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Study: Women more practical when buying cars

The efficient Mini was the car with highest percentage of women buyers. (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty)

Men prefer their cars beefy or fast, while women go for lower price tags and higher miles per gallon, according to a survey released Thursday., which studied data from 8 million purchases in the United States last year, found BMW AG’s Mini had the highest percentage of female buyers at 48 percent, while 93 percent of buyers for Fiat SpA’s Ferrari were men.

“The study shows that women car buyers are more cost-conscious and purchased fuel-efficient vehicles while male buyers were completely the opposite, purchasing vehicles that were either big and brawny, like a large truck, or chose a high-priced, high-performance vehicle,” TrueCar analyst Jesse Toprak said in a statement. Get the full story »

Kia drops Rondo, Borrego in U.S.

Automotive News | Kia has confirmed that it has dropped the Rondo van and Borrego full-size SUV from its U.S. lineup. Though Kia did not provide a reason, U.S. sales of the two cars fell in 2010.

Hyundai, VW top insurance industry safe car list

Fast growing Korean manufacturer Hyundai Motor and its Kia Motors affiliate shared the top spot for crash safety in a broad review of 2011 models. (See the full list)

Volkswagen and its luxury Audi brand also were among the 66 passenger cars and sport utilities garnering the highest ratings published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Get the full story »

Kia replaces co-CEO after recall

South Korean automaker Kia Motors, on the heels of a global recall of more than 100,000 vehicles, said Tuesday it has named a new vice chairman to replace Chung Sung-eun, who has resigned. Get the full story »

Kia recalling Soul, Sorento autos for wiring fix

Kia Motors is recalling about 35,000 Soul and Sorento vehicles to fix wiring in the interior lighting panels that could lead to fires. Get the full story »

Post clunkers funk hits August auto sales

Auto sales, once a bright spot in the economic recovery, grew fainter last month.

The pain was widespread. Big car companies General Motors, Ford and Toyota all saw sales slip. Smaller automakers like Subaru suffered too, as did companies that appeal to the budget minded, such as Kia and Hyundai. Get the full story »

NHTSA probes 2011 Hyundai Sonata steering

U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into claims that Hyundai Motor Co.’s best-selling car in America, the Sonata sedan, may have steering problems.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials opened the preliminary investigation into the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Friday. Get the full story »