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Top 10 Car-Honking Sins
Top 10 Car-Honking Sins

Every driver on the road – and most of our passengers – has a story to tell about the loathsome use of car horns. Truth to tell, many of us are guilty of one or more horn-honking transgressions of our own. FamilyCarGuide thought it would be fun to take a somewhat irreverent look at some...Read More»

2006 Dodge Rampage concept
Report: Dodge To Get Honda Ridgeline 'Lifestyle Truck' Rival

If reports from AutomotiveCompass, Allpar and The Windsor Star are correct, Chrysler will add a new product to the Ram Trucks portfolio for the 2014 model year. Dubbed the “TR Ram Life Style Truck”, the vehicle will be built from Chrysler’s minivan platform and will be assembled...Read More»

Opel Astra GTC three-door hatchback
Is Buick Branching Out With Rebadged New Opel Astra GTC?

Interesting speculation – reportedly based on informed sources – from Car and Driver and picked up by Automotive News has Buick getting a rebadged and redesigned version of the new Opel Astra GTC (first shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010). Timing, pricing, model designation...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
Studies Offer Differing Opinions On Recovery Of U.S. Auto Industry

According to consulting firm A.T Kearney, the U.S. auto industry is recovering nicely, and will sell 13.2 million new units this year, 15.2 million units next year and 16 million units in 2013. That’s nearly the same amount of annual business that automakers saw in the pre-recession...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevy Cruze Gets Better Fuel Economy For 2012

At first glance, there’s no apparent difference between automatic-transmission-equipped 2011 Chevy Cruze models and their 2012 Chevy Cruze counterparts, yet the new model manages to get an additional two miles per gallon in highway fuel economy, according to a new report. Unlike the 2012...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Report: 2011 Chevy Volt Worth $17,000 After Three Years

The problem with any kind of new automotive technology is that it’s difficult to project a residual value after three years of ownership. Take the 2011 Chevrolet Volt for example, which is the first modern application of a serial hybrid design in an automobile. Variations of the technology...Read More»

Gas pump
Most Americans Support 60 MPG Standard By 2025: Report

Findings from a national survey of 2,000 representative Americans by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), reveal that a “very large majority” (85 percent) are concerned about gas prices, 87 percent believe it’s important to reduce oil consumption and 85 percent say it’s...Read More»

Strait of Hormuz, between Iran and U.A.E., as shown on Google Maps
Pricing Gaffe Gives L.A. Drivers $1.10 Per Gallon Gas

Aside from the opening of the first In-N-Out Burger franchise in Texas, few things can cause a sudden line of traffic quite like a gas station selling fuel for $1.10 per gallon. That’s exactly what happened at a Valero station in Los Angeles’ Wilmington neighborhood, when an unspecified...Read More»

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Saab Finds Another Chinese Savior in Pangda

Cats, it’s said, have nine lives. One can easily wonder if the same is true for Saab and parent company Spyker, whose CEO continues to put together last-minute deals to save the struggling Swedish automaker. After last week’s contract with Hawtai Motor Group fell through, the future...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Higher Prices, Fewer Choices For New Car Buyers Coming

There’s bad news on the horizon for new car buyers: demand is up and supply is down, so automakers are reducing incentives used to move new car inventory. It's most stark in small cars. Increasing fuel prices have caused a surge in demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, and...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
Report: Chevy's 2012 Impala Packs 302 Horsepower

It’s no secret that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala will be getting GM’s updated 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. What we didn’t know until General Motors Insider broke the story was how much horsepower that 3.6-liter engine would yield. According to the 2012...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Family Car Advice: Watch Out For Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving--call it road rage, if you want--isn't just a danger for the driver losing their temper. It's a problem for everyone they approach and pass, which is why it pays to watch out for aggressive drivers and to know what to do when you encounter one. What is aggressive driving? Being...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis
All-Wheel Drive Hyundai Genesis? Not Until Next-Gen 2014

Striving to be a luxury automaker for its top-end models – and doing rather well at it, we might say – it looks like Korean automaker Hyundai won’t be offering an all-wheel drive version of the Genesis luxury sedan until the next generation model. According to a report in Car and...Read More»

2011 Ford Escape
Feds To Investigate Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner For Window Defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into 2010 and 2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs, due to consumer complaints of the rear window shattering without cause. To date the agency has received 18 complaints of the rear glass breaking while the liftgate...Read More»

Lenny Kravitz and 2011 Jeep Wrangler
Lenny Kravitz Rocks Out With the 2011 Jeep Wrangler

Fans of four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz may be surprised to see the preeminent rock musician in new commercials touting the 2011 Jeep Wrangler. Consumers who admire Jeep Wrangler’s legendary adeptness off-road may take a new look at the brand. The association of artist and...Read More»

2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid
Automakers Learn That Closing Brands Costs Customers

What happens when automakers like GM shutter brands such as Pontiac and Saturn, or when Ford closes Mercury? In a perfect world, customers loyal to these brands would stay with the parent: Saturn and Pontiac customers would shop for their next car from Chevrolet, while Mercury owners would heard...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 TDI
Bosch: Diesels Could Be 10 Percent Of U.S. Sales By 2015

If Peter Marks, Bosch’s chairman, president and CEO of North and South American operations, is correct, you’ll soon begin to see a lot more diesel vehicle options in the United States market. While diesel vehicles currently account for just 3 percent of new vehicle sales, changing...Read More»

2011 Toyota Camry LE
Toyota Production Recovering Faster Than Expected

Just last month, the future looked bleak for Toyota. Plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico were operating well below capacity, and no one had a clear picture of when production would return to normal, or even which models would be impacted. Dealers were hoarding supplies of cars like the...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
Are Americans Too Fat Because We Eat And Drive?

In the realm of the only-partially ridiculous, FamilyCarGuide came across a story in Fast Company to the effect that we can blame driving for why we’re fat in America. Really? You mean I – along with mega-millions of other drivers on the road – have to curtail our Starbucks lattes...Read More»

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