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If you're one of the 38.9 million American motorists planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving and you've got a penchant for texting behind the wheel, keep an eye on the driver beside you – especially if you're in New York and she's in a big SUV. According to the New York Times, troopers in the empire state have been given 32 full-sized SUVs from which to spot motorists who might be texting and driving.
Hot on the heels of yesterday's twin recalls of the 2013 Ford Escape, Ford Motor Company has issued a new recall for 2013 and 2014 models of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. According to Detroit News, the sedan suffers from a problem with its transmission, which could allow the vehicle to roll after being shifted into gear.
More and more new cars now offer keyless entry, as either a standard feature or an option. It started in sports and luxury models, but can now be found on the higher trim levels on volume cars, including small cars.
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Saleen’s S7 supercar of the previous decade will spawn a successor in the next two years, and it will be called the “S8” (assuming there is no conflict with Audi and its own S8). The information was revealed by Saleen CEO and founder Steve Saleen during the recent Los Angeles Auto Show.
If you were hoping Volvo would bring its diesel plug-in hybrid drivetrain to the U.S., you're in for some disappointment. The automaker has confirmed that its diesel-based drivetrains will be sold in Europe alone--but other markets will still get gasoline plug-in hybrid options with V-6 and V-8-matching performance.
Worry not, Viper fans--Chrysler has no plans to kill off the SRT Viper. That's despite recent news that Chrysler had cut production due to low demand and inventory pile-up--reducing production from nine cars per day, to six.
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GM has offered one reason the Chevy Volt-based Cadillac ELR is so expensive, but it's not the reason you might have been expecting. Priced similarly to Tesla's Model S sedan, it's logical to think that Cadillac may be angling for undecided cross-shoppers in the "green luxury" market.
Pretty much every carmaker wants to brand itself green--or at least fuel-efficient. And toward that end, most of them seem to have created sub-brands for their green technologies, programs, and aspirations.
BMW is hedging its bets with the i3 electric city car. You can buy it not only as a pure electric vehicle, but also as a range-extended electric car. And if the extra price and curiously stunted extra range hadn't put you off so far, perhaps reviews of the range-extended model might dissuade you.