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2010 Saab 9-5

2010 Saab 9-5

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Toyota's diagram showing how to properly install floor mats

Toyota's diagram showing how to properly install floor mats

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Toyota's floor mat safety issue is rapidly turning into a public spectacle, as the NHTSA yesterday said statements made in a letter to customers about the floor mats were "inaccurate and misleading." The worst part? The NHTSA says the letter was inaccurate and misleading about the existence of defects in the 3.8 million vehicles at issue. Catch the full story at Motor Authority.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, traffic keeps getting safer and safer: fatalities are at an all-time low. Just 1.15 fatalities occur for every 100 million miles driven, down from 1.23 in mid-2008. The rates are also at their lowest since the U.S. government started keeping track in 1961. Also at TheCarConnection, Saab is promising a new concept car that will define the company's post-GM ethos. Color us interested.

Boosting fuel economy through higher gas taxes is the topic of the day at GreenCarReports, and John Voelcker points out that as cars get more fuel efficient, fewer gallons of  fuel will bought per mile traveled, while wear and tear stays about the same, putting our already overused roadways even further behind the maintenance curve.

Taking a spin around the network, we see AllCarsElectric has a lot of action on the military hybrid front, a look at what's going on at SEMA and a hybrid-electric ... garbage truck? MustangBlog balances out the green with some mean, showing off the exploits of the winners of Ford's 10 Unleashed campaign.

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TheCarConnection.com
L.A. Auto Show: Finalists In The 'YouthMobile 2030' Contest
Upcoming Concept Vehicle Will 'Define The New Saab'
Fiat-Based Jeeps Coming In 2013
Traffic Fatalities Continue To Drop To Record Lows
The $650 Ford Taurus: A Cash-Strapped Classic
Adwatch: Do Smart's New Ads Look Better Than Its Cars?
Ford's Inflatable Seat Belts Are Finally Ready To Roll
Just In Time For Shopping Season: Car Finder For The iPhone
2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, New Viper Due In 2012: Today’s Car News

MotorAuthority.com
2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante: Too Fast For America
Chrysler Brand Being Phased Out Overseas
Rolls-Royce Working On Ghost Hybrid
Garmin EcoRoute ESP Puts Virtual Gauges On Your Nuvi
Rendered: Entry-Level Porsche Roadster
Bentley Design Team Creates Art For Charity Auction
Toyota Pulls Out Of Formula One
Preview: 2010 BMW M3 GTS - Now With High-Res Pics And Video
Audi And MIT Partner For AIDA, A Friendly In-Car Robot
NHTSA: Toyota Floor Mat Statement 'Inaccurate And Misleading'
Rendered: 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate Facelift
Report: Next-Gen Mazda MX-5 Will Be Smaller And Lighter

GreenCarReports.com
How To Improve Fuel Economy? Raise Gasoline Taxes, Say Executives

CelebsAndCars.com
Blythe Danner Forced To Use Trike While Daughter Rakes It In

From around the High Gear Media network
AllCarsElectric.com:
Hybrid Off-Road Military Vehicle Debuts At SEMA
Volvo Revolutionizes the Lowly Garbage Truck With the Hybrid FE
Daimler to Build New Alternative Propulsion Development Facility in Redford Michigan
NISSAN RELEASES CONCEPT SKETCH OF LIGHT COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE
The Green Side of SEMA
No EVs in Chrysler's New 5-Year Product Plan
MustangBlog.com:
'The '10 Unleashed' Winners Rally Race a 2010 Mustang GT
October 2009 Ford Mustang Sales Figures Released

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