Cars Blog

Saturday, June 26, 2010 4:42 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Toyota gave word recently that they’re planning on putting a hydrogen-powered car into production by 2015. The company’s goal is to price the car at $50,000. That seems like a lot when you look at zero-emissions vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, which is projected to sell for around $25,000 after government rebates. And it’s kind

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Friday, June 25, 2010 4:28 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The financial regulation bill nearing a final vote contains a big win for auto dealers. Thanks to hard lobbying and powerful friends in Congress, your next auto loan probably won’t be regulated by the soon-to-be-established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Why did they seek the exemption and instead seek to continue being monitored by the Federal

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:51 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Remember subprime? The billions of dollars worth of credit card, mortgage and auto loan debt that turned out to be completely toxic? Well it looks like General Motors is pushing to get back into subprime and party like it’s 2006. CBS News has a story this week on how General Motors is negotiating with banks

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Tags: Ally, Cars, GM
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:25 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Looks like your next auto loan may not be vetted by the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, or CFPA, being cooked up in Washington. The excellent Annie Lowrey over at The Washington Independent reports today that the dealer exemption made it into the conference report, the document created by negotiations between the House and the Senate: 

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:34 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

This week Cadillac became the latest luxury automaker to announce plans to offer free scheduled maintenance on 2011 models for the first four years or 50,000 miles of ownership. This idea isn’t new; Audi and Mercedes Benz have offered free maintenance on their cars in past years and BMW, Volvo and Jaguar are currently offering

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:55 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Last week product research firm J.D. Power released some surprising news: Not only did the initial quality of U.S. cars increase less than the usual 3 percent, but the lackluster performance overall was attributed to Japanese automakers, particularly Toyota. J.D. Power uses a simple formula to measure a car’s initial quality — it divides the

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Tags: Cars, Toyota
Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:25 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Writing about the new Ford Explorer got me wondering about how I became so shamefully biased toward hatchbacks and station wagons over SUVs. Part of it, I’m sure, is that one side of my family, including my mom, is Swedish. Euros are completely head-over-heals in love with hatchback cars and station wagons. In Europe, “estates,”

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:03 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Trying to decide between buying new car and buying used can be difficult. I bought my first — and probably last — new car a little over two and a half years ago. I paid around $22,000 for my 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 in the fall of 2007. At the time I was living in a

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Tags: Cars
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:52 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I’ve been doing some research on the history of auto recalls for an article that will be coming out soon, and what struck me was how far the U.S. has come in holding auto companies accountable for car safety. I’m not saying it’s perfect by any means, but it’s a heck of a lot better

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 9:25 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

The upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer, far from being the traditional SUV it appears to be, is actually leading a double life. It’s public face is a flagship American SUV, posturing about off-roading, mountain biking and kayaking in ads. But truth be told, it would rather be driving sedately down a nice suburban road somewhere, loaded

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Tags: Ford, SUV
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