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Categories: Reports

Almost 10 Percent of American Households Don't Own a Car

On: Fri, May 31, 2013 at 9:48AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We knew cars were becoming less and less popular, thanks in part to young folks who would rather travel the world over bandwidth than via asphalt, but we didn't quite know how drastically the phenomenon was affecting car ownership numbers until a new report. According to automotive research firm CNW, 9.3 percent of American households did not have a single car parked outside as of last year.

GM Recalls 18,000 New Cadillac SRX Models

On: Thu, May 30, 2013 at 3:08PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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GM has issued a recall of 18,871 new 2013 Cadillac SRX models. The production dates for these cars are from January 31, 2012 to march 18, 2013, but only for models that were fitted with 18-inch factory wheels. It seems that the wheel lugs for the 18-inch wheels on these models may come loose, which will ruin just about anyone's day. Obviously if the lug nuts loosen, they may fall off, which may lead to the wheels coming off of the vehicle entirely. GM has said it will begin this recall next week, notifying owners and providing them with a free change of their wheel nuts with one that will not come loose. There will be no charge for the service. Owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300 to schedule their free fix. Read on for the full report...

Should You Lease Your Next Car? The Pros and Cons

On: Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Bill Wilson

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It’s no secret that new cars are getting more expensive all the time, and, in today’s cash-strapped economy, consumers have tighter budgets than ever. One way many drivers try to avoid sticker shock is by leasing a vehicle. But does this actually save money as opposed to buying? And are the restrictions dealers place on leased vehicles outweighed by the advantages?  Here’s a look at the pros and cons of leasing.

Infiniti Working on Luxury Leaf With Wireless Charging

On: Sat, May 25, 2013 at 10:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

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The electric car market is quickly filling out. What was once a polar market of six-figure sports cars (Tesla Roadster) and tiny subcompacts (Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiev, etc.) is opening its borders and becoming more diverse. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid has spawned the Cadillac ELR, and the Volt's original rival, the Nissan Leaf, is soon to spawn a luxury version of its own. Infiniti is working on a luxury Nissan Leaf spin-off and plans to equip it with wireless induction charging.


New Cars Have Shortening Shelf Life

On: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

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When you buy a new smartphone or computer, you have about a week of enjoying owning the coolest, latest technology. Then, it's replaced by something with a more powerful processor, better screen or cooler feature. A year after you bought your phone, it's so obsolete that the manufacturer is replacing it with an entirely new version. Your consumer electronics really don't have that much of a shelf life. According to a new study, the car may be the next consumer good to experience a micro shelf life.

Subaru Recalls 5,300 New Cars

On: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 11:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Subaru has issued a recall of 5,379 Outback and Legacy models built between February 15 and June 15, 2012 all designated as 2013 models. It seems that these cars may be susceptible to having defective inner and outer steering shafts on their steering columns. These shafts may become disengaged from one another, which could cause the operator to lose the ability to steer the car and result in a crash. Subaru has begun contacting owners, but if they have not been contacted yet, they may call Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 to schedule a free repair to the steering column. Read on for the full report...

Chrysler Working on 6.2-liter V8 Muscle Engine

On: Tue, May 21, 2013 at 7:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Over at GM, you have the all-new 2014 Corvette, and its sure-to-follow packages like the ZR1 and Z06. Then you have the Camaro, and all its packages including the ZL1 and all-new Z28. At Chrysler, you have an all-new super muscle car in the SRT Viper, and you have SRT Viper packages like the Time Attack. But what you don't have is a Challenger package in the vein of the ZL1 (or Ford Mustang Shelby GT500). Yet. According to several reports, Chrysler is working to fill that void with an all-new 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that will debut on the next-generation Challenger.

Three Sure Ways to Save on Gas

On: Sat, May 18, 2013 at 11:41AM | By: Bill Wilson

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When the topic of conversation turns to ways to save on gas, it seems that everyone has an opinion. But, while all these suggestions are well-intended, not all of them are equally valuable. Take changing the air filter as an example. While it can do your car a world of good in other ways, it won’t boost your MPGs, despite what many people believe.

Other folks swear that the trick is to buy gas early in the morning, so it comes out of the pump cooler. This, too, has no effect on fuel use. So how do your separate fact from fiction when it comes to boosting your car's efficiency? Here's a look at 10 popular tips for saving gas. We'll see how much truth there is in each one.

Porsche To Offer Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains on All Vehicles

On: Fri, May 17, 2013 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Back in the 1980s, the automotive industry underwent a golden age of technologically advanced sports cars. Cars like the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 used technologies never before seen on the road, and as time went on, that technology trickled down. Tech-heavy cars are more common here in 2013, but we appear to be on the verge of another technological golden age involving Porsche and Ferrari. Porsche is developing the 918 Spyder, a sort of spiritual successor to the 959, and Ferrari recently revealed the LaFerrari, a direct descendant of the F40. A cornerstone of the new era will be hybrid power. Both the 918 and LaFerrari have hybrid units, and, at least in Porsche's case, plug-in hybrid technology will be trickling down to its entire line.

Tesla Model S Aces Its Consumer Reports Test

On: Thu, May 16, 2013 at 12:31PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's a good week to be Tesla. On the heels of announcing its first profit in 10 years of business, the electric luxury carmaker gets a nearly perfect rating on its Model S. After testing the sedan, Consumer Reports slapped a big, old "99 out of 100" on it, a first for an electric vehicle.

How China Saved Buick

On: Mon, May 13, 2013 at 5:35PM | By: Teddy Field

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Back in 1899, a Scottish immigrant named David Buick decided to try his hand at building horseless carriages. At the turn of the last century, automobile manufacturing was the new boom industry. Much like the dot com boom a century later, there was a fledgling car company on every corner. And nearly all of them would eventually run out of money, and go belly-up. Just a few years after Mr. Buick started his automotive venture, it too went bankrupt, and the company was taken over by a man named Billy Durant.

Mr. Durant was a very wealthy man, having turned his small wagon/carriage business, the Flint Road Cart Company, into the world's largest horse-drawn wagon manufacturer. His wagons were sold all over the world, and he decided to replicate his success In the automobile business. The Buick Motor Company was his first automotive acquisition, and it would eventually become the cornerstone of his new car-making conglomerate called General Motors.