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2013 Hyundai Genesis Gets More Infotainment, Loses Engine

On: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Hyundai Genesis Gets More Infotainment, Loses Engine test 2

Hyundai announced recently that the 2013 Genesis will get some updates and tweaks. The model loses the 4.6-liter V-8 engine and gains a new navigation system.

Hyundai implies that it has dropped the 4.6-liter engine to simplify the Genesis line-up. The 429-hp 5.0-liter V-8 will be offered exclusively on the high performance 5.0-liter R Spec, while the 333-hp 3.8-liter V-6 will power other Genesis models. In other words, Genesis buyers won't have an option of engine.

What Genesis buyers will have is an optional 64-GB Driver Information System with navigation and 8-inch display. The system includes an improved user interface with rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice recognition and redesigned navigation screen layouts. A new set of "hot keys" provides more direct control over certain functions.

Study Shows Customers Still Value People Over Social Media In Car Buying

On: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 12:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Study Shows Customers Still Value People Over Social Media In Car Buying test 2

We've seen social media climb in importance in the automotive industry over the past few years. Social media now sometimes serves in place of auto shows when it comes to new model reveals and announcements. It's a tool for advertising campaigns and contests. It sometimes even serves as the design department. According to a new study, however, it isn't yet a top resource affecting auto buying behavior.

In what it calls the largest automotive study in North America, consumer research firm Maritz Research finds that close to 22 percent of auto buyers report that the good old fashioned salesperson is still the most influential source of information. In fact, the salesperson took a big leap in 2011, surging higher than the previous five years.

Chrysler Infotainment System To Connect Without Smartphone

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Chrysler and Sprint announced a new partnership that will make in-vehicle infotainment a little more streamlined. The latest version of Chrysler's Uconnect system, Uconnect Access, will connect to the Internet without a smartphone. The new system will allow drivers to use Internet features like music streaming while passengers connect laptop or tablet computers via the wireless hot spot.

Many vehicle infotainment systems leverage smartphones for their Internet connectivity. With the help of Sprint, the new Uconnect will turn the car itself into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot thanks to embedded wireless hardware.

Domino's Teams With Local Motors For Ultimate Pizza Delivery Vehicle

On: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Domino's Teams With Local Motors For Ultimate Pizza Delivery Vehicle test 2

Sometimes it takes the sordid mind of the great collective to come up with truly inspiring designs. Local Motors knows this better than most. With its crowd-sourced design model, Local Motors came out with the truly unique Rally Fighter.

Domino's has decided to team up with Local Motors to see what the collective can come up with in terms of the "Ultimate Delivery Vehicle." Help ensure your pie is delivered in style by designing the perfect transport vehicle.


Consumer Reports' Five Cars To Avoid

On: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Consumer Reports has released a list of five cars to avoid. The list includes some well-known names, as well as some cars you're probably avoiding anyway.

"The five models here may be on a lot of buyers' shopping lists, but we suggest you steer clear," Consumer Reports explains. "They didn't perform well in our testing or they suffer from subpar reliability. Either way, there are better choices."

The two picks that we find most interesting are the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius C.

Study: Auto Owners Keep Cars For More Than 10 Years, 125,000 Miles

On: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 10:28AM | By: Chris Weiss

Study: Auto Owners Keep Cars For More Than 10 Years, 125,000 Miles test 2

It used to be that 100,000 miles was the dreaded odometer reading that got you thinking about a new car. Today, that number is more like a half-life for many owners. New research shows more evidence that auto consumers are keeping their vehicles for longer than ever.

Several months ago, market analytical firm Polk reported that duration of vehicle ownership had reached record levels, citing an average of around six years. Its numbers were pretty modest if we're to believe a new study by AutoMD.com. According to the study, as cited by The Detroit Bureau, 78 percent of vehicle owners plan to keep their models for 10 or more years. Only 4 percent report that they expect to trade in between six and seven years, and only 3 percent in three to five years.

Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Itself 47 MPG

On: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Itself 47 MPG test 2

Ford announces this week that the 2013 C-Max Hybrid is EPA certified at 47 mpg. The car gets a rare round EPA rating of 47 highway / 47 city. And, of course, that equates to 47 mpg combined. Take out the fours, and it's a jackpot of EPA certification.

The 47 mpg is just short of the Toyota Prius' 50 mpg combined, which leads non-plug-in hybrids. However, Ford is quick to point out that the C-Max Hybrid is the first hybrid to average 47 mpg for both city and highway driving. Most hybrids get a bump in city fuel economy thanks to regenerative braking, but the C-Max Hybrid keeps it level.

2012 Marks Highest MPG Ever For New Cars

On: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 1:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The idea that the fuel economy of new cars would reach record levels is almost intuitive. Automakers have been using new strategies and technologies to deliver higher fuel economy numbers, both to appeal to consumers and meet government regulations. With gas prices often flirting with record or near-record levels, consumers have responded by buying more efficient cars. It seems like we should be hitting record levels every year, and a new report shows that to be the case during the first half of 2012.

In March, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reported that average fuel economy for new cars had topped 24 mpg for the first time. While it came down in April, consumers remain very concerned with fuel economy, and average new-vehicle fuel economy set a record during the first half of 2012. According to auto market research firm Baum & Associates, the average fuel economy for new passenger vehicles in the US between January and June was 23.8 mpg. That's more than a 1 mpg increase from the 22.7 mpg record set during the same half-year period in 2011.

Next-Gen Kia Soul Searching

On: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Salamone

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The search is on. Reuters reports that a Kia executive dropped a Soul bomb during last Friday’s earnings conference. The Soul, Kia’s second-best selling model in the first half of 2012, will receive a model update sometime next year – most likely as a 2014 or 2015 entry.

And although a Kia spokesperson refused to comment on the possibility of a new Soul to Automobile, our chances are still good for a Soul update. Ever since the Soul came onto the US auto scene in 2009, sales have steadily increased each year. But the vehicle’s modernistic, box-shaped design aesthetic has nevertheless remained stagnant.

The timing is ripe for a Soul reboot.

Nissan Reveals 2013 Pathfinder On Facebook

On: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 12:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Now that Facebook has a footprint that leaves traditional media outlets dark green with jealousy, many companies skip the traditional press releases and trade show debuts in favor of Facebook announcements. We've seen it more and more in the auto industry, and the latest example is the unveiling of Nissan's new Pathfinder.

Instead of waiting for Paris or another major auto show, Nissan chose to reveal the 2013 Pathfinder during a hot, lazy late-July day. It will hold a more official unveiling event on Friday, August 3. Nissan foregoes the shadowy, out-of-focus teasers in favor of full photos to get some buzz going for Friday's event.

Arrinera Teases Production Supercar

On: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

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When we first saw the Arrinera, the Polish supercar, it was impossible to think anything other than "Lamborghini knock-off." In fact it was so close to a Lamborghini, some Polish media outlets claimed it was a replica of a tuned Lamborghini. Arrinera denied those reports and is moving ahead with the production version of its car. Given the back story, we expect the production car to take a few steps away from Sant'Agata Bolognese in terms of styling. The first teaser pictures provide more specifics as to what we can expect.

The teaser pictures don't provide enough evidence for us to determine how "Lambo" the production Arrinera will be. The shadowy profile view shows a shape that appears quite similar to the prototype model. The other shots zero in on small areas of the car.