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 |  Jun 02 2013, 12:01 PM

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Recapping the most watched videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel this week, here’s a chance to catch up on what everyone else is talking about. This past week, AutoGuide took a deep look at the 2014 Acura MDX while some old favorites are seeing plenty of new attention.

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 |  May 26 2013, 12:01 PM

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Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This past week, fans of hot hatches are getting their fix with AutoGuide‘s video pitting the 2013 Ford Focus ST against the 2013 Mazdaspeed3.

2013 Ford Focus ST vs 2013 Mazdaspeed3

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2014 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Comparison

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2013 Toyota Camry vs 2013 Honda Accord

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 |  May 02 2013, 8:31 AM

10. Hyundai Elantra - 24,445 Units


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The sales numbers are in for April 2013, and we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best-selling cars for last month.

Kicking off the list is the Hyundai Elantra with a starting MSRP of $16,965. The compact model from the Korean automaker saw 45.2 percent more sales this year than last in the month of April, and has sold 78,991 units so far this year. It’s worth noting that 25 percent of Elantra sales come from the Coupe and Elantra GT hatchback models, which weren’t available last year.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Review

 |  Apr 28 2013, 3:01 PM

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Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This week, the battle of of mid-size sedans from Toyota and Honda takes top honors.

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 |  Jan 16 2013, 6:02 PM

The Toyota Camry’s V6 option isn’t going anywhere, Toyota Vice President Bob Carter said at the Detroit Auto Show. Continue Reading…

 |  Jan 03 2013, 7:02 PM

10. Ford Escape - 261,008 Units Sold


2012 was the best-selling year for automakers since 2007, marking the third year in a row that sales have increased. So now is a great time to look back at the best-selling vehicles from last year.

Coming in 10th place with 261,008 units sold is the Ford Escape which was updated for the 2013 model year. Earlier last year, AutoGuide.com had the opportunity to review the 2013 Ford Escape and we came away surprised by its sleek new look, engine selection, and its great handling. It wasn’t without its cons, but overall the crossover delivered a vastly improved driving experience.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video

[Source: Cars.com]

 |  Dec 27 2012, 1:43 PM

10. 2013 Ford Escape Review


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As 2012 comes to an end, AutoGuide has decided to take a look back at the most watched videos from our collection.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video

Kicking off the top 10 list is the 2013 Ford Escape video review, where Editor-in-Chief Colum Wood puts the new crossover to the test, admiring its sleek new looks and its handling.

 |  Dec 26 2012, 8:31 AM

As 2012 comes to an end, it’s always interesting to see what vehicles were most popular on everyone’s research list for the year.

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 |  Dec 04 2012, 12:32 PM

Things are looking up for automakers in the United States. All told sales topped 1.1 million new cars and trucks in November. That’s nearly a 15 percent increase compared to the same month in 2011. Year-to-date sales eclipsed 13 million units, an improvement of almost 14 percent compared to the same time period last year.

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 |  Nov 08 2012, 6:45 PM

Toyota was proud to announce that it had reached global sales of 4.6-million hybrid vehicles, with 1.02-million hybrids sold this year alone up to October 31, 2012.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 4:01 PM

Extensively previewed prior to their 2012 SEMA Show debut, the Toyota Celebrity Dream Build Challenge vehicles did not disappoint on the floor in Las Vegas.

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 |  Oct 27 2012, 11:01 AM

For the 11th straight year, Toyota is confident that its Camry model will take home the coveted title of America’s best-selling car.

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 |  Oct 20 2012, 2:57 PM

Back in August, Toyota revealed its Celebrity Dream Build Challenge with NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch, and NHRA racers Antron Brown and Alexis DeJoria building custom Toyota projects for the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Sep 24 2012, 9:37 AM

When the 2013 Ford Fusion was first introduced, the American automaker stressed that it’d focus on quality first and sales records second. But Ford’s not fooling anyone into believing that it doesn’t have its sights set on toppling the elusive Toyota Camry for the top sales position.

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 |  Sep 11 2012, 11:31 AM

Back in late August, Toyota announced its custom vehicle build-off featuring four of its drivers: Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Antron Brown, and Alexis Dejoria. Each driver has now selected their Toyota vehicle and the shop at which it’ll be built, and the customization has begun. 

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 |  Jun 18 2012, 3:02 PM

Joey Logano, 22, took first place this weekend on the newly resurfaced track at Michigan International Speedway.

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 |  Jun 14 2012, 4:31 PM

10. Toyota Avalon


Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to determine what makes a vehicle reliable. But one sound way is to look back and see how much the average repair cost was for a vehicle over three to five years, and seeing which ones suffered the least breakdowns.

Data was studied using 100,000 auto warranty policies linked to family cars by Direct Buy Warranty in order to determine this top 10 list of most reliable family cars, listed in no particular order. It’s worth noting that not a single American vehicle made it onto the list.

The first on the list is the Toyota Avalon, the Japanese automaker’s flagship sedan in the United States. According to the data, the Avalon was one of the cheapest vehicles to maintain over the past five years with typical Toyota dependability and safety ratings. Larger than the Camry, the Avalon is a perfect fit for those looking for size and dependability.

 |  May 23 2012, 10:02 AM

Similar to the NASCAR Dodge Charger and Ford Fusion that were revealed earlier this year, Toyota’s newest entry to NASCAR looks to more closely resemble its production model.

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 |  Mar 30 2012, 4:31 PM

Toyota Motor Sales has announced MSRP increases for select Toyota and Scion models with the price jumps ranging from $150 to $270 from its previous model year to its current one.

The 2012 Toyota Prius v Hybrid gets a price increase of $150 for the Two, Three, and Five trim models. The Camry L and LE models see a $100 increase while the XLE sees a $50 price change. Meanwhile, the standard Camry SE model is $220 higher than its 2011 model year counterpart, while the SE V6 and XLE V6 is now up $270. Camry Hybrid LE saw a $90 dollar increase while the XLE is up $100.

All Toyota Tacoma models see a $250 price increase while the Highlander Hybrid models see a $175 increase. Lastly, the 2013 Scion tC both automatic and manual will have its MSRP up $150.

 |  Mar 03 2012, 9:01 AM

Toyota is giving college students a sweet graduation present – a $1,000 rebate off a new car.

This rebate will come in handy, especially now that you have all those student loans to pay off. Running through Jan. 2, 2013, the rebate program will be available to students that meet certain education requirements. Open to recent college graduates and students who have graduated in the past two years, you’ll need proof of your college status to get that grand back.

As well as a diploma or degree, you’ll also need proof of employment. It does make sense… you do need to pay for that new ride. We’re not sure if your head fryer position at McDonald’s counts as steady full-time employment.

If you’ve got all that going for you, it’s time to pick your car. Grads will have their choice of the Toyota Camry (gas only), Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, Tacoma, Yaris, and all of the Scion models.

There’s one more thing – even if you qualify for the rebate, you’ll have to buy your new Toyota from one the 175 Toyota dealers serviced by Southeast Toyota Finance in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

You can check out all of the requirements in full detail at the Southeast Toyota Finance website.

[Source: The Car Connection]

 |  Feb 12 2012, 12:00 PM

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Built by Toyota Racing Development and RK Motors, this custom 2010 Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition is currently up for sale with a whopping $299,900 price tag, possibly making it the world’s most expensive Toyota Camry.

Originally built for and debuted at the 2010 SEMA Show, what you get with the hefty price tag is a one-off vehicle including a completely custom 2010 Camry two-door coupe shell that was fabricated by RK Motors’ own metalsmiths.

From there, plenty of NASCAR-inspired components were added onto the vehicle, including a complete body kit, grille, carbon fiber brake ducts with foglights, side-exit exhaust system, carbon fiber rear-view mirrors, and a deck lid spoiler. But amongst all these race-inspired parts are some OE pieces as well, including the fuel filler door, factory Camry taillights, and door handles.

The real highlight, however, is the 358-cubic inch powerplant under the hood, a TRD NASCAR V8 with 680-hp. It’s mated to a Tremec T-56 Magnum six-speed transmission with a Ram dual-disc street clutch. Once again blending race with street, the NASCAR Camry features a staggered set of 20-inch TSW Jarama wheels with Michelin Pilot rubber on all four corners.

The interior is probably the most tame of the entire project, featuring a full-sized rear seat. There are some leather tie-ins to match the exterior two-tone paint while Pioneer and Boston Acoustics outfitted the cabin with new beats.

Regardless of the effort put into building this one-off, the $299,900 price tag is still a shocker. Still, it sounds amazing!

Check out a few videos of the Camry after the break.

GALLERY: 2010 Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition

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 |  Jan 24 2012, 11:30 AM

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There`s an understanding in business that selling a lot means selling cheap. Unless you have a monopoly on the water supply, sales numbers don`t hit astronomical heights without stepping into volume pricing territory. Toyota spent the last decade worshiping that philosophy and consequently kept the Camry on top.

Given the Japanese automaker’s decade of domination, it is easy to assume that Ford will be gunning to take that position with their new Fusion sedan. After all, it’s sporting a sexy new look that’s eye-catching to say the least and before Toyota got hold of the spotlight, the Ford Taurus actually held that title between 1992 and 1996.

Despite the rivalry-ridden history, it seems Ford prefers to improve their product and walk a slightly different line by maintaining a balance that focuses a hair more on quality than volume. In fact, research by IHS Automotive suggests that the company doesn’t even have the capacity to outproduce Toyota.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Ford name brought snide remarks like “found on road dead” or “fix or repair daily” to mind. Well, we have yet to drive the 2013 Fusion, but based on what we saw at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, it’s shaping up to be a real contender.

So much so, that Ford is actually looking at increasing their production capacity. In fact interest in the car on Edmunds.com jumped 49 percent after the reveal.

Toyota will be hot on Ford’s heels, though, having recovered from the damage their production suffered after last year’s tsunami. When all is said and done, Ford will have the capacity to build 400,000 Fusions per year and Toyota will be capable of producing 500,000 Camrys. Last year the Camry took the top spot by selling just over 308,000, where the Fusion moved just over 248,000 units. Neither company is expected to maximize their capacity in the coming year.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Fusion

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[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Jan 23 2012, 12:30 PM

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The Volkswagen Golf will remain the best-selling car in Europe, but here’s the real news: it keeps the crown with a whopping 484,547 units sold.

Numbers might not mean much to most people, but this will put things into perspective: at 1.6 million units worldwide, BMW stood fast as the world’s largest luxury car brand. Those are worldwide sales figures. VW came close to the half-million mark in Europe alone and with just one model.

As far as American bravado is concerned, we can’t come close to touching those numbers. The top-selling car in the U.S. was the Toyota Camry with 308,510 units. To be fair, all you need to do is delve into the popular world of pickup trucks to find that the Ford F-150 sold about 100,000 more units in the States than the Golf did in Europe, but the fact remains that Volkswagen is killing the competition with their catchy compact.

If VW has its way, the Golf will remain in the top spot for its seventh generation— set to debut at the Paris Auto Show in September. Sales actually dropped by 2 percent last year, though such fluctuations are typical towards the end of a model cycle.

Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Vw Golf Review Here

GALLERY: 2011 Volkswagen Golf

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 |  Dec 20 2011, 5:45 PM

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There is less than a week until Christmas and if you’re looking for a gift that’s just plain bonkers we’re here to help. How about a 1991 Toyota Camry LE customized like a candy cane and decked out in what can only be described as hilarity and nonsense.

Despite the Providence, RI. seller, repeatedly insisting the car is not for sale during his advertisement, it can be had for a tiny buy-it-now price of $1.7 million on eBay. For that price it comes complete with the world’s smallest pogo stick instead of a spare tire, hopelessly goofy workout equipment on the roof, a live Boston terrier hood ornament and many other homespun features.

The price-tag might seem outrageous, but consider this: the silly Santa selling the car might actually be ahead of safety innovators like Volvo. His creation sports functional fashion: stripes that boast “900 candlepower” to make sure you not only see the car day or night, but that you’re as good as blind while driving behind it. If you get hit in this thing it’s probably intentional.

Not only that, but the car runs on insanity instead of gas— “eat your heart out, GM,” the seller says in his video. It’s probably true because you would have to be crazy to bid on this thing, or would you?

Right now there are 23 bids for the car, which is currently fetching $2025. Sure it falls short of the price tag, but what value can you really put on a car that really is unforgettable? The answer is just around the corner. Rhode Island’s funniest car will disappear from eBay on December 22 and we’re eagerly watching to see what people are willing to pay.

GALLERY: Candy Cane Toyota Camry

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