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Officially Official: Fiesta Tops 40 MPG Highway!

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:56PM | By: John Welch

Officially Official: Fiesta Tops 40 MPG Highway! test 1-1

In the Mighty "Kei-Car MPG Wars" of the late Aught-Aughts, one car will go down as the fuel-sippinest, non-hybrid efficiency Overlord. Honda Fit maybe? Toyota Yaris? The Volkswagen TDi's or the Hyundai Accent (BARF) perhaps? Could it possibly be a newcomer, a stranger to Americans, a high plains drifter? A virtual "Car without a name"!? A transportation appliance that will get us to work and back on a thimbles-worth of gasoline? Could it be that I watched one too many spaghetti westerns this weekend?

No, no, nope, no. Yes, Ford Fiesta, yes, aaaand . . . yes.

The hard numbers inside yonder post . . .

Nissan Thinking of Recalling Some Light Trucks

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Nissan Thinking of Recalling Some Light Trucks  test 1-1

According to Autonews, Nissan North America is currently thinking of issuing a recall that will affect 48,700 trucks that were built in the U.S. This latest problem is on a lower suspension control link that may not have been welded correctly. Under certain conditions a bushing collar could crack as result of this possible welding defect.

The recall, which was still under discussion with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration late Friday afternoon, will involve some of the 2010 Nissan, Armadas, Titans, Pathfinders, Infiniti QX56, Frontiers, and Xterras models.

First Solar Cars to be Road Tested in Japan

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 12:38PM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Mazda Demio test 2

It seems that the day and age of the next generation of truly hybrid vehicles is finally upon us. For eons—or so it feels like it—there has been much banter over electric cars and hybrid cars (which are still powered by gas, but use advanced fuel cells to charge up as the car drives, allowing them to effectively use less gas by alternating between the built-up electrical charge from driving, and then switching back to the gas source once that power has been all used up). Namely, the big oil companies really would not be all that happy to see their business drop, and in massive numbers, if say, the world were to suddenly stop using gas-powered cars.

Does the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV Stack Up for the Price?

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:34AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV test 2

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV is supposed to—according to some rumors circulating around the web, and according to bits that have been pitter-pattered online—offer a more refined exterior, a sleek and leaner interior, and, of course, that oh, so desirable, Audi supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Last year’s model had the six-cylinder VW Group engine, but not this time around. With a bit of a lighter chass—is, according to rumors, and less weight overall, combined with a faster, more fuel-efficient and powerful engine, the Porsche Cayenne SUV is one robust off road vehicle.


New Survey Shows That Honda, Ford Surpass Toyota in Customer Loyalty

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:30AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Toyota Customer Loyalty Falters test 2

The juggernaut carmaker Toyota has enjoyed high customer loyalty ratings for many years. Much like Rome and other empires of the past, Toyota's empire is finally being toppled by rival carmakers over rapidly declining customer loyalty. After several parts being recalled, spanning many different models the company makes, over this past year alone—combined with many other recalls that have been initiated on millions of their cars that are already on the road over the past decade—customers are waning, their confidence with the company is deteriorating, and some are waving goodbye to the recall-plagued carmaker in favor of other auto giants.

The Biggiest Mini Yet: 2011 Countryman Crossover

On: Fri, May 14, 2010 at 1:02PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Biggiest Mini Yet: 2011 Countryman Crossover test 1-1

The Mini Cooper Countryman Crossover is finally here! It seems like it has been forever since the four-door, all-wheel-drive, rugged-styled version based on the basic Mini Cooper theme was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show two years ago. Now that the concept car has evolved into a market-ready vehicle, having made its official debut at the Geneva auto show this year, it won’t be long before it is available in the United States.

The Return of the World Class Hispano-Suiza

On: Thu, May 13, 2010 at 4:37PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Return of the World Class Hispano-Suiza  test 1-1

Throughout history, many countries have been known for designing at least one car is so impressive and exotic that it stands far above the rest. Rarely do they produce more than one of these legendary automobiles. Examples are the 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Britain, the supercharged Mercedes-Benz SSKL from Germany, the huge Bugatti Royale from France, and for Spain, that car was the Hipano-Suiza, a pre-World War II  European luxury car that never made it through the Great Depression.

. . . Speaking of Hyundai, Who Wants A Korean Ram?

On: Thu, May 13, 2010 at 10:29AM | By: John Welch

. . . Speaking of Hyundai, Who Wants A Korean Ram? test 1-1

A few months back Nissan and Dodge held some meetings regarding the successor to the Nissan Titan pickup. Nissan didn't want to follow in Toyota's footsteps and waste precious capital creating and engineering a Titan replacement. Nissan wanted to outsource the job. Chrysler wanted to reduce the cost of building Ram trucks. It would have been great.

Conflicting reports suggest one or both parties wound up with cold feet; Fiat's purchase of Chrysler was probably the event that killed the Ram-derived Titan. Hyundai was paying attention the entire time. Hyundai continues to gain market share at an stratospheric rate and the high-profit full-size truck demographic is one segment they have yet to enter. Considering the difficulty Toyota and Nissan have had breaking the Big Three's death-grip on the truck market, it seems logical to try to partner with an established brand for its first foray into the cut-throat world of 'Murrikenized truckdom. This strategy worked great for Mazda, right?


UPDATE, 05/14/2010

Hyundai's Standard Warranty is Pretty Darn Good!

On: Wed, May 12, 2010 at 9:33AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Hyundai's Standard Warranty test 2

The warranty that is being offered by Hyundai is rather impressive to say the least. In fact, the car company offers not only of the best auto warranties in the US, but in the entire world too! The major South Korean car making conglomerate recently even announced on its website that they have even upped the warranty levels on their newer models in all other countries, and not just the US. This newly added level of protection that the car company is offering to consumers on the international levels speaks mountains of how they feel about the quality, reliability and durability of their engineering. This also translates into the fact that the company is not trying to ‘cheap out’ by making cars that cost less money but are surrounded by a myriad of technical issues.

Auto Worker Unions Part of the Big Three Falter?

On: Wed, May 12, 2010 at 9:31AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Were Auto Worker Unions Part of the Big Three Falter? test 2

Did somebody cry wolf for the Big Three automakers in the US? Because it seems like only yesterday that we were seeing company execs, wearing fancy, triple-stitched inseam suits with pinstripes and all, crying before the US Congress—which held an emergency meeting on their behalf. Irony prevailed for a moment too. That is because these bigwigs arrived in their private chartered jets—many of them couriered in on lavish jumbo jets that feature cocktail bars, entertainment centers, and private catering. And all just to humbly beg—and not on their knees—but while sipping off organic water as hordes of lawyers surrounded them, literally imploring Congress to do one thing: Give them money so they could survive.

Hyundai SUV's May Be Built At Kia's Georgia Plant

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 2:14PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Hyundai SUV's May Be Built At Kia's Georgia Plant test 1-1

In car news, it seems that Hyundai may be shifting production of the Santa Fe SUV from the site of current assembly in Montgomery Alabama to Hyundai’s sister company (just 80 miles across the state line), Kia’s new plant in Georgia.  Kia Motors, the South Korean automaker officially opened its United States plant in February of 2010 in West Point Georgia in the hopes of expanding its presence in the North American markets.