Top 10 Automotive Stories of 2012

With a heavy heart the staff of AutoGuide.com say goodbye to 2012, along with its triumphs and tragedies. We await the New Year with open arms, and welcome its promise of a better world.

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Walter P. Chrysler Museum Closing at Year's End

Attention history buffs and antique-auto aficionados: get your gristly haunches in gear because a landmark Detroit-area automotive attraction is closing its doors.

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Jeep Turning to Fiat Platforms for Three Future Models

Jeep plans to increase its stable of models from four to at least six by 2016, with three of those future Jeep models built on platforms from Fiat.

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2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition Announced

Chrysler is paying homage to Motown, a genre of music associated exclusively with Detroit, with a new TV spot that features Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, along with the announcement of a new 300 Motown Edition. 

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2013 Maserati Quattroporte Aiming for 13,000 Units Annually

Maserati is hoping its new Quattroporte will help bring the brand’s annual sales to 50,000 units annually, with Italian automaker setting a sales target of at least 13,000 for the next-gen car for next year. 

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Top 10 Most Important Cars You've Never Heard Of

Everyone’s heard of the Ford Model T and Toyota Prius. They’re two of the most significant – and best-known – vehicles produced by the automotive industry. Introduced at opposite ends of the last century they were each revolutionary in their own way, bringing about important changes that shaped the car business for years to come. But if you believe that’s the limit of automotive innovation think again.

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Judge Rules to Reinstate Chrysler Workers Fired for Drinking on the Job

Chrysler workers that were fired two years ago for drinking on the job have been reinstated at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant against the companies wishes following a union-backed arbitration process.

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Fiat, Chrysler Offer Rebates to Volkswagen Owners

Interested in a Fiat or Chrysler and currently driving around in a Volkswagen? The automaker is now offering a $1,000 rebate to current VW owners in America if they wish to buy a Fiat or Chrysler vehicle.

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Chrysler Minivans Now Available With Blu-Ray Player

Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder or whatever your kids want to watch are now available in Chrysler and Dodge minivans in Blu-Ray high definition.

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November 2012 Auto Sales: Hurricane Highlights

Things are looking up for automakers in the United States. All told sales topped 1.1 million new cars and trucks in November. That’s nearly a 15 percent increase compared to the same month in 2011. Year-to-date sales eclipsed 13 million units, an improvement of almost 14 percent compared to the same time period last year.

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2013 Chrysler Town & Country S Gets Moparized: 2012 LA Auto Show

Who said a minivan had to be boring? Chrysler certainly doesn’t think so, teaming up with Mopar to show off a ‘Moparized’ 2013 Town & Country S at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Ford Profit Margins Largest of Detroit Three

Ford is looking pretty savvy these days when it comes to money management.

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Chrysler Named Marketer of the Year by Ad Age

Advertising Age has named Chrysler the marketer of the year for 2012, thanks to the company’s growth which is attributed to its new marketing techniques. 

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2013 Chrysler Town and Country S Shown Before LA Debut

Chrysler is giving its Town and Country some slick touches with the “S” package, which will debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show later this week. 

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Most Researched Cars of the Week: November 18 – 24

Compacts and sub-compacts were the most popularly queried cars this week with selections from both Japan and the U.S. filling the list.

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