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Automakers in the U.S. are using navigation and infotainment systems in millions of cars to track the habits and locations of the driver. Through these systems, the people who make your car can track your location, and monitor how long you’ve stayed at a place. According to a new government investigation, as your car’s owner there’s nothing you can do about it either.
In past years, the North American International Auto Show marked the official beginning of the auto new year. As the auto and tech industries cooperate more and more closely, however, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has taken over as the first major "auto show" of the year, allowing automakers and aftermarket companies to focus attention on their latest navigation systems, connected car hardware, autonomous driving technologies, and green designs. Toyota used this year's CES to showcase its upcoming fuel cell vehicle.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Toyota, fuel cell, green, EV, hybrid,
In a recent interview, autosport.com asked Formula 1 pundit Martin Brundle whether he saw F1 as a sport, a crucible of technical innovation, or a show. He answered unequivocally that it was a show, a spectacle, that like all major sports it existed primarily to entertain. For if there are no viewers, then there are no sponsors, and if there are no sponsors, especially in a sport with such rampant expenditures as F1, then there is no sport. So why on Earth are the powers that be apparently doing their best to make it so unappealing to watch?
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Racing
Tags: fomula, one, F1, 2014, season, sebastian, vettel, lewis, hamilton, jenson, button, fernando, alonso, lotus, ferrari, red, bull, mclaren, mercedes
Sometimes car makers have to decide where to spend their money when making a new model vehicle. Nissan faced just this question when redesigning the 2014 Versa Note. After researching this little car, it’s easy to see where the money went and, if your priorities match Nissan’s, this may be the perfect vehicle for you.
Car dealerships must keep inventory up in order to give buyers as many choices as possible. Different makes, different colors, and different options must be available at a hands-on level. If a buyer doesn’t see what he’s looking for he may find it at another dealership and decide to purchase there. It’s not too difficult with new cars. Manufacturers track what is selling where and maintain the needed inventory in cooperation with individual dealerships. Used cars are a different story. Dealers can’t count exclusively on trade-ins, although some of these are recycled and resold without ever leaving the lot. Most of the used inventory you see, however, comes from auctions.
Looking to get the utility of a crossover with a little boost in mileage? The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a compelling option that costs a few thousand dollars more than a comparable V6 model and offers close to 25 percent better fuel economy.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Nissan, Pathfinder, crossovers, hybrid, new cars, pricing
Truck buyers are not willing to give up their trucks, but, with gas prices ever on the rise, truck makers are becoming more creative in boosting fuel economy in their vehicles. GM and Ford are the top-selling truck manufacturers and have approached the problem from different angles. Ford has created an “Ecoboost” engine, while GM has dubbed its creation “Active Fuel Management.” It comes down to the way you drive; that will determine which will be the option best for you.
Volvo has issued a recall for S60 models designated as 2011 and 2012 model years, specifically those built between June 22, 2010 through May 14, 2012, cars that were manufactured with 5-cylinder engines (VIN code 62). The software on these cars may be defective and not alert the driver if the engine goes into a low pressure situation. Obviously, without warning that the engine is low on oil, the driver will not remedy the situation and continue driving until the engine stalls or seizes, which could cause a serious crash.
Volvo has said it began notifying owners in late December, and the process should continue through early January.
The software will be updated/fixed for free to allow it to recognize low oil pressure and warn the driver accordingly. Owners can contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 with any questions or concerns.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, volvo, s60, low oil pressure
The days of squinting into the darkness while driving at night are nearly gone. With most new cars sporting LED headlights we are able to see farther than ever on those poorly lit rural back roads. Deer and other wildlife are safer than ever and the insurance companies sleep a little easier.
The auto industry has undergone a major change as Chrysler has just become entirely owned by the Fiat brand. Announced on the first day of 2014, the stake in Chrysler owned by the United Auto Worker’s VEBA trust fund is set to be sold to the Italian auto company—a deal that came to a close on the last Sunday of 2013. This closes the arguments supporting the potential for public share holders and leaves questions about the future of both brands.
Electric vehicles have been on the market for a while now and some of them are beginning to show up on used car lots. Studies are now being done to determine depreciation in the value of these vehicles and the news is not good. A study by Kelley Blue Book, at the request of USA Today, projects their depreciation figures after five years for all-electric and hybrid vehicles.