2004

Audi Ties Twitter Into Its Super Bowl Advertisement #ProgressiveIs
Audi Ties Twitter Into Its Super Bowl Advertisement #ProgressiveIs

As we mentioned earlier in the week, many automakers Super Bowl Ad will incorporate some social media element. Audi is the latest to do so with its #ProgressiveIs campaign. Audi's new progressive luxury marketing campaign, previewed in its Super Bowl ad taunting Mercedes-Benz, today gets a social...Read More»

2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door Wagon GT Angular Rear Exterior View
Schumer Wants FTC To Require Recalls Be Fixed Before Renting

The controversy over whether car rental companies should have to comply with the same safety directive as car dealers has moved to the next level. The issue is whether a recalled vehicle should be rented to consumers without the recall being resolved. Currently, car dealers are prohibited from...Read More»

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
Jeep Grand Cherokee in Safety Probe

More than 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles could be recalled, if an investigation underway determines they are susceptible to fuel-tank problems. In an unusual move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked Ford, Toyota and GM for data on their...Read More»

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 ST
NICB Names Top Ten Stolen Cars

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released the top ten stolen cars in the United States in 2009. Topping the list is the 1994 Honda Accord; three trucks and one minivan make this year’s list. Is your car in danger of being stolen? If it's in the top ten, beware: 1. 1994 Honda...Read More»

2003 Honda Element
Recall Alert: Honda Recalls 383,000 Vehicles Due To Shifter Problem

Honda is recalling approximately 383,000 older Accord, Civic, and Element models due to a problem with the ignition interlock. If the mechanism becomes worn out or damaged, it may be possible for drivers to remove the ignition key when the transmission isn't in park. The issue could cause the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Recall Alert: Over 372,000 Toyota Avalons Could Suffer From Steering Problem

Toyota has issued a recall for its popular Avalon sedan due to a potential steering problem. The recall affects Avalons from the 2000 - 2004 model years. According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall centers on "improper casting of the steering lock bar...Read More»

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic 4-door Wagon Angular Front Exterior View
Recalls Should Be Resolved Promptly

The importance of the timely resolution of recall issues was clearly pointed out in a recent court settlement involving Enterprise Rent-A-Car. A jury in California awarded $15 million to the parents of two sisters who perished in a wreck with a truck after crossing into oncoming traffic. The case...Read More»

2009 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door V6 5-Spd AT Ltd (Natl) Front Exterior View
The Choice Between An Electric Or A Belt Driven Cooling Fan

Even in the water cooled engine, air flow plays an important role. The movement of air across the fins of the radiator is as essential as the movement of coolant through the tubes of the radiator. Without air flow the car would certainly overheat, which is the reason the radiator is mounted in the...Read More»

Forza Motorsport 3
Can't Make It To France This Weekend? Celebrate Le Mans With Audi And Xbox In New York

On the off-chance that you won't be heading to France for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, here's another way to get your racing fix: zip over to New York City for the videogame equivalent, hosted by Audi and Xbox. Yes, for the second year in a row, Audi and Xbox/Turn 10 are presenting the...Read More»

2004 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Car Advice: How To Jump-Start Your Hybrid Car Without Jump-Starting Your Heart

This past weekend, I had what our President might call a "teachable moment"--an unexpected need for a jump-start in a car I hadn't had to jump, ever. After a long weekend at the beach, I washed up our 2004 Toyota Prius and packed it full for the ride home. I even cleaned the inside of the windows...Read More»

2011 Shelby GT500
Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly

The Ford Mustang is one of a handful of cars rightfully called icons. Since its first spin on a car-show turntable at the World's Fair in 1964, it's been the auto industry's standard measure of overnight success. And for at least some of its wild youth, it was the cautionary tale of what happens...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen’s Future: Das Old GM

In 2009 General Motors went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Upon coming out the other side, Pontiac was dead, Saturn was up for sale, Saab was for sale, and Hummer was practically already sold. GM had lost, killed, or abandoned four of its eight brands sold in North America. While fans of these brands...Read More»

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive
Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice

You're well aware that Toyota is recalling the 2004-2009 Prius--among a list of vehicles--for an issue with floor mats. Here at High Gear Media, we have at least two vehicles affected by the recall, both 2004 Toyota Prius hatchbacks, both even the same shade of blue. One of them's mine, and in the...Read More»

2009 Saturn Aura 4-door Sedan I4 XE Angular Front Exterior View
New Buick Regal Goes Hollywood!

2011 Buick Regal in Hollywood (source: msheena) On my way to the 2011 Buick Regal event, hosted on November 12th at the Hollywood Palladium, I had some time to kill at LAX while I waited for my ride. As I stood outside baggage claim, I tried to count how many Buicks drove past. It turns out it was...Read More»

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Safety Group Points To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Concerns

On Friday, the Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation that could potentially cover hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from model years 1993 through 2004. According to the group, on these older Grand Cherokee models, the plastic fuel tank actually...Read More»

2004 Honda Civic VP
Kelley Blue Book Names "Top 10 Back-to-school Cars"

I was never one of those lucky kids that rode around the high school parking lot in a new car. When I was lucky enough to drive I was rolling in my grandparents' 1980 Pontiac Grand Prix. It was the best car I ever owned. But some parent somewhere is buying their child a new car for the school year...Read More»

2004 Lotus Esprit
2012 Lotus Esprit: Powered by Lexus?

A new Lotus Esprit is in the works, and reports suggest that like the Evora coupe, the Esprit will get its power from Toyota. Last year, we brought you the first live photos of the 2009 Lotus Evora from the London motor show. That new 2+2 coupe sports a version of Toyota's corporate 3.5-liter V-6...Read More»

Pendulous Concept
Link Love From The Car Connection

Tesla's Town Hall: Elon Musk is in the news again. This time he's trying to assuage the anger of Tesla customers, who were recently told the cars are going to cost more than expected. Musk is holding town hall-style meetings to smooth things over. Let's hope he's good at dodging shoes. ...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic
SEMA 2008: Honda Civic Stays in Tune with Mileage

The Honda Civic is a perennial favorite of tuners, and for the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Honda revealed a new Honda Factory Performance (HFP) Concept version of the fuel-sipping sedan. The theory behind the concept? Tuners want to preserve high gas mileage, so the accessories chosen--like the...Read More»

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