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Car Recalls: It's Important for an Owner To Keep up
Car Recalls: It's Important for an Owner To Keep up

Theres a problem with the current way the public perceives and handles auto safety recalls that puts people in real danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as many as 25 percent of car owners whose vehicles have had safety recalls have ignored the...Read More»

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NHTSA Finds Many Owners Ignoring Safety Recall Notices

Heres an interesting paradox: even as the auto industry faced a record number of 2007 recalls 712 -- the physical number of cars recalled was well down from the record number of cars recalled only three years before.  In 2004 there were 620 recalls, involving 30.8 million vehicles, according to...Read More»

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General Motors' New CEO Is...Bob Lutz?

Bob Lutz is a controversial guy: a slick salesman/cheerleader who can get the public riled up about a new car, but also the kind of hothead who's been known to speak before considering the consequences -- like that time he called global warming "a total crock of" hooey. (We paraphrase.) However, at...Read More»

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Mitsubishi, Peugeot-Citroen Consider Capital Tie-Up

Strategic partnerships are key elements in most successful business plans, and that goes double during trying economic times like these. We've seen countless alliances in the auto industry in recent years, and the next couple to hook up may be Mitsubishi Motors and PSA Peugeot-Citroen; said a...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
2011 Hyundai Sonata Released, Trips on Very Own Nose

The eagerly anticipated 2011 Hyundai Sonata was released today and the only thing that crossed my mind was, "My, what a big nose you have." I may have even cocked my head a bit to the side to see if there were any unfortunate hairs leftover from what must have been a perfunctory trip to use the...Read More»

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models
Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed an all-new concept car, called the Up! Lite, that demonstrates a new focus on fuel-efficiency and hybrids by getting straight to numbers; its carbon-dioxide emissions are just 65 grams per mile and at 70 mpg, it's the most fuel-efficient...Read More»

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BAIC Wanting A Foothold In The West, Now Turns To Saab

Last week, when we reported on the Koenigsegg Group's failed attempt to purchase Saab from GM, we mentioned that a member of that group -- Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) -- might make its own bid for the troubled Swedish brand. That was an educated guess, based largely on the fact...Read More»

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Buying a Car and 'Beating the Salesman': The Dealer's Perspective

Most days we surf the automotive websites looking for items that might spark a little inspiration, something that might be a little different; something that will help you out. Today, indeed, it looked as if we found one over at AOL Autos, one of whose auto correspondents, Mike Royce, is...Read More»

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Buying a Car: the End of the Month Is the Right Time

Believe it or not there are secrets that the auto industry wants its customers to know about, but really never goes out of its way to tell them that the industry would like them to know about them. The first is simply this: if you are looking for the best deal on a car, wait until the end of the...Read More»

2010 Saab 9-5
Will There Only Be Seven Auto Manufacturers in Five Years?

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and supposed savior of Chrysler, once said that he bought the beleaguered manufacturer because the Italian automaker need to manufacture over 3 million cars a year to survive. What he said next sent chills throughout the entire auto industry. He predicted that within...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
The 2010 Dodge Ram is the Big Bruiser of Full Size Pickups

Goodness gracious this puppy is huge. Its the 2010 Dodge Ram and boy does it look like one angry dog! With a recent roof to ground redesign, the Dodge Ram has truly undergone a quality transformation. It also now has some of the coolest toys available on full size pickups anywhere. Who thought...Read More»

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How a Sex Goddess Changed the Auto Industry

The Mansfield Bar If you're around the same vintage as I am (59) you probably remember Jayne Mansfield or at least heard about her.    I know youre probably wondering what Jayne Mansfield has to do with the automobile industry but actually, she had a lot to do with it.  Jayne was a 1950s blond...Read More»

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IIHS Top Safety Picks: Ford, Subaru Make Grade, Unhappy Toyota Airs Concern

Toyota, the number one-selling automaker worldwide, is firing back today at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks for 2010, saying that the automaker is confident its vehicles are among the safest on the road today and is committed to the highest levels of vehicle...Read More»

2005 Buick Century Custom
Buick Revisited: Sometimes Your First True Love Is a Car

What is the car that most people lust after more than any other? Lamborghini? Ferrari? Cobra or Corvette? Well, for most car fanatics, the make and model that brings the fondest memories is often your first car. That's certainly the case for me, as my '74 Buick Century is the only car that I still...Read More»

2005 Ford Thunderbird 2-door Convertible Deluxe Side Exterior View
The Iconic Ford Thunderbird. A Short History of the T-Bird From 1955 - 2005

There are a few cars that you can expect to see at every car show. There will almost always be a Tri-Five Chevy. There will almost always be Corvettes. There will almost always be Camaros. There will almost always be Mustangs. And there will almost always be some early Ford Thunderbirds. Over the...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Is California The New Car Capital?

Well it sure isn't Detroit anymore that's for sure. I hate to be a pragmatic realist but the center of the U.S. auto industry left Detroit around the same time Ferris Bueller had his Day Off. Yes, it was obvious that the Big-Three had lost the plot decades before they finally were forced to admit...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Tire Talk: Subtle Signs Can Tell You a Lot

Although it's tough finding a talking tire one did appear somewhere recently your car's tires can tell you a great deal about how they are feeling, just by looking at them. You've likely read your owner's manual which tells you the exact pressure to keep in your tires and it tells you how to rotate...Read More»

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Raising The Gas Tax: Auto Execs Push An Unpopular Solution

We’ve been here before. The government mandates more fuel-efficient vehicles across the board, yet the American public continues to gravitate toward what’s big and powerful. Barring this era of greater responsibility and restraint, which might pass like a fleeting fancy with the recession, why...Read More»

Euro-spec 2011 Ford Fiesta in New York City
North America To Become New Export Base For Ford

Ford’s new Fiesta sub-compact is about to go on sale across the country and just around the corner is a new global Focus. Both of these European designed cars will be manufactured in North America for the first time and there is much more to come, including exporting these locally built...Read More»

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