Detroit Three End 2012 With a Bang

Detroit Three End 2012 With a Bang
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Thankfully the world didn’t end last month like Mayan soothsayers erroneously predicted centuries ago. Clearly prophecy wasn’t their major at Yucatan Community College. From an automotive perspective, the year-end news was quite good, with the Detroit Three each posting modest gains. Continue Reading...

Consumer Reports’ Latest Survey Shows More of the Same and a Few BIG Surprises

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Consumer Reports’ Latest Survey Shows More of the Same and a Few BIG Surprises
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The numbers have been tallied and the data compiled in Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reliability Survey. Toyota has a lot to be happy about but Ford has taken a tumble. Continue Reading...

Porsche Skips Taxes on 4.5 Billion Euro Transaction… Legally

Porsche Skips Taxes on 4.5 Billion Euro Transaction… Legally
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If you’re wondering how to sell the controlling stake in a major car company for 4.5 billion euros and leave the tax collector hanging without legal worry, just ask Porsche. Continue Reading...

2012 Ford Focus Recalled Over Windshield Wiper Defect

2012 Ford Focus Recalled Over Windshield Wiper Defect
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Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 140,310 model-year 2012 Ford Focus vehicles built through Oct. 18 in the Wayne, Michigan Assembly plant over a potential windshield wiper defect. According to Ford, a seal plug on the passenger side windshield wiper motor electrical connector may be missing, causing water to fall into the motor… Continue Reading...

Ford Key Note Speech at Mobile World Congress 2012 a First

Ford Key Note Speech at Mobile World Congress 2012 a First
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Every year in Spain, the biggest members of the telecommunications industry get together to show off the latest in technology. This year, Ford Motor Company executive chairman, Bill Ford spoke about his vision of mobile technology and how it fits in with Ford’s plans. Ford mainly discussed an infrastructure of connected cars to help reduce traffic and… Continue Reading...

European Union Toughens CO2 Regulations For 2012

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European Union Toughens CO2 Regulations For 2012
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Car companies that sell their vehicles in Europe have to deal with the toughest emission standards in the world, and they are about to get tougher still. The European Union has just announced that it wants to improve emissions by 20% in 2015, and to achieve that goal, it is tightening emission regulations starting from… Continue Reading...

Maybach Announces Price Hike For 2012 Line-Up

Maybach Announces Price Hike For 2012 Line-Up
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In Maybach‘s last full year of sales before the hyper-luxury brand will be shuttered for 2013, Daimler has increased the MSRP of Maybach’s 2012 line-up. According to the latest pricing updates released by Mercedes-Benz USA, the 2012 Maybach 57 will begin at $379,050, an extra $3,080 over the 2011 model year. The 2012 Maybach 57… Continue Reading...

MINI Will Try To Conquer Dakar Rally In 2012

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MINI Will Try To Conquer Dakar Rally In 2012
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There are many tough races on the global motorsports calendar, but perhaps none more so than the Dakar rally. The rally started back in 1978 and was originally called the Paris-Dakar rally due to its geographic location. However, due to safety concerns, the event was moved to South America in 2009, where it has remained… Continue Reading...

2012 Volkswagen CC Revealed Ahead Of LA Auto Show

2012 Volkswagen CC Revealed Ahead Of LA Auto Show
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The Volkswagen CC will debut its updated styling for the 2012 at the LA Auto Show in just a few weeks time. The dark gray metallic beautifully compliments the CC’s refreshed facelift, receiving similar lines as the new Passat sedan, incorporating a new grill and lower fascia that is similar with VW’s corporate appearance. The… Continue Reading...

Toyota to Export US-Built Sienna Minivan to South Korea

Toyota to Export US-Built Sienna Minivan to South Korea
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Toyota has announced today that the made in the U.S.A. Toyota Sienna minivan will soon be sold in South Korea. Produced at Toyota’s Princeton, Indiana plant, the Sienna has long been a top seller in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Now, scheduled early this November, South Korea will mark the Sienna’s first distribution outside… Continue Reading...

2012 Chevrolet Equinox And GMC Terrain Crossovers Recalled For Malfunctioning Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox And GMC Terrain Crossovers Recalled For Malfunctioning Tire Pressure Monitoring System
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34,000 units of GM’s 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers are recalled due too improperly calibrated tire pressure monitoring systems. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, requires all tire pressure monitoring systems to illuminate a warning signal when the tires are below 25 percent of the vehicle’s recommended psi. However, the sensors fitted into… Continue Reading...

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas Starts At $26,155

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2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas Starts At $26,155
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The only natural gas production car to be manufactured and sold in the United States, the all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas will be available at 200 dealers across 38 states beginning on October 18th. Prices for this one-of-a-kind alternative energy vehicle begins at $26,155. The Civic Natural Gas is powered by a modified version… Continue Reading...

Scion xB, xD Release Series Editions Announced for 2012

Scion xB, xD Release Series Editions Announced for 2012
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Scion has revealed two new Release Series editions for the 2012 model year. The Scion xD R.S. 4 will offer cosmetic upgrades including a unique Blizzard Pearl paint job finished with a sleek set of 16 inch alloy rims in a smoked platinum finish. Interior upgrades will feature colored trim pieces matching the paint scheme… Continue Reading...

2012 Honda CR-V Concept Unveiled at Orange County International Auto Show

2012 Honda CR-V Concept Unveiled at Orange County International Auto Show
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The 2012 Honda CR-V Concept was just unveiled earlier this week at Anaheim, California’s Orange County International Auto Show. Honda America’s Executive Vice President of Sales John Mendel proudly boasts, “As the best-selling SUV in each of the past four years, the 2012 CR-V promises to build on its highly successful formula with even more… Continue Reading...

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

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2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class and B-Class E-Cell Plus Concept: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its second-generation B-Class at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show along with a concept for an E-Cell version of the front-wheel drive compact sport tourer. The new B-Class is almost two inches shorter than the previous version yet has more leg room thanks to a lowered floor. The seats are also more upright but… Continue Reading...

7th-Gen Porsche 911 Carrera Breaks Cover: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011

7th-Gen Porsche 911 Carrera Breaks Cover: Frankfurt Auto Show 2011
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Porsche pulled the covers off its seventh generation 911 Carrera with nearly 90% newly redesigned or redeveloped components including a 7-speed manual transmission. The new 911 has a longer wheelbase by 100mm yet the body is only 56mm longer. The new 911 is also about 7mm shorter than the previous version. At just under 176.91… Continue Reading...

2012 Nissan Versa Tops Sub-Compact Sales in its First Month

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2012 Nissan Versa Tops Sub-Compact Sales in its First Month
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There hasn’t been a lot of buzz generated around the new 2012 Nissan Versa since its unveiling back in April at the New York Auto Show, so it’s completely understandable if one were led to believe that the Versa will manage limited success. On the other hand, Versa’s biggest competitor Hyundai Accent set off to… Continue Reading...

2012 Toyota Tacoma Pickup Starts at $16,875

2012 Toyota Tacoma Pickup Starts at $16,875
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Toyota recently announced an updated version of its Tacoma pickup for 2012 and has now revealed pricing, with the top-selling truck starting at $16,875. The 2012 Tacoma will emphasize driving comfort, usability, and convenience. Exterior enhancements include a facelift with new hood, headlamps and fog lights. Two new shades of paint, Spruce Mica and Nautical… Continue Reading...

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic: the World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid at 85.6 MPG

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Ford Fiesta ECOnetic: the World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Non-Hybrid at 85.6 MPG
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It’s difficult to remember when Ford last had as strong a line-up as it does today, but don’t believe for a second that the Blue Oval team are foolish enough to take a moment to relax. Rather, Ford is set to reveal the most efficient non-hybrid family vehicles, the Focus ECOnetic Technology and the Fiesta… Continue Reading...

Honda Pilot SUV Gets Minor Updates For 2012

Honda Pilot SUV Gets Minor Updates For 2012
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The Honda Pilot mid-size SUV will be receiving some minor upgrades for the 2012 model year which includes exterior, interior and mechanical updates. The most noticeable upgrade to the exterior includes a new grille and front fascia. The outgoing model’s six sided grille insert will be replaced with a distinctive three-bar horizontal design. The interior will feature… Continue Reading...

2012 BMW M5 Safety Car With Akrapovic Exhaust [Video]

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BMW used this past weekend’s Indianapolis MotoGP to unveil its new F10 M5 safety car. The BMW was fitted with an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that sounds amazing. Other goodies that set this  safety vehicle aside from all other standard M5’s include high performance coilovers, new front and rear spoilers, Recaro bucket seats and 20-inch… Continue Reading...

Toyota Electric Nurburgring Race Car Will be Offered for Sale… Sort Of

Toyota Electric Nurburgring Race Car Will be Offered for Sale… Sort Of
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Toyota has already announced that it intends to set a new electric car lap record at the Nurburging, but now the automaker has some extra exciting news for EV performance enthusiasts – you’ll be able to buy one! Just days ahead of the planned record breaking attempt, Toyota has said the electric SR9 racer will… Continue Reading...

2012 Jeep Wrangler: New Pentastar V6 Ads Power and Fuel Economy

2012 Jeep Wrangler: New Pentastar V6 Ads Power and Fuel Economy
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The new 2012 Jeep Wrangler will be getting a new engine that provides better fuel efficiency with more power and torque. The new 3.6-liter “Pentastar” V6 engine improves fuel efficiency up to 21 miles per gallon, while delivering 285-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Wrangler will also receive a new five-speed automatic transmission to… Continue Reading...

Maserati Gran Cabrio Fendi is One Fast Purse

Maserati Gran Cabrio Fendi is One Fast Purse
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Maserati and luxury goods maker Fendi have teamed up to design a masterpiece of technology and craftsmanship, the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi. The GranCabrio features a three-layered body color named Grigio Fiamma Fendi, and is a special dark grey with an iridescent golden finish on the surface. The Pergamena Fendi wood trim runs across the width of the… Continue Reading...
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