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Four Effective New & Used Car Buying Tips

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 12:48PM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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There are many facets to buying a used or a new car that one should really take into consideration before they up and make that big purchase. Sometimes consumers struggle when it comes time to make would will more than likely going to be one of the biggest purchases of their lives. But there are some really easy tips that you can follow that not only can net you best deal on a new or used car, but that can allow you to also enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that you made a wise and well-informed purchase.


Why It May Make Sense to Still Buy a New Toyota

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:53AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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There are many consumers who are still at odds as to whether or not they should make a purchase of what was, until the recall of a failed braking mechanism and several other parts, one of the top-selling cars in the US: Toyota. While it is always good to be wary when making any vehicle purchase, be it used or new, there are some pretty innovative changes that Toyota has made over the months that have ensued. Even as they recoil from what is perhaps the most horrid PR nightmare any company could ever stomach—one that caused the company CEOs and board to be publicly lambasted by the US Congress—there are still reasons it might be smart to consider these cars when deciding what vehicle to purchase. The company has striven to prove itself, and is in no financial trouble, unlike GM and others of the Big Four in the US—able to operate due only ’ to continued financial assistance from the US government.


Should Grandpa Get Behind the Wheel?

On: Mon, May 10, 2010 at 9:41AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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In January 2010, a San Diego car accident resulting in the death of a 15-year-old skateboarder was caused by a 92-year old man who drove away because he hadn’t even realized that he had struck a person. According to a news report, the elderly driver said that he thought he had run over an animal or a bird, but when he saw a vigil at the scene of the accident the following day, he realized that he may have actually hit a human being.


The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up?

On: Sat, May 8, 2010 at 8:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


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While there are literally thousands of Hyundai Sonatas on the road—ever since the South Korean conglomerate first started production on them in the late 90s, early 2000s, when the first bulky and curvy models were introduced to the US market—there are some newer features and lines that have been designed with both fuel economy and the driver in mind, or so they claim. However, there have also been some staunch reviews of this middle-of-the-class sedan. Ironically, the critics laud many facets of these newer models, of which there are two main models: A hybrid and a gas-powered one (as well as a gas-powered one that can you add a turbo option to).


 

Car Sales In China Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down

On: Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:18AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The Chinese auto market is currently up by an estimated 40% according to a recent Car News online report. The China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATRC) shows that sales of domestically made vehicles are at 1.39 million for April 2010, that is up over 9% from March reports and 40% more than the same time last year. 


Infiniti Falls Prey To The Recall Virus

On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:17PM | By: John Welch


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Break out the laudanum and oxygen tents, we've got Recall Fever! Today's lucky contractee, (drummrollllllllllll) Infinity! Or, Infiniti, whichever. Why yes, even Nissan's severely swoopy luxury brand has fallen pray to the Recall virus, just like counterparts Chevrolet and Dodge, yesterday. It's going around folks; Toyota is still taking antibiotics. And having relapses.

Terrible disease, this "Recall Fever." It's so nasty it will even attack parts of the automotive anatomy intended to keep us safe. The Porsche Panamera was affixed with seatbelts whose tendencies leaned more toward "Lynch Mob" than "Luxury Missile." So it seems with Infiniti, we have a similar safety system mutiny. The dreaded Airbag Narcolepsy. Read on for more information on this devastating ailment . . .


GM Recalls 40k 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes for steering column issue.

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 3:08PM | By: Drew Christy


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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced that General Motors has issued a recall for 2005-2006 Chevrolet Corvettes. The recall is for all Corvette models built between March 2004 and January 2006 with tilt and telescoping steering wheels.

Movement in the steering column could cause signal interruption and illuminate the message “Service Active Handling System” warning light. This problem could also cause the brakes to pull the car to the left or right, thereby causing an accident. This recall affects a total of 40,028 Corvettes. For more information contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236 or call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438.


Chevy Cans The Orlando; Does America Care?

On: Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:41AM | By: John Welch


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In order to please the AutObama administration and its investors, (re: Us!) GM has go about streamlining its business operations. Simplifying the complicated, downsizing the unwieldy. One way to go about skinnying up a corporate dinosaur is to limit complications in production. Do a few things really well. As it applies to GM, those "things" would be the Traverse, Equinox, Malibu, and the upcoming Cruze. GM plans to remain efficient by limiting the number of new models its American factories are pumping out.

To this end, GM’s president for North America, Mark Reuss, has leveled the proverbial "ax" on the Chevrolet Orlando. According to Reuss, this action is being taken in order to maximize the output of current top-sellers, the Malibu and Equinox. Along with the Traverse, GM has added a third shift at the plants that produce these cars. There are even plans to produce the Equinox and Malibu at other facilities.

Considering the Orlando will still be offered in other markets, could this be a good sign for the Volt MP5? Perhaps the Orlando is deemed to similar to the Equinox, and Chevy is trying to avoid the sort of inter-company cannibalization that led to GM's financial melt-down in the first place. Answers to those questions are not going to come soon, or easily. If you ask Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet’s product marketing director for small cars and crossovers, you might come away a little disappointed. She isn't all that specific . . .


Grand-Am Post-VIR Update

On: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 3:31PM | By: John Welch


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The Grand American Road Racing Series started the season off with a tremendously entertaining Rolex 24 at Daytona. A brand new team, Action Express, won the race. Utilizing a passenger SUV-derived engine, and a cast-off Riley chassis from Brumos Porsche, Action Express fought off the might of the Chip Ganassi BMW Rileys all night and into the next morning. After twenty four trips around the dial, Action Express was on top of the podium, and a spectacular season was underway.

The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is the support/feeder series for Grand Am. Think of it as GP2 for American sports car racing. They raced in Daytona and at every Grand Am date since. The series is comprised of road-going GT machinery, divided into two classes, Gran Turismo (redundant anyone?) and Street Tuner. GT and ST from here on.

The last race weekend, at Virginia International Raceway (or VIR) featured heart stopping excitement around every corner. The Rolex Series is covered in this post, Continental Challenge in Part Two . . .

 


Ford Profits Soar In First Quarter

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 11:38AM | By: John Welch


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There is a lot to be said for humility. Humility is classy, humility benefits relationships, business or otherwise. Humility can also be profitable. Ford turned down government loans because someone bearing the name Ford was able to swallow his ego, negotiate one bad-ass line of credit, and then step down from his post as acting CEO of the company. The results? In the First Quarter of 2010, Ford saw a 37 percent increase in domestic sales, netting a $2.1 billion dollar profit. Bill Clay Ford Jr., this Bud's for you!

Ford CFO Lewis Booth is quick to downplay the grandeur of Ford's new-found wealth. "We've got a lot of new product launches, so you'll see some launch expense and we do expect some headwinds from commodities prices," Booth explained to reporters. "It would be unwise to think of $2 billion as a running rate."

More details in the post . . .


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:13PM | By: John Welch


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BMW hasn't been actively involved in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series since the early Nineties. They're considering making a come-back. I'd love to see a Rahal M3 with its doors and fenders all chopped up, and crazy aero-thingees hanging off its muscular flanks.

Toyota has hit the proverbial "Crack-smokin', alternative-lifestyle hookin', eating-Ramen-at-every-meal" rock bottom this week; their credit rating has been reduced to that of a college student. Oh, how the mighty have fallen on their smug, insultingly boring car-producing faces.

Ken Block is planning another viral video sensation:; Gymkhana 3. The first two Gymkhanas were films involving Subarus with horribly ugly paint-jobs. This new edition will feature a Ford with a horribly ugly paint-job. *Yawn* . . . boy, do I have a hankerin' for a sugary can of nearly carbonated hyper-juice right about now . . .