2011

Ford Partners With Bug Labs On Modular, Connected Car Accessories
Ford Partners With Bug Labs On Modular, Connected Car Accessories

How about a module that compares your fuel economy to drivers around you, then displays the information on an interactive map? Whether you need that at all, or whether it will be another distraction, is the subject of some debate; but Ford is betting that some drivers will want this (or other cloud...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011-2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan: Recall Alert

Volkswagen is recalling certain 2011-2012 model year Jetta sedan models over concerns that tailpipe extensions that could burn people. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 30,294. Affected vehicles were...Read More»

2011 Subaru Outback
Subaru Recalls Outback, Legacy, Forester and Impreza Models

Subaru has announced two major recalls, affecting 195,080 model year 2010 and 2011 Subaru Legacy and Outback models and 295,123 Subaru Forester, Impreza and Saab 9-2X models built between 2002 and 2008. The recall for the 2010-2011 Subaru Legacy and Outback models relates to an overheating...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Kizashi SLS. © 2011 Anne Proffit
VW, Suzuki Alliance Hits The Skids

The estranged partnership between Volkswagen and Suzuki has hit the skids, as Suzuki is now asking Volkswagen to sell its stake in the company, and has promised to sell its own small percentage of the German auto giant. In 2009, VW purchased a 19.9-percent, $2.9-billion stake in Suzuki, in the...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-4X
Swedish Court Denies Bankruptcy Protection For Saab

Swedish Automaker Saab has been denied bankruptcy protection by a district court in southern Sweden. The decision opens the door for both labor unions and creditors to proceed with bankruptcy filings against the automaker. The Vanersborg District Court denied Saab's filing for creditor protection...Read More»

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo with his 599 GTB Fiorano
Tax The Rich, Says Ferrari Boss

Luca di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari, has a potential solution to the debt crisis in Italy: tax the rich, since asking the already-squeezed middle class to pay more is “scandalous.” In fact, the simple-but-elegant solution could be applied to any government debt crisis, including...Read More»

2011 Nissan Quest
August 2011 Car Sales: Another Small, Disappointing Rebound

With the numbers rolling in from major automakers today, it's difficult to not see progress in August 2011's car sales figures versus those posted in July--but still, the overall trend is slow, slow, slow. According to market analysts at J.D. Power, the seasonally adjusted seling rate (SAAR) for...Read More»

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan
2012 Nissan Maxima Priced The Same As Last Year

If you were looking for big changes in price or content for Nissan’s flagship sedan, prepare to be disappointed. For the 2012 Nissan Maxima, pricing begins at $31,750 (excluding destination charge) for the Maxima 3.5 S and tops out at $34,450 (also less destination charge) for the Maxima 3.5...Read More»

2012 Audi S6
Dick Cheney, Justin Bieber and Frankfurters: Car News Headlines

The Ford Evos concept coming to the Frankfurt Auto Show will be a plug-in hybrid--and possibly, a precursor to a new Capri. [GreenCarReports] Audi has a number for every turbocharger coming to Frankfurt. There's the S6, the S7 and the S8. [MotorAuthority] Which family cars have earned the NHTSA's...Read More»

2009 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade Once Again The Darling Of Thieves

Families appreciating the luxury appointments and roominess of the Cadillac Escalade also know that their insurance premiums are rather costly compared to other large SUVs and family sedans. It’s not hard to figure out why, since it's been thieves’ top target for the past several years...Read More»

Steve Jobs
Will Steve Jobs' Influence On Cars--And Car Companies--Last?

Steve Jobs resigned today as CEO of Apple, but his legacy as an active creator and innovator of technology isn't done yet. Despite medical problems, the most unlikely pickup driver of all time is expected to stay on as Apple's chairman, which means his tightly focused take on consumer electronics...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Americans To Drive More, Fly Less This Labor Day Weekend

The last gasp of summer is quickly approaching and families across America are making plans to do something to celebrate Labor Day weekend. According to a forecast from AAA, that means some 31.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend. That's a drop of 2.4...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec
Klout's Featured Perk Is The Chevrolet Volt

Klout has been rewarding social media influencers around the world with what it calls "perks" for the last few months. Yesterday it announced the latest perk: a Chevrolet Volt. To be specific, the perk is to drive a Chevrolet Volt for three days. Klout plans to have the top technology...Read More»

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Seven-Seat SUV In Volkswagen’s Future?

Family buyers looking for an alternative seven-seat SUV to what’s currently in the market may have another choice in the near future if German automaker Volkswagen’s possible plans to get into the segment come to fruition. Why bother? The automaker already has the compact Tiguan and...Read More»

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Volkswagen Considering Seven-Seat SUV For U.S. Market

Volkswagen has ambitious goals for the United States market: over the next seven years. The automaker wants to more-than-triple its 2010 sales, growing them from 256,830 in 2010 to 800,000 in 2018. To do so requires the right mix of both product and pricing. The new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan...Read More»

Jeep Grand Cherokee Stuff With Fireworks
Police Arrest Driver Of Fireworks Laden SUV

Police have arrested the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda. The Grand Cherokee was full of fireworks and had a turret with multiple tubes attached to the roof. The police believe the suspect, 27 year-old Glenn Neff from Stewart, Florida, planned to launch...Read More»

2011 Lexus RX 350
2012 Lexus RX 350 Preview

Sometimes it pays to leave a good thing well enough alone. At least, that’s what comes to mind when looking at the 2012 Lexus RX 350 five-passenger family luxury crossover SUV. According to the automaker, changes to the 2012 RX 350 are “minimal.” There is an exterior paint color...Read More»

2011 Dodge Dakota
After 24 Years, Dodge Halts Dakota Pickup Production

In 1987, Dodge launched a new pickup-truck segment with the introduction of its midsize Dakota pickup. Back then, it was a fresh idea, since many buyers found compact pickup trucks to be too small and full-size pickup trucks to be too large. Borrowing the logic from a children’s story, Dodge...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car
Today In Distracted Driving: Man Shoots Self In Both Legs

Whether you’re in favor of gun control or opposed to it, we can probably agree on one point: keeping a loaded and unsecured handgun in your car is a less-than-good idea. A 23-year-old Tennessee man found this out the hard way, when he shot himself though both legs with a revolver kept under...Read More»

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