Price dips and and an expansion of models to choose from contributed to the boost in third-quarter purchases.
Analysts expect drivers to switch sooner or later. But pump prices alone won't drive them to.
Amy Harder at Breakthrough Energy describes her car-buying journey.
Facing ambitious new federal mileage standards, and higher gas prices, automakers are touting ‘fuel efficiency’ at the North American International Auto Show this week.
Makers of hybrid and electric cars are increasing their offerings in 2013 despite a somewhat disappointing roll-out of vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
Several new electric and hybrid cars were introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but high prices are expected to keep alternative-fuel vehicles a small part of the market. Ford's shot at efficiency: a three-cylinder Fiesta.