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VW Beetle Marks 65th Year in U.S.

Sixty-five years after the first VW Beetle arrived in the U.S. as a distinctively shaped little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its spacious interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look.


Updated Ford Focus to Debut at N.Y. Auto Show

The Ford Focus has climbed to the top of the compact car heap and will try to maintain that position with major updates for the 2015 model year.


Kia Keeps Its Soul for 2014

People of nearly all sizes and budgets can find the 2014 Soul to be a satisfying small car. They just have to like riding in a mod box.


10 Best Cars for Under $18,000

Luxury cars and fully loaded trucks are driving industry profits, but there are good, affordable new cars for buyers on a budget.


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.


Volvo Car to Cut 1,000 Jobs

Volvo Car Company announced it plans to lay off 1,000 employees including consultants by the end of this year to help implement its saving plan of 1.5 billion Swedish kronor (about 238 million U.S. dollars).


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