2010

Phil Berg, The Tornado Chaser Among Us
Phil Berg, The Tornado Chaser Among Us

Car writers who don't use exclamation points as a crutch will do dumb stuff to get out of the office. If I said a certain HGM editor once rode the hood of an Oldsmobile through a wall of fire--twice--for a feature story, would you believe me him? Broken thumbs would have been the worst of that...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
NHTSA Clears Toyota Corolla On Steering Issues

An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found no defect with the electronic steering in 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corolla models. The agency had investigated the Corolla (and the Toyota Matrix) for complaints of steering wander or poor on-center steering feel, based...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla sold in South Africa, shown in Die Waterkant, Cape Town
Extended Warranties Could Get Tamed In Missouri

A long overdue bill sitting on the desk of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would bring the sale of auto service contracts, commonly referred to as extended warranties, under the licensing and oversight jurisdiction of the state’s insurance regulators. The bill was introduced by a lawmaker whose...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 TDI
Bosch: Diesels Could Be 10 Percent Of U.S. Sales By 2015

If Peter Marks, Bosch’s chairman, president and CEO of North and South American operations, is correct, you’ll soon begin to see a lot more diesel vehicle options in the United States market. While diesel vehicles currently account for just 3 percent of new vehicle sales, changing...Read More»

BMW Concept M5 (a.k.a. 2012 BMW M5)
Video: BMW M5 Need for Speed

As I was walking to the gym this yesterday in truly vain attempt to trim the belly fat accumulated through excessive hot dog consumption and various sugary confectionery treats that would send most diabetics straight into a coma, I came across a very well-maintained, last generation Mazda6...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Recall: Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento Transmission

A new recall issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affects two crossover vehicles from South Korea, both of which are manufactured in the U.S. The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2011 Kia Sorento--mechanically related, though they're sold under different brands and...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Recall Watch: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai is recalling up to 7,829 of its 2010 Tucson crossovers due to faulty exterior lighting. The recall states that the rear reflectors on the 2010 Hyundai Tucson do not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108. The photometry – brightness – does not reach the levels...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape Hybrid
NHTSA Investigating Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner

The 2010-2011 Ford Escape and its former twin, the Mercury Mariner, are being investigated by federal safety officials for problems with shattering rear window glass. The Detroit News says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be studying more than 200,000 Escape and...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima
Would You Buy A Previous Rental Car?

As a car salesman in a former life, a third of my pre-owned customers refused to consider a car that had been a rental in a former life. They envisioned drivers abusing the car in ways I couldn’t even imagine. What they failed to realize is many rental cars are driven by busy executives...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Vehicle Safety Recalls: Get Them Done, And Be Safe

As a former car salesman, I was surprised at how often customers brought their trades in for evaluation, still subject to a list of recalls that had not been completed. Car owners usually receive written notice from their automobile manufacturer telling them to bring their vehicle to a dealership...Read More»

2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan
The Best Day To Buy A Car At A Discount? It's In The Numbers

If you’re planning on buying a car over the next month, the best day to buy—the day you’ll receive the biggest discount on the selling price—is April 30, 2011. By the way, the worst day is May 9. This information is from TrueCar.com, which provides new-car pricing for...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Recall Watch: 2010 Mazda Mazda6

Roughly 52,000 2010 Mazda 6s are being voluntarily recalled by Mazda. Only Mazda 6s built on or before February 8, 2010 are affected by the recall. Apparently spiders can get into the evaporative canister vent line and weave a web. This web has the potential to create a restriction in the line and...Read More»

2010 Audi TT
Recall Alert: 2010 Audi TT

Volkswagen—parent company of Audi—is recalling up to 10,200 Audi TTs from the 2010 model year. The affected Audis have a manufacture date prior to August 27, 2009. The recall documentation states that the fuel tank ventilation system’s spring may not have the resistance needed to...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Bait And Switch: Savvy Car Shoppers Beware

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, we were careful that low-priced, advertised vehicles were always available for sale. We not only specified in our ad how many vehicles we had at the advertised price, but we listed the last six digits of the VINs to avoid any confusion. As long as...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country 4-door Wagon Touring Angular Rear Exterior View
Recall Watch: 2010 Chrysler Town & Country

Chrysler has issued a recall for up to 154,388 vehicles, including the 2010 Town & Country. The recall documentation states that the ignition key may inadvertently displace from the “Run” position to the “Acc” position while driving. This movement of the key causes the...Read More»

2009 Dodge Ram 4500 ST
New Medium-Duty Trucks From Dodge

The Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks were named 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year by Work Truck magazine. In an online vote, the two big Rams beat 19 other trucks that were voted on by professional fleet-truck managers. The award will be featured in the May/June issue of Work Truck...Read More»

Yellow sac spider. Photo by Richard Bartz.
Spider Problems: Hyundai, Honda Models Also Caught In The Web

It turns out spiders don't just have a preference for newer Mazdas. They like newer Honda and Hyundai models, too, and potentially a host of other vehicles. What we first saw last week seemed like a carefully crafted April Fool's joke: A certain type of spider, the yellow sac, might crawl in...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
2009-2010 Mazda6 Recalled For Potential Spider Infestation

Who says spiders are harmless? If you own a 2009 or 2010 Mazda6 sedan you're probably not going to want to watch Arachnophobia any time soon. According to Mazda, a certain type of spider (the yellow sac) may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line (part of the emission control system)...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150
Ford Ranger, F-Series Affected By Fuel, Electrical Recalls

Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] has issued two recalls covering some 2010 Ford Ranger and 2011 Ford F-Series trucks, along with the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. The first, covering 23,688 Ford Ranger pickups built between October 2009 and May 2010 at the Twin Cities Assembly plant, concerns an engine...Read More»

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