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2014 Silverado - Better Than Ever

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


2014 Silverado - Better Than Ever test 1-1

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. 


Gadgets for Christmas

On: Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 10:52AM | By: Karen Cook


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In this modern world full of high tech gadgetry it is easier than ever to “geek-out” your car. Some of it is pretty useful though. Here are some automobile enhancement devices you might be lucky enough to find under your tree or some suggestions for spending the gift cards you are likely to get.


Driver's Wish List

On: Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 2:15PM | By: Karen Cook


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I’ve done a few articles on what to give other car enthusiast for Christmas but this one is my own wish list for me and other drivers. This is an open letter to Santa Claus, car manufacturers and people driving all those other cars on the road this time of year.


 

Party Time: Lamborghini Announces the Huracan

On: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Nick Bakewell


Party Time: Lamborghini Announces the Huracan test 1-1

Alright, everyone, put your party hats on and break out the champagne: Lamborghini has just announced the replacement for the Gallardo. It’s called the Huracan, which (as you might imagine) is Spanish for hurricane and a very Lambo-ish sort of name. The figures are as you might expect: 10 cylinders, 5.2 liters, and around 600 horsepower, which puts it within punching weight of the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458, albeit a few years behind the curve. 0-62mph looks to be dispatched in just over three seconds, and though they’ve yet to announce the top speed, I’d be shocked if it were less than 200mph.


Infiniti Q50 Excels in Safety

On: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:06AM | By: Karen Cook


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If safety is high on your list of requirements in a new vehicle, Infiniti has a sports sedan for you. It recently received five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which is the highest possible ranking. The Q50 sports sedan was tested along with the Q50 3.7 and the Q50 Hybrid. The 3.7 received only four stars, but that’s still respectable. The final rating includes combined scores from frontal, side impact, and rollover crash tests. The tests are performed by theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the testing procedures are severe and rigorous to insure passenger safety in all new vehicles.


Down Under's On Top Of Legos

On: Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:43PM | By: Karen Cook


Down Under's On Top Of Legos test 1-1

If you are hoping for a car under your tree and wake up Christmas morning to find that Santa didn’t bring you one, don’t despair. You can build one for yourself out of all the Legos you may have gotten instead.


Lexus Has No Plans For Sub-$30K CLA Competitor

On: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 1:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


Lexus Has No Plans For Sub-$30K CLA Competitor test 1-1

The sub-$30K entry level segment has been a fertile planting ground for luxury car makers of late, sprouting such cars as the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3. Lexus has no plans on doing any planting, however, telling Auto News that it will leave that end of the market to the mainstream brands. 

"We will not head down below $30,000," Lexus chief Jeff Bracken told Auto News during an interview. "We have Toyota and Scion to handle that price level for us."


Honda Working on a Newer, More Traditional Ridgeline Pickup

On: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 12:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Honda revealed this week that a next-generation Ridgeline pickup truck is in the works. It plans to get the new truck to market within the next two years and has flashed a teaser rendering of what it will look like. 

Since launching in 2005, the first-generation Ridgeline has had a unique look in the pickup market, with its short, funky bed. It's also provided customers with a five-seat cabin, half-ton truck capability, a closed-box unibody platform, an In-Bed Trunk, and a dual-action tailgate. The generation will reach retirement by the middle of next year, paving the way for a new design.


Ford Is Not Idle on Green Technology

On: Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 10:56AM | By: Karen Cook


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Ford has decided to be more aggressive in the reduction of emissions in its vehicles. The auto maker is developing more and better technology to help achieve this goal. The latest offering is called Auto Stop-Start and it has the ability to shut off your engine when you are standing at a stop light, rather than letting it idle. Your engine springs back to life when you release the brake. There’s no information on how effective this is for people like me. I tend to “creep” at stop lights, especially if the car in front of me eases forward. I am overwhelmed with the desire to follow suit.


Christmas for Car Lovers

On: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:53PM | By: Karen Cook


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It’s almost Christmas and, by this time, most of your shopping should be done. Mine’s not. For those of you in the same boat (car?) here are some suggestions for the car lovers in your life.

Small budget items are still available and can be used all year. They will be certainly be appreciated when they are needed. A tool kit is always a good idea, even if it isn’t unique, along with car care kits and portable jump starters. I recently had trouble with my battery and, believe me, I wish I had more than jumper cables in my car.

There are things you can personalize too such as floor mats and seat covers. If you live in a cold climate, you can find heated seat covers which can keep your loved one’s tushy warm on the long drive over the river and through the woods.

If you have a deeper wallet, you could do something really special and have a remote start system installed or have the windows tinted. This requires access to the vehicle in question but that’s part of the fun. Be creative. My son had my windows tinted for me as a surprise. He asked to borrow my car, and when he brought it back a couple of hours later it was done. It was very thoughtful and I didn’t suspect a thing. Just make sure you have a plausible excuse.