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Toyota Recall: Older, Higher-Mileage Vehicles More At Risk
Toyota Recall: Older, Higher-Mileage Vehicles More At Risk

Toyota's recent recall for an issue that might lead to a sticky accelerator pedal covers about 2.3 million vehicles going all the way back to 2005. But is the owner of a 2005 Toyota Avalon with 150,000 miles more likely to experience this as, say, the owner of 2010 Toyota Corolla fresh out of the...Read More»

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Toyota Recall: Dealers To Start Fixing Gas Pedals This Weekend

While Toyota has been accused of being extremely slow to respond in issuing a recall for its floor-mat-related, unintended-acceleration issue, the automaker has responded remarkably quickly with a solution to its other, unrelated recall—regarding sticking accelerator mechanisms. Toyota (NYSE: TM)...Read More»

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2009 Pontiac G6: Final Drive

A mid-year makeover means a thriftier Pontiac mid-size G6 coupe; the 2.4-liter, 169-hp, four-cylinder version now has a six-speed automatic transmission. The improved EPA numbers: 22 mpg city and 33 highway. The trip computer said 27; I measured 22. Top gear is tall overdrive. The engine revs only...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G3
Frugal Shopper: GM Unloading Pontiac, Saturn Vehicles

If you've been on the lookout for a new car but you're a little short on cash, General Motors may have a deal for you. In a clever shell game that should pay off nicely for consumers, the company is offering dealers $7,000 for every Pontiac and Saturn vehicle that they move to their rental-vehicle...Read More»

2004 Volkswagen R32
Future Auction Stars - Cars You Should Start Collecting Now

Believe it or not you don't have to go back all that far to find something that is already commanding a premium and is becoming an instant classic. Sure, everyone knows that a 1963 Stingray or a 1966 Mustang fastback is a find. The funny thing is though, a lot of expensive collectors items were...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
Power: People Won't Buy Cars From Companies Headed Into Oblivion

Things haven't looked so hot for Chrysler and General Motors this year. And now it's clear that assurances from the government and CEOs weren't enough to overcome the images of…well, sinking ships. And for the image-conscious, buying a car from a failing company or a retired brand? Not so...Read More»

2010 Dodge Challenger 2-door Coupe SRT8 Angular Front Exterior View
Consumer Reports' Annual Auto Survey Sees Gains For Detroit

A couple of weeks ago, Nelson Ireson reported on Consumer Reports' latest Reliability Survey, which put Ford and Lincoln at the head of the reliability pack. Now Consumer Reports has more good news for Big Three automakers thanks to its new Auto Survey, which places several American autos on the...Read More»

IIHS side crash test of 2004-2006 Toyota Prius
The Story of Snow White: A Crash Scene Investigator's Perspective (Pt. 1)

This is the first page of a serialized story about one of my CxSI cases. This one is not typical because the defendant is not one of the automobile manufacturers. In most of  the cases I testified as an expert witness in the subjects of automobile design and testing. I claimed that it might be...Read More»

Ohio State University shows off the 300.992mph average of its Buckeye Bullet 2 fuel cell vehicle
Ohio State Students Hit 304mph In A Fuel Cell Vehicle

Some gearheads of our acquaintance are wary of EVs and fuel cells, worried that they'll provide the service of driving without any of the fun. But late last week, a team of engineering students from Ohio State University took their hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to the Bonneville Salt Flats and...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Impala
Think You Get Side Airbags On A Used Car? Don't Be So Sure.

You thought you got a great deal on a nearly new vehicle that was used as a company car. Yet weeks or months later, you find out that it doesn’t actually have the side bags on board. With any luck, you’ll find that out before serious accident or injury, or before signing on the dotted line in...Read More»

John DeLorean
John DeLorean's Life To Be Made Into (Family Approved) Movie

Cars appear in most movies, but movies about cars often don't do well. Tucker: The Man and His Dream, for instance, Francis Ford Coppola's well-reviewed 1988 biography of Preston Tucker and his effort to start a car company, flopped at the box office. Nonetheless, Time Inc Studios is pressing on...Read More»

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Midsize Sedans Earn Low Ratings In Fender-Bender Tests

A couple of months ago, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted fender-bender tests on a handful of minicars and subcompacts. The results weren't encouraging, with most scoring poorly, and only a few landing in the "acceptable" range. Now, the IIHS has conducted a second battery of...Read More»

Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
12 Born-In-The-U.S.A. Fuel Sippers

Want American-made and fuel-efficient? A small car, too? You don't have many choices. Shoppers are valuing fuel efficiency more than before, especially now that they might be able to take advantage of a $4,500 Cash-for-Clunkers incentive. While there are plenty of stars-and-stripes-waving larger...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
2009 Hyundai Genesis Drives To The Top Of J.D. Power's Heap

The good times for Hyundai keep on rolling: J.D. Power and Associates has given top marks in its Vehicle Launch Index to the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. The Index "quantifies how well new vehicle models -- including new entries to the market and all new redesigned models -- perform during the first eight...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Buick Keeping A Tight Rein On Inventory

Though less than two weeks old, the young, nubile General Motors Company seems slightly more savvy than its bloated parent, General Motors Corporation. First, Bob Lutz recanted his position on the Pontiac G8, which was bad news for enthusiasts but good news for GM's bottom line. And now vice...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
2010 Pontiac G8: Punched About Then Booted Out

Be careful which news story on the Pontiac G8 you read first, and don't get your hopes up. General Motors has released what we think is its Final Answer about the sport sedan: It won't be coming back for 2010. In recent days, the future of the Pontiac G8 has taken the form of a novella…with some...Read More»

Bob Lutz at 2008 NAIAS
LutzWatch, Day 3: Pontiac G8 Revival, Maybe Not So Much

Bob Lutz is known for speaking his mind, whether or not that mind is fully in gear. (Remember when he called global warming "a total crock of shit"? Sweet.) Well, it appears Lutz's outspokenness is causing some consternation among GM's other top brass. Case in point: when Lutz recently said "we...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G8
Lutz Saves Pontiac G8; Chrysler Gives Lutz's Dodge Viper A Reprieve

What once was old is new again -- and we're not just talking about GM's beloved Bob Lutz, who was lured out of retirement on Friday  to serve as the company's "vice chairman responsible for all creative elements of products and customer relationships". No, we're also referring to the Pontiac G8...Read More»

Muscle Cars Rule, Even In Tehran

Even amidst the election protests and civil strife in Tehran, it appears that the city's muscle-car fans made time to meet and show off their V8-powered machines. We don't know a lot about the event shown--or when it took place--but a reader sent photos to The Atlantic's Daily Dish blog with the...Read More»

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