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Categories: Car News

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.

When Governments Run Dealerships

On: Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 9:51AM | By: Karen Cook

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Here in the States most of us take the ability to buy and drive a vehicle for granted. Having transportation is essential and even if you drive an old clunker you have to have a way to get around. We complain that we don’t have enough money to buy the car of our dreams and we settle for something dependable, but most of us have a car of some kind. Take a look in your driveway and be thankful for whatever is there. You could live in Cuba.

Affordable Diesel from Volkswagen

On: Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 9:05AM | By: Karen Cook

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With gas prices ever on the rise, new car buyers are more and more aware of how far they can go on a tank full of the precious liquid. If you’ve been interested in switching to a diesel-powered vehicle, Volkswagen has just made it easy for you. The car maker already produces the cheapest and smallest diesel sedan on the market in the United States, but it will slash the price of the 2014 Jetta TDI Value Edition by an additional $2,000, making it possible to own one for $22,115.

A Plea to Automakers

On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 2:23PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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Purveyors of cars, big and small, I want to have a word with you about your business models. In reading through the often lyrical and always entertaining Doug DeMuro’s back catalogue of posts (see www.playswithcars.com), I found a similar entreaty to car manufacturers from a likeminded enthusiast driver: sell us more manuals.


Automakers Are Storing Your Driving Habits & Location Data

On: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:18AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Automakers in the U.S. are using navigation and infotainment systems in millions of cars to track the habits and locations of the driver. Through these systems, the people who make your car can track your location, and monitor how long you’ve stayed at a place. According to a new government investigation, as your car’s owner there’s nothing you can do about it either.

The New Versa Note

On: Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:00PM | By: Karen Cook

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Sometimes car makers have to decide where to spend their money when making a new model vehicle. Nissan faced just this question when redesigning the 2014 Versa Note. After researching this little car, it’s easy to see where the money went and, if your priorities match Nissan’s, this may be the perfect vehicle for you.

Manheim Thaws Online Fees

On: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:55PM | By: Karen Cook

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Car dealerships must keep inventory up in order to give buyers as many choices as possible. Different makes, different colors, and different options must be available at a hands-on level. If a buyer doesn’t see what he’s looking for he may find it at another dealership and decide to purchase there. It’s not too difficult with new cars. Manufacturers track what is selling where and maintain the needed inventory in cooperation with individual dealerships. Used cars are a different story. Dealers can’t count exclusively on trade-ins, although some of these are recycled and resold without ever leaving the lot. Most of the used inventory you see, however, comes from auctions.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

On: Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Looking to get the utility of a crossover with a little boost in mileage? The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a compelling option that costs a few thousand dollars more than a comparable V6 model and offers close to 25 percent better fuel economy.

Two Roads to the Same Destination

On: Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 5:50PM | By: Karen Cook

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Truck buyers are not willing to give up their trucks, but, with gas prices ever on the rise, truck makers are becoming more creative in boosting fuel economy in their vehicles. GM and Ford are the top-selling truck manufacturers and have approached the problem from different angles. Ford has created an “Ecoboost” engine, while GM has dubbed its creation “Active Fuel Management.” It comes down to the way you drive; that will determine which will be the option best for you.

Cutting the Dark with Lasers!

On: Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 9:20AM | By: Karen Cook

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The days of squinting into the darkness while driving at night are nearly gone. With most new cars sporting LED headlights we are able to see farther than ever on those poorly lit rural back roads. Deer and other wildlife are safer than ever and the insurance companies sleep a little easier.

Chrysler Is Now Totally Owned By Fiat

On: Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 11:29AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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The auto industry has undergone a major change as Chrysler has just become entirely owned by the Fiat brand. Announced on the first day of 2014, the stake in Chrysler owned by the United Auto Worker’s VEBA trust fund is set to be sold to the Italian auto company—a deal that came to a close on the last Sunday of 2013. This closes the arguments supporting the potential for public share holders and leaves questions about the future of both brands.