.5 percent compared to last year. In yet another shocking reminder of just how short buyers' memories can be, analysts predict light trucks will take home the largest share of car sales this month. Even so, used car sales in general are expected to fall off by around two percent. T

66Values of small used cars fall in lockstep with gas prices

The Detroit News reports used small-car prices are plummeting right along with fuel prices. The news comes courtesy of a National Automobile Dealers Association study, which says gas prices have dropped an average of 3.5 percent compared to last year. In yet another shocking reminder of just how short buyers' memories can be, analysts predict light trucks will take home the largest share of car sales this month. Even so, used car sales in general are expected to fall off by around two percent. T

AddFord And Toyota To Partner On RWD Hybrid System for Trucks, SUVs

With the recently revised CAFE standards requiring automakers to have a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025, automakers are searching for ways to increase fuel economy across their lineups. Small cars are a bit easier to manage, but for trucks and SUVs, mileage increases have been something of a tall order.

AddGreenlings: What's a light-duty truck, and why should we care?

What's a light-duty truck, and why should we care?

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10Nissan to take on domestics with commercial truck in 2010

Sensing the ripe market opportunity, Nissan will start producing various light-commercial and medium-duty trucks in 2010. The targeted segment is currently dominated by Ford and GM, where the miscellaneous cabs and frames are used to produce such vehicles as dump trucks, tow trucks, and school buses. Now, Nissan wants a piece of the pie. Larry Dominique, Nissan's VP of product planning, wouldn't disclose details right now, but he did say that a handful of new products will be needed to satisfy t

AddWhite House may increase CAFE for SUVs

In a December 6 White House press briefing, press secretary Dana Perino said the White House has a proposal for a new increase in the CAFE standard for light trucks and SUVs. The president has full control of the CAFE standard for light trucks (which includes SUVs but not passenger cars) and has used it twice in his administration. The news of a proposed, third change in SUV CAFE came in a response to a question on the support for the compromise reached on CAFE two weeks ago. As we reported, the

AddThe Ohio State University studies the impact on our air from light trucks, SUVs and minivans

We often write about the problems associated with the huge numbers of light trucks, SUV's and minivans here in America. It's true: The highest volume of vehicles sold are trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan and now the new Toyota Tundra. Minivans are still pretty good sellers too, and Chrysler is just now rolling out their redesigned models. But, a recent study by The Ohio State University found that the tailpipe emissions from these vehicles is only about a half

AddStates to Bush: Too soft on trucks

The Washington Post reports nine U.S. states are suing the administration of George W. Bush for being too soft on future fuel economy standards. The lawsuit calls it unconscionable that the Bush administration is not requiring greater fuel economy for light trucks. The 1.9 mile-per-gallon increase is considered to be insufficient to curb our energy use in a significant way. In addition, it seems a couple of loopholes have snuck in with this tightening fuel economy standard that could “crea

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