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Toyota Recalls 802,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 2:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In what seems like yet another chapter in an almost unending series of recalls, Toyota has issued another recall of 2012-2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles (including all HV models) totaling a startling 802,769 cars in all.  What is the issue you ask?  Well, it seems that the air conditioning condenser drain hose has a propensity to become clogged which could cause water to accumulate in the air conditioning unit's housing.  Obviously, since this water is not supposed to be there, it could then leak onto the air bag control module which could cause the module to short out.  If the air bag module short's out, this could cause serious problems for drivers, passengers, and other motorists.  The air bags may not deploy at all which could cause serious injury in the advent of a crash, or the short may cause the air bags to inadvertently deploy which could cause a crash and/or serious injury.  

Veterans of the recall practice, Toyota will notify all owners and schedule a free fix of the air conditioning condenser unit housing as well as add a protective cover on the air bag module to keep any moisture away from affecting it.  Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule their repair.  Read on for the full report ...

Toyota Upgrades Classics with New Technology

On: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Two already popular Toyotas should prove even more popular in 2014. Both the 2014 RAV4 and 2014 Camry are upgraded with new standard and available technologies, making them safer and more enjoyable to drive. If you're considering buying a 2014 Camry now, you may want to hold off a couple months. 

Toyota introduced the 2014 Camry a few weeks ago, adding a few updates - and higher base price - after launch, calling the model the 2014.5 Camry. We're gonna go ahead and stick with 2014 Camry, because 2014.5 just looks silly. This upgraded model, which will start at $23,235 after destination (up $190 from original 2014 pricing), will go into production in December.

Hyundai Provides a First Look at the New Genesis

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Hyundais have been moving upmarket of late, and it looks like the next generation of Genesis will continue the trend. Hyundai previewed the model for Korean media at an event fittingly called All-New Genesis Media Preview. For those of us not able to attend, it also released a rendering on the Web, along with some basics.

Jeep Adds a Little Chill With 2014 Wrangler Polar Edition

On: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Winter is coming a little early, at least in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Jeep introduced a Polar Edition package for the 2013 Wrangler last week, following up on past packages with wintry themes like the Wrangler Arctic. The winter-ready package gets some traction enhancements, along with frosty styling cues.


Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Volkswagen XL1 is the first in a new breed of supercars, a breed designed not for exotic looks, fast speeds and world records, but for driving clean and cutting your carbon footprint. Volkswagen stripped the cap off its R&D budget and threw money at designing a so-called one-liter car, reaching new heights in efficiency and design.

But such a supercar presents a dilemma: While it's easy enough to recoup supercar-level R&D investments by selling super-fast, exotic cars to multimillionaires, it might be less easy to recoup costs on a car that's cutting-edge technology is invested in low weight and light emissions. VW is going to try, however, announcing a six-figure price tag in its home market. 

Cool or Terrifying? Mercedes Working on Google Glass App

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The auto industry is still struggling with how to safely integrate smartphones and social media features into cars, and Mercedes is already looking to the next generation of consumer electronics. That next generation will include wearable technologies like smart watches and connected glasses. Instead of viewing this type of always-on technology strictly as a driving hazard, Mercedes is developing applications around it.

Nissan Prices the 2014 Juke

On: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Nissan Juke must be one of the more polarizing designs in the modern auto market. This oddly styled small crossover is definitely a love it or leave it design. For those who love, and want to buy, the 2014 model, there's some good news: The 2014 Juke carries over base pricing from 2013.

McLaren Confirms P1's Performance Specs

On: Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:54AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We already knew that the McLaren P1 would be one of the highest performing pieces of road machinery in the world. But just how that quantified into hard specs remained in question until this week. The general performance specs like "0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds" have gotten a little more specific.

Porsche and Acura Websites Rank Supreme Among Consumers

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 10:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

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It may just be that people like to look at fast, pretty cars, but Porsche has scored highest among automakers for website design. On second thought, it might not be the fast, pretty cars at all. Acura, whose cars are not quite as fast or pretty as Porsche's, save for the NSX, tied for the top spot. The recognition comes from J.D. Power's 2013 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study.

Why Drive When You Can Fly?

On: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:02PM | By: Karen Cook

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It was only a matter of time. Since the first literary geniuses invented the concept of a flying car, humanity has been waiting for one. Well, now you can reserve yours from a company called Terrafugia. Their tagline is Driven to Fly. According to their website the average commuter spends five hours a week stuck in traffic and more than a million people die in auto related accidents every year. Their answer is the flying automobile.

Tesla: Still A Few (Fire)Bugs In The System

On: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:31AM | By: Karen Cook

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Isn’t it exciting when you watch a movie and there’s a car crash scene? You hold your breath until anyone in the car gets out safely. It’s even more exciting when they don’t. Then there’s an explosion and a fire! Of course, we know that all this was planned and happened exactly as it was meant to. There are really very few reasons for an automobile to burst into flames, even in an accident. A normal vehicle doesn’t do that.