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Putin to Build Fleet of State Super-Vehicles

On: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:57PM | By: Bill Wilson

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Being the head of Russia’s government has its perks, even in these post-Soviet days.  As proof, President Vladimir Putin is pushing ahead with plans for a fleet of custom-built vehicles that would turn even the wealthiest dot-com billionaires green with envy.  Dubbed “Project Cortege,” the initiative formally started in 2011, after earlier efforts were put on hold due to economic and financial issues.

Honda Launches the Acura RLX in Japan, Renames it "Legend". Could the U.S. Model Be Revived?

On: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:30PM | By: Teddy Field

Honda Launches the Acura RLX in Japan, Renames it "Legend". Could the U.S. Model Be Revived? test 1-1

Things are starting to change at Acura, and the new flagship 2014 Acura RLX is a big step in the right direction. For its home-market debut, the Acura shield was ditched for a Honda badge (Acuras aren’t sold there) and ‘Legend’ replaces that RLX cryptogram. The Legend name evokes as much respect in Japan as it does here, so we may actually see another Acura Legend on our shore...

Honda Reveals $750 Million Dollar Ontario Investment

On: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:25PM | By: Carl Malek

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In an announcement released earlier this week, Honda rvealed that it is investing $750 million ($857 million CAD) in its Ontario-based operations. It's a bid to make the Alliston-based plant there the global leader for production of the company's popular Civic sedan. This would not only cement the crucial importance of the plant, it would also allow the facility to receive the important technical updates and assembly technology needed to keep up with Civic production while also allowing the company to train a new generation of Honda workers.

The Pioneer Spirit of Ford Motor Company

On: Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:22PM | By: Teddy Field

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For over 100 years, Ford's iconic blue oval has adorned many of this country's best-selling cars. From the Ford Model T to the Ford F-150, Henry Ford has left an indelible mark on our transportation history. A legacy that lives on in the wildly popular Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, and the Ford F150. Ford dealers across the country are teeming with business, so let's see how it all began.


A Brief Outline of GMC Truck History

On: Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Teddy Field

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GMC trucks are designed for people who want capability, with a side order of luxury. Not the Bling-bling “look at me!!” sort of luxury. But actual refinement and sophistication. For those people, GMC dealers carry trucks like the GMC Sierra, GMC Canyon, and GMC Yukon Denali. They're rugged, do-anything vehicles that can fit in on the jobsite, or at the country club. And they got started all the way back in 1901...

How Cadillac Become the Standard of the World

On: Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 2:42PM | By: Teddy Field

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Once upon a time, if you were somebody, you owned a Cadillac. Rock stars, movie stars, politicians, potentates, they all drove or were driven in a Cadillac. This once famous American marque fell from favor over the last few decades, mostly due to cost-cutting and general corporate apathy. However, exciting new models like the Cadillac CTS, Cadillac ATS, and Cadillac Escalade, have Cadillac dealers brimming with new customers. But how did Cadillac become “The standard of the world”? Let's find out...

History of Dodge

On: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:10PM | By: Teddy Field

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Thanks to Fiat's ownership, the Chrysler Group's Dodge brand has enjoyed a resurgence in sales and popularity. The Dodge Dart is now a popular choice in affordable transportation. The Dodge Durango makes a great family/toy hauler. And the hemi-powered Dodge Charger has become a favorite among cops and speed-freaks alike. But where did this tire-squealin' car maker come from? Glad you asked...

New Help with Car Seats

On: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 10:15AM | By: Karen Cook

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I’m old enough to remember a time before car seats. I can remember a time before lots of things, but this article will focus on car seats. The first “restraint” that I remember wearing in the car was similar to the leashes you see some children equipped with in public places so they don’t get too far from their parents. It covered my chest and hooked to the seat belt but left me plenty of room to stand up to see out the windows. Its purpose I assume was to keep me from flying out of the vehicle in an accident. Luckily, it was never put to the test.

The Ultimate: The History of BMW

On: Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:19PM | By: Teddy Field

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If you're into cars, then you've no doubt heard BMW cars referred to as “The Ultimate Driving Machine”. This is because their combination of agility and power makes them very engaging to drive. The BMW 3-Series and BMW 5-Series are commonly used as the benchmark in their segments. Even the BMW X3 and BMW X5 offer more driving excitement than any luxury SUV has a right to. So how did BMW become so popular? Let's find out...

Can I give you some car-buying advice? Well, since you asked...

On: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:43AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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If there’s one question that an automotive journalist hates more than “You get paid for that?!” it’s “What’s the best car?” And from this side of the fence, I’d rather be the doctor friend that has to look at every awful thing anyone who knows them wants diagnosed gratis than to be the guy that “misdiagnoses” someone into the wrong vehicle.

I mean really. How hard is it to say, “That’s gross. And malignant. And you’ve got to consort with a better grade of partner if you want that to stop happening.”? I mean, it’s not like you gave them the sore, you just told them that how terrible it was and, in all honesty, how much they deserved it.

No, in my case I will forever be viewed as the one who passed on some terrible, life-destroying plague that cannot ever be cured as the terms of the lease are quite strict and resale values aren’t where they were predicted they’d be, etc., if a single feature is found wanting or the slightest thing goes wonky.

If you want an expert opinion, they say, ask an expert. Well, as an expert, I say something different. Even I can see you clearly need ointment or something for that. Oh, right. Expert car stuff. That’ll take a little longer to explain…

Volvo Earns ''Acceptable'' Rating in 2014 IIHS 40 mph ''Small Overlap'' Test. They Did MUCH Better 22 Years Ago with an '81 model...

On: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Imagine driving down a five lane—two in either direction with a turn lane in the center—street lined with houses. You're in the nearer-to-center lane—at the 45 mph speed limit, of course—and notice a small pickup back out of a far away driveway into the curb-side lane of your half of the road. You think nothing of it, seeing as how they’re starting to roll forward in a different lane, as expected. But just as the “Why are they going so slow?” question sounds in your brain, the truck's driver decides to make an abrupt left turn directly into your path when you’re two car-lengths away.

Instantly you’re HARD on the brakes and diving for the center turn lane in a vain attempt to miss the collision, knowing that turning any further will only put you in the path of oncoming traffic and make things worse. And that’s the last thought your brain gets out before your beloved 1981 Volvo wagon’s right front corner plows into the offender’s 1990 Toyota pickup at its left front tire.

Welcome to the REAL world of 40+ mph “small overlap” impacts, 1992-style. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from all the driving and typing I’ve done in the 22 year interim, I was (relatively) unhurt. The other guy(s), well, not so much…