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January 2, 2014
2014 Dodge Avenger

2014 Dodge Avenger

From The Car Connection:

2014 Dodge Avenger Review

The mid-size sedan category has never been a tougher, more competitive segment than it is today, and the 2014 Dodge Avenger wins points for its design but falls short of the competition in many other areas. It's a far better car than when it was launched--and largely seen only on car-rental lots--but like its cousin, the Chrysler 200 (nee Sebring), it's a reminder of the bad old days at Chrysler.

Ford Likely To Finish 2013 As America's #1 Brand (Again)

Ford is a popular brand to be sure, but in terms of sales volume, it can't compete with larger companies like Toyota and General Motors -- at least not on a global scale. But if we just focus on the U.S., the picture is a bit different. How is Ford outshining its competitors?

Donate Your Vehicle To Charity For A Last-Minute Tax-Deduction

In case you hadn't noticed, it's December 30. Many of you still face mounds of used wrapping paper and guest rooms that need a thorough cleaning, but you should also give a little bit of attention to your personal taxes -- especially if you've come out ahead this year.

Audi Sport quattro concept with laser headlights, 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Audi Sport quattro concept with laser headlights, 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

From Motor Authority:

Audi Readies Sport quattro Concept With Laser Lights For 2014 CES

Audi is set to debut an evolved version of its Sport quattro plug-in hybrid sports car concept at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. After debuting in a bright yellow hue at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show last September, Audi’s Sport quattro concept has since adopted a new shade dubbed Plasma Red.

Ferrari LaFerrari Already Hits The Used Car Market

Despite Ferrari’s best attempts to screen buyers of its LaFerrari, with chairman Luca di Montezemolo himself determining the final cut, an example has already hit the used car market, mere weeks after deliveries commenced. It’s listed on the website of Munich dealership and is priced at 2.38 million euros ($3.24 million) with taxes.

Fiat To Buy Remaining Chrysler Shares In $4.35 Billion Deal

Fiat is ringing in the new year by agreeing to buy the remaining 41.46 percent stake in Chrysler that it doesn't own from the United Auto Workers VEBA Trust, in a deal valued at approximately $4.35 billion. So far only a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed and the deal is still subject to due diligence and independent review.

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept at CES 2014

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept at CES 2014

From Green Car Reports:

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge Electric Car

Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions. The trouble is, electric cars draw too much power and take up too small an area for solar roofs to charge them as they drive along.

Residual Values On Battery-Electric Cars: KBB Is Not Optimistic

The year 2014 looks like it could be a very good one for plug-in vehicles, with new launches and expected sales increases heading the list of reasons to cheer. But it wouldn't be a near year without a few doom and gloom predictions, and the latest come from Kelly Blue Book's figures for electric car residual values.

Norway's Electric Cars: Already Too Popular?

Is it possible for electric cars to be too popular? Thanks to supportive government policies and relatively short average commuting distances, Norway has become the friendliest place in the world for plug-in cars.


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