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How China Saved Buick

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

Buick Excelle XT test 2

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.

Fact Check: How Accurate are those MPG numbers?

On: Mon, May 13, 2013 at 2:01PM | By: Teddy Field

EPA test cycle test 2

A decade ago, gas was cheap and SUVs had their own zip codes. Americans didn't care about fuel economy. We just wanted big vehicles to traverse our big country, as we slurped on our Big Gulps. But that all changed when gas prices spiked in 2008. Customers were forced to abandon their 15 mpg ImpressUVs, and car makers were forced to start building vehicles that offered a similar experience, without sucking down $900 worth of gas every week.

After billions in combined R&D, automakers have been able to develop a bevy of fuel saving technologies, that have turned today's vehicles into fuel-sipping wonders. For example, SUVs like the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox can achieve 32 MPG on the highway, while providing a total of 63 cu-ft of cargo room, 1,500 lbs of towing capacity (the V6 can pull 3,500 lbs), and there's even a built-in mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the 4-cyl FWD Equinox at 22 city/32 highway/26 combined.

America's Cheapest Car Stays Cheap, Adds Equipment

On: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

America's Cheapest Car Stays Cheap, Adds Equipment test 1-1

The Nissan Versa Sedan, the cheapest new car available in the US, is getting a little sweeter next year. Not only will its price not increase a dollar, but it will come with a few new goodies.

Chevy Claims 2014 Spark EV the Most Fuel Efficient Car in US

On: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 7:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Claims 2014 Spark EV the Most Fuel Efficient Car in US test 1-1

It's a little too early to start naming "best ofs" for the 2014 model year, since not every car has launched yet, but Chevy is coming out early and declaring the 2014 Spark EV the most fuel efficient US retail vehicle. The EPA rated the Spark EV at a combined city-highway mileage of 119 mpg-e.


Honda Recalls 204,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 7:46AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Honda Recalls 204,000 New Cars test 1-1

Honda has announced yet another recall of three of its big time models:  The CR-V (2012-2013), Odyssey (2012-2013), and its higher end Acura RDX (2013 model only). This recall mirrors a recent run on the same issue other car companies have had as well. The mechanism that blocks the automatic gear selector from slipping out of Park may, in fact, be defective. Honda has said that this seems to happen only during sub-freezing temperatures—the selector may not work as quickly as it should, and could let the car shift even without having the brake pedal depressed.

The recall is expected to star the middle of next month. Honda will replace the defective mechanism with one that has been updated to deal with the colder temperatures, free of charge. Owners may conctact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Read on for the full report. 

10 Best Car Interiors Announced

On: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 5:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Flashy red exteriors may get more face time on magazine covers and auto show floors, but the interior is the more important part of the car. The car is designed to drive, and the interior is where that gets done. You're certain to spend more time sitting in the cockpit, fiddling with the controls, and commuting to and fro than you will staring at the perfectly buffed and waxed exterior sitting in your driveway. 

WardsAuto recently announced its list of top 10 auto interiors among models that are all new or have a thoroughly redesigned interior. While the Japanese steal the show, and luxury automakers have a predictably large presence, there are some surprises on the list, including the inclusion of one of the cheapest subcompacts on the market. 

Cadillac ELR Delivers Regeneration On Demand

On: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cadillac ELR Delivers Regeneration On Demand test 1-1

Brake regeneration is a staple of electric vehicles and hybrids. The technology repurposes the energy usually lost as heat during braking for the purpose of battery charging. Typically this is an automatic process that happens only during braking, but in the new Cadillac ELR, it’s available to the driver on-demand. 

Nissan Will Show a Sub-Z Concept Sports Car Later This Year

On: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Sub-Z Concept Sports Car test 2

With the success of the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, it’s no surprise that Nissan is toying around with an entry level sports car of its own. It already has the flagship GT-R and mid-range 370Z, and a smaller 200SX revival has been funneling around the rumor mill for months. According to Australian auto media sources, Nissan will show one potential direction for an entry level sports car at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s likely to include some form of electric powertrain.

Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars

On: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars test 1-1

Buying a car, particularly a used model, is a taxing process. Consumer Reports says that it’s getting even harder, thanks to the fact that owners are holding onto their cars longer, resulting in lower supplies. Luckily, Consumer Reports does more than just provide gloomy market forecasts; it makes the buying process a little easier by testing cars and providing recommendations, helping buyers cut through all the market clutter and find what they need. The organization recently released a glimpse at its “Best & Worst Used Cars” list, covering models from 2003 to 2012. The list can serve as a short list of models to shop for or can augment your greater research. 

Edmunds Proves That You Can Afford A Used Car Without Financing

On: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:43PM | By: Chris Weiss

Edmunds Proves That You Can Afford A Used Car Without Financing test 1-1

It seems like we’ve been caught in a never-ending recession for the past half-decade. During such times it’s easy to put off paying today what you can pay during the (presumably) better times ahead. This is particularly true of major purchases like automobiles. Many buyers choose to finance their new or used car purchases, a strategy that can help them afford to the purchase in the present but leads to much extra cost over the term of the financing period. 

During a 13-month used-car experiment, the auto experts over at Edmunds tested the practicality of purchasing a low-priced used car outright versus financing a higher priced car. Their findings are that buying a car outright can indeed be a practical solution... but not necessarily for everyone.  

12 Car Duds To Avoid

On: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara test 2

The Consumer Reports Annual April Auto Issue is filled with all kinds of helpful car-buying advice, reports and hints. Within that handy info is a look at the best and worst cars, new and used, to spend your hard earned money on, which includes the "disappointing dozen," 12 new car models that "fail miserably."