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Customers Improve Ford Dash Displays With Virtual Simulator

Customers Improve Ford Dash Displays With Virtual Simulator
For the next generation of Ford’s in-dash displays, the company is actually putting some thought into them—and focus groups are using a high-tech virtual simulator to determine what works in relaying information to drivers and passengers alike. The driving simulator is carefully designed to match the interior of a Ford Focus Electric, with two 4.2-inch…

2013 Infiniti JX Crossover Debuts At Pebble Beach [Video]

2013 Infiniti JX Crossover Debuts At Pebble Beach [Video]
Infiniti has been teasing us with the JX for some time now, but today the pieces finally fit: the luxury crossover was unveiled in its entirety at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The JX is Infiniti’s second vehicle that seats 7 people across three rows of leather-clad seats. The first was the QX56, the Nissan…

2013 Lexus GS350 Unveiled At Pebble Beach [Video]

2013 Lexus GS350 Unveiled At Pebble Beach [Video]
And now, drumroll, please…at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus has unveiled the all-new GS350,with sharper styling and sportier handling. The new GS is wider than the outgoing four-eyed model, as befitting an entirely new platform that is even more rigid but stays within the same size. Lexus engineers focused on making the car more…

Babysitter Caught Driving With Infant In Truck Bed [Video]

Babysitter Caught Driving With Infant In Truck Bed [Video]
For parents, babysitter nightmares don’t come any worse than this: a 23-year old woman was arrested after leaving an 8-month old baby in the back of a Dodge Ram and driving around in the back. Keyona Davis, from—where else?—Florida, was stopped by police after witnesses spotted her sitting in the back of the truck, with…

Berlin Protestors Setting Luxury Cars On Fire

Berlin Protestors Setting Luxury Cars On Fire
Spurred by the recent riots in London, the Germans have taken to the streets—and their target are the Mercedes, BMW, and Audi cars owned by “fat cats” that are ruining their country. About 138 cars have been torched across Berlin, with 26 just in the past two days. 130 of those have been Benzes; 91…

Former Chrysler Marketing Executive Moves To Honda

Former Chrysler Marketing Executive Moves To Honda
Michael Accavitti once worked for Chrysler as its chief marketing officer, even becoming president of the Dodge brand. But now he’s taken his talents to Honda, where he will be doing much the same thing. Accavitti worked at Cisco Systems shortly after his stint in Auburn Heights, spending the past two years there. It will be…

Kia Rear-Drive Genesis Twin Confirmed, But No Pickup or Miata Rival

Kia Rear-Drive Genesis Twin Confirmed, But No Pickup or Miata Rival
Kia, spurred by the success of sibling Hyundai’s Genesis (and possibly Equus), wants a piece of the rear-drive pie. The company is planning a flagship luxury sedan and possibly a coupe, both in the vein of the Genesis duo. Kia’s rear-drive adventures end there, however: there are no plans to introduce a pickup truck. There…

Cadillac ELR Revealed as ConverJ Concept’s Production Name

Cadillac ELR Revealed as ConverJ Concept’s Production Name
A few days ago, Cadillac announced that the Volt-based Converj concept would enter production. Well, it’s gotten a name change to suit its newfound status: look for the Cadillac ELR to hit dealers in a few months. After all, a sensible, less-ambiguous name like “Converj” couldn’t be used: it had too many letters! ELR brings…

BMW M5 Diesel Confirmed: the 550dM

BMW M5 Diesel Confirmed: the 550dM
In case BMW‘s notoriously fickle enthusiasts can’t find the motivation to summon their pitchforks, here’s some news to light a fire under their posteriors: the legendary M division will put a diesel engine under the hood of their next car, a 5-Series. Say it ain’t so, again! What’s next, a front-wheel drive M? But the…

Michelle Bachmann Promises $2.00/Gallon Gas If Elected

Michelle Bachmann Promises $2.00/Gallon Gas If Elected
Just like how elementary school kids promised free lollipops and candy in the vending machines, America’s politicians make the same affirmations. Case in point: Michelle Bachmann will, if elected, give all God-fearing Americans the divine right of cheap gas. Drill baby, drill! Bachmann told supporters at an event in South Carolina: “The day that the…

2012 Toyota Yaris Revealed With 38-MPG Highway Rating

2012 Toyota Yaris Revealed With 38-MPG Highway Rating
The Toyota Yaris gets a remake for 2012, and a sports version that will tide us over until the Scion FR-S comes. The entire Yaris range gets a longer wheelbase by two inches, and an overall increase in length by three inches. Even though it’s only taller by 0.6 inches, somehow Toyota engineers found an…