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Kia K900 Goes Upmarket in Big Way

The 2015 K900, Kia's new flagship car, is an attractive, large, luxury sedan with a quiet, comfortable ride, a boatload of standard features and a nice price compared with luxury-brand competitors.

Mitsubishi Mirage Gets Top Gas Mileage

The non-hybrid new car with the best gasoline mileage rating in the U.S. isn't a Honda or Toyota. It's a Mitsubishi that costs less than the average used car or truck.

Honda Fit Fans Find Even More to Love

Fans of Honda's Fit hatchback will love what the car becomes for 2015 -- quieter inside, more powerful and yet more fuel efficient, more refined in its ride, roomier and better equipped.

Honda Fit Retooled for Crash Resistance

The 2015 Honda Fit initially flunked the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap test, earning just a "Marginal" rating. Now it's a "Top Safety Pick."

Sporty Ford Fiesta Fires on All 3 Cylinders

Ford's 1-liter, three-cylinder engine is friskier than you might expect, and is stingy with fuel as advertised.

Chevy Spark Sole Compact to Pass Crash Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said only one minicar out of 11 passed its overlap front crash test.

Ford Fiesta Makes Japan Comeback

The Ford Fiesta compact is back in Japan despite failing a decade ago in a market dominated by powerful local brands that specialize in small cars.

Focus, Corolla Word's Best-selling Cars

Ford claimed top honors for its Focus compact during the first half of the year as the world's top-selling car, but Toyota claims its Corolla is the best seller -- though not necessarily by that name.

Honda Brio Targets Youth Market

The average age of Honda owners is 55, but the funky and cute Brio appeals to younger drivers as well.

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales Surge

lthough sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to date have not met the expectations of automakers and government officials, the market is expanding rapidly in North America as the vehicles become more widely available.

Top-selling U.S. Compact Gets a Radical Makeover

A sportier new version of the Toyota Corolla aims to shed the low-cost image and attract younger buyers.

Ford Leads the Pack in Sales

Ford's May sales jumped up 14 percent, Chrysler's moved up 11 percent and General Motors edged up 3 percent from a year earlier.

GM Aims Diesel Cruze at VW Jetta

General Motors is rolling out a diesel version of its Chevy Cruze in 13 U.S. metro areas where Germany's Volkswagen dominates sales for diesel cars.

Volkswagen Posts Record Profits After Integration of Porsche

The German-based group said Friday net profit climbed to 21.9 million euros (29 billion dollars) in 2012, from 15.8 billion euros in the previous year.

Customers, Businesses Feel Price Pinch

Gas prices have soared 35 cents in the past 30 days in Virginia, according to AAA.

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