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Ford Super Duty F 750
Ford Super Duty F 750

The Ford Super Duty F-750 bridges the gap between a large consumer truck and a commercial transportation vehicle. Due to this hybridization, the F-750 manages to be more economical than other commercial freight vehicles, while still being able to tow commercial loads. Unlike other ford trucks, this...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
The Importance of On-Time Auto Insurance Payments

Many insurance companies realize the financial impact of paying for insurance and offer their clients monthly or quarterly payment schedules.  Others require payment in full to start the policy.  If you're on a payment schedule, be sure to make your payment on time. Most insurers write a clause...Read More»

2010 Dodge Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST Rear Exterior View
Why a Four-Door Pickup Is the Perfect Vehicle

I came to this conclusion several years ago. I had three young daughters in elementary school, and they all wanted to go with Daddy whenever Daddy wanted to go somewhere. We owned a Suburban back then. It was very useful for hauling the kids, the dog, and half of Costco when we went shopping. But...Read More»

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So You Drive an Import... but How Much of It Is Actually Imported?

I've heard lots of people talk about their decision to buy a particular vehicle based on where it's from. Obviously, Japanese and European cars are foreign or exotic, and American branded cars are born on U.S. soil. Buying American cars is a good way to support our own economy, but the Japanese...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Mitsubishi May Offer Gas-Powered i-Miev To U.S. Buyers

Back in June, Mitsubishi unveiled the production version of its i-MiEV battery electric vehicle. The curious-looking five-door hatch went on sale in Japan six weeks later at a retail cost of ¥3 million ($33,800). It runs off a 16 kWh lithium ion battery, which powers an electric motor for about...Read More»

2009 Opel Insignia Sedan
General Motors Channels Its Inner Gollum: Hangs On To Opel

In a move that was almost telegraphed, General Motors has announced today that it will keep its European subsidiary Opel/Vauxhall. In a press release from GM, CEO Fritz Henderson spoke about the decision, While strained, the business environment in Europe has improved.  At the same time, GMs...Read More»

2009 Mazda MAZDA5
Honey I Shrunk the Minivan! Future of Mini-minivans in USA

When it comes to the current crop of American minivans, there is very little that is actually "mini" about them. In the land where the recliner is king, the workhorse people haulers have morphed into front wheel drive versions of the rear wheel drive mastodons they replaced. The 2011 model year...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius at 2009 Detroit auto show
Toyota Plans To Extend The Prius Lineup In The U.S.

Toyota Motor Sales USA made an intriguing announcement this week: the automaker told U.S. dealers that Toyota is extending the range of its Prius lineup in American showrooms. Based on statements from dealers with first-hand knowledge of the announcement, it appears that Toyota's intent is simply...Read More»

2008 Mazda5 interior
The Six Passenger Mazda5: Family-friendly Whether New or Used

Way back in the 1990's, Honda debuted a minivan in the U.S. that turned out to be 10 years too early in release.  Honda's first-gen Odyssey van was a friendly, six seat runabout that was more than willing to serve the needs of families from 3 to 6 members.  The four cylinder Accord engine was...Read More»

1997 Ford F-350
Most and Least Stolen Cars in the U.S.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the 1995 Honda Civic is currently the number one stolen vehicle in America. Russ Rader, a spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), disagrees. Todays car thief isnt interested in smaller, older cars. Todays car thief is on the...Read More»

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh To GM Workers: Drop Dead

Democracy and John Stuart Mill's marketplace of ideas are often shrill, and almost always messy, in practice. And clearly people of good faith--and the rest too--disagree on aspects of the Detroit bailouts put together by the Obama Administration. But now right-wing radio talk-show host Rush...Read More»

Arnold, the Terminator
America 2020: Our Hybrid Future

The year is 2020. Skynet lies in ruins, Nancy Grace sits on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one in five of you are buying hybrid vehicles. Also: everyone wears MC Hammer pants. We're not taking any bets on those first two items, and we hope the last is dead wrong, but the odds on number three are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

Empty dealership
Needed: Your Ideas For Empty Dealerships.

  On a recent trip to visit Tesla Motors, I learned that the tony manufacturer landed its HQ in equally tony Menlo Park because the locale's city council hated the empty dealerships along the busy Santa Cruz thoroughfare. The city made Tesla an offer they couldn't refuse on an abandoned Chevrolet...Read More»

GM CEO Rick Wagoner
No Tears For Wagoner's $20 Million In 'Retirement Benefits'

Former GM CEO Rick Wagoner is set to receive $20 million in retirement benefits after being summarily ousted from his post at GM. Yes, he's dedicated a huge chunk of his life to GM, and it's typical to reward big American CEOs on their way out their door. But do you really think he deserves the...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
VW Rabbit Becomes Golf Again For Sixth-Gen U.S. Release

Claiming an "important step in realigning with our global heritage," VW is welcoming the Golf nameplate back for the vehicle's sixth generation U.S. debut. For its fifth generation, the vehicle was dubbed Rabbit, harking back to the boxy VW sales success from the early 80s. The "Golf is...Read More»

Barack Obama
Gov't Gives GM 'Adequate Working Capital For Next 60 Days'

In an address from the White House Grand Foyer, President Obama said the U.S. Government has  no interest - or intention - of running GM and Chrysler. Rather, in lending GM enough capital to operate for 60 days, Chrysler enough to operate for 30 days, the additional money is intended to give the...Read More»

VW Polo Hatchback Rendering
VW Polo Sedan, Hatchback Slated For U.S. Production In 2011

Volkswagen has decided that small cars will only rise in prominence as fuel prices inevitably climb again. As such, they've decided to bring the new Polo to the U.S., which will slot beneath the Rabbit in VW's American lineup. However, for U.S. duty, they've made some tweaks to the vehicle that...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Polo
VW Still Thinks Americans Are Too Fat for Polo

With all the news of the new Polo coming to the U.S. we have been rather excited.  That excitement has been dampened slightly today as the CEO of VW of America, Stefan Jacoby, announced that we can't have it.  Once again they have decided that the Euro Polo is just too small for us Big Mac...Read More»

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