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2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Getting Eco eAssist Hybrid System?
2014 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Getting Eco eAssist Hybrid System?

Families looking for a high-mileage compact crossover from Chevy or GMC may be in luck if reports prove true that the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will receive the mild-hybrid system called “eAssist” in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and “Eco” in the 2013...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 TDI
2010-2012 Audi A3 TDI: Recall Alert

Audi is conducting a voluntary recall on certain model 2010-2012 A3 TDI models over concerns about a potential fuel leak from the number two injector. This is the same issue affecting certain Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and Golf models covered in a related recall. A notice on the National...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2010-2012 Golf TDI: Recall Alert

Volkswagen is conducting a voluntary recall on certain model year 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta SportWagen and 2010-2012 Golf models equipped with the 2.0 TDI diesel engine over concerns about a leaking fuel injector. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the...Read More»

RelayRides and OnStar
GM Allows OnStar Owners To Rent Out Their Cars Using RelayRides

Car-sharing is all in the news today with the announcement from General Motors that it will allow OnStar owners to loan out their vehicles using OnStar hardware. This comes as the result of a new partnership between GM and RelayRides, a car-sharing service. Car-sharing is a simple concept, really...Read More»

2011 Ford Vertrek Concept
2013 Ford Escape: Three Four-Cylinders, No V-6, No Hybrid

To whet the appetite of consumers for next month’s reveal of the 2013 Ford Escape crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is providing details of its powerplants. The new vehicle will be only the second Escape ever, the first version having been produced since 2001. In the new version, a...Read More»

Zipcar will add the 2012 Ford Focus to its college car-sharing locations
Ford Ponies Up For Free Zipcars For Students

Going to college is tough on the wallet, no doubt about that. Getting around campus and environs with a Zipcar can be an economical alternative to owning your son or daughter owning their own car. With the new Ford “Students with Drive” grant program just announced, university students...Read More»

Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Jeep Grand Wagoneer To Return In 2014: Report

Look out Cadillac Escalade, there’s a new luxury family SUV on Chrysler’s horizon, with the reported return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer sometime in 2014. It the name sounds familiar, it should, at least to some with longish memories. The last Jeep Grand Wagoneer rolled off the assembly...Read More»

Project Ignition
Parenting Tips From Project Ignition Teens On Teen Driver Safety

Back in June, we covered the Project Ignition top 10 teen driver safety campaigns. Now we’ve got an important message to parents from teens of Project Ignition on the important issue of teen driver safety. It’s a little different than the usual parenting tips, in that they come from the...Read More»

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Whether we like to think about winter being right around the corner or not, the signs that the seasons are changing are all around us. So it’s fitting that with October being Fall Car Care Month we take a moment to remind ourselves about the importance of attending to the family car’s...Read More»

Deer and car
Family Car Advice: Steer Clear Of Deer This Fall

While autumn brings the glorious color display of leaves along the highway, it’s also the start of fall breeding season for deer. That means motorists need to exercise extra caution during the months of October through December to watch out for deer on the highway and reduce the risk of a...Read More»

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Vehicles: Recall Alert

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles equipped with the Pentastar 3.6-liter engine over concerns about debris in the engine block. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential...Read More»

The 2012 GMC Terrain SLT. Image: © GM Corp.
2012 GMC Terrain Compact Crossover Debuts Single-Camera Collision Alert System

Families opting for safety technologies that can help prevent front collisions and lane departure warnings often have to pay thousands of dollars for them, either as two separate systems or part of an expensive option package. Now, with the 2012 GMC Terrain compact crossover, for just $295 they can...Read More»

GM and Takata's front center air bag. Image: © GM Corp.
General Motors Leads With Industry-First Front Center Airbag

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has 10 standard airbags and that was an industry first for a compact car. Today, General Motors adds another industry first, announcing it will introduce the first front center airbag on the 2013 Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse crossovers. The 2012 Buick...Read More»

Flooded car in parking lot. Photo via Flickr user waitscm/CC2.0
California Mandates Red Warning Stickers For Salvage Cars

Hard on the heels of our warning about scams involving flood-damaged vehicles, well, flooding the market, lawmakers in California have mandated that, come next July, all salvage title vehicles sold by dealers in the state will have to carry red warning stickers. Red is the color of caution...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Consumers: Now You Can Track Production Status Of Your New Chrysler Vehicle

Sitting around the dinner table and wondering out loud when your new Chrysler family car, say, your 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, is going to be in just got a lot easier with the self-service vehicle tracking system Chrysler Group rolled out today. Of course, it’s not the same thing as being able...Read More»

2011 GMC Yukon
SUVs Safer, Less Likely To Kill Others In Crashes, Study

Everyone knows that if you’re involved in a crash with an SUV and you’re in a smaller passenger car, your likelihood of serious injury or death is higher, right? Well, the laws of physics still do prevail, but a new study, found via TheCarConnection shows that, thanks to safety...Read More»

OnStar
OnStar Customers Win, Privacy Policy Changes Reversed

Public outcry over the sensitive issue of privacy has resulted in a complete reversal of OnStar’s privacy policy change due to take effect December 1. That, and the fact that one U.S. Senator, Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had called the previous plan “a brazen invasion of privacy” and...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
2012 Eight-Passenger Family Vehicles

Whether your family consists of two adults and six children, or one adult and seven children, or a mix of adults and older children totaling eight, you need a good-sized vehicle in order to carry them all. What are your choices? We take a look at some of the 2012 eight-passenger family vehicles on...Read More»

Ford Explorer LEGOLAND
Lego My Ford Explorer: Florida Theme Park To Feature Family SUV

No, you can’t buy it, but the kids will love it anyway. What is it? It’s the Ford Explorer Legoland, a one-of-a-kind Explorer constructed from more than 380,000 Lego bricks. The visually-arresting red Legoland Florida edition Explorer took more than 2,500 hours to create and will...Read More»

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