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Toyota Agrees to Pay $10 Million Settlement

On: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Toyota Motor Corporation settled another lawsuit last week. The Japanese automaker resolved a suit brought by a family of four who were involved in a fatal accident that preceded the largest recall in U.S. automotive history—Toyota's unintended acceleration recall.

The lawsuit was settled in September, but both parties had agreed that the amount of the settlement agreement would not be released to the public at the time. The plaintiffs and Toyota both agreed to keep the deal confidential.

An attorney for a defendant in the case recently disclosed details to the Los AngelesTimes.


GM's List of Recalls is Growing

On: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 12:56PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The most recent news in today’s recall world comes from General Motors Company as 96,000 Cadillac CTS vehicles, model years 2005 to 2007, are recalled for faulty mats that sense whether car passenger’s weight in the front seat could possibly disable the front air bag.


U.S. Auto Safety Expands Probes into Ford Windstar Corrosion

On: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 12:47PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The latest automotive news from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is that federal safety regulators are expanding the probe of Ford Windstar minivans for corrosion. These complaints are all coming from states with harsh winters that use salt to melt snow on the road. For folks in places like California, Texas, and Florida, there isn’t an issue with this type of corrosion.


New World-Record-Contending Keating ZKRs Supercar to Debut Next Spring

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The world-record-capable supercar market is starting to get pretty flooded. It started with the 1,200-hp Bugatti Veyron SS breaking the world record in the summer. The previous record-holder, Shelby Supercars, introduced the all-new Aero II in the fall. The TranStar Dagger GT, which has a rather unbelievable claim of 314 mph, has been floating around for months. Koenigsegg has the Agera and Hennessey has the Venom GT. And now word of a new possible contender: an all-new, 2,200-hp, range-topping Keating ZKRs.


 

Michael Vick Endorsing New Auto Dealership?

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 11:18AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Around this time of year, the idea of charity and forgiveness takes center stage. Redemption can be a long and difficult journey, depending on the initial transgression. Look no further for proof of this than Michael Vick.

Right out of college, Vick was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons where his talent on the gridiron was on the rise. As with any popular and winning sports star, the high profile endorsements soon followed. In short time, Vick was the face of Nike, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Rawlings, and Hasbro. By all indications, there was no stopping Vick’s star from rising. That was until he was arrested for animal cruelty.


Aston Martin Introduces Special Edition DB9 Models

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:21AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Aston Martin has become our favorite sports car maker of the holiday season. Last year, Aston introduced limited edition 'Carbon Black' models of the DBS and V12 Vantage. That was about a week before Christmas. This year, Aston waited a tad bit longer with its 2010 gift to the world, with a December 22 unveiling of three special edition DB9 models, one of which is another 'Carbon Black' model. This is a little holiday tradition that I hope continues. It sure beats writing about highway safety regulations and minor model-year updates on the harried week before the holidays.


More Official Pictures of Lotus' Concepts

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


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At the Paris Motor Show, Lotus opened its floodgates and showed the world six brand-new concepts. The concepts were a look into the retooled future in Hethel, a future that will focus on hard-lined, performance-oriented super—and sports—cars, rather than the small, light, modestly powered two-seaters like the Elise and Exige models that have dominated Lotus offerings in the 21st century. At show time, we got to know each concept both inside and out.

If we had one complaint about Lotus concept barrage, it would have to be a few of the color choices. The dark green that coated the Esprit—the most anticipated of Lotus new models—just didn't quite accentuate its curves or good looks.

Luckily, Lotus has righted that small wrong, in releasing new photos of not only the Esprit, but also the new Elise, Elan, and Elite on its Facebook page. According to Autocar, the company will also update the page with new Eterne and City Car pictures in the near future, rounding out its six-car line-up.


BMW, Daimler Offer New Share-A-Car Program

On: Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 10:13AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Two European luxury brands are making their way into a new arena in the automotive industry, car sharing, an innovative idea for automakers which have spent the past 100 years in the sales market.

Daimler AG and BMW are testing new auto-sharing programs. Both automakers report that the decision to launch into the car sharing program was prompted by a changing market, specifically amoung youth car buyers living in urban areas.
 


Muscle Cars Withstanding Slumping Market

On: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Muscle cars have long earned their name for their big, powerful engines and hard-hitting, invigorating drives. But this year, American modern classics like the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger have been puting that muscle to a more practical use: fending off a bad economy and struggling sport car market toward solid annual sales. These three models have been among the select few flourishing in the recent recession.


Hamann Tunes The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

On: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:43AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We may not have a new Lamborghini flagship in time for the holidays, but thanks to German tuning house Hamann we will have a totally distinctive, all-new Lambo: the newly tuned Gallardo LP560-4 called the Victory II. The car gets some interesting modifications that distinguish it from every other Gallardo in the garage.


Ford Motor Company Raises Stake In China's Jiangling Motors

On: Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 10:29AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Ford plans to invest in a higher stake in China's Jiangling Motors, which now makes up over 30% of Ford's China sales. The investment will give Ford more voting power on Jiangling's board to enable future growth in China's fast-growing light commercial vehicle segment.