Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale

...promised to revolutionize American commutes with the Smart car, but that hasn't panned out, says Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book. Smart sold just 9,264 cars in the U.S. last year.The Smart has a starting price of...

Big discounts help US auto sales sizzle, with best July sales since 2006

...even with discounting, more people are choosing pricier SUVs and loading them up with features.Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, isn't alarmed about growing incentives. Things have changed from a decade ago, when automakers...

Cellphone operator Vodafone reveals scale of government snooping

...Companies are recognizing they have a responsibility to disclose government access," said Daniel Castro, a senior analyst for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington. "This is new."Civil liberties advocates...

Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

...shifts in automotive technology, business practices and retailing we're going to witness," said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.A French company, Induct Technology, has produced a driverless shuttle, which...

Despite recalls, some young Chevy customers remain faithful

...com automotive Web site.Many of those buyers were at an age when they had teenage children, said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book.Kelly Cooksey, a senior kinesiology major at GRU, said she got her 2006 Cobalt a few years...

General Motors sales, used-car values remain strong despite bad publicity from recalls

...consumers do become sensitive to the recalls, any new-car market share decline would be small, predicts Jesse Toprak, senior analyst with the Cars.com Web site."They can mitigate it with some targeted marketing efforts" and bigger discounts...

Trinity loses ability to perform heart procedure

...Trinity's numbers were "the lowest each year of their submission, the absolute lowest," according to an unnamed state senior analyst testifying at the hearing. "No one was close."Trinity asked for the ability to recalculate the way it counts...

US auto sales picked up steam in March; Chrysler, Toyota, GM and Ford saw gains

...Silverado pickup rose 7 percent.Jessica Caldwell, a senior analyst with the car shopping site Edmunds.com, said buyer...for a big month in April," said Alec Gutierrez, a senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book.

March will be test of demand in US

...crisis."March will give us a sense of how real the recovery is going to be this year," said Alec Gutierrez, a senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.U.S. consumers bought just under 1.2 million new cars and trucks in February, unchanged from...

End of year shapes up to be prime car-buying time

...percent off the sticker price when dealing, but that could rise to 8 or 10 percent this month, said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.Consumers have been in the spirit of buying cars for the past three years. U.S. sales...