For the first in automotive history, the United States has lost, for good or for bad, its stature as the leading country of yearly automobile sales. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, a record 13.6 million cars were sold in China in 2009.
The Kelley Blue Book has a long tradition in the automotive industry and its web site in recent years has become the standard for new car research. Kelley Blue Book research numbers for 2009 reveal the car buyers prevailing interests in Japanese cars.
Friends sometimes ask why The Weekly Driver (that’s me) doesn’t just review Ferrari or Lamborghini or Maserati. The answer: They’re all fine automobiles, but not too many people buy them. The Weekly Driver is all about “The Every Driver.”
The Honda Civic hybrid, in its runner-up status to the Toyota Prius among eco-popular cars, has no reason to feel inferior. Its gas mileage averages are lower than the Prius and it doesn’t have, for whatever reason, the same “green appeal” as its rival.
Toyota Motor Corp will recall 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles manufactured in the last six years because of the risk that a loose floormat could prompt a stuck accelerator. The problem is suspected of causing crashes that killed five as well as 17 crashes and 100 related incidents.
The redesigned Chevrolet Malibu has been marketed more heavily than any other car in the United States in the past two years in its manufacturer’s desire to infiltrate sales the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the country’s top-two bet-selling sedans.
Jaguar, the recently purchased offering of Tata Motors, Ltd., and Buick, the longstanding General Motors nameplate, have unseated Lexus as the most dependable automotive brands, according to J.D. Power & Associates.
While Honda and Toyota deservedly receive praise for their competent vehicles, Nissan has resided quietly in the shadows. But test driving Nissan vehicles during the past 10 years has made me appreciate the high quality of the lesser-revered Japanese automaker.
Consumer Reports has selected the 2009 Toyota Prius (Touring) as best overall value among 300 American and foreign cars reviewed. The Lexus LS 460, Mini Cooper, Infiniti G37, and Toyota Highlander are among the top cars of 2009 as rated by Consumer Reports.
Jim Henry, an automotive writer for Business Week Online, has written a succinct, informative piece detailing top-15 cars in the United Sates via gas mileage averages. Toyota is represented on the list by four vehicles — Prius, Camry hybrids, and the Yaris and Corolla gas-engined vehicles.
Beauty is in the eyes of thieves. That’s the ruth in terms of stolen cars since the most No. 1 hot-wired car in the United States is a 1995 Honda Civic. According to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB, the Civic is followed by its older sibling, the 1991 Honda Accord in terms of susceptibility to thieves.