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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.
Backseat drivers are perhaps the most irritating part of any trip. Backseat driving is basically when a passenger nags the driver about how they are driving, the route they are taking, and even the radio station they choose. So, who makes the worst backseat driver? No surprise to any married couple: it is most certainly the backseat driving spouse!
The fade out of the CD player has been a long and slow process, but the age of the compact disc player in cars is obviously almost over.
July was a hot month in the auto industry and the sales figures are the kind which make headlines. General Motors, the Honda Motor Company, and Toyota Motor Corporation are clear leaders in the auto industry for United States sales in July. This surge in sales is putting the auto industry on the path to having the best year of sales since 2007.
If you are planning to go on a vacation or travel for business this summer, you will quickly find out that expenses will stack up. While you are on trips, you will likely pickup the tab for airfare, hotel rooms, meals, and rental cars; rental cars can really make the final total you spend on traveling skyrocket. Outside of the initial cost of just renting a car from an agency, there’s plenty of other things that can hike up the final price. You’ll need to factor in gas, rental insurance, and other expense when budgeting for a rental car. There are, however, some ways you can save on rentals.
A recent study by the Highway Loss Data Institute showed that the Ford F-250 was the truck most often targeted by thieves; the same study showed that the Dodge Charger is the most commonly stolen car. There are some crooks out there who have more expensive taste though. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has recently published their own list of the top ten luxury automobiles that are targeted in thefts.
Airbags are an odd part of the car. They spend most of the time hidden away until springing into action for a few seconds, and that’s it. Luckily for some drivers, their airbags never have a reason to deploy and so the car’s airbags never see the light of day. So if the airbag never deploys, you can just leave it and forget about it, right? Not true; your airbag might actually be expired!
It’s well known that Steve Jobs had expressed his regret over not inventing the iCar during his time with Apple. For many years, Apple had mixed feelings about their place in the world of cars. Those dreams have now been downsized considerably from creating an Apple car to seeking space on the dash of existing models—competing with Pandora Media, BlackBerry, and Microsoft.
If you just purchased a new 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, you may want to swing that bad-boy right back around towards that dealership. Why, you ask? Well, Dodge has issued a recall of 45,961 new Ram trucks that were built between June 26, 2012 and February 5, 2013. This is because the Electronic Stability Control may not work when the truck is operational due to a defect in the software that controls the ESC module. If the ESC doesn't work at all, or work properly, the truck may lose control in adverse conditions and could result in an accident or potential fatality to the driver, passengers, or pedestrians.
Dodge has said it will begin its recall this month by contacting owners and repairing the defective software for free. Owners can contact Dodge at 1-800-247-9753 to schedule their free fix or with questions. Read on for the full report ...
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, dodge, ram, 1500, electronic stability control, esc
Suzuki is a badge that's easy to forget in the United States, thanks to its limited offerings and small presence. In fact, think Suzuki and you may very well think "ATVs and motorcycles" before you think "cars." The Japanese brand will be debuting a new concept car that could help it penetrate further into the growing crossover segment should it decide to build it.
Crossovers and "urban crossovers" have been pretty popular for concept cars over the past several auto shows. Suzuki calls its newest concept crossover the iV-4 and we'll see more of it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Car News, Concept Cars
Tags: Suzuki, concepts, SUV, crossovers
Nearly every American has heard or read about Tesla Motors as they are making headlines for all kinds of reasons lately. There Model S car’s quick change battery and high mileage capabilities are almost as interesting as their battles with states to get permission to make direct sales to customers. The brand has proven to be so innovative and popular that even General Motors is wary of what Tesla sales could mean for the future of GM. So, how did such a high-end and costly brand become so loved by the general public? The answer is complicated.