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When A Recall Doesn't Work

On: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 1:27PM | By: Karen Cook

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The process of a recall is pretty straightforward. Buyers of vehicles experience problems which sometimes lead to injuries or deaths, and these are reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If several problems of the same sort are reported for the same model, an investigation is launched; if the fault is found to be in the manufacturing, the auto maker repairs or replaces the equipment at no charge to the owner. That is usually the end of the story.

Contertible Season Has Arrived!

On: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 12:43PM | By: Gary P Garry

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Now that we are getting very close to the official beginning of summer, there are certain automotive thoughts that come to mind. This time of year, convertibles of all kinds tend to capture your imagination.

Kia Forte Price Reduction

On: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 11:52AM | By: Karen Cook

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Kia is shipping the new 2015 Forte to dealerships now, but the price has dropped by $10. The new base price will now be $16,690. It may seem a little odd that a car maker would take a measly 10 bucks off such a large investment item, but there is a method to Kia’s madness. According to James Hope, spokesman for Kia Motors America, the new pricing would put the Forte at the lowest in the segment. Unfortunately, they may have jumped the gun here. Kia’s main competitors, such as the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla, have not released their 2015 prices yet. Kia’s advertising will have to wait.

AC Frua Is Looking for a Home

On: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 4:09PM | By: Gary P Garry

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Today, when we hear about hybrid cars we naturally think about modern energy-efficient vehicles that can run on both electricity and gasoline. However, back in the day there was a different definition of a hybrid car.


Spiders Attack Focus

On: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 1:02PM | By: Karen Cook

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Ford has issued a Technical Service Bulletin for 2012-2014 Focus sedans and hatchbacks. There is a bug in the system causing fueling problems.

More specifically, a spider is gumming up the works. If the fresh air vent hose for the EVAP emissions system becomes clogged by debris or, in this case, spider nests. The blockage causes slow fueling or the fuel nozzle to shut off, indicating a full tank even though it is not.

McLaren Special Ops Blacks Out the New 650S

On: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fresh off a world debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S has gotten some special treatment from McLaren's customization branch. McLaren Special Operations outfitted the new coupe with a variety of bespoke components to create the MSO 650S Coupe Concept, a sinister supercar.

Tesla is Reaching for the Stars

On: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 2:33PM | By: Karen Cook

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Most auto manufacturers keep their eyes on the proverbial road. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, is reaching for the stars. Tesla controls a company called Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX) and they have developed a “Space Taxi” that is almost ready to begin transporting crew members back and forth from the International Space Station.

New Coffee Table Book Focuses on BMW Art Cars

On: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Many cars and concept cars could be thought of as functional art, but the BMW Art Cars are through-and-through artwork designed by some of the most famous artists of modern times. Since 1975, BMW has collaborated with 18 different artists to create the unique vehicles of its Art Car Collection. "BMW Art Cars" is the first comprehensive, US-released publication about the collection, featuring 200 pages and 148 images. 

Special Delivery

On: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:34PM | By: Karen Cook

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When I think of the United Kingdom I think of tradition, history, dignity, and some pretty good music. I do not think of innovation and futuristic designs. Apparently, I am wrong.

Mecum Auction Coming to Harrisburg in July

On: Fri, May 30, 2014 at 12:21PM | By: Gary P Garry

1968 Corvette test 2

If you are interested in buying a classic car, you can look around in your hometown, scan the classified ads in your local newspaper (be it the paper or online edition), or visit classic car sites online.

(Ferrari) California Dreamin'

On: Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

(Ferrari) California Dreamin' test 1-1

Someone pinch us, because we might just be dreaming. For the first time since the last F40 rolled off the assembly line in Maranello way back in 1992, a turbocharged Ferrari is making its debut to the world. The 2015 California T ups the ante on the front-engine, four-seat prancing horse. Compared to the outgoing model, the new California T gets a smaller displacement 3.9-liter engine compared to 4.3, but the great equalizers are the twin-turbochargers that come along with that smaller package. The new boost raises horsepower to a spine-flattening 552 ponies (up 69hp from the outgoing model) and torque to an almost identical 557-lb-ft (up 185-lb-ft).