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If you own a Ford, or are considering the purchase of a new one, there's great news for your pocketbook! For Ford and Lincoln Mercury owners many insurance companies factor in the low cost of model-specific repairs when coming up with a price quote, making insurance for Ford vehicles lower, in many cases, than for other vehicles in the same class.
In 2009 the Ford Motor Company created an engineering center in Allen Park, Michigan that would actually help lower the cost of repairs for Ford automobiles that had been involved in an accident, by designing features such as bigger, stronger bumpers that minimize damage to adjacent parts secondary to impact from a collision.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: ford, repairs, F-Series trucks, Taurus, Ford E-350 Wagon, Ford Focus, insurance, Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury
Though not necessarily a car, the space shuttle Atlantis is still hella-rad. Atlantis is capable of speeds up to 2,500 mile per hour and turns faces inside-out at nearly 5-g on lift off. Top Fuel dragsters cower before the awesomeness that is Atlantis. Today, unfortunately, after 31 successful missions, Atlantis blasted the Kennedy Space Center tarmac for the last time. At 2:20 p.m EST the mighty Shuttle took off with no immediate issues and a 12-day space station assembly mission ahead of it. God speed, Atlantis, The AutoShopper wishes you and your crew—Navy Capt. Kenneth T. Ham, Navy Cmdr. Dominic A. Antonelli, Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Michael T. Good, Garret E. Reisman, Navy Capt. Stephen G. Bowen, and Piers J. Sellers, a British-born astronaut, a safe return to earth.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Reports, Technology, Videos
Tags: NASA, Space Shuttle, spaceshuttle, Atalntis, Shuttle Atlantis, shuttleatlantis, International Space Station, internatianlspacestation
For those who have a passion for sports cars, the Bugatti Veyron is not only the fastest car on the road, it will also put most of us working class, living-paycheck-to-paycheck car enthusiasts into a state of remorse. It is also the world’s most expensive car with a price tag of two million dollars. So, what do you get in a car that costs more than any other sports car available?
Posted In: Auto Shows, Videos
Tags: Bugatti, Volkswagen, Veyron, Quad Turbo, quadturbo, W16, Conan O Brien, conanobrien
The Mini Cooper Countryman Crossover is finally here! It seems like it has been forever since the four-door, all-wheel-drive, rugged-styled version based on the basic Mini Cooper theme was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show two years ago. Now that the concept car has evolved into a market-ready vehicle, having made its official debut at the Geneva auto show this year, it won’t be long before it is available in the United States.
Posted In: Car Reviews, Car News
Tags: Mini, BMW, John Cooper, Cooper Works, Clubman, Turbo, johncooper, cooperworks, Countryman, Countryman Crossover, countrymancrossover
Radar detectors and GPS devices have been affixed to windshields for a long time now; each device can be a godsend in its own right—the GPS when you are hopelessly lost in a not so good neighborhood in a not so familiar city—the radar detector when your right foot has gained weight because you are late for a meeting or a show. I recently started shopping for a radar detector to help me stay within the speed limits, but it has been a really long time since I looked at what is available and I must say I was both pleasantly surprised and sticker shocked at what is out there.
A speeding ticket close call jolted my memory about seeing something in Wired regarding the Passport 9500ix—with the growing trend of revenue-hungry localities to implement red-light cameras and speed cameras, Escort has integrated its own proprietary DEFENDER® Database of red-light and speed cameras into its new GPS and radar-detector product.
Posted In: Miscellaneous
Tags: driving accessories, GPS, radar detectors, gadgets
Throughout history, many countries have been known for designing at least one car is so impressive and exotic that it stands far above the rest. Rarely do they produce more than one of these legendary automobiles. Examples are the 12-cylinder Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Britain, the supercharged Mercedes-Benz SSKL from Germany, the huge Bugatti Royale from France, and for Spain, that car was the Hipano-Suiza, a pre-World War II European luxury car that never made it through the Great Depression.
Posted In: Car News, Car Reviews
Tags: Hispano-Suiza, Alfonso XIII, luxury car, Mr Erwin Himmel
It’s spring and, like most of us, I was doing a little cleaning around my office and decided to include a closet that was so accurately named “The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”. The closet looks like something straight out of the TV show “Hoarders”. Boxes of parts from computers that can never be used again—old printers that we will never use—boxes of old cables that are so tangled that it would take hours to get one out. While digging I came across the first digital camera that we used here at Auto Shopper—The “Logitech Photoman”. The camera had its problems—like the exclusion of a removable storage disk. All the photos were stored in the camera’s internal memory, so if the battery died you lost all your photos. Even though this camera did not work for us, it was an important step in getting our feet wet in the digital darkroom age. Until that point we had to staff a full-blown darkroom to process the 250+ rolls of film generated by our sales staff every week. Thankfully we had a large processor that would do the grunt work of film developing—that was no picnic, but a vast improvement from when we used to process the film in the bathtub at someone’s home.
A few months back Nissan and Dodge held some meetings regarding the successor to the Nissan Titan pickup. Nissan didn't want to follow in Toyota's footsteps and waste precious capital creating and engineering a Titan replacement. Nissan wanted to outsource the job. Chrysler wanted to reduce the cost of building Ram trucks. It would have been great.
Conflicting reports suggest one or both parties wound up with cold feet; Fiat's purchase of Chrysler was probably the event that killed the Ram-derived Titan. Hyundai was paying attention the entire time. Hyundai continues to gain market share at an stratospheric rate and the high-profit full-size truck demographic is one segment they have yet to enter. Considering the difficulty Toyota and Nissan have had breaking the Big Three's death-grip on the truck market, it seems logical to try to partner with an established brand for its first foray into the cut-throat world of 'Murrikenized truckdom. This strategy worked great for Mazda, right?
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports, Rumors
Tags: Hyundai, Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Town And Country, 3000 Gt, Accent, Jeep, Sergio Marchionne, sergiomarchionne, dodgeram, fullsizetrucks, Truck, Genesis Coupe, genesiscoupe
The warranty that is being offered by Hyundai is rather impressive to say the least. In fact, the car company offers not only of the best auto warranties in the US, but in the entire world too! The major South Korean car making conglomerate recently even announced on its website that they have even upped the warranty levels on their newer models in all other countries, and not just the US. This newly added level of protection that the car company is offering to consumers on the international levels speaks mountains of how they feel about the quality, reliability and durability of their engineering. This also translates into the fact that the company is not trying to ‘cheap out’ by making cars that cost less money but are surrounded by a myriad of technical issues.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Car Reviews
Tags: Hyundai, Hyundai warranty, warranty, new car, new car warranty, car warranty, warranties, repairs, car repairs, car, auto, Hyundai Assurance Plan
Did somebody cry wolf for the Big Three automakers in the US? Because it seems like only yesterday that we were seeing company execs, wearing fancy, triple-stitched inseam suits with pinstripes and all, crying before the US Congress—which held an emergency meeting on their behalf. Irony prevailed for a moment too. That is because these bigwigs arrived in their private chartered jets—many of them couriered in on lavish jumbo jets that feature cocktail bars, entertainment centers, and private catering. And all just to humbly beg—and not on their knees—but while sipping off organic water as hordes of lawyers surrounded them, literally imploring Congress to do one thing: Give them money so they could survive.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Reports, Videos
Tags: auto worker unions, big four, GM, Chrysler, Ford, union, government bailout, auto, car, vehicle, new car, used car, bailout
In car news, it seems that Hyundai may be shifting production of the Santa Fe SUV from the site of current assembly in Montgomery Alabama to Hyundai’s sister company (just 80 miles across the state line), Kia’s new plant in Georgia. Kia Motors, the South Korean automaker officially opened its United States plant in February of 2010 in West Point Georgia in the hopes of expanding its presence in the North American markets.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Rumors
Tags: Hyundai SUV, Kia, KiaMotors, West Point plant Georgia