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126,000 Goldwing Motorcycles Recalled!

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Basically, if you know anyone that owns a Honda Goldwing 1800 since the turn of the new millennium, have them bring their motorcycle back to the dealership asap. Other than model year 2011, Honda is bringing back 126,000 models from 2001-2010 and 2012 (somehow 2011 missed the boat, but if it were my 2011 bike, I might just bring it in to be sure). The problem they have found is due to a mechanical defect (or combination of defects), the rear brake may have a tendency to drag while the bike is in motion. Now, aside from the obvious issues in acceleration and maintenance of speed, there is also a chance that the dragging brake may generate enough heat and friction to catch ablaze -- not a good road trip most people's minds. Honda expects the recall to begin next month, but getting those bikes in early might not be such a bad idea.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov...

2012 Toyota Camry SE

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Peter C Sessler

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The Toyota Camry appeals to a certain kind of buyer - and that kind of buyer isn’t into cars. Their extent of liking cars is exemplified by saying things like “this car has lots of power” and “sure rides quiet” or “sure is smooth over bumps.” That’s about the extent of it – sort of reminds me of my parents. That’s what my father would say when he got in his Lincoln. He had no concept of power or what a performance car could do. In fact, that kind of car would bring fear out.

Still, the Camry is the most popular car in America and there’s bound to exist a very small number of performance Camry drivers out there, who value a performance-oriented Camry - you know, big wheels (17 or 18”) and tires, custom bodywork, spoilers, silver trim, 3-spoke steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls and the like. I don’t think I’ll ever see one, but Toyota thinks so - and thus makes available the 2012 Toyota Camry SE.

Toyota Presents Fun-Vii Concept

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 1:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Toyota unveiled the Fun-Vii concept at last week's Tokyo Motor Show. The concept creates a seamless bridge between consumer and commercial vehicle, providing an intriguing feature set.

The most obvious and notable aspect of the Fun-Vii is its smartphone integration functions. A lot of current vehicles use smartphones for things like music streaming and Internet connectivity, but the futuristic Fun-Vii takes it a few steps further. Toyota's version of smartphone integration includes an app that drivers can use to customize the exterior of the Fun-Vii--anything from different colors and designs to virtual billboards for small businesses.

Tableau Of Costly Destruction, Exotics Pileup Sunday

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Sunday, in the southwestern region of Japan, 14 cars seemingly fell victim to sloppy road conditions on a 400 meter-long curve. What makes this pileup different than every other? At least eight Ferraris and one Lamborghini were found amidst the wreckage – in what could be the highest number of vehicles to cost ratio in history (14:$4,000,000).

To make matters more interesting, this particular group of exotics was traveling together in an amateur sports car aficionado group from Japan’s southern island of Kyushu to Hiroshima. While local authorities suggest this was not a case of “The Fast and the Furious,” the investigation remains open.


New Gumpert Supercar Teased

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:29AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Usually automakers as exotic as Gumpert only build one or two models at any given point in history. But Gumpert appears eager to expand beyond a one-hypercar exotic nameplate. Last year, it introduced the Tornante by Touring--a sexier, more refined supercar over its original Apollo--at the 2011 Geneva Motor show. Just one year later, Gumpert will follow that debut with another new model.

Gumpert has offered very little on its new car, but released a shadowy teaser photo and the vague promise of a car with an "unmistakable sound."

More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept

On: Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:13AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Realistic Tuned Juke: Juke Nismo Concept test 2

As interesting as we found the general idea of the Juke R concept, we knew it wasn't meant to be. Mostly because Nissan said so, but also because common sense dictated that such a wild, nonsensical car really had no market future.

Just because a 530-hp GT-R-in-a-Juke-package isn't meant to be doesn't mean that there isn't room for a high-performance Juke of some kind. Nissan debuted a more realistic iteration of Juke tunage at the 2012 Tokyo Motor Show.

AMG And Ducati Streetfighters: Three Seats, Six Wheels And 554 Horsepower Set To Make Their Matching-Hue Debut

On: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 5:10PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I know there’s been more than a few of you who’ve questioned the logic behind Mercedes-Benz’s forays into non-car-related businesses like custom helicopters, branded credit cards, men’s perfume, Superdome naming rights and the ridiculous smart transport module.

Well, at least this latest “branding” opportunity won’t bring shame to the Benz name: to “underscore the importance of the cooperation entered into by Mercedes-AMG and Ducati one year ago” both companies have created unique—and matching—special-edition vehicles to put on display at the Bologna Motor Show, Dec. 3 -11.

The vehicles in question are a 2012 model year Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG convertible and a 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848 superbike. Both are painted in “Streetfighter Yellow” with matching black thin-spoke alloys and—in the case of the SLK, mostly—black upholstery.

But unlike most one-of-one auto show creations, you might actually have a chance of buying not just one—but both—of these….

National Motorists Association Says No To Red Light Cameras With $10 Grand

On: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 3:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Red light cameras are one of the true thorns in the tires of motorists. Sure, if you're blatantly ignoring red lights and putting the public in grave danger, you deserve to be fined heavily. However, if you're a millisecond late on a left turn because some impatient yahoo in the opposing lane gunned it at the very last flash of yellow, you probably don't deserve to fall victim to the camera police.

Not surprisingly, the National Motorists Association, an organization devoted to promoting and protecting the rights of American motorists, doesn't like red light cameras any more than you. And it's putting its money where its mouth is.

Toyota Debuts Smart, New Slogans

On: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:56PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Given the failure of some automakers to come up with a catchy tagline, it's good to see that others still have it. Toyota is highlighting its new focus on sporty, fun cars with a pair of new slogans that should help it transition from its image of 'rock-solid reliable but dull' to 'fun and sporty once again'.

If you think back about a decade or two, Toyota was a serious force in the Japanese sports car market. It is, after all, the company that brought us the awesome Supra and the less awesome but more attainable Celica.

Since those cars disappeared in the earlier in the millennium, Toyota has been known more for its reliable commuter workhorses like the Corolla and Camry. It's also been known as a green innovator thanks mostly to the Prius. But it really hasn't been known for cars that are fun to drive.

Subaru And Lexus Come Out Tops In Residual Value Awards

On: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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When purchasing a new car it's easy to get caught up in the features and conveniences, both big and small. Horsepower, standard equipment, interior comfort, available colors, and similar considerations often dominate the purchasing decision.

It's easy to get swept away by that perfect new car and forget a simple truth: No matter how attractive, comfortable and performance-driven the model is, it won't be your last car. No, one day you're going to have to sell it or trade it in, and in order to ensure you're in a position to get the next-gen attractive, comfortable and performance-driven car of choice, you'll want to make sure you get as much money out of it as you can.

That's where residual value comes in. ALG, a TrueCar subsidiary that specializes in depreciation and residual value data, recently released its 13th Annual Residual Value Awards.

210,000 More Toyotas Recalled

On: Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 9:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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It seems like every other week Toyota is bringing back another model. This once proud company really needs to take a good look at the details that they used to scrutinize over. This time it is the most recent Sienna models from 2011-2012. This time around, it's not something technical, but a glaring error in basic labeling. It seems Toyota didn't comply with Federal Motor Vehicle regulations and failed to display the proper load capacities for specific wheel and tire combinations. This may not seem to be a big issue at first glance, but considering the fact that we are talking about a cargo carrying family-hauler here, proper load capacity certainly seems like something that could come into question now and then. Thankfully, Toyota is sending out a placard with the proper load capacities on it.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov...