2012

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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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...
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