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Nissan Recalls 7,800 JX35 Models

On: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:33AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Nissan is bringing back 7,842 of its JX35 crossover models to the factory. It seems that the models built between February 15 and June 22 of 2012 are at risk for a manufacturing mistake involving the gas tank. These cars had a fuel line improperly placed inside the gas tank, which can cause the float inside the tank to get hung up and not drop properly in relation to actual fuel levels. This can cause the gas gauge to read improperly, and display a higher level than what actually exists. Obviously, this can cause potentially significant issues for drivers, including the car stalling, running out of gas without proper warning, and potential damage to the fuel pump.

Nissan has said it will begin notifying owners as of the first week of September to schedule a free inspection and (if necessary) replacement of the faulty parts. Owners can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 with any questions.

Read on for the full report.

Small Cars Are Getting More Comfortable To Sit In

On: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Ford Fiesta Interior test 2

Once considered "penalty boxes" for their cramped dimensions, cheap materials and lack of power, small cars have undergone a sort of renaissance in recent years. This is partly because high gas prices have convinced consumers that saving money is more important than rolling large, but it's also because manufacturers are making better quality small cars. A new study shows that this quality extends to the seating.

The new J.D. Power and Associates US Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study shows that small car consumers are now buying cars with more seat features than in previous years. Despite the likelihood of being on the frugal side, small car customers are increasingly checking option boxes like "heated seats" and "leather seats."

The study finds that small cars have captured more than a third (35.4 percent) of the market so far in 2012. It also shows that 27 percent of new-vehicle owners replaced their car with a smaller 2012 model.

2013 Chevy Spark Is July's Hottest Seller

On: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As we learned last month, new cars tend to equate to fast-selling cars. This month, the all-new 2013 Chevy Spark benefits from being the new kid on the block. The tiny car knocks off the previous sport and luxury leaders to be the fastest seller of July.

In June, the Cadillac XTS and Subaru BR-Z tied for the title of quickest selling cars, according to data from Edmunds. Those two took a slide down July's chart to make room for the Chevy Spark. The $13,000 minicar took an average of just 6 days to roll off of dealer lots.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Gets More Infotainment, Loses Engine

On: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Hyundai announced recently that the 2013 Genesis will get some updates and tweaks. The model loses the 4.6-liter V-8 engine and gains a new navigation system.

Hyundai implies that it has dropped the 4.6-liter engine to simplify the Genesis line-up. The 429-hp 5.0-liter V-8 will be offered exclusively on the high performance 5.0-liter R Spec, while the 333-hp 3.8-liter V-6 will power other Genesis models. In other words, Genesis buyers won't have an option of engine.

What Genesis buyers will have is an optional 64-GB Driver Information System with navigation and 8-inch display. The system includes an improved user interface with rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice recognition and redesigned navigation screen layouts. A new set of "hot keys" provides more direct control over certain functions.


Study Shows Customers Still Value People Over Social Media In Car Buying

On: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 12:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Study Shows Customers Still Value People Over Social Media In Car Buying test 2

We've seen social media climb in importance in the automotive industry over the past few years. Social media now sometimes serves in place of auto shows when it comes to new model reveals and announcements. It's a tool for advertising campaigns and contests. It sometimes even serves as the design department. According to a new study, however, it isn't yet a top resource affecting auto buying behavior.

In what it calls the largest automotive study in North America, consumer research firm Maritz Research finds that close to 22 percent of auto buyers report that the good old fashioned salesperson is still the most influential source of information. In fact, the salesperson took a big leap in 2011, surging higher than the previous five years.

GM Recalls 249,000 SUVs

On: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 11:02AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Chevrolet Trailblazer test 2

Hot off the heels of a 9,000 unit van recall, General Motors has issued another recall for nearly a quarter of a million vehicles. Five GM-related SUV models are included in this new recall: the Buick Rainier, Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X. Once again, it seems that northeastern/north central states (states that experience four full seasons) are proving to be a trouble area for some GM vehicles.

According to the report, fluid (read:  rain and/or melted snow) can get inside the driver's door module and short out the power lock and window switches, which could cause the components to malfunction, melt, and or catch fire. GM has not established a plan as of this writing, but owners may contact dealers to find out more information.

Read on for the full report and contact information for individual company contact numbers.

GM Recalls 9,000 Vans

On: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 5:20PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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GM has issued a recall of 9,389 Chevy Express and GMC Savanna vans. It seems that cars that were registered in most states in the north east and northern central parts of the United States have been found to be prone to having debris collect in the fuel filler pipe cover. Various forms of debris built up over the years can lead to corrosion of the pipe, and consequently fuel leaking out of the pipe. Obviously, leaking fuel while refueling can lead to hazards abound, not the least of which is a fire.

GM will replace the pipe free of charge, but has not established a timeline for the fix as of this writing. Read on for the full report, and to see if your state is one of the areas in question.

Chrysler Infotainment System To Connect Without Smartphone

On: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 2:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Chrysler and Sprint announced a new partnership that will make in-vehicle infotainment a little more streamlined. The latest version of Chrysler's Uconnect system, Uconnect Access, will connect to the Internet without a smartphone. The new system will allow drivers to use Internet features like music streaming while passengers connect laptop or tablet computers via the wireless hot spot.

Many vehicle infotainment systems leverage smartphones for their Internet connectivity. With the help of Sprint, the new Uconnect will turn the car itself into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot thanks to embedded wireless hardware.

Domino's Teams With Local Motors For Ultimate Pizza Delivery Vehicle

On: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 11:27AM | By: Chris Weiss

Domino's Teams With Local Motors For Ultimate Pizza Delivery Vehicle test 2

Sometimes it takes the sordid mind of the great collective to come up with truly inspiring designs. Local Motors knows this better than most. With its crowd-sourced design model, Local Motors came out with the truly unique Rally Fighter.

Domino's has decided to team up with Local Motors to see what the collective can come up with in terms of the "Ultimate Delivery Vehicle." Help ensure your pie is delivered in style by designing the perfect transport vehicle.

Toyota Plans Fuel Cell Launch Within Three Years

On: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Despite the fact that only a handful of hydrogen fuel stations exist in the United States, automakers are slowly moving forward with fuel cell vehicles. Toyota has reiterated plans to launch a fuel cell vehicle in 2015.

Sort of a split between an electric vehicle and fuel vehicle, fuel cell models use an electrochemical reaction to create electricity for powering the motor from hydrogen. The hydrogen is purchased at fueling stations, similar to gas, and fuel cell vehicles can get several hundred miles per fill-up. Hydrogen and oxygen combine to create the electricity, and the only emissions come in the form of water vapor.

Consumer Reports' Five Cars To Avoid

On: Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Consumer Reports has released a list of five cars to avoid. The list includes some well-known names, as well as some cars you're probably avoiding anyway.

"The five models here may be on a lot of buyers' shopping lists, but we suggest you steer clear," Consumer Reports explains. "They didn't perform well in our testing or they suffer from subpar reliability. Either way, there are better choices."

The two picks that we find most interesting are the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius C.