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

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


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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.


Prescription For Disaster

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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A scenario I would like to pose to you:

Say you haven’t been feeling well lately and decide to make an appointment with whichever local physician currently accepts your insurance. You walk in, and see all the doctor’s giant-sized degrees nailed to the wall in all of their monumental, well-earned pride.  Then you proceed to give all your information to the medical assistant and explain what the problem is. After she leaves, you find yourself waiting a little longer than you are comfortable with. You might even start to go so far as to wondering if the doctor has gone home for the day. Several seconds after you complete that thought, he walks in with a brilliant smile and makes you feel right at home… and terrible for getting angry with him.

He asks you very pointed questions, and you give him the best descriptions of the pain you’ve been suffering from. He then asks you to pull up your sleeve so he can check your blood pressure. He starts to pump, and after a couple awkward squeezes, can’t quite get the nozzle open quickly enough and has to start over. Then, he tries again, and this time says he lost count of your heartbeat. After half a dozen more tries, he laughs and says that was the one part of medical school he just could never get quite right. So he brings in a machine that will take it instead. It doesn’t actually make your visit any faster, and, in fact, takes longer because he has to engage the machine, but he assures you that the machine is much more efficient than he is anyway, so no big deal. At this point you might start feeling a little uneasy about what those big paper documents on the wall represent .

What does this scenario have to do with an automotive blog post? Please allow me to explain. Much the same as that medical degree your doctor has, your driver’s license signifies a few things to the world. It says you can legally operate a two-on piece of machinery at potentially fatal speeds with no problem. It says you can read and understand all of the signs and signals on the road and follow their instructions. At its most basic, your license to drive says you passed a test at the local DMV and maaaaybe failed one aspect of the test.  More than likely, as is the case with most people that fail something, it was parallel parking. But hey, it’s allowed right? Eventually you’ll get it, won’t you? Well, maybe not.


How to Find the Best Deals on Used & New Automobiles Online

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 4:21PM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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Buying a used or a new car is a really big decision. Over the past decade and a half, since the advent of the internet, the world of car buying and shopping has been changed forever. But this change actually works out to the advantage of the consumer over the seller or dealer, because it enables you to really look around in order to net yourself the best deals. Like many other things in life, it is always wise to make a well-informed decision. And thanks to the power of the web, this can be rather easily accomplished these days!


Why It May Make Sense to Still Buy a New Toyota

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:53AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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There are many consumers who are still at odds as to whether or not they should make a purchase of what was, until the recall of a failed braking mechanism and several other parts, one of the top-selling cars in the US: Toyota. While it is always good to be wary when making any vehicle purchase, be it used or new, there are some pretty innovative changes that Toyota has made over the months that have ensued. Even as they recoil from what is perhaps the most horrid PR nightmare any company could ever stomach—one that caused the company CEOs and board to be publicly lambasted by the US Congress—there are still reasons it might be smart to consider these cars when deciding what vehicle to purchase. The company has striven to prove itself, and is in no financial trouble, unlike GM and others of the Big Four in the US—able to operate due only ’ to continued financial assistance from the US government.


 

Car Sales In China Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down

On: Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:18AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The Chinese auto market is currently up by an estimated 40% according to a recent Car News online report. The China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATRC) shows that sales of domestically made vehicles are at 1.39 million for April 2010, that is up over 9% from March reports and 40% more than the same time last year. 


Ford Motor Company to Phase Out Crown Victoria

On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 11:15AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In recent car news, Ford has announced that they will be phasing out the infamous Crown Victoria. The car that everyone knows as a police squad car will no longer bear the Crown Victoria model name, but Ford has no intention of forgoing its contract to provide vehicles for the police department, a segment that provides over 65,000 sales per year to the Ford Motor Company.


GM Recalls 40k 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes for steering column issue.

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Drew Christy


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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced that General Motors has issued a recall for 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes. The recall is for all Corvette models built between March 2004 and January 2006 with tilt and telescoping steering wheels.

Movement in the steering column could cause signal interruption and illuminate the message “Service Active Handling System” warning light. This problem could also cause the brakes to pull the car to the left or right, thereby causing an accident. This recall affects a total of 40,028 Corvettes. For more information contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236 or call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438.


Chevy Cans The Orlando; Does America Care?

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:41AM | By: John Welch


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In order to please the AutObama administration and its investors, (re: Us!) GM has go about streamlining its business operations. Simplifying the complicated, downsizing the unwieldy. One way to go about skinnying up a corporate dinosaur is to limit complications in production. Do a few things really well. As it applies to GM, those "things" would be the Traverse, Equinox, Malibu, and the upcoming Cruze. GM plans to remain efficient by limiting the number of new models its American factories are pumping out.

To this end, GM’s president for North America, Mark Reuss, has leveled the proverbial "ax" on the Chevrolet Orlando. According to Reuss, this action is being taken in order to maximize the output of current top-sellers, the Malibu and Equinox. Along with the Traverse, GM has added a third shift at the plants that produce these cars. There are even plans to produce the Equinox and Malibu at other facilities.

Considering the Orlando will still be offered in other markets, could this be a good sign for the Volt MP5? Perhaps the Orlando is deemed to similar to the Equinox, and Chevy is trying to avoid the sort of inter-company cannibalization that led to GM's financial melt-down in the first place. Answers to those questions are not going to come soon, or easily. If you ask Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet’s product marketing director for small cars and crossovers, you might come away a little disappointed. She isn't all that specific . . .


Honda Recalls 167,000 Acura Sedans

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:54AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In car news this week, according to a recent press release, Honda has recalled over 160,000 Acura TSX Sedans due to a potential safety hazard—a faulty power steering hose and o-ring gasket which has the potential to deteriorate prematurely, possibly resulting in a fire hazard.


Toyota Recalls Sequoia SUVs To Address Stability Control

On: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:21AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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We all heard about Toyota's problem with unintended acceleration, right? Well, now there are problems with the 2003 Sequoia's lack of acceleration. The recall is triggered by complaints that the stability control activated at times it should not. In such cases, the vehicle's stability control system—which regulates the vehicle's brakes and engine to help control a lack of traction while cornering—can needlessly kick in at lower speeds, thus making the truck go slower than the driver wants. This sounds like a big safety issue to me; can you imagine trying to merge into heavy traffic, and you hit the gas, and you are going nowhere—fast? I can see the dump truck in my rearview mirror now…

Apparently this problem has been going on since the fall of 2003 and Toyota has been replacing the skid control units when customers complained. If you own a Sequoia, have no fear; starting in late May, Toyota will send letters to all affected Sequoia owners included in this recall. The automaker is also will reimburse customers who were charged for the fix when the work was done after their warranty ended.

Steve St. Angelo, Toyota's chief quality officer for North America, said, “Toyota is committed to investigating customer complaints more aggressively and to responding quickly to issues we identify in our vehicles. As a result, we are voluntarily launching this recall to ensure that as many 2003 Sequoias as possible are serviced to the full satisfaction of our customers.”

More details and answers to questions are available to customers at http://www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. You can read the press release after the jump.


The Fisker Karma Goes on Retail Tour

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Fisker is an ambitious new automaker we have been hearing a lot about in car news today; he plans to launch the first luxury high-performance, electric plug-in hybrid, known as the “Karma”.

Henrik Fisker has a long track record of designing first class automobiles, including some of the most desirable cars ever made, such as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 (both featured in James Bond movies), and more.