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(Ferrari) California Dreamin'

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

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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).

Warning: The Future is Closer Than it Appears

On: Thu, May 29, 2014 at 10:51AM | By: Karen Cook

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Getting to the future is not a giant leap. Rather it is a series of baby steps with different research projects building on one another until a usable product is developed. Google has taken another step toward the creation of completely autonomous automobiles which it hopes to share with the world on a small scale this summer and as part of a partnership in the future.

History Lives at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum

On: Thu, May 29, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Gary P Garry

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The Oakland Motor Car Company was founded in Pontiac, Michigan by a man named Edward Murphy. Oakland started out in 1907 as an independent automotive brand, but General Motors purchased a 50-percent interest a couple of years later.

A Flurry of Recalls Continued

On: Wed, May 28, 2014 at 11:21AM | By: Karen Cook

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Toyota is recalling 370,000 2004-2011 Sienna vehicles because the spare tire can fall off. The spare tire is located under the vehicle and the cable holding it in place is prone to rusting from contact with road salt. This is the second recall for this situation. The first fix did not work and the manufacturer is still trying to work out a solution.


A Flurry of Recalls

On: Tue, May 27, 2014 at 1:07PM | By: Karen Cook

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Have a Safe Memorial Day

On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 10:28AM | By: Karen Cook

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Memorial Day is upon us, introducing the travel and leisure season of the year in most parts of the country. Winter is over and it's time to have some fun! It's good to keep in mind, however, that all those other people on the road are just as eager to get to their destinations as you and nothing spoils a holiday outing like accidents, theft, or some other unforeseen event. In an effort to ensure a pleasurable Memorial Day experience, here are a few things to think about.

Lot Rage Becomes a Burning Issue

On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 9:00AM | By: Karen Cook

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Strange things happen at dealerships. Even though it is a place of business, it is an emotionally charged atmosphere. Whether it is elation at buying a first car or heartbreak at not being able to obtain financing on that dream vehicle, feelings run high. I’ve worked at several dealerships and so has my husband. Some buyers want to blame salespeople or management for being denied a car loan. Some want revenge. My husband was “cursed” once for not being able to sell a car to a customer. She was very upset and came back later in the day with a chicken claw. She stood in front of the dealership waving it and chanting until she was escorted off the property by the police.

Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Karen Cook

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Nissan is recalling 211 pure-electric Leaf vehicles in the United States and another 65 in Canada due to a major manufacturing error. The affected vehicles may be missing a series of six spot welds in the motor compartment which could affect the car’s ability to withstand a crash. The welds are missing to the right and left of the electric motor above the sway bar ends. All the affected vehicles were built between February 28th and March 12th of this year.

Kia Must Explain Its Broken Sunroofs

On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 12:05PM | By: Karen Cook

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Picture, if you will, a lovely day full of sunshine and blue skies. You're gliding along a beautiful road free of traffic enjoying the view and the light streaming in through your sunroof and simply enjoying the simple pleasure of driving. Suddenly, and without warning, that gorgeous view is destroyed by the sound of shattering glass as your sunroof rains down on everyone in the car causing cuts and scrapes and possibly an accident.

Classic Woodies Offered at Auction

On: Thu, May 22, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Gary P Garry

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There are various different automotive body styles and materials that have come and gone over the decades. Some of the defunct styles that were once the rage have gone on to become collectible classics. One of these is the unforgettable woodie style.

Free Fun at the Nethercutt Museum

On: Thu, May 22, 2014 at 3:36PM | By: Gary P Garry

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When you see a collection of classic cars, you are looking at history in tangible form. This is one of the fantastic things about visiting a classic car museum.

There are a number of museums around the country that house truly incredible collections. At or near the top of the list is the Nethercutt Museum, located in Sylmar, California.