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Chrysler is nothing these days if not a massive rumor target. Among other things, we've heard that Dodge may not be long for this world and Jeep may be bringing back the full-sized Wagoneer to replace the Durango. According to new rumor, Jeep may have something planned on the other end of the spectrum as well. Edmunds reports that Jeep will follow up the all-new Cherokee with a Fiat-platformed subcompact crossover about the size of a Ford Fiesta.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Jeep, Cherokee, subcompacts, new cars, rumors, jeeps, SUVs, crossovers
With auto insurance rates on the rise in states like Michigan, many people are stressed out about being able to afford coverage. Even if you live in an ‘average’ rate state, you are likely spending no less than $900 a year on car insurance. It’s probable that you’re spending more on coverage than vehicle maintenance—many people are actually having to skip routine maintenance so they can afford to keep their policy up-to-date. A few commonly overlooked discounts could make your policy affordable again.
Fuel economy is a huge selling point when people are shopping for a new car. Most new car buyers rely exclusively on what the window sticker tells them about the vehicle when it comes to gas mileage; the window sticker displays the gas mileage estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shocking information from Consumer Reports, a consumer advocacy site, shows that real-world economy tests tell quite a different story about gas mileage—especially in some of the gas-powered cars advertised to be the most fuel efficient, and in hybrids.
Parents thinking about letting their teen have (or borrow) their first car are unanimously nervous about letting their young driver get on the road. The vehicle you choose has a tremendous impact on your teen’s safety—and not only in the ways you think. When your teenage driver gets behind the wheel, their probabilty of crashing is not just about the safety features on the vehicle itself; it also has a lot to do with driver mentality. One safety advocate advises parents to opt for a car that’s slow, big, and downright embarrassing to extinguish your teen’s urge to engage in reckless driving.
Last month, IKEA announced its plans to expand the number of EV chargers available at their stores around the country. The Swedish furniture retailer is not alone in offering more electric vehicle charging availability—many are looking to tremendously increase the number of publicly accessible charging stations in the United States. On the heels of this growth are many disgruntled EV owners who want their fellow drivers to use their manners when it comes to EV chargers.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Electric Vehicles
Every car to wear an Aston Martin badge is somehow special. But Gaydon's latest creation is sure to vault the boutique GT builder to new heights of performance. Not since the One-77 hypercar has Aston Martin dared to offer a car that was this powerful, or this fast. Production of the One-77 was limited to just 77 units, and it carried an equally exclusive seven-figure price tag. The 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, on the other hand, is a serial production model, and it starts at a more reasonable $184,995. Mr. Bond, your new whip has arrived.
While it's still subject to FIA homologation, UK-based Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record. Leaving the bullet-shaped streamliners to other world record outfits, Drayson did it in the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype. Its 204.185 mph record topped the 40-year-old 175 mph standing record by nearly 30 mph.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Racing, Reports, Technology
Tags: Drayson, electric vehicles, EVs, world records, speed records, racing
Hertz, the massive American rental car company with locations currently in 145 countries around the globe, wants to dominate and change the automotive rental industry. Their plans to run down the competition will make renting a car as easy as picking up a movie from an outdoor kiosk. If their new platform is successful, it could knock the other companies out of the water and make the traditional way we approach car rentals a thing of the past.
Technology in cars is moving at a very rapid pace. New predictions have projected that most cars will be connected to the internet and have the ability to communicate with the road and other vehicles in the near future. This technology in cars is possible through the use of the vehicle’s command center, or infotainment system. Reviews show that the ways the Big Three currently handle infotainment varies greatly.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Technology
Tags: Infotainment, GM, Ford, Chrysler
Gasoline with the Top Tier notation is gas which outperforms the EPA's current standards. Top auto makers—BMW, Honda, Toyota, General Motors, and Volkswagen—want to make their customers aware of how to find the best Top Tier gasoline and that they need to use it every time they fuel up. These auto manufacturers are also pushing to have better fuels in all stations in order to promote improved fuel economy and lower vehicle emissions.
Fuel cell vehicles have long offered one of the best solutions to greener commuting... on paper. The cars are powered by electric motors, but instead of relying on electricity stored in a battery that drops dead after 100 miles, the fuel cells create their own electricity from a chemical reaction between stored hydrogen and air. They emit only water vapor and heat, and offer the potential for longer driving ranges than battery-powered electrics.
Several manufacturers have developed and tested fuel cell technology, but no fuel cell vehicles have made it to the general consumer market. Though fuel cell technology still faces major challenges, Toyota appears ready to introduce the first. Bloomberg reports that the Japanese automaker that spearheaded the hybrid movement with the Prius will do the same for fuel cell technology, introducing its first fuel cell car at November's Tokyo Motor Show.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Toyota, fuel cell, green, hybrids, new cars, technology