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"The Times They Are A-changin". . . Fords Motto: No Longer Built Tough?

On: Sat, May 8, 2010 at 12:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


"The Times They Are A-changin". . . Fords Motto: No Longer Built Tough? test 1-1

“The times they are a-changin”; the words from the popular Bob Dylan song come to mind as we take a look at what is happening in the auto world today. Gas guzzlers are looking like they may become obsolete in the near future, at least at Ford, that is, as they prepare to launch the Ford Fiesta this summer (the first time the sub-compact car has been offered since the 80s).

The launch of the Fiesta is another example of Ford’s effort to change the company's image from a top-seller of big trucks (historically famous for the F-150 and SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer) to an automaker that designs high-quality fuel-efficient cars. This summer’s plan to re-introduce the Fiesta starts the evolution as Ford prepares to promote its first sub-compact vehicle in over a decade.


The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up?

On: Sat, May 8, 2010 at 8:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up? test 1-1

While there are literally thousands of Hyundai Sonatas on the road—ever since the South Korean conglomerate first started production on them in the late 90s, early 2000s, when the first bulky and curvy models were introduced to the US market—there are some newer features and lines that have been designed with both fuel economy and the driver in mind, or so they claim. However, there have also been some staunch reviews of this middle-of-the-class sedan. Ironically, the critics laud many facets of these newer models, of which there are two main models: A hybrid and a gas-powered one (as well as a gas-powered one that can you add a turbo option to).


What Will You Name Your New Car?

On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 5:55PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


What Will You Name Your New Car? test 1-1

It may come as a surprise to many people, but there is actually a fancy scientific name for the naming of people’s cars and it is called "anthropomorphism." Studies have shown that as many as 25% of all motorists name their cars, and about half of them thought of their cars as either masculine or feminine. If a car is simply an electronic piece of equipment, then why is it more likely to be named than a refrigerator, or even a snowmobile, or a go-cart, for that matter?


AutoShopper AutoArt Part One: Interiors

On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 3:50PM | By: John Welch


Ford Fairlaine Interior test 2

Central Florida offers an embarrassing gluttony of weird and wonderful automobiles. Excellent weather, no road salt, decent, pothole-free highways—whatever the reason, cars 'keep' well in this state.

'Shopper staffers caught a wide variety of these rolling Mona Lisas on film (albeit digital film) in 2009. This post begins a three-part series showcasing some of the interesting car-stag we have collected over the past year. Part One: Interiors . . .


 

Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In

On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 10:33AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In test 1-1

In keeping with German government’s goal to produce 1 million electric vehicles by the year 2020, Volkswagen approved a new plug-in electric version of the Golf Hatchback, scheduled to go on sale in the United States in 2013. The new Golf Blue E-Motion EV will join the future launch of the electric Jetta, Passat, and the Up Blue E-Motion electric city car. The Golf Blue E-Motion will be the higher-end electric vehicle, weighing in at a little over 3,400 lbs (600 lbs heavier than the current model Golf 1.6 TDI Blue Motion). 


The Aston Martin Cygnet: A Whole New Animal!

On: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 3:05PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Aston Martin Cygnet: A Whole New Animal! test 1-1

The new Aston Martin Cygnet is an innovative concept car that debuted at the Geneva car show this year, not only because of its small size (just over 11 feet long, smaller than the Yaris, and based on the Toyota IQ), but the luxury commuter will be available in a wide array of colors, including several animal prints. So whether you are into tiger stripes,zebra, or leopard print, or any other color combination imaginable, the Cygnet can accommodate your request.


According to an Aston Martin spokesperson, “Because the Cygnet is finished by hand, and not mass produced, in no other car in this segment can you exercise such a degree of personalization.”


The Future of An Oil-Driven Economy

On: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 9:04AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


The Future of An Oil-Driven Economy test 1-1

There is no doubt that oil is the resource that makes nearly every component of the US economy function, either directly or indirectly. It provides 40 percent of the nation’s power supply and provides a whopping 97% of the country’s fuel used for our transportation system, including cars, trucks, airplanes, etc. We have put our entire economy (and means of survival) in the hands of a non-renewable resource that may be used up within the next 30 years.


Some Cars Just Grow On You...

On: Wed, May 5, 2010 at 3:59PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Some Cars Just Grow On You... test 1-1

I am not a big fan of the trend of vehicles that resemble boxes more than the sleek works of art that we are all accustomed to. I know that these vehicles are probably rather functional in a utilitarian way but I just can’t get over the look. Out of this bunch of cubist friendly land dwellers came the Ford Flex; I hated it right off the bat. But as time goes by and I encounter the Flex in parking lots, on the highways, and around town, the vehicle is growing on me…

If there’s one thing that’s indisputable about the Flex, it’s that nothing else on the road looks quite like it. With a body-color contrasting top, the only place you will find some resemblances is if you look upon the much smaller Mini or the much higher-priced Range Rover—…both style icons in their own right. The fit and finish on the Flex leads to the look that is nothing short of high end.


Car Sales In China Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down

On: Wed, May 5, 2010 at 11:18AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Car Sales In China Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down test 1-1

The Chinese auto market is currently up by an estimated 40% according to a recent Car News online report. The China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATRC) shows that sales of domestically made vehicles are at 1.39 million for April 2010, that is up over 9% from March reports and 40% more than the same time last year. 


Infiniti Falls Prey To The Recall Virus

On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:17PM | By: John Welch


Infiniti Falls Prey To The Recall Virus test 1-1

Break out the laudanum and oxygen tents, we've got Recall Fever! Today's lucky contractee, (drummrollllllllllll) Infinity! Or, Infiniti, whichever. Why yes, even Nissan's severely swoopy luxury brand has fallen pray to the Recall virus, just like counterparts Chevrolet and Dodge, yesterday. It's going around folks; Toyota is still taking antibiotics. And having relapses.

Terrible disease, this "Recall Fever." It's so nasty it will even attack parts of the automotive anatomy intended to keep us safe. The Porsche Panamera was affixed with seatbelts whose tendencies leaned more toward "Lynch Mob" than "Luxury Missile." So it seems with Infiniti, we have a similar safety system mutiny. The dreaded Airbag Narcolepsy. Read on for more information on this devastating ailment . . .


Ford Motor Company to Phase Out Crown Victoria

On: Tue, May 4, 2010 at 11:15AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Motor Company to Phase Out Crown Victoria test 1-1

In recent car news, Ford has announced that they will be phasing out the infamous Crown Victoria. The car that everyone knows as a police squad car will no longer bear the Crown Victoria model name, but Ford has no intention of forgoing its contract to provide vehicles for the police department, a segment that provides over 65,000 sales per year to the Ford Motor Company.