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The Rise of Teeny SUVs

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:43:13 EDT

There is a shift under way in what Americans want from their vehicles, and few models illustrate that as clearly as the new Ford Escape.

Mobile Hot Spots: Web Radio, Apps Move to the Dashboard

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:55:31 EST

Auto makers are accelerating a drive to link your next car's dashboard to all the music and data stored in the Internet cloud.

New 'Concept Cars' Are Serious Fun

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:24:14 EST

The Detroit auto show is one part trade fair and one part Barnum & Bailey Circus, and concept cars are the prancing ponies—or sometimes the pratfalling clowns.

Coaxing Auto Makers to Go Electric

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 23:09:29 EST

Thanks to generous federal fuel credits, the next two to three years could see the arrival in force of a new generation of electrified vehicles. But some environmental groups say the rules are too generous.

Dude, Where's My Car?

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:08:21 EDT

After 30 years behind the wheel, former suburbanite and Journal editor Joseph White tries on life in the city -- without his automobile.

Why Driving Has Never Been Safer

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:57:52 EDT

The fatality rate on U.S. roads is at its lowest point since the government started keeping track. Why? Maybe it's the economy. Or maybe car makers—and drivers—are getting smarter.

Ford's Taurus Tries to Turn Upmarket

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:36:34 EDT

Ford is repackaging the Taurus, considered so uninspired it was retired years ago, as a tech-laden sports sedan costing over $35,000.

Fusion Hybrid May Boost Ford Brand

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 23:16:08 EST

The new Ford Fusion hybrid is the kind of car that politicians want Detroit to build. But consumers may not fully appreciate this car without a lot of effort.

Reducing U.S. Oil Use -- for Real

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:21:00 EDT

Joseph White looks at what it would take to cut the U.S.'s consumption.

Autos Sales Slump Hits Luxury Segment

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:42:00 EDT

The slowdown in auto sales has begun to hit the luxury segment. In response, brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover Lexus and Infiniti are offering surprisingly generous financing deals, writes Joseph White.

Getting Young Drivers to Recognize Risk

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 16:03:00 EDT

The latest push by academics to lower the drinking age has met a fierce response from driving safety advocates. But beyond this current debate lies the continuing issue of getting young people to recognize the risks of driving, writes Joseph White.

Car Sharing Gains Traction

Sun, 24 Aug 2008 19:42:00 EDT

Car-sharing services are gaining traction as people re-evaluate their needs amid increasing gas prices and changes in the way people feel about vehicles. But there are hurdles in the way of a broader adoption, writes Joseph White.

Ford's New Flex: Automotive Platypus

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:55:00 EDT

Ford Motor is launching the Flex, a vehicle that will provide a test of where the market for vehicles big enough to haul seven people is headed, now that big SUVs are falling out of favor.

GM's EV1 and the Future of Electric Cars

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 15:33:00 EDT

Robert C. Stempel greenlighted the EV1 electric car while at the helm of GM in the early '90s and has been involved with electric vehicles since then. He offers his insights on the current rush to build "electric drive" cars.

Relearning How to Drive 55

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 12:19:00 EDT

Conservation is not a word that has been used much so far amid the current energy price shock. But one senator has put forth the idea of lowering the speed limit to save gas, writes Joseph White.

Three Vehicles Detroit Should Build

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 13:34:00 EDT

Detroit's auto makers are in deep trouble and any turnaround has to be led by well-designed cars that respond to what customers want. Joseph White offers his ideas on what GM, Ford and Chrysler should build.

Trying Out Mass Transit

Tue, 24 Jun 2008 14:49:00 EDT

High gas prices have created a slow-building wave of Americans who are rediscovering mass transit. But the question is whether mass transit is ready to handle coming back into style, writes Joseph White.

Waiting for Hybrids to Be the Smartest Buy

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 09:16:00 EDT

Hybrids are a better deal now that gas prices are $4 a gallon. But plug-in hybrids are what will likely make the most sense financially and have a greater impact in reducing overall oil consumption, writes Joseph White.

High Gas Prices Will Benefit Auto Industry

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 17:01:00 EDT

Auto makers are slashing jobs, closing factories and revamping of their product strategies to cope with $4 a gallon gas. What's the worst thing that could happen now? Gas could get cheap again, says the man who runs America's biggest car retailer.

SUV Market Mirrors Housing Slump

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:45:00 EDT

Most people who buy a new car or truck don't think they are making a risky bet on the commodity futures market. But they are. Just ask someone who's trying to unload a large sport utility vehicle purchased in the last two or three years, writes Joseph White.

Reframing Small-Car Safety Discussion

Tue, 20 May 2008 12:11:00 EDT

Small is beautiful in the U.S. automobile market as gasoline prices head to new records almost daily. Still, many American motorists have to feel small cars are safe, writes Joseph White.

Gas Guzzling Exotics May Get Zapped

Sun, 18 May 2008 15:54:00 EDT

If you've been griping that Uncle Sam seems to want everyone to drive around in a midsized sedan with a small four-cylinder engine, you can now assure your friends and relatives that you're not paranoid, writes Joseph White.

The Car of the Future Today

Sun, 18 May 2008 15:55:00 EDT

While Detroit parties like its 1979 by building -- and trying to sell -- gas-guzzling SUVs, Honda's Fit already meets federal fuel-economy rules for 2015, writes Joseph White.

Can Big, Fast Cars Be Eco-Friendly?

Fri, 02 May 2008 10:55:00 EDT

Bush's fuel economy plan lands at a turning point in America's relationship with cars. The problem is that mandating higher fuel economy hasn't stopped Americans from burning more petroleum on the highways.

'Motorborg' Takes on Traffic Snarls

Tue, 20 May 2008 12:11:00 EDT

New services gather traffic data, creating a 'Motorborg' that aims to serve up real-time information to drivers. But overtaxed urban highways mean that delays are here to stay, writes Joseph White.

Is a War on Speed and Power Coming?

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:47:00 EDT

New data on insurance claims suggests higher powered vehicles lead to increased insurance claims. Is a war on horsepower next, asks Joseph White. Discuss

Chinese SUV Maker Aims to Prove Itself

Mon, 30 Oct 2006 20:40:00 EST

As Ford and other struggling U.S. auto makers work to expand in China in search of growth and profits, Chinese firms like Changfeng are gearing up to enter the American car market and prove themselves to the world.

Auto Makers Rediscover Design

Mon, 31 Jul 2006 12:27:00 EDT

Detroit's Big Three are struggling to escape collapsing sales numbers for SUVs and pickups, but there could be a silver lining to this dreary picture: Auto makers have rediscovered innovative designs. Joe White considers a trio of Chrysler concepts that could find their way to showrooms.

Eyes on the Road: Liftoff for Satellite Radio

Sun, 14 Nov 2004 22:20:27 EST

Satellite radio looks poised for liftoff, helped in no small part by the growing enthusiasm for it among car makers, which see the technology as a fresh way to stand out from the crowd.