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The Nissan Ellure To Be Unveiled At The L.A. Auto Show

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The last major auto show of the year comes to Los Angeles this week, considered one of the most green car shows in the world. The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show is the last stop for automakers to introduce their latest production cars.

Nissan has announced its participation at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show where it will unveil the new Nissan Ellure concept, one of three vehicles that the Japanese automaker plans to launch at this year’s L.A. Auto Show.


Toyota Is In The Spotlight Again, Fatal Camry Crash In Utah

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:19AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In automotive news this week, a deadly crash occurred in Utah that is being blamed on unintended acceleration of a Toyota Camry; the same problem that precipitated one of the biggest recalls in U.S. history.

The 2008 Camry crashed into a rock wall in western Utah, near the Nevada border on November 5th, killing the driver and a passenger. The vehicle was the subject of three recalls, the most recent recall was related to unintended acceleration in many Toyota models, including the 2008 Camry.

The incident has raised many questions about Toyota's repair of millions of recalled vehicles. According to federal safety regulators, the government has received many complaints from Toyota owners regarding recalled vehicles that continue to have problems, even after repairs were complete.


Chevrolet Makes a Comeback to Indy Car Racing

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 3:57PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Chevrolet is preparing to make a come-back to Indy Car Racing in 2012, interrupting Honda‘s monopoly on producing engine supplies for the American racing series.

Chevrolet is expected to partner with Ilmor Engineering, one of the most successful race-engine design and manufacturing firms in the world, to develop a high performance twin-turbo V6 engine. The Izod Indy Car Series plans to discontinue using V8s and move toward utilizing smaller four and six cylinder engines, beginning in 2012.


Nissan Shows Its Highly Anticipated Murano Convertible

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 3:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


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We knew it was coming this week, but it came a little early. Nissan released a picture of its Murano CrossCabriolet, a model which will debut at the LA Auto Show later this week. Soon to be the market's only AWD crossover convertible, the Murano CrossCabriolet doesn't look nearly as crazy or horrible as it could have and is much better than the renderings that we've seen over the years.


 

Step Aside Jota: Lamborghini Aventador To Be The Next Flagship

On: Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Well,cf file this under big, swooping curve ball: after months of seeing spy shots and rumors of the upcoming Lamborghini Jota, the car that will replace the Murcielago at the top of Lamborghini's line, a new spate of rumors indicates we may never see the Jota at all. What we've come to know as Jota may go by the name Aventador.


Investors Underestimate Growth of Auto Industry

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:03PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor Co., reported that he feels investors are not cognizant of the facts surrounding the financial potential of today's auto industry for both domestic and export sales, including China and India. "When people think growth, they think of the Brazil, India, China, Turkey, places like that—which is all true, and we're participating a lot there," according to Ford in an interview  with Reuters. "But we actually think the U.S. is a growth market for us."


Nissan Recalls Over 600,000 Vehicles Because of Steering And Battery Issues

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 11:17AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Nissan Motor is recalling over 600,000 pickup trucks and cars globally because of concerns regarding steering shafts and battery terminals. Approximately 300,000 Frontier pickup trucks, 18,500 Sentras, and over 280,000 Xterra SUVs are included in the recall. Most of the vehicles (about 85%) are in the United States and are between 2001 to 2010 model years.


GE and GM Team-Up: GE Going Electric

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If President Obama's plan to put a million electric and hybrids on the road by 2015 succeeds, at least 25,000 of those will belong to General Electric, as announced by the company this week. GE plans to add 25,000 plug-ins to its company-wide auto fleet by 2015 in what BusinessWeek calls the "biggest such order ever", beginning with 12,000 Chevy Volts. The cars will be used in part for GM's traveling salespersons.


No Surprises: Bugatti Veyron Is EPA's Worst Car

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Environmental Protection Agency has put together its lists of the most and least efficient cars of 2011, a list that has few, if any, surprises. While the top and bottom vehicles aren't that surprising,  there's been at least one shake-up in the numbers.

It should be no surprise that the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is the least efficient car in America with an abysmal 8 mpg city and 15 mpg highway. That designation comes even though the Veyron actually added one mpg worth of efficiency on the highway for the 2011 model year. What's more surprising is that the 1,000-hp, 16-cylinder Veyron is a new list-topper. One might have thought it was there all along, but it actually took the retirement of the previous champion to put the Veyron into first. The Lamborghini Murcielago was previously at the bottom of the rung with its 8/13 mpg rating. Lamborghini may be out this year, but the 700-hp Jota promises to put it back on the map in the years to come.


MIT Research Reveals that New Technology Lowers Stress in Drivers

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 3:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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A new study conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s New England University Transportation Center (NEUTC) revealed that drivers experience less stress when using specific advanced auto technology, such as the self-park feature.

A specially equipped 2010 Lincoln MKS test vehicle was utilized to detect the level of physiological stress experienced by drivers in different scenarios.

Research data revealed that many drivers experience high stress when having to perform certain functions behind the wheel, such as parallel parking  Utilizing advanced technology, such as the self-park mechanism, reduced drivers’ heart rate significantly, by more than 12 beats per minute.


More Recall Woes For Old GM: Lucerne And DTS Recalled For Power Steering Leak

On: Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 12:45PM | By: John Welch


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Schleping through the NHTSA website this morning reveals two undeniable truths: Certain 2010 and 2011 Buick Lucerne and Cadiallc DTS models are being recalled, and so are an alarming number of recreational vehicles. Though the AutoShopper dables in the RV world, it isn't so much our bag here at the blog. Still, I can't help but notice 13 RV-related recalls since November 1st! Everything from poorly installed "trim" to leaky, explosive propane tanks. Geez, RV Industry, its like this every month! Get your act together! There is also a recall on sun roves (it couldn't be 'roofs' could it?) that seems to be bad for the Webasto Product Corporation, In case anyone cares .. .

The Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne front drive chassis are similar in many respects. Mostly, they are big, and they are old. Even old cars can't escape the recall bug, however, especially when they are being built brand new as we speak. Certain V8-equipped Lucernes and DTS suffer from cable over-lap. Yes, I just made that up. The battery and/or alternator cable interferes with the power steering return line, deep within the affected car's bloated bowels. The cable could wear through the line, causing fluid leaks. Besides loss of power steering, which is not a good thing given the age and physical strength of the average Buick Lucerne driver; the fluid may also leak onto hot engine parts. This leads to all sorts of unfortunate fires and insurance claims. GM doesn't want that, they want to help. Beginning November 19th, any affected car can be dropped off at its dealership of origin to have the cables rerouted free of charge. You can call Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, or Buick at 1-866-608-8080 to find the nearest qualified dealer. Full recall notice inside the post . . .