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January 31, 2014

2014 Toyota Avalon

2014 Toyota Avalon

From The Car Connection:

Toyota Stops Sales Of Six Vehicles Nationwide For Fire Risk

Toyota has just ordered its U.S. dealers to put a hold on sales of some 2013 and 2014 vehicles due to fire risk. The reason, it seems, is that the fabric used for the seating burns at a faster rate than is allowed by safety regulations.

The Robots Are Coming (To Pump Your Gas)

Much of Planet Earth is about to experience a major workforce shift. In the coming decades, entire categories of jobs will be eliminated thanks to automation. Coffee baristas, for example, are already being replaced by machines, and their close kin, waiters, aren't far behind.

Should You Pay More For Auto Insurance Because Of Your College Degree (Or Lack Of One)?

Insurance companies are all about managing risk -- especially the risk to their bottom line. We understand why insurers charge higher premiums to smokers than non-smokers, or why they charge more to cover amusement parks than accounting firms: they know that the likelihood of issuing out a payout is much higher for the former.

2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

From Motor Authority:

2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class Revealed: Video

Mercedes-Benz’s R-Class may not have been a success but the German automaker is giving the luxury MPV segment another go, unveiling today the all-new V-Class. The vehicle has not yet been confirmed for the U.S., but there are indications it may come eventually.

Meet The Cars Of The Need For Speed Movie: Video

Today’s console and computer games often have as much plot and back story as a Hollywood action flick, and the various iterations of Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed series is no exception to this rule--so it shouldn’t have been much of a surprise that the popular video game series would eventually be turned into a movie.

Watch A Hennessey-Tuned Chevy SS Run The Quarter Mile In 11.84 Seconds: Video

Hennessey has completed development of a round of upgrades for the 2014 Chevrolet SS, with power outputs on offer ranging from 475 all the way up to 1,000 horsepower. Featured in the video above is Hennessey’s tuned SS with 600 horsepower, made possible via the Texan tuner’s HPE600 package.

Volvo Concept XC Coupe live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Volvo Concept XC Coupe live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show

From Green Car Reports:

2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid Could Arrive Summer 2015, Execs Say

When the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 large crossover utility vehicle goes on sale in the spring of 2015, it will be followed by a gasoline plug-in hybrid version. And, according to Volvo executives, the plug-in Volvo could come as little as four months after the launch of the regular version.

2015 Lexus NX Compact Crossover Model Revealed: Accident Or Not?

Remember the Lexus LF-NX, the jaw-dropping concept for a new compact crossover from Toyota's luxury brand? It's been making the rounds at auto shows since last fall, scaring small children in many cities.

Which State Has The Highest Percentage Of Electric Cars? No, Not CA

California has something of a reputation for being an electric car haven. The state has always been concerned about pollution, offers healthy incentives for those wishing to purchase an electric vehicle, and if you're keen to charge using solar power, there's an abundance of sun to make the most of it.


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