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GM To Build Houses?

On: Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:33AM | By: Karen Cook

GM To Build Houses? test 1-1

My youngest son didn’t leave the nest willingly. Unable to meet the requirements for continued parental support, he was left with few options for suitable accommodation. We suggested a cardboard box under the overpass was within his means. Ok, so it wasn’t quite so dire (although we did make this proposal). It’s too bad he didn’t know someone at GM or the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.

The Defiant 2015 Nissan Murano Is Here!

On: Sat, May 3, 2014 at 9:00AM | By: Teddy Field

The Defiant 2015 Nissan Murano Is Here! test 1-1

When the Nissan Murano was introduced in 2003, it single-handedly turned ordinary moms into supermodels. Up to this point, most Sport Utility Vehicles still looked and drove like trucks. But the Murano had style, class, and it actually drove like a car. Fast forward to 2014, and the Belle of the Burbs seems to have gone on a buffet binge with Oprah. So after fat camp, rehab, and a Tony Robbins seminar, the 2015 Nissan Murano is finally ready to reclaim its title as the HBIC of Suburbia. Let's see if Stella found her groove...

Mercedes Flashes a Peek Inside Its Next AMG Sports Car

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 4:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes Flashes a Peek Inside Its Next AMG Sports Car test 1-1

The Mercedes SLS AMG has never felt long in the tooth, looking as good now as it did when it was introduced in 2009. However, Mercedes has already released the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, marking the end of its gullwing supercar. On the bright side, it's already begun teasing a new AMG high-performance sports car, which will debut later this year.

Are Crossovers And Trucks Kicking The Car To The Curb?

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 12:38PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Are Crossovers And Trucks Kicking The  Car To The Curb? test 1-1

Once upon a time, cars ruled the road. The variety and quantity of car models in the 50s and 60s, for example, was astounding by today's standards. There were big coupes, small coupes, two-door and four-door wagons, two-door and four-door convertibles, and, of course, a whole lot of sedans. Today, cars come in four basic flavors: coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon. The first two have two doors, the last two have four doors. That's it.

The reason is clear: trucks and crossovers are supplanting the car. This trend speaks volumes about today's drivers, driving habits, and fuel economy regulations.


Right-click: The 2015 Hyundai Sonata

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:33AM | By: Teddy Field

Right-click: The 2015 Hyundai Sonata test 1-1

When the sixth generation Hyundai Sonata was introduced in 2009, it stood out in the family sedan market like Miley Cyrus in an Amish choir. It looked different and it was surprisingly cheap when fully loaded. Just like Miley! To continue the Sonata's Camry-challenging sales, designers have given the all-new 7th-gen 2015 Hyundai Sonata more sophisticated lines, a Kia-like cockpit interior, and lots of fancy tech. Has the Hannah Montana of family sedans finally found religion? Let's find out...

OMG! What's That Noise?

On: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 11:33AM | By: Karen Cook

OMG! What's That Noise? test 1-1

We’ve all done it. It would actually make a great hidden camera television show. People come into a mechanic’s shop and try to reproduce the sound their vehicle is making. New words get created and grown men sound like little boys playing with toy cars. It’s kinda funny for those watching and kinda embarrassing for those attempting to make just the right sound. It must be frustrating for the mechanic. Well, suffer no more, 21st century car owners, because now there’s an app for that!

Congress Asked to Octuple Fine for Late Recalls

On: Thu, May 1, 2014 at 1:09PM | By: Karen Cook

Congress Asked to Octuple Fine for Late Recalls test 1-1

There is new legislation afoot which has been put forth by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He is asking Congress to raise the maximum civil fine for violating United States auto safety laws to $300 million. That’s an 800% increase; Foxx hopes this would be a deterrent to future problems like the recent GM recall debacle.

The increase is part of a $302 billion four-year package aimed at replacing the depleted funds in the federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides money for things like bridge repairs, underground storage tanks, and mass transit (the mass transit division is actually in surplus at this time). The fund has seen a shortfall in revenue through gasoline taxes because of drivers are using less fuel.

Great Scott! Branson Auctions brings movie(-ish) magic to MO with a damn-near perfect BTTF DeLorean

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.

These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.

At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…

Is the 2014 Buick Enclave Vomit-Proof?

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:19PM | By: Karen Cook

Is the 2014 Buick Enclave Vomit-Proof? test 1-1

I get car sick. It’s worse in the back seat and is triggered mostly by reading while the car is moving. This is a problem since usually my husband drives and I am expected to navigate to previously unvisited destinations. I was so happy when GPS navigation arrived. Now he can listen to a pleasant and relaxed voice giving him directions instead of my nauseous and frustrated voice just telling him where to go.

Behold: The 2015 Toyota Camry

On: Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 1:18PM | By: Teddy Field

Behold: The 2015 Toyota Camry test 1-1

If the Toyota Camry were a meal, it'd be a slice of Wonder Bread served on a bed of lettuce. Sure, there's plenty of nutritious vitamins and minerals, but it's always had the excitement quotient of a lukewarm glass of water. The 2015 Toyota Camry, however, promises to be much different. They've apparently added a lemon wedge, ice cubes, and a new grille! So let's meet Suburbia's re-invented best-seller...

Don't Miss Your Chance to Be Bad

On: Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 2:21PM | By: Karen Cook

Don't Miss Your Chance to Be Bad test 1-1

As Motley Crue prepares for its Final Tour this summer, Dodge is jumping on the “bandwagon” with a Chance to Be Bad Giveaway contest. Anyone interested can register at the Chance to Be Bad web site and gain five additional chances by sharing the link on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or LinkedIn.