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Something New Under the Sun

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 2:28PM | By: Karen Cook

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Ford has a hot new idea. Solar-powered vehicles! Next month at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Ford will debut its latest concept vehicle, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The car itself isn’t new, but the technology it sports is. It has a “sunroof,” but not the kind that lets light (and sometimes rain) into the vehicle. This sunroof is made of solar panels which allow the battery to charge using rays from the sun.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engine Sounds!

On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:43PM | By: Karen Cook

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Electric vehicles are awesome, right? I mean, they cut down on all kinds of pollution. Emissions are low to non-existent and noise pollution is minimal with a car that travels silently at speeds less than 20 mph. Neighborhoods are peaceful and you can hear the birds singing. What’s not to like?

Michigan Invests In Its Own Future

On: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 7:04PM | By: Karen Cook

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sees the future. Michigan is the hub of the auto industry in the United States and Gov. Snyder intends to keep it that way with two new laws allowing testing of autonomous vehicles both on the public roads and at a $6.5 million, 30-acre test site near the University of Michigan. This is a huge step toward driverless cars. California, Nevada, and Florida have already put the same type of laws into practice.

You Won't Find This on GasBuddy

On: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 4:47PM | By: Karen Cook

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Americans get annoyed when they have to pay more for products than people in other countries. Take medicines, for example. The internet has made it possible for someone living in the US to get prescriptions filled in Canada where drug prices are much lower. Everything from pain relievers to birth control to contact lenses can be mail ordered and shipped in from foreign countries. We need a link to Venezuela. Their gases prices are roughly 5 cents a gallon. The shipping would hardly make a dent in the fuel cost savings. Sign me up!


GM to Buy Tesla?

On: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 12:31PM | By: Karen Cook

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With all the recent hoopla over Tesla’s Model S (if you haven’t heard, Google it) things could be looking up for the electric car company. The share prices dropped 20% since September when all the trouble began and investors weren’t too optimistic. The National Highway Safety Administration didn’t budge on its 5-star rating for the Model S and the faith of the government helped calm the waters. Now General Motors is rumored to be interested in buying the luxury electric vehicle company.

Detroit Auto Show Will Host 50 New Debuts

On: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

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We've been following news of Detroit-bound debuts and concept cars, and it looks like we have a lot more work ahead of us. The auto show released a statement that it's expecting a total of 50 new car and concept debuts when it opens next month. The 2014 auto year will kick off with a strong start.

The 5 Most Interesting Cars of 2013

On: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 1:43PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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2013 was a huge year for the automotive industry -- it was full of comeback stories and the rise of the automobile, once again. The success of the industry may be due to smart business practices and internal strategy, but it could also be because this year had some cars that were nothing short of game changers. Here are five of the most influential cars of 2013. 

Helping Older Drivers Stay Safe Behind The Wheel

On: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 11:30AM | By: Karen Cook

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Several years ago (I won’t depress myself by figuring up exactly how many) I was in a car accident on this day, Christmas Eve. It could have ruined Christmas for me and my family. I had two young sons at the time who were thankfully with my mother. I was injured but not severely and we spent most of the day in the emergency room, which is generally crowded around the holidays.

Ford Banking on Aluminum for F-150

On: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 10:00AM | By: Karen Cook

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Ford began making its iconic F-150 series way back in the late 40’s. It has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 years and Ford’s best-selling vehicle overall for 32 years. The company counts on this product for strong sales and profit and buyers count on it for handling tough jobs dependably. Ford has come up with an idea to make it even better. With the recent focus on fuel economy and the new standards associated with it, automakers are getting more creative. When your top vehicle is heavy truck creativity must be stretched to the limit.

2014 Silverado - Better Than Ever

On: Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:14AM | By: Karen Cook

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Chevy has been producing the Silverado for years functioning under the belief that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” When you’ve got a good thing sometimes the best course of action is to stick with it—unless you can make it better. The new 2014 Silverado has been updated in ways that will make it even more attractive to hard working types but will also give you a decent vehicle for family or to take your significant other on a date.

A Trio of NAIAS 2014 Teasers

On: Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

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For the average Joe and Jane, December is a time for hurried holiday preparations and family. For the auto industry, it's a time for finishing the sales year while looking ahead to the next. Automakers have been teasing new cars and concepts for next month's North American International Auto Show right and left. Instead of trying to keep up with the barrage one by one, we're rounding 'em up a few at a time. Here we have a trio of interesting, sporty Asian cars: a Kia 2+2 concept, a race-inspired Infiniti concept and a new Lexus F performance car.