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October 11, 2013
From The Car Connection:

Toyota Prius V Owners Sue Over Flawed Pre-Collision System

Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety unveiled the results of a new testing program designed to put collision-avoidance systems through the wringer. Some performed very well; others, less so.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Dropped, Replaced By...Malibu

Chevy's mild-hybrid version of the 2014 Malibu has been quietly canceled. Confusingly, while last year's 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco was the first of a new-generation Malibu and included eAssist, the GM mild-hybrid system, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu lineup won't include it now at all.

NHTSA's Safety Tests & Other Programs On Hold During Shutdown

Well into week two of the federal government shutdown, we're noticing some inconsistencies in what's truly been shut down and what's still up and running. One organization affected is NHTSA, which has furloughed the team that investigates vehicle defects.

New MINI Cooper's safety and convinience features

New MINI Cooper's safety and convinience features

From Motor Authority:

MINI Outlines 2014 Cooper’s New Driver Assist Features

When it finally makes its debut next month, the new 2014 MINI Cooper won’t just feature fresh styling, a revamped interior and fuel-efficient three-cylinder engines, but also advanced driver assist systems typically found in the luxury segment. That’s the promise of MINI’s parent company BMW, which wants to bring its MINI family to the forefront of the premium compact car segment when it comes to convenience and safety.

Is This The First Customer-Owned 2014 Corvette Stingray Crash?

The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has been making waves everywhere it goes--and occasionally hitting Very Hard Objects. It even managed to get into a tangle or two during development. But this looks like it might be the first known customer crash.

Toyota Announces New Autonomous And Pedestrian Safety Tech

Toyota has been treading a slow and cautionary path towards the implementation of autonomous driving technology on its cars; understandable given the recent spate of unintended acceleration claims made against the automaker. However, earlier this year Toyota showed a Lexus LS-based research vehicle it was using to trial new autonomous technologies and now the automaker has announced some of its upcoming features the research vehicle has helped developed.

2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

From Green Car Reports:

2014 BMW i3 With Range Extender Priced At $46,225, Or $3,950 More

Adding the small range-extending engine to the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric minicar will increase the price by $3,950, the company announced this evening. The standard 2014 BMW i3 electric car starts at $42,275 including delivery, before any Federal, state, or local incentives.

What Does It Take To Drive An Electric Car In Canadian Winters?

So how on earth do you use an electric car in places that consistently get many feet of snow every winter? Short answer: snow tires. Long answer: plan ahead.

Tiny Smart Cars Lose $5 Billion For Mercedes-Benz: Report

The very small Smart cars have apparently lost a very large amount of money for Mercedes-Benz. A new report from London's Bernstein Research names the Smart the biggest European money-loser of all time.


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