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Fewer People Using Search Engines: What Does It Mean For Automakers And Dealers?
Fewer People Using Search Engines: What Does It Mean For Automakers And Dealers?

Last week, Nielsen released search engine stats for July 2010. And while there weren't many surprises in the rankings -- at 64.2% market share, Google remains the 800-pound gorilla -- there was some shocking data to be found: over the past year, the number of searches conducted by folks in the U.S...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Ford Uses Assembly Line WiFi To Load SYNC Software On MyFord Touch Vehicles

Chances are you already know all about Ford's SYNC and MyFord/MyLincoln Touch software. But did you know Ford is using the on-board WiFi to load the software on the cars while they're rolling down the Oakville assembly line? The 2011 Ford Edge is the first vehicle to get the high-tech build...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
2011 Honda CR-Z And 3D: How To Advertise An Enigma

When the Honda CR-Z was announced to go into production, many motormouths watered at the prospect of a modern resurrection of the famous, wonderful and super-spunky Honda CRX, of which I was and still am a huge fan. In particular, Gen II, the Si version of course. But it is a new era and the CR-Z...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
2011 MINI Countryman: The Golf For Really, Really Cool People

MINI--the brand, the car, the lifestyle--took the automotive world by storm with the first generation, which included a great product and stellar advertising that was and still is part of an integrated, complete effort that has drawn hundreds of thousands of devotees (notice I didn’t call them...Read More»

2010 Prius vs. 2007 Prius
Toyota Prius Passion Contest Is Ending

In the U.S. the Toyota Prius has been around for ten years. Arising out of a Toyota document called the Earth Charter, the Prius went through five years of planning and development before its launch in Japan in December of 1997. The project was labeled the G21 project, picking up the designation...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today at High Gear Media: MINI Countryman Takes the States

It was a a rollercoaster weekend at High Gear Media--a rollercoaster ride in the 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman around the infamous Tail of the Dragon. Today at High Gear Media, we're brewing up our first drive of the Countryman for later today, while we also show you the dozens of official Countryman...Read More»

MINI Link app
VIDEO: Stalk Your MINI Buddies--Or Just Meet--Via the iPhone

We've often wondered when the next layer of social media would hit the car world. We're as concerned about creepers tracking our every movement in our cars as the next guy, but the advent of technology like the iPhone and built-in GPS just begs a whole new world of insurance paid by the mile, of...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
Today at High Gear Media: Scion tC, Hawaii Five-0, and Our Late Nissan Leaf

Six months after the brouhaha kicked off, has Toyota been badly bruised by all those recalls? Today at High Gear Media, our own Bengt Halvorson peers into the recall abyss and reports on TheCarConnection that Toyota may have lost 200,000 sales and 1.5 percent of the entire U.S. market as a result...Read More»

Spc. Derrick Parizek
Do-It-Yourself Auto Workshop For Detroit Reworks An Old Idea

The depressed economy has spurred all sorts of innovative, DIY solutions—like renewed interest in community garages and tool libraries—for keeping vehicles repaired as frugally as possible and still on the road, as well as some innovative ways of helping laid-off, skilled workers hold out until...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
How Congress is Designing Your Next Car

The auto industry won a major victory in Congress this week, when the landmark financial bill passed by both houses on Congress excluded auto dealers from regulation -- so Congress can't stop them from taking a kickback for funneling you toward a particular lender, or marking up a loan to a higher...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta infotainment system
Video: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Joins the Infotainment Era

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is joining the infotainment era, bit by bit, with a newly available system that blends navigation and entertainment features into a single touchscreen-driven system. It's not as flexible as Ford's SYNC system, or the Kia UVO setup we tested this week in the 2011 Sportage...Read More»

Kia UVO - 2011 Kia Sorento
2011 Kia Sportage Techs Up with Uvo, WiFi, Real-Time Traffic

Kia's new Sportage gets a heavy dose of technology in its 2011 edition, with a trio of technologies the company thinks will appeal to a whole new set of buyers. The new Sportage is being tasked with moving out of the crossover bargain basement and into a richer market segment filled with...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta: The Honking, 2010

This is just wrong. Morally, socially, technically and in all other ways. This is what happens when society--hold on, let me rephrase that--automotive geek society goes unchecked and the robots and the geeks are in cahoots. This is what happens when computer geeks intermingle with automotive...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge Sport
Ford Sync: Now You Can Utter Threats Legally

Somewhere in deep space or in California, which I guess is the same thing, William Shatner is channeling Gene Roddenberry’s spirit and laughing, saying to himself “I told you so” in between filming commercials for bran cereals and Priceline.com. So often is the case when we use Star Trek...Read More»

2011 Subaru Outback
2011 Subaru Outback Gets Mobile WiFi

Subaru calls the 2011 Outback a crossover, even though we think it's more of an all-wheel drive wagon (and a fun one at that). Whatever class it sits in, it just got a bit cooler this morning, with the addition of mobile WiFi access linked to the Internet via 3G. The new addition, dubbed simply...Read More»

2010 Dodge Nitro 4WD 4-door SXT *Ltd Avail* Gear Shift
Two Insurance Companies Apply For PAYD In California

The Automobile Club of Southern California has applied to offer Pay As You Drive (PAYD) insurance in the state. Approval of its application would enable the company to participate in what the state’s insurance commissioner, Steve Poizner, calls a “cutting edge” program. If the pending...Read More»

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The Benefits Of Direct Injection

Modern direct injection systems use a high pressure design, though some of the earlier models used a low pressure system. There are a couple of benefits to using a high pressure GDI (gasoline direct injection) system; the primary of which is greater control over the fuel. Under a high pressure...Read More»

Ford's Curve Control system
Video: 2011 Ford Explorer Curve Control

The Blue Oval is readying its 2011 Ford Explorer for release later this year, and is packing the new vehicle with the latest engines for improved efficiency, new inflatable rear seat-belts for passenger safety, and something new called “curve control” for added stability. The new technology...Read More»

smart drive kit for iPhone
Smartphones Are The New Pot

If you drive a car, chances are good that you own a smartphone, so we feel it's only fair to warn you that you're messing with fire. J.D. Power recently conducted its 2010 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study, and the results are clear: smartphones are a technological gateway drug, leading...Read More»

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