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Car Insurance Too Expensive? Be Glad You're Not An Action Hero
Car Insurance Too Expensive? Be Glad You're Not An Action Hero

Let’s be honest – all of us would like to pay less money for car insurance. For starters, car insurance doesn’t make your car go any faster or get better fuel economy. Car insurance won’t net you a date with the former head cheerleader at your high school (unless she’s...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
New Mazda 6 Sedan Coming--Just Not From Michigan

Mazda has built mid-size sedans at their Flat Rock, Michigan, plant since 1987. In 1992, the plant became a joint venture between Ford and Mazda called AutoAlliance International, but the relationship between the automakers has since fallen on hard times. Rumors about Mazda selling their stake in...Read More»

Teen driving
Report: Summer Months Hazardous For Teen Drivers

If you’re the parent of a teen driver, the American Automobile Association has a warning for you: seventy percent of the top-ten deadliest days for teen drivers occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A study of accident data from 2005 to 2009 shows that the summer months of June, July and...Read More»

Scales of Justice. Image: Clyde Robinson
Kill Two Pedestrians, Go To Jail? Not In Florida

On February 13, 2010, millionaire Ryan LeVin was racing his Porsche 911 Turbo against a friend’s BMW in the Fort Lauderdale area when he lost control of the car. A nearby security camera caught his Porsche jumping the curb and striking two British tourists, killing both. LeVin fled the scene...Read More»

2012 Volvo S60 R-Design
2012 Volvo S60: Recall Alert

Volvo has announced the recall of some 7,558 model year 2012 S60 sedans, built between November 18, 2010 and May 5, 2011. The vehicles in question may have engine control module software incompatible with the fuel pump hardware, resulting in insufficient fuel supply. As a result, drivers may...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Four For 40: Family Sedans With 40-MPG Fuel Economy

As Americans make the switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, some of the best-selling sedans on the planet are getting a good boost--in gas mileage, and in sales. Compact-car favorites like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic are selling better than ever, and they're joined at the top of the sales...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test
2011 Chevrolet Volt: Top Safety Ratings From Both U.S. Agencies

General Motors' [NYSE: GM] breakthrough Chevrolet Volt might be one of your safest family-car choices as well as one of the cleanest, greenest choices. The 2011 Volt has achieved an Overall Rating of five stars—including five stars for side impact and five stars for rollover—in the...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Ford Misses Quality Targets, Feels Pressure: Report

In 2010, Ford was the mainstream brand with the fewest quality defects, according to J.D. Power and Associates. Since then, their new Explorer was ranked 17th out of 19 competitors by Consumer Reports, which found the Explorers touch-screen controls “complicated and distracting” (but we...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Next Generation Chrysler Minivans To Get AWD

The last time you could walk into a Chrysler dealership and drive out in a minivan equipped with all-wheel drive was 2003. In 2004, AWD was discontinued on Chrysler minivans to make room for Stow ‘n Go folding seats, which increased the minivans’ functionality as a cargo hauler...Read More»

2010 Toyota Venza
2011 Toyota Venza and Sienna Models Recalled

Toyota has announced the recall of a small batch of 2011 model year Venza wagons and Sienna minivans, built between March 7 and March 10, 2011. While only 50 vehicles in total are affected, the potential defect is significant and involves the front right drive shaft. A batch of drive shafts may not...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test
2011 Chevy Volt Earns Five Stars From The NHTSA

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has become the first electric vehicle to earn a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which adds to the recent “2011 Top Safety Pick” awarded to the Volt by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The NHTSA...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Mazda 6, Ford Mustang Plant Is Final Custody Issue In A Relatively Quiet Corporate Divorce

Ford built an automotive plant at Flat Rock, Michigan, in 1972; back then, the facility was the most advanced casting plant in the world. Labor troubles and decreasing demand for V-8 engines led Ford to shutter the plant in 1981, and the facility sat vacant for several years. Fast forward to 1987...Read More»

Project Ignition
Project Ignition: Teen Drivers Go Peer To Peer For Safety

Judging by headlines and statistics, you’d think the majority of teenage drivers engage in risky behavior behind the wheel. But Project Ignition, which just announced the top ten teen driver safety campaigns for 2010-2011, is out to prove otherwise. Project Ignition is a teen driver safety...Read More»

2011 MINI Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman: Safe, Sporty, Fun-To-Drive Four-Seater

Who doesn’t love a MINI? Ever since the diminutive MINI came out, eager customers have been snapping them up. MINI’s latest new model, the 2011 MINI Countryman, a compact crossover that easily seats four adults, is attracting even more attention – if that’s possible...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford Announces Eight-Speed, eCVT Transmissions

Ford has announced that they’re joining the ranks of automakers producing an eight-speed transmission, and they’ve also announced production of an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) for hybrid vehicles. Both transmissions are Ford-designed and Ford-built, unlike some...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: photo by Todd Allen
Child Heat Stroke Deaths In Cars Hit Sad Milestone

On the last day of May, a three-year-old boy in New Orleans died of heat stroke in a car, making him the 500th such death since 1998. The victim had been left alone in a car all day. Just think about that – left by himself the entire day in a car. He died from heat stroke (or hyperthermia)...Read More»

2012 Audi A6 Avant promo
Audi Ad Too Close To Chrysler's Super Bowl Eminem Epic?

It’s one thing to film an ad as an homage to another, but it’s something else entirely to copy a successful ad almost exactly. That’s what Eminem’s publisher, Eight Mile Style, is alleging that Audi did with the video spot for their new A6 Avant station wagon. The commercial...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
GM, Chrysler Bailout Loans Could Cost Taxpayers Up To $16B

A report from the White House National Economic Council shows that the Obama administration expects to lose less than $16 billion on the bailout of General Motors, Chrysler, Ally Financial and Chrysler Financial. Of the $80 billion invested, some $40 billion has been recovered to date, already an...Read More»

2011 Toyota Matrix
Toyota Corolla Matrix May Be Living On Borrowed Time

If you’ve been longing for a Toyota Matrix, you may not want to put off buying one all that much longer. Toyota is set to introduce a new Corolla sometime next year, and the automaker hasn’t made up their mind if a new Corolla will bring with it a new Matrix. The Matrix utilizes the...Read More»

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