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Categories: Reports

Volkswagen Recalls 168,000 Diesel Cars!

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Volkswagen has just released a recall that will call back 168,275 diesel cars that include Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Golf, and Audi A3 models because of a very odd potential defect. It seems that one of the fuel lines could potentially crack due to injection pulses matching the natural frequency of the line during specific engine conditions. This could then lead to fuel leakage and potentially an engine fire. Read on to get the full report from safercar.gov

"Motor Cars By Public Tender": Australian For "Auto Auction"

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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Though seemingly tame at first blush compared to the live “under-the-lights” pressure-cooker-style of auction most of us are used to, in many ways a sale "by public tender”—like Sotheby’s Australia’s “Important Collectors’ Motor Cars” event in Sydney—can be even more nerve-racking for buyer and seller alike.

Normally—if that’s even the right word to use—it’s pretty straight-forward. If you just keep on bidding until everyone else quits, the car—or whatever—is yours.

But where’s the mystery—and gentility—in that?...

Nissan Leaf Widens The Gap With Chevy Volt

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Though September proved to be a better month-over-month for the Chevy Volt, Nissan handily outsold Chevy and increased its overall sales lead. Nissan has now sold nearly double the number of Leafs as Chevy has Volts.

Nissan Leaf sales dropped in September, but still performed admirably at 1,031 units (versus 1,362 in August). Chevy, on the other hand, more than doubled month-over-month sales, leaping to 723 from 302 in August.

Chevy still lagged well beyond Nissan in total sales for the month, and Nissan widened its sales lead. Year-to-date sales are now at 7,199 Leaf models to 3,895 Volt models.

Alfa Romeo Planning Sedan Based On Chrysler 300

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 2:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

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In an attempt to boost its sales and earn some profitability, Alfa Romeo will be offering a raft of new models over the next few years. While the company was originally rumored to have an SUV in the works, the latest word is that that model is scratched. Instead, Alfa will add a flagship sedan.


Tesla To Build Quicker Model S Sport

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Tesla was the first real automaker to show the world that vehicles can be electric, sexy, and fast all at the same time. Unfortunately, the car that proved that is close to retirement. The Model S, which will replace the Roadster as Tesla's only car, has two of those qualities—sexiness and electric powertrain—but lacks the speed and performance of the outgoing Roadster. But Tesla will fix that problem by offering a higher performance sport version of the sedan.

Naming Agreement Means The New Orleans Saints'll Come Benz-in' In ('Til 2022, Anyway)

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Andrew W Davis

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The folks that bring you custom helicopters, branded credit cards, the ridiculous smart transport module, a line of "manly" perfumed products, and the occasional car, now bring you the Superdome.

I am not kidding.

When you think “Louisiana”, “NFL”, and “New Orleans Saints”, naturally your mind turns to fine German automobiles, right? Well, for the next decade it will, as Mercedes-Benz has paid an “undisclosed amount” for “official naming rights among other sponsorship benefits” for the aforementioned NFL team’s home stadium.

I'm still not kidding.

Hyundai Working On 10-Speed Transmission

On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 9:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Hyundai just does not want to leave the pages of auto publications lately. The Korean automaker is reportedly working on improving its high-end offerings with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox, which adds an extra two gears over the eight-speed equipped to the 2012 Genesis and 2012 Equus, is being developed for future high-end models.

More Tickets In The Mail? U.K. Looking At Tire Cameras

On: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A couple weeks ago, I opened up my mailbox to find a nice, little ticket from the NJ Turnpike Authority. You see, I had been driving with an EZ-Pass automatic pay scanner, but apparently the scanner didn't work on this particular toll both. Unfortunately, the license plate camera did, and I was stuck opening a stupid traffic ticket.

Frankly, I could live without the surprise tickets created by Big Brother-like technology spying on our vehicles. But it's a growing reality. In the U.K., such sensors may not apply just to missed tolls and red lights; they may be able to check your tires for illegally low tread patterns.

Octane And Performance

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 2:47PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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I am always looking for ways to get better mileage, so I thought, perhaps the gas I’ve been using makes any difference, so I decided to try premium gas in my 1998 Neon commuter special.

I have always wondered if using premium would make any difference in my mileage. According to an oil company executive I know, the octane rating of a gasoline can be adjusted during the “cracking” process as the gasoline is being made—and at no or negligible cost.

I’ve read different opinions on gas mileage; the most common one is that, as long as your engine is tuned and in good condition, switching to a gasoline with a higher octane rating will have no effect on performance, power, or mileage. After some lengthy research on the Internet, I believe this to be true. Yet, why does my Neon now get 3 mpg more than it did before? When first bought the car, I got 30.5 mpg on the highway (75-80 mph, keeping up with traffic on I-75). Switching to Mobil 1 synthetic oil added another 1.5 mpg for a total of 32 mpg. And now I’m up to 35 mpg. What gives?

Cuba [Finally] Embraces The Automotive Age

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Salamone

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When President Raul Castro assumed control of his brother’s communist-inspired island government, the world took a collective gasp—wondering just what would happen next. As it turns out, Raul seems to be opening Cuba’s restricted economy in an effort toward greater marketplace freedom. Back in April, more than 300 different reforms were put forth by the newly minted President at a congress of Cuba’s Communist Party. Among those reforms was a proposal to allow the buying and selling of cars made after the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

Previously, only cars that were in Cuba prior to 1959 could be legally bought or sold, which is why there exists such a plethora of pre-1959 cars in Cuba.

Hyundai Selling Cars Like Hot Cakes, On Its Way To Becoming World's Top-Seller?

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

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A few decades ago, Hyundai was known for one thing: cheap, unreliable cars. Today, the Korean automaker has successfully turned its image around, offering a diverse lineup that includes everything from entry level subcompacts to muscle cars. Hyundai has been so successful at diversifying, it may very well need a luxury brand to house cars like the $58,000 Equus. Hyundai has become a quality option in nearly every corner of the marketplace.

According to a Fortune report, the company is having so much sales success, it can barely keep up with demand.