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The Ford Mustang Gets a Little Muscle-yier

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:54PM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford has released details for the 2015 Mustang due in showrooms this fall. It costs about $1000 more than the 2014, even though it hasn't had many major changes. The outgoing model sold for $23,335 while the new one is going for $24,425. Both prices are for base models.


Mercedes New Fancy Pants EV

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 2:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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Before the summer ends, showrooms will be getting the first Mercedes-Benz all electric compact cars. The B-Class Electric Drive will be the most expensive EV on the market to date, starting at $42,375. The question is whether or not consumers will see enough value to choose it over the less expensive Nissan Leaf or Chevy Spark, both of which are almost half the price.


GM - Delphi: Plenty of Blame To Go Around

On: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 1:31PM | By: Karen Cook


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It appears that consumers and the government aren't the only ones that have issues with General Motors. Planning Perspectives, Inc recently completed a survey of suppliers who make and sell products to the biggest auto makers in the United States. The survey found that GM rates lowest on the list of customers the suppliers want to deal with.


Nokia - On to Bigger and Better Things

On: Mon, May 12, 2014 at 11:44AM | By: Karen Cook


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It's a fact that you have to keep up with the times and the times they are a'changin'. Nokia has completed the sale of its smart phone business to Microsoft and is now looking toward the future of automobile technology for its growth.


 

Half-Empty or Half-Full?: It Isn't Just An Attitude Anymore

On: Thu, May 8, 2014 at 11:14AM | By: Karen Cook


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When I was young I bought used cars, generally from private individuals, out of necessity due to low funding for the project. It was always a risky business even with help from my father, who knew more about cars than I did. I knew there was bound to be something wrong with the car that the owner “forgot” to tell me. One vehicle had a faulty gas gauge and I ended up on the side of the road on the way home from the purchase. The gauge said I had half a tank.


Why EVs Haven't Sparked Interest in the US

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:33PM | By: Karen Cook


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Back in 2007 and 2008 it appeared that the electric vehicle revolution was about to begin. With fuel prices rising with no end in sight and awareness of the effect of gas-powered engines also rising, President Obama predicted that there would be one million electric vehicles on the roadways of America by 2015. The US Department of Energy even paid out billions in low interest loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Program. What happened to derail what many automakers saw as a necessary and fated shift in consumer purchasing? Actually, it was a combination of factors that include better technology and buyers’ disinclination to purchase unfamiliar engines.


Ford Super-Duty Recall

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:03PM | By: Karen Cook


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Notice to all owners of Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks!
The Ford Motor Company is recalling 3,976 2015 Super Duty vehicles with 6.2-liter gas or 6.7-liter diesel engines which have 6R140 transmissions. A transmission control software error was discovered on March 26th at the Kentucky assembly plant.


GM To Build Houses?

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:33AM | By: Karen Cook


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My youngest son didn’t leave the nest willingly. Unable to meet the requirements for continued parental support, he was left with few options for suitable accommodation. We suggested a cardboard box under the overpass was within his means. Ok, so it wasn’t quite so dire (although we did make this proposal). It’s too bad he didn’t know someone at GM or the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.


OMG! What's That Noise?

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:33AM | By: Karen Cook


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We’ve all done it. It would actually make a great hidden camera television show. People come into a mechanic’s shop and try to reproduce the sound their vehicle is making. New words get created and grown men sound like little boys playing with toy cars. It’s kinda funny for those watching and kinda embarrassing for those attempting to make just the right sound. It must be frustrating for the mechanic. Well, suffer no more, 21st century car owners, because now there’s an app for that!


Great Scott! Branson Auctions brings movie(-ish) magic to MO with a damn-near perfect BTTF DeLorean

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.

These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.

At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…


Is the 2014 Buick Enclave Vomit-Proof?

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:19PM | By: Karen Cook


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I get car sick. It’s worse in the back seat and is triggered mostly by reading while the car is moving. This is a problem since usually my husband drives and I am expected to navigate to previously unvisited destinations. I was so happy when GPS navigation arrived. Now he can listen to a pleasant and relaxed voice giving him directions instead of my nauseous and frustrated voice just telling him where to go.