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Chrysler Will Cut Town And Country In Small Crossover Shake-up

On: Thu, May 31, 2012 at 10:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Years ago, minivans were gradually phased out as the ride of choice for families and soccer teams, first by the SUV, and then by the more efficient crossover. Only problem is, someone forgot to tell a few of the remaining minivan stalwarts from the 80s. Fiat/Chrysler is just now getting around to doing the job on the Town & Country.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that it will phase out the Town & Country in 2014 to make room for a new small crossover. At the same time, it will axe the Compass from Jeep's lineup, essentially shifting the small crossover over to the Chrysler brand. The crossover should be more upscale and expensive than the entry level Compass, in line with Chrysler's identity of (or attempt at) luxury.

Fuel Economy Ranks Higher Than All Other Considerations For Buyers

On: Wed, May 30, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A new Consumer Reports study shows that fuel economy is a leading consideration among new car buyers. In fact, it surpasses all other considerations, leaving factors like quality, capacity and value in the dust.

Consumer Reports' survey, which is based on responses from 1700 people nationwide contacted at random, shows that 37 percent of car buyers consider fuel economy the most important factor in a new car purchase. Only 17 percent of those surveyed pick quality as the most important consideration, with 16 percent citing safety and 14 percent citing value. That's a pretty strong statement in favor of fuel economy.

Volkswagen Unveils CC 'R-Line'

On: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:04PM | By: Chris Salamone

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On Sunday, Volkswagen of America revealed a new sportiest version of the CC four-door coupe to debut physically at the Auto Mobil International car show in Leipzig on June 1st, the CC R-Line. In addition to all those perky German technologies associated with the CC Sport Plus, the R-Line will be mated to an optional six-speed manual transmission, beefier lower air intake, upgraded lights, and aggressive aesthetics.

If there’s one thing we’ve always appreciated about the Volkswagen CC, it’s the vehicle’s sophisticated style – often fitting in with equally distinctive, but significantly more expensive makes. The R-Line model appears to take style to a whole new level, aimed to find the perfect nexus of sport and luxury.

High Gas Prices = Less Traffic

On: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

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I remember back when I got my first car, gas reached a jaw-dropping low of $0.89 a gallon and hovered between there and $1.00 a gallon for quite some time; $1.50 was almost unthinkable. Between having a new, pristine license and the low cost of pumping up, I used to just drive and drive - no real destination, just pick a direction and go.

I don't do that these days. I drive when I have to and stay home when I don't.  And it appears like a lot of people are using that strategy during these times of sky-high gas prices. A new study shows that traffic has taken a major fall over the past year.


Subaru Tribeca Not Long For This World

On: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Subaru is reportedly getting ready to wind down the Tribeca crossover, according to reports out of Japan. The crossover was never exactly a hit and has long been overshadowed by its brethren like the Outback and Legacy. Subaru is finally prepared to put it out of its misery.

According to Motor Trend, Subaru will discontinue the model by the end of this year. A spokesperson told the magazine that it is committed to selling the model through the 2013 model year but wouldn't commit to anything beyond that, and an anonymous source said that 2012 is it for the SUV.

Porsche's Experience Center To Cater To Human And Vehicle Performance

On: Sat, May 26, 2012 at 12:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Porsche has detailed some plans for its upcoming California 'experience center'. The new facility will be equipped with a test track as well as an upscale gym.

Porsche North America announced this week that it's moving the operations of Porsche Motorsport North America from Santa Ana to the new Experience Center in Carson, California, just outside LA. The addition of Porsche Motorsport will add to the atmosphere of performance being developed at the new facility, which will include a road-handling course.

Nissan To Debut 'Easy Fill Tire Alert' System

On: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 4:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Nissan will debut a simple new technology it calls Easy Fill Tire Alert on the 2013 Altima. The new tire fill system automatically lets you know when you've reached proper pressure without the need for those annoying gauges.

We've already seen the 2013 Altima and its 38 mpg at the New York Auto Show. This week, Nissan details one more feature of the car. The Easy Fill Tire Alert system is an intuitive feature that lets you know when your tires are below pressure and when they're back to normal.

Hyundai Confirms Super Bowl Advertising For Next Year

On: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 3:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

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If GM was hoping to drum up greater industry support in thumbing its nose at the Super Bowl, it's backfiring so far. Somewhat predictably, a competitor used GM's announcement as springboard to highlight its own Super Bowl efforts - because an announcement that you have something planned for the Super Bowl is much more interesting press than saying that you're foregoing it.

GM marketing chief Joel Ewanick had barely choked his quote all the way out when Hyundai emailed a sort of response to the Detroit Free Press. Hyundai marketing vice president Steve Shannon said: "The Super Bowl is a perfect venue for a brand like Hyundai. We are extremely pleased to be an advertiser on the 2013 Super Bowl. In addition to the fact that this is far and away the best-watched television program in the U.S. the social media opportunities continue to grow every year and we expect even more impact from this aspect of our advertising on the Super Bowl next year."

Speed Trap Warnings, A-OK In Florida

On: Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

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For those of us plugged into the internet meme craze, the above picture features the square-jawed splendor of Good Guy Greg – a meme backdrop which went viral late last spring. But instead of doing your chores or spreading random acts of kindness, this picture shows Good Guy Greg offering a warning to would-be moving traffic violators.

As it would turn out, though, highway patrolmen and blue jackets all over have been issuing citations for speed trap warnings. Last August, a Seminole County, Florida deputy did just that, ticketing Ryan Kinter (25) for flashing his headlights to warn neighbors of a nearby speed trap.

Except Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled on Tuesday that (1) a law banning motorists from flashing after-market emergency lights does not apply to headlight-speed trap communication AND (2) headlight communication is a form of First Amendment Speech, protected by the First Amendment.

So polish off the high beams, head light warnings are a-ok in Florida.

GM Backs Out Of Super Bowl Advertising

On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 5:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

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After putting together a huge Super Bowl effort behind Chevy this past February, GM is bowing out of future Super Bowl advertising ... or so it says in the middle of May, nine months before the big game. According to an executive, the prices have gotten just too out of control for the world's largest/second largest automaker.

"We understand the reach the Super Bowl provides, but with the significant increase in price, we simply can’t justify the expense," GM’s marketing chief Joel Ewanick made clear in a statement. GM plans to bow out of the Super Bowl spotlight next year.

2012 Ford Focus Electric Deliveries Have Begun

On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ford was rather vague in terms of delivery dates for the Focus Electric when it announced details a few weeks ago, but the automaker has officially begun shipping Focus Electrics to dealerships, according to news reports. Ford's first electric vehicle will be tearing up roadways - 100 miles at a time - in just a few more days.

Reuters reports that Ford began shipping Focus electric models about a week and a half ago. The EV is set to make it to around 70 dealerships in California, New Jersey and New York over the coming weeks. Each dealership will get about half a dozen cars.