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Out of the Bailout, New CEO: It's a Good Month for GM

On: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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It’s been a great year for GM, including things like the success of their new Stingray and multiple quality awards symbolizing the end of the looming reputation of offering substandard products during the recession. This week, the company has been on fire with headline making success and company changes. Here’s what’s going on with GM of late.


Abra Cada-Brabus

On: Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:02AM | By: Karen Cook


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Sometimes the important thing is the destination. Other times, it’s the journey. If you need to get to your destination fast, but you want to enjoy the journey as well, Brabus has the vehicle for you.


Literal TONS of Classic American Iron Went for Pennies on the Pound at Auctions America's Fall Carlisle Sale

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I’ve owned a lot of cars in my day(s)—or at least possessed them, as registering them is a hassle when you’re not looking to keep the car more than three months—but there have been only a precious few that really made me miss them once they’d gone.

Sure, her 400 cu. in. V8 really ran on only seven cylinders, nothing power-operated worked on a consistent basis, and I’d still be waiting for her to hit 60 mph from rest if I hadn’t given up and sold her 15 years ago.

But in the pre-eBay days a car-crazed youth like myself could actually find (semi) running cars that people just wanted gone from their garages, driveways, etc…. FOR FREE! Nowadays, however, everything’s worth something—just check out any “official” price guide—and you’ll see that the kind of USS California-sized battlewagons that you couldn’t GIVE AWAY in the 1980s and ‘90s are being stripped, shredded, and sent to China as scrap.

So, mark my words, people: we are living in the very last era of the semi-free super-sized land yacht. Oh, and parts are still plentiful and cheap, mechanics still know how to work on them and there is nothing—NOTHING—that can work on the ladies like a queen-sized, velour-covered rear seating area... [Author’s note: Your results may vary.]


China to Work US on Emissions Regulation

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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I suppose traffic jams are a problem in any civilized country, but more so in heavily populated areas, of course. All those people with some place to be causes the environment to gasp. The United States and Europe have long been attempting to lessen the damage caused by vehicle emissions. Recently China has begun to do its part to soften our global footprint and preserve what remains of our atmosphere for future generations.


 

Corvette To Introduce the 2015 Z06 in Detroit

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:38AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Chevy plans to carry its 2013 barrage of sports and muscle cars at American auto shows into 2014. It all started at the 2013 North American International Auto Show with the debut of the highly anticipated C7 Corvette Stingray. The Corvette hard-top was officially joined by a convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show a couple months later. Chevy turned its attention to the Camaro—specifically the Z/28—at the New York Auto Show, and it showed some tricked-out versions of both the Corvette and Camaro at the recent SEMA Show. Now it's turning its attention to 2014, where it will start off the year with yet another big Corvette debut, showing the 2015 Corvette Z06 package in Detroit.


Honda Rewards: Buy My Car; Help Me Get a Reward

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:26AM | By: Karen Cook


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Honda doesn’t do big rebates. Maybe they don’t feel they are necessary for such a major brand. Plenty of people buy Honda’s vehicles without an incentive. This year they’ve changed the game plan, but that may not affect car buyers. The money is there, but it is up to dealerships to decide what to do with it.


Germans Extinguish Recent Model S Fires

On: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:39AM | By: Karen Cook


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The Tesla Model S has had its share of news coverage. The recent engine fires have been everywhere from television to You Tube. It has made for some pretty bad press for Tesla. Model S owners aren’t too happy either. Shareholders have shown their disgust. However, the news isn’t all bad. The Model S is available in Germany and the government there has done its own investigation.


Unlocking Computer Technology In Our Vehicles

On: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:41PM | By: Karen Cook


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With all the new computer technology in our vehicles driving has never been safer, right? I mean, our cars can see other cars on the road and help us avoid accidents we didn’t even see coming. They can brake for us, keep us in our lane, and keep us from backing over anything or anyone. Soon there will be those automotive wonders that drive all by themselves. So it’s all tidy, safe, and secure. Maybe not.


Review: 2013 Audi A1 1.6 TDI S-Line

On: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 1:02PM | By: Jon Summers


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Americans visiting Europe for the first time usually find the cars—and most other things, from elevators to food portions—rather too small—less minimalist and more plain inadequate. Europeans visiting America tend to find the cars excessive in terms of engine capacity, cylinders, and seats, but lacking in quality, with interior plastics being of the grade usually used in water bottles. Audi's A1 is a thoroughly Euro-market car—small but premium. Does it work?

Aesthetically, yes. Our test car was equiped with the S line package, and looked sharp on five-spoke alloys, with a deep valance and lustrous blue paint. Audi's aggressive corporate grille looks good to this tester, and certainly seems to encourage highway ditherers to move aside.

Inside, the controls fall easily to hand, with the steering wheel featuring a type of soft-touch plastic this tester last encountered on a 2013 Corvette. Seats, too, feel premium, and gripped nicely. The trunk is embarrassingly small, failing to swallow two carry-on size suitcases.

The infotainment system seemed rather obtuse, and we concentrated on the driving experience in the thousand miles we spent with the A1.


24 Volt Ultimate Drifting Machine! [VIDEO]

On: Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 3:10PM | By: Karen Cook


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If you want to make your kids happy this Christmas, what needs to be under the tree? According to the 2013 Hot Toys List there must be an Xbox One, an Elmo doll, and a car. Not just any car though. This one is bright red, about as weighty as a lawnmower, is one wheelbarrow-wheel drive, and can drift “as seen on TV”.


Motorcycles: Greener Than Cars

On: Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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The Leaf, the Volt, smart cars… the electric car industry has produced a variety of vehicles that most of us are familiar with. They reduce carbon emissions and lower your fuel bill. Automobile manufacturers are not the only ones thinking about the environment though. Of course, it’s not headline news that even a gas-powered motorcycle does the same thing as a car, on a smaller scale. However, the benefits to the atmosphere and your wallet are even greater if you can combine the two. An electric motorcycle leaves one of the smallest carbon footprints possible in the field of transportation. There are quite a few out there doing all kinds of duties. Sadly, we don’t hear much about them.