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Nissan Ad Deemed Misleading

On: Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 9:12AM | By: Karen Cook


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If you happen to be in the desert racing around in your dune buggy and it gets stuck, there’s a solution. If you drove out there in your Nissan Frontier, you can use it to push the dune buggy up the hill. Or can you?


Too Much Advertising?

On: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:21PM | By: Karen Cook


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Remember when it was all the rage to have an app on your phone that would tell you which stores were having sales as you walked through the mall? Some even gave digital coupons that were good for only a very limited time. This is old news on hand-held devices, but BMW is trying out the concept in its vehicles, obviously on a much larger scale.


Carbon Fiber Vs Steel

On: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 3:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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The Detroit Auto Show held earlier this month abounded with cars sporting the latest in technological applications. A popular trend among manufacturers appears to be carbon fiber used in the body of their vehicles. Previously this sort of thing would be reserved for race cars or high-end luxury cars due to the expense of producing and using the material. What we commonly call “carbon fiber” is actually carbon fiber reinforced polymer. It attracts manufacturers because it is five times stronger than steel and weighs two-thirds less. This means that, if a typical automobile is made of carbon fiber instead of steel, the mass weight will drop by 60% and use 30% less gas—and lower emissions from 10% to 20%.

Another drawback of carbon fiber was the time it takes to mold during production, about five minutes to mold a frame. A few years ago a Japanese company discovered that if a special thermoplastic resin was mixed with the carbon fiber the time could be reduced to less than 60 seconds. This could be part of the reason for the sudden use in newer cars.


Itty Bitty Cars Can Have Huge Safety Issues

On: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:40AM | By: Karen Cook


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Tiny cars are great on gas consumption, perfect for crowded cities, and the light weight is necessary for electric power. One place they fall short, so to speak, is in safety ratings, specifically in crash tests. This year saw a 70% drop in the makes and models chosen as top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


 

Top Five Detroit Auto Show Production Cars

On: Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 5:21PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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The North American International Auto Show is the stage used by automakers to reveal their new & upcoming models and redesigns—but they don’t bring every vehicle in their lineup out to play, only the important ones make to the Motor City event. Some of the most important models are debuted during this week of auto madness, and the 2014 show didn’t disappoint! Not every car makes it to an assembly line afterwards either—not every car is even meant to. Take the FT-1 by Toyota, for example; while many people think it’s the next Supra, the concept in its current form isn’t intended for production and consumer purchase. Here are the coolest cars that you'll actually have a chance to own one day.


BMW Gets Greener

On: Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 4:46PM | By: Karen Cook


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There is a wide range of options for car manufacturers to make their vehicles greener. Most of the research is obviously geared toward electric power instead of gasoline, but there are less obvious changes that can be made to a car’s interior which is also beneficial to the planet. BMW leads the way toward a greener future.


Tesla's On Fire Again

On: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:39PM | By: Karen Cook


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Tesla’s on fire again! And not in the positive way. Poor Tesla. Almost on the heels of Model S engine fires and then a fire at a factory, Tesla is now recalling 29,222 vehicle chargers for the 2013 Model S because they may overheat and catch fire.


GM & Tesla Race Towards Affordable Electric Vehicles

On: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:04AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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When Tesla Motors emerged as America’s fourth domestic auto manufacturer, the Detroit three felt the pressure bearing down. Tesla not only threatened the big brands in this country, it threatened the whole mind-set of the industry. Instead of trying to discredit the technology, the top three Detroit automakers are responding with fierce competition—and GM could be taking the lead.


GM Blasphemes, Offers Auto 'Vette Z06

On: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:34PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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GM’s really gone and done it this time: they’re offering the new Corvette Z06 with an…automatic gearbox. Now, before you get all up in arms about it, remember that it’s just an option, you are by no means required to have 8 gears and a torque converter. According to project chief engineer Tadge Juecther (I don’t know, either), the new auto ‘box was found to be a pleasing and eminently practical alternative to developing a Dual-Clutch transmission, and was benchmarked against just about every other performance DCT on the market; they were all found wanting. So there you have it, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.


A Sinister Dodge Dart?

On: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:16PM | By: Karen Cook


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When you think of “sinister”-looking vehicles, does a Dodge Dart cross your mind? No? Not surprising; but the 2014 Dart SXT Blacktop is being described using that very word by its maker. It will be shown at the Detroit Auto Show next week and will be available at dealerships in the spring.


Ford Makes Fantasy A Reality

On: Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 5:06PM | By: Karen Cook


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Did you ever watch the TV show Eureka on Syfy? If you didn’t you missed a fun geeky show and you might want to pick it up on Netflix. One of the characters in the show was a house named SARAH (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat). She could do all the things your current security system does along with lots of other things, including having conversations and occasionally throwing fits. She was entirely voice-activated and knew all inhabitants and visitors through advanced voice recognition. At one point, she was put into a car (not the house, just the operating system) and she began to suggest places to go since she had never had the ability to “go” before.