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Jaguar Putting a Lid on the F-TYPE

On: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 10:58AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jaguar Putting a Lid on the F-TYPE test 1-1

Following last year's introduction of the F-TYPE convertible, Jaguar plans to put a roof over prospective buyers' heads with the F-TYPE Coupe. It announced this week that it will reveal the car for the first time at the 2013 LA Auto Show later this month. 

November promises to be a super-busy, ADD-inducing time for car fanatics. This week, it's all about wild tunes and bling as impressive customs make their debut at the SEMA Show and equally flashy supercars and exotics make their debut at the Dubai Motor Show. Later in the month, another pair of major auto shows will also take place simultaneously, as the Tokyo Motor Show and LA Auto Show fall on the same dates.


Subaru LEVORG Concept Previews New Model

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:00PM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru LEVORG Concept Previews New Model test 1-1

Subaru has released a teaser of the all-new LEVORG concept, which will debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. This concept car is no flashy one-and-done, but a preview of a new production model that the company will launch next year on the Japanese market. Subaru hasn't mentioned whether the car will come to other markets, but from the first look, we're hoping it does.


Can Santa Get a Car Down a Chimney?

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 3:31PM | By: Karen Cook


Can Santa Get a Car Down a Chimney? test 1-1

We’ve got Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But you don’t have to squint to see Christmas on the horizon. Some people start shopping very early and may already be finished. (Don’t you hate those people?) For most of us though, we are just starting to make our shopping lists and preparing to panic. That’s half the fun, right?

Unfortunately, the country is still in recovery and so many people don’t have the luxury of making lists and checking off names. Is there something we can do to help out those less fortunate? Of course there is. I can’t pass a bell ringer’s bucket without dropping in my change. I’ve tried. Can’t do it. Then I go get in my car and drive home or on to the next destination (where they are likely to have another bucket . . . process repeats).


Peugeot Making Progress On Production Hybrid Air Concept

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Chris Weiss


Peugeot Making Progress On Production Hybrid Air Concept test 1-1

Modern battery technology is both the reason that EVs and plug-in hybrids exist and the reason we don't see more of them. While batteries a're the life blood of EVs, allowing them to store the energy necessary to power their electric motors, they're also the downfall, possessing insufficient storage capacity to deliver anywhere near gas-vehicle range, slowing down the refueling (charging) process, and adding lots of weight and expense. 

Earlier this year, Peugeot revealed a concept that could replace batteries with an innovative alternative energy-storage system. Its Hybrid Air technology uses compressed air as a means of energy storage, replacing costly, insufficient batteries. It had the makings of a fanciful concept, but the company is reportedly progressing with the design. Auto Express reports that the Hybrid Air technology is on track for production and could debut as early as 2015. That confirms that the technology is still being prepped for production, and ups the possible launch from the 2016 date Peugeot gave when it first announced Hybrid Air in January.


 

Best and Worst Resale Values

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:34AM | By: Karen Cook


Best and Worst Resale Values test 1-1

Unlike diamonds, cars are not forever. Also unlike diamonds, cars do not hold their value and cannot be resold for the same amount that was paid for them. If you are in the market for a new car and need to get rid of the old one, or if you just have one you’d like to sell, you may be surprised to find that you can’t get as much out of it as you may have been counting on, even if it is in good condition. Some cars retain much of their value and some simply do not.


Time To Tally the Numbers

On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:42PM | By: Karen Cook


Time To Tally the Numbers test 1-1

With the year coming to an end it’s time for car manufacturers to tally up their numbers. The government shutdown did not affect sales by much. Consumers didn’t pay much attention when all was said and done. So who came out on top? Most makers had at least something to smile about.


Toyota's FV2: Mood Ring Meets Segway

On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:24PM | By: Karen Cook


Toyota's FV2: Mood Ring Meets Segway test 1-1

So, you’re waiting at a stop light and you glance into the car next to you. The guy in the other car is obviously angry. He’s got a grimace that goes on for days and the veins in his forehead are visibly pounding even from your vantage point. When the light turns green you drive slightly more defensively until he turns off the road. What if your car could read your mood? What if your car could read your mood and broadcast this information to other drivers? What if it changed color in response? It sounds like something from a movie but this is just the start of what a new vehicle from Toyota can do.


Six Tips for Cleaning your Car's Interior

On: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:42AM | By: Bill Wilson


Six Tips for Cleaning your Car's Interior test 1-1

Cars are more than a means to get from one place to another. Nowadays they also serve as social centers, study halls, and even dining areas. That’s why it’s so common to find ketchup, soda, and other stains on auto interiors. 

Fortunately, most of these marks can be removed with a little elbow grease and some common cleaning products. So here are some tips for keeping your vehicle’s interior looking great.


Toyota Recalls 802,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 2:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Toyota Recalls 802,000 New Cars test 1-1

In what seems like yet another chapter in an almost unending series of recalls, Toyota has issued another recall of 2012-2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles (including all HV models) totaling a startling 802,769 cars in all.  What is the issue you ask?  Well, it seems that the air conditioning condenser drain hose has a propensity to become clogged which could cause water to accumulate in the air conditioning unit's housing.  Obviously, since this water is not supposed to be there, it could then leak onto the air bag control module which could cause the module to short out.  If the air bag module short's out, this could cause serious problems for drivers, passengers, and other motorists.  The air bags may not deploy at all which could cause serious injury in the advent of a crash, or the short may cause the air bags to inadvertently deploy which could cause a crash and/or serious injury.  

Veterans of the recall practice, Toyota will notify all owners and schedule a free fix of the air conditioning condenser unit housing as well as add a protective cover on the air bag module to keep any moisture away from affecting it.  Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule their repair.  Read on for the full report ...


Toyota Upgrades Classics with New Technology

On: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota Upgrades Classics with New Technology test 1-1

Two already popular Toyotas should prove even more popular in 2014. Both the 2014 RAV4 and 2014 Camry are upgraded with new standard and available technologies, making them safer and more enjoyable to drive. If you're considering buying a 2014 Camry now, you may want to hold off a couple months. 

Toyota introduced the 2014 Camry a few weeks ago, adding a few updates - and higher base price - after launch, calling the model the 2014.5 Camry. We're gonna go ahead and stick with 2014 Camry, because 2014.5 just looks silly. This upgraded model, which will start at $23,235 after destination (up $190 from original 2014 pricing), will go into production in December.


Steam: The Original Alternative Fuel

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 1:38PM | By: Bill Wilson


Stanley Steamer at 2008 Great Dorset Steam Fair test 2

These days the news is filled with stories about alternative fuels. Whether it’s biodiesel, ethanol, electricity, or what-have-you, it seems that someone, somewhere has built a car that will run on it. But, long before the modern environmental movement, steam-driven vehicles were common sights on American roads.