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Throughout The Car Industry
There's no business like show business—and occasionally, it can be brutal. Just ask the 100+ employees at the Speed Channel. On Saturday morning, August 17th, the Speed Channel will switchover to become a multi-sport channel called Fox Sports 1—A move that saddens many in the automotive and motorsports communities.
There’s been a recent trend in this country of younger people turning away from cars. Younger people have been losing interest in buying a car or even driving for the past few years, but the auto industry says they still have faith that younger drivers will get back into to market again as the economy improves for that age group.
If you want a road-legal rally car, then you've only got two options: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, or the Subaru WRX. Both are available in mild-to-wild performance spec. And both are just tolerable enough to be driven every day. Subaru's hot-heeled compact has been with us in its current form since 2007. Given the recent redesign of the Impreza, many have been expecting a redesigned version of the WRX to debut this year. But it looks like we're going to have to wait a little longer.
The safer the car, the cheaper the insurance, right? Possibly, but the car you drive is only a part of the equation when it comes to insurance premium rates.
Range anxiety doesn't apply to gas-electric hybrids like the Chevy Volt, but one of the other big negatives of electric vehicles does. Like other cars with large battery packs and electric propulsion units, the Chevy Volt suffers from a high price. When it launched in 2010, the Volt was a luxury car-like $41,000. Sure, if you qualified for the $7,500 tax credit that quickly fell to $33,500, but even that's rather expensive for a Chevy sedan. With competition heating up in the electric and plug-in hybrid market, the BMW i3 electric car detailed last week will start just over the original Volt at $42,000. Chevy is dropping the price of the Volt to a more manageable level. For the first time, buyers will be able to get a brand new Volt for under $30,000 (after tax credits).
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In August of last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Ford to recall 485,000 of the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes, equipped with the 3.0L V6 and cruise control. An earlier recall had prompted Ford to issue dealers a repair procedure that wound up causing the throttle cable to potentially become stuck, resulting in unintended acceleration. Ford became aware of this problem in October of 2005, and updated the repair procedure. It did not, however, recall the 320,000 Escapes that had already been repaired using the bad procedure. As a result, NHTSA received 99 unintended acceleration complaints, including 13 reported crashes and nine injuries. Although that seems about average for a typical recall, a 17-year-old in Arizona also lost his life at the wheel of a 2002 Ford Escape that had been repaired with the bad procedure.
It's long been said that to know the future of the automobile, one need only look Mercedes-Benz. Which makes sense when you consider how long they've been making cars, and the sheer volume of technical innovations that they've introduced over the past 125-odd years. And many of these evolutionary ideas debut in their flagship S-Class, which makes the new Factory-Authorized 2014 Mercedes S500 miniatures like little automotive crystal balls.
The 2014 Subaru Forester is a practical SUV, intended for people who value function over style. It doesn't adhere to current styling trends, nor does it pretend to be a luxurious baby Lexus. Subarus have always been a bit different, and they have the reputation to get away with it. There's an over-abundance of capability and practicality built into each new model. So, they're going to sell, no matter what they look like.
Drivers in this country are buying cars and trucks and keeping them for much longer than they used to. Even though the sales of news cars is on the rise, the average age of the car owned by an American is also on the continuous rise.
The Sport Utility Vehicle was originally designed to ferry people and their gear far from the beaten path. Using a sturdy truck chassis and 4-wheel drive, these lifted wagons provided a modicum of comfort while transporting passengers and heavy cargo across difficult terrain. SUVs were tools used to get a job done, and were favored by hard-working-types like park rangers and ranchers.
With Suzuki's recent departure from the American market, many speculated that Mitsubishi would be the next to fold. The Triple Diamond brand is barely clinging to a token 0.04% market share, with just 35k sales year-to-date. Once the preferred engine/car supplier of the Chrysler Corporation, Mitsubishi has seen its American sales plummet from 320,000 in 2001, to just 57,790 in 2012. Production of the Eclipse and Endeavor SUV have ceased at Mitsubishi's plant in Illinois, and when's the last time you remember even driving by a Mitsubishi dealer? To an outsider, things look grim, to say the least. But the home office in Japan isn't worried. In fact, the company has just embarked on an ambitious 'streamlining' mission of its worldwide operations. And its Colonial outpost is about to see some drastic changes.