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Kia V-8 "GT" Concept Leaked

On: Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


Kia V-8 GT Concept test 2

We've heard Kia will introduce two V-8-powered, RWD sports cars within the next few months, and we knew the first was coming at the Frankfurt Motor Show. What we didn't know is that a whole bunch of pictures of it were going to leak a little early. A handful of pictures of Kia's sporty concept have leaked, providing views from nearly every angle.


Want To Test Drive A GM? Go To The Dealer Like Everyone Else

On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 1:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


Want To Test Drive A GM? test 2

It was only a few months ago that GM was heavily marketing its "Main Street in Motion" program, a sort of traveling test-drive in which it took a variety of products from GMC, Buick, and Chevy (no Caddies for the masses, unfortunately) and offered test drives at events and stadiums. Interestingly, it not only offered test drives of its own vehicles (including the Camaro and Chevy Volt), but also of competitors, so you could get a true, head-to-head comparison. For GM, it was a good way to get out into the community and try to change any negative perceptions and reinforce positive ones. For consumers, it was a good way to test a variety of vehicles at once. Frankly, it seemed like a great idea.

Apparently, despite GM's best efforts, the Main Street in Motion program wasn't particularly successful, because GM has shut it down in favor of more conventional advertising routes.


ANOTHER Honda Recall!

On: Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


ANOTHER Honda Recall! test 2

Hot on the heels of last month’s massive 1.5 million car recall, it seems Honda has a few more problems on their hands. It seems that the power window switch found in the Fit, CR-V, and City models has been created with a defect that can cause it to heat up significantly and potentially catch fire, which is not on the list of things to do for most daily commutes.

Besides that bit of fun, Honda has issued another recall in tandem with the CR-V for its hybrid CR-Z model because when the battery is low on charge, the gas engine has stalled and the transmission is in gear, the electric motor may actually rotate in the opposite direction—meaning you could go forward when the car is in reverse. That would be a tough one to explain to the cops or the insurance company.

The good news is that no serious injury or deaths have been reported as of yet because of these defects, but the bad news is that over 936,000 units worldwide have been affected and are slated to head back to dealerships. Keep reading to see the full press release from Honda.


New App Simplifies Navigation For GM's OnStar System

On: Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 2:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


New App Simplifies Navigation For GM's On Star System  test 2

Researching and navigating to your destination just got a little easier for GM owners—at least those GM owners whose cars are equipped with OnStar. GM has a brand-new app that makes identifying a destination and programming it into your car more seamless than ever.

A new function of the OnStar RemoteLink app lets OnStar users find addresses via Android and iPhone devices and then send them wirelessly to the navigation system. So instead of having to research the address on your phone and then punch it into the GPS—or wading through the points of interest just hoping the destination you need is listed—you can find the address and zap it with one simplified process. The app lets you store up to five addresses, which can be accessed via voice command.


 

Volvo's Game Changer, Or The First AWD Diesel Plug-In Hybrid

On: Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Salamone


Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid test 2

Volvo is a company synonymous with safety, AWD, and perhaps the geometric square. In 2012, Volvo will also be known for an entirely new achievement: the first practical plug-in hybrid. Just as Chevy plans to release the Volt, which features both a short range electric motor and the long term benefits of an internal combustion engine, Volvo is looking toward the future to blend technologies from plug-in hybrids and diesels alike in their latest V60.

To date, all mass-produced hybrid vehicles are powered by unleaded fuel. This is primarily because of the differences associated with starting diesel engines versus starting an electric motor. Diesels require oil pressure and usually some warm-up time. This newest V60 manages to meet that challenge with some kind of mechanical voodoo—allowing oil-pressure to build while the driver releases the brake and presses the start button.


2012 Nissan Maxima Is the Latest Price Hold

On: Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 11:28AM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan Maxima Is the Latest Price Hold test 2

Japanese brands sure are reluctant to increase prices this year. Honda held pricing on its Accord; Toyota is selling the Camry for less than its 2011 equivalent; and now Nissan is placing a price hold on the Maxima. Both the 2012 Maxima 3.5 S and 3.5 SV are offered at the same price as their 2011 equivalents. And they get a few upgrades to boot.

The 2012 Maxima 3.5 S will start at $31, 750 and the Maxima 3.5 SV will start at $34, 450. Those prices are before a $760 destination charge. Both models are powered by a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine and Xtronic CVT transmission with available paddle shifters.


Ford Previews Evos Concept

On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ford Previews Evos Concept  test 2

Ford teased its Frankfurt appearance last week with a short presser about four new designs that it will reveal at the show. One of those was described as a "major new design concept." This week, the Blue Oval revealed what that new design concept is: the radical Evos Concept.

Let's just not set ourselves up for disappointment. Despite looking better than pretty much every Ford in the current line, the Evos won't be making it to production. Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development made that quite clear in the press release: "... you will never see this car on the road..."

That's a damn shame, because we would love to see a sporty Ford sedan with quad gullwing doors on the road. That's right, the Evos features gullwings in front and back, providing a wide, inviting entry. Those gullwings are one of the first signs that this isn't your ordinary four-seater. From there, the Evos doesn't disappoint.


Car Sales May Droop As Stock Market/Economy Suffer

On: Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss


Car Sales May Droop As Stock Market/Economy Suffer test 2

In January, Edmunds' Auto Observer predicted that 2011 automobile sales would rise to 12.9 million in 2011, an increase over 2010's 11.6 million sales and 2009's record-low 10.4 million. The report expected improving credit conditions to help fuel auto sales, and didn't foresee any supply-side problems. After months of headlines about economic woes, credit crunches, and Japanese auto-industry supply problems, many analysts are adjusting sales forecasts.

According to the Associated Press (AP), buyers are becoming increasingly wary of new auto purchases as the stock market swings wildly. Salt Lake City auto dealer Jerry Seiner tells the AP that his showrooms tend to be empty when the stock market is down and active when it's up.

While anticipated Congressional cuts and stock market swings aren't boding well for the industry for the rest of the year, sales predictions haven't gotten too dire of yet. J.D. Power and Associates adjusted its 2012 prediction by 2 percent, bringing it down to 12.6 million (from 12.9 percent, to save you a little math). That's still well above last year's sales.


2013 Lexus GS Rev-ealed!

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:23PM | By: Chris Salamone


2013 Lexus GS 350 test 2

Launched at Pebble Beach, Lexus announced the company’s plans to produce an all-new GS 350 in 2013. Like the vehicle’s predecessors, this most recent GS appears to be another road-raging monster synched with the refinements of proper luxury breeding. The new GS mixes uniquely aggressive styling with enhanced handling, the latest technology, and a more spacious interior. Most enticingly, in addition to the GS 350, Lexus plans to launch other GS models in early 2012—hinting at a hybrid and F Sport version.

“Today, buyers in the mid-size luxury segment want a more engaging driving experience, styling that makes a statement, and a roomier interior package,” declared Mark Templin, the Lexus group VP and General Manager. “With the all-new GS, we’re giving them what they asked for, and more.”


2012 Tiguan: V-Doubling Their Efforts

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:13PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2012 Tiguan: V-Doubling Their Efforts test 2

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you may have noticed that the small SUV segment of the marketplace has become a bit, saturated.  It seems that Americans still love the idea of an SUV, but somewhere between the invention of the Suburban and V10 Expedition, those same Americans decided they didn't quite like their high-riding 'Utes when it came time to refill their very big, very empty gas tanks. 

So, the car makers gave to the world smaller, more refined versions of those big boys and their popularity sky rocketed, and in fact did so well that just about every car company has at least one hat in the ring. But with so many choices, obviously there have to be some sales winners and some sales losers.  One of those losers in the last few years has been the Volkswagen Tiguan.


Best Cars For Back To School

On: Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:36AM | By: Chris Weiss


Best Cars For Back To School test 2

Back when I was in college about 10 years ago, your car was quite a status symbol. Kids drove around campus with their bright-rimmed, leather-seated, current-model-year rides pumping bass and feeling good about themselves. Nevermind the fact that the car lease was being paid for by the kid's grandma, the car made him look and feel like a player.  With gas prices hovering around $1 a gallon, fuel economy wasn't even a thought in the back of your mind, and you were free to get the biggest, loudest engine available without remorse.

The world has changed a lot in a decade. Market analysis like this has demonstrated that the car is sliding rapidly as a status symbol among youth. Many young people look at cars simply as a necessary evil needed to get around. With the world pushing greener lifestyles, the car may even be seen as a dirty, old remnant of outdated technology compared with newer, cleaner modes of transportation. So it's no surprise that the recommended cars for students aren't hot sports coupes--like the Acura Integra I used to drive around in college--but more practical, safe commuters. These options should make both kids and parents happy.