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Chevy Volt Selling Out In California

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 1:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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The Chevy Volt hasn't exactly been GM's bestseller since hitting dealerships in December 2010. The plug-in hybrid found its way to fewer than 7,700 homes last year, well short of the 10,000 that GM had aimed for. While consumers may be warming to the car, it's selling slowly enough that GM stopped production several times and plans another stoppage in the summer.

Overall US sales may be slow, but residents of the country's leader in all things eco-vehicle (that's California) have been quite eager to get their hands on the Volt.  A few in-state advantages have combined to make the Chevy Volt quite attractive to Californians.

Say Goodbye To The Durango: More Model Shake-up News At Chrysler

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last month, we heard some word about outgoing and incoming models at Chrysler from Sergio Marchionne. It turns out, Chrysler's model shake-up won't be limited to the Town & Country and new crossover. A new report indicates that one classic Chrysler-group SUV will be heading into the sunset while an old name from the past will be making a return.

According to Automobile magazine, the Dodge Durango will join the Chrysler Town & Country on the chopping block. It will disappear from Dodge's line in 2016.

Chevy Rolls Out A Social Network For Car Fans

On: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

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GM may or may not be all that savvy at navigating social media advertising, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't embrace the social format. Chevy has launched its own social network called The Block, which it describes as "social media for gearheads."

The Block, which is still in beta form, is sort of like an online car club, where enthusiasts can chat, share pictures and talk about projects. Expect to find all kinds of pictures, stories and enthusiasm involving cars of all kinds.

NPR's 'Car Talk' To Fade Away

On: Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Salamone

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NPR’s communications department just unleashed a media blitz with an announcement which car enthusiasts have long dreaded, the day when public radio would have two fewer comedian mechanics. For the past 35 years Tom and Ray Magliozzi have recorded Car Talk at WBUR in Boston. But, as of this fall, listeners will have rely on re-produced reruns from Car Talk archives which stretch back through 25 years – while the show operated through NPR.

All is not lost, however. The brothers Magliozzi will continue to write their bi-weekly column called Dear Tom and Ray, remain active on the web and Facebook, and plan to contribute occasional updates to NPR’s October season of Car Talk.


Texans May Regret An 85 MPH Highway?!

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Days ago, local Texas radio station 1200 News Radio WOAI announced that an 85 mile per hour speed limit sign had been spotted on a brand new toll road called State Highway 130, running from east San Antonio to just north of Austin. Since the discovery, auto enthusiast websites all over the internet have lauded State Highway 130’s gloriously high speed limit. Of course we all want to see roads with increased speed limits, but at what cost? Much like all too-good-to-be-true deals, there’s a catch.

Back in September the Economic Policy Journal first brought the potential problem to our attention and, unsurprisingly, State Highway 130’s success or failure hinges on the wallets of drivers or taxpayers – regardless if those taxpayers currently drive.

But wait, the plot thickens. Rick Perry is entangled in the State Highway 130 project through a multi-billion dollar business deal.

Worth It Or Not? Consumer Reports Puts High-MPG Cars To The Test

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 2:59PM | By: Chris Weiss

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"40 mpg" is kind of a big buzz term these days, with manufacturers looking to claim that their cars are in the 40 club. But does the number really matter that much? Consumer Reports tested three 40 mpg cars to see if the premium in pricing is offset by gas savings.

The testing organization put the Chevy Cruze Eco, Ford Focus SE SFE and Honda Civic HF, three special high-mpg versions of their base cars, to the test to see how much that 40 mpg impacts the wallet in real world conditions. As with anything fuel economy, the answer is 'it depends'.

Jaguar Hits The Web In Response To Mad Men Episodes

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 1:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

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As you know quite well if you watch, much of this season of the popular AMC series Mad Men has centered around the Jaguar brand. The lead characters of the show have worked overtime - including in some rather unconventional ways - to win the business of the luxury car brand and help cement their ad firm's reputation.

While that may seem like great advertising for the Cat, much of the portrayal of Jaguar cars - and executives - has been less than flattering. Not only has Jaguar been watching, it's been hitting the Web to defend itself and offer insights.

Hyundai Makes A Push For National Fuel Efficiency Month

On: Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

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With gas prices as high as they've been, many people might like to think of every month as "national fuel efficiency month," but Hyundai is making a push to give August that distinction. It hopes that August 2012 can be the first official National Fuel Efficiency Month in the United States and is even petitioning the government to make it happen.

Hyundai explains: "You know, there’s a day or month devoted to just about everything. At Hyundai, we think there should also be a month dedicated to something that affects everyone: FUEL EFFICIENCY."

Volkswagen May Build Mid-Size Crossover

On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 4:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Volkswagen is considering adding a third SUV to its North American line-up. The SUV would slide between the Tiguan small crossover and larger Touareg.

Last week, Volkswagen Americas CEO John Browning told reporters that a new mid-size crossover is under consideration. Autoweek quotes Browning as citing a "great opportunity for a mid-size SUV."

Google Uses Toyota iQ For Street View On Narrow Belgian Roads

On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It's been a good couple of days for mini cars. Around the same time the Mini was setting world records, the Toyota iQ was doing work for one of the pillars of the tech industry. Google turned to the iQ in taking footage for its StreetView service, when its usual fleet cars couldn't quite get into the small nooks and crannies of Belgian roadways.

For about five years, Google has been using a fleet of all types of vehicles - cars, bikes, boats, snowmobiles, etc. - to bring us on-demand panoramic photo access to streets around the world, mountains, rivers, ski resorts, and other attractions and destinations. According to the company, it started rolling its street footage in an SUV, later moved to a van and then refined its operation to a fleet of specially equipped cars.

Fisker Expands Its Fire Recall

On: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Well, that wasn't destined to last very long. After a rare spate of good news last week, Fisker is back in the negative headlines business. The green automaker is expanding a previous recall. While recalls are a standard part of the industry, a potential battery fire issue in a battery-powered plug-in is an image-damaging affair - especially when you basically forgot a few models the first time around.

The company was quick to provide a retort to early reports that the recall was a new recall, saying in a statement: "Fisker Automotive would like to reassure customers and dealers that it has not issued a new product recall, contrary to erroneous suggestions in an earlier blog-posting carried on WSJ.com today. The minor adjustment to the VIN range is an administrative filing with NHTSA, the federal transport safety agency, to update information relating to an existing voluntary recall of 239 Fisker Karma vehicles from December 2011."