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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.


How Tata Kept Jaguar Land Rover Afloat

On: Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 10:44AM | By: Nick Bakewell


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In June of 2008, Indian car juggernaut Tata Motors acquired the services and holdings of Jaguar Land Rover from Ford for a cool $2.3 billion. Not a bad price, considering the stylistic cachet and storied history apparent in both brands. At the time, despite the relatively small outlay, many analysts considered the acquisition a thoroughly flawed idea. Given the financial crisis, no one was going to fork over the cash for luxurious Jags or imperious Range Rovers. Even if you still had some of your money left, it was social suicide be seen swanning around town in a leather-and-walnut-clad slab of English pomp. How, then, has Tata managed to rescue these two brands from the auspices of Ford and keep them both current and profitable?


The New Kia Soul

On: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:50PM | By: Karen Cook


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Kia has proclaimed that the 2014 Soul has been completely redesigned, but at first glance you might not notice. They look very much the same. The new Soul is .8 inches longer, .6 inches wider, .4 inches taller, and has a nearly 1-inch longer wheelbase. Not much of a difference…


Update on the Bailout

On: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:25PM | By: Karen Cook


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Did we have a recession or a depression? It depends on who you ask but we’re now being told that it is over, or almost at least. So how is the automotive industry doing after the government (the taxpayers) came to the rescue?


 

Want To Get 150 MPG? Here's How Hypermilers Do It

On: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:45PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Drivers have been complaining about high gas prices ever since automobiles were invented. Yet, when it comes to doing something about fuel costs, Americans are long on talk and short on action. That may be why unleaded costs well over $3.00 a gallon across the country. 

Fortunately, there are some ways you can get more out of each drop of petroleum. These methods go beyond the usual advice about staying inside the speed limits and keeping your tires properly inflated. They’ve been developed over the past 10 years by a group of people who call themselves hypermilers. By following their tips, you can greatly increase the distance you go on a tank of gas. Some drivers double their current MPG by using these suggestions. Here they are.


Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.  

Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix. 


Labor Day Is The Time To Buy: $299/Mo RAV4 EV Lease

On: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


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When Toyota revealed the RAV4 EV, it was nice to see an all-electric car with a little more size and utility than the subcompact three-doors that dominate the EV segment. But at close to $50K, more than double the price of the gas version, the electric crossover isn't exactly an affordable bargain. Toyota is celebrating the upcoming Labor Day holiday by slashing the RAV4 EV's lease price.


Toyota Prices 2014 Corolla

On: Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Earlier this summer, Toyota added some edge to its venerable Corolla. Now it's announced how much that extra edge will cost, providing full pricing details on the 2014 sedan.


Comeback 101: How Mitsubishi Plans to Reinvent Itself

On: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 2:06PM | By: Teddy Field


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With Suzuki's recent departure from the American market, many speculated that Mitsubishi would be the next to fold. The Triple Diamond brand is barely clinging to a token 0.04% market share, with just 35k sales year-to-date. Once the preferred engine/car supplier of the Chrysler Corporation, Mitsubishi has seen its American sales plummet from 320,000 in 2001, to just 57,790 in 2012. Production of the Eclipse and Endeavor SUV have ceased at Mitsubishi's plant in Illinois, and when's the last time you remember even driving by a Mitsubishi dealer? To an outsider, things look grim, to say the least. But the home office in Japan isn't worried. In fact, the company has just embarked on an ambitious 'streamlining' mission of its worldwide operations. And its Colonial outpost is about to see some drastic changes.


Dodge Recalls 45,000 Ram Trucks

On: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:10AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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If you just purchased a new 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, you may want to swing that bad-boy right back around towards that dealership.  Why, you ask?  Well, Dodge has issued a recall of 45,961 new Ram trucks that were built between June 26, 2012 and February 5, 2013.  This is because the Electronic Stability Control may not work when the truck is operational due to a defect in the software that controls the ESC module.  If the ESC doesn't work at all, or work properly, the truck may lose control in adverse conditions and could result in an accident or potential fatality to the driver, passengers, or pedestrians.

Dodge has said it will begin its recall this month by contacting owners and repairing the defective software for free.  Owners can contact Dodge at 1-800-247-9753 to schedule their free fix or with questions.  Read on for the full report ...


Toyota Commits to Body-On-Frame SUVs

On: Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 12:13PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Body-on-frame SUVs are a highly endangered species. People always liked the size and utility of the SUV, but once gas prices started skyrocketing, they didn't really appreciate the poor fuel economy. So automakers moved toward modeling SUVs after cars—including building them atop unitized frames—and the so-called crossover or CUV was born and started replacing the true, truck-based SUV en masse. Some of the last remaining body-on-frame SUVs, including the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Nissan Pathfinder, have already moved to unitized crossover construction, and in some cases, sizing and packaging. There are very few "real" SUVs left.