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IIHS Top Safety Picks: Ford, Subaru Make Grade, Unhappy Toyota Airs Concern
IIHS Top Safety Picks: Ford, Subaru Make Grade, Unhappy Toyota Airs Concern

Toyota, the number one-selling automaker worldwide, is firing back today at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks for 2010, saying that the automaker is confident its vehicles are among the safest on the road today and is committed to the highest levels of vehicle...Read More»

2005 Buick Century Custom
Buick Revisited: Sometimes Your First True Love Is a Car

What is the car that most people lust after more than any other? Lamborghini? Ferrari? Cobra or Corvette? Well, for most car fanatics, the make and model that brings the fondest memories is often your first car. That's certainly the case for me, as my '74 Buick Century is the only car that I still...Read More»

2005 Ford Thunderbird 2-door Convertible Deluxe Side Exterior View
The Iconic Ford Thunderbird. A Short History of the T-Bird From 1955 - 2005

There are a few cars that you can expect to see at every car show. There will almost always be a Tri-Five Chevy. There will almost always be Corvettes. There will almost always be Camaros. There will almost always be Mustangs. And there will almost always be some early Ford Thunderbirds. Over the...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Is California The New Car Capital?

Well it sure isn't Detroit anymore that's for sure. I hate to be a pragmatic realist but the center of the U.S. auto industry left Detroit around the same time Ferris Bueller had his Day Off. Yes, it was obvious that the Big-Three had lost the plot decades before they finally were forced to admit...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Tire Talk: Subtle Signs Can Tell You a Lot

Although it's tough finding a talking tire one did appear somewhere recently your car's tires can tell you a great deal about how they are feeling, just by looking at them. You've likely read your owner's manual which tells you the exact pressure to keep in your tires and it tells you how to rotate...Read More»

gas pump
Raising The Gas Tax: Auto Execs Push An Unpopular Solution

We’ve been here before. The government mandates more fuel-efficient vehicles across the board, yet the American public continues to gravitate toward what’s big and powerful. Barring this era of greater responsibility and restraint, which might pass like a fleeting fancy with the recession, why...Read More»

Euro-spec 2011 Ford Fiesta in New York City
North America To Become New Export Base For Ford

Ford’s new Fiesta sub-compact is about to go on sale across the country and just around the corner is a new global Focus. Both of these European designed cars will be manufactured in North America for the first time and there is much more to come, including exporting these locally built...Read More»

1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe - Mecum Monterey 2009
Historic Dream Cars: The Shelby Daytona Coupe

In 1963, Carroll Shelby's Cobra racecars had dominated almost every race on United States tarmac. This included overtaking the Ferrari GTO racecars at the 12 Hours of Sebring. However, the Cobra roadster could not compete with the mighty GTO when the races moved into the European battlegrounds. You...Read More»

Toyota Prius gas cap
Fuel Fillers - left or right?

CrasherCarl:  EDGR Engineering, Design and Government Regulations Why are some fuel fillers on the opposite side from the driver? Maybe the first question is: Where is the gas tank? Years ago, about the time cars became smooth-as-soap streamliners without separate fenders, there was one solution...Read More»

Alfa Romeo Mito
Preview: 2012 Chrysler Lineup Will Be Joined By Fiat And Alfa Romeo

• Chrysler: New mid-sized sedan, 300 sedan, • Jeep: New compact car, Grand Cherokee, • Fiat: 500 Minicar • Alfa Romeo: Mito, Milano, Giulia Chrysler’s newly formed ties with Fiat will soon see a raft of new models introduced into the U.S., and we'll be able to get our...Read More»

1960 Chevrolet Corvair
Whistle Blowing or Switching Sides

With recent news about certain floormats in certain Toyota models earning great media attention, there has been a lot of maligning of big auto companies for failing to take care of small issues, such as producing effective floormats. In our experience, auto manufacturers have always been a little...Read More»

Honda Crash Test
Why Cow-Catchers Are Helpful In A Small-Vehicle/Large-Vehicle Collision

Remember those things called cow-catchers on the front of steam locomotives? Of course, you are probably too young to have seen one in person, but cowboy movies show them. Oh, you havent had a cowboy movie lately? If you do see a choo-choo train, note that they look like they have pointed snow...Read More»

late model racecraft street stalker engine
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Even though the Clunkers for Cash program provided a momentary shot-in-the-arm for the auto industry, the auto market still remains very soft. Indeed, when Edmunds.com polled new-car buyers recently, 100,000 respondents said they planned to keep their cars much longer than they would have normally...Read More»

North American Car of the Year
2010 North American Car of the Year: Your Ballots, Please

It's almost that time--if it were the Academy Awards, the accounting team from PriceWaterhouseCoopers would be sidling up to the podium with an envelope for Whoopi or Billy or Steve or, God forbid, Dave, to open. It's just a few weeks before the 50 jurors on the committee cast their ballots for the...Read More»

Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
National School Bus Safety Week: Prevention

Lets talk about something that is near and dear to every Road Warriors heart proper etiquette around school buses. If you are not aware of these protocols, learn them. If you know them, read them again! School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 19-23) is here again so listen up. Its when we give a weeks worth...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Sedan
Honda Considering Faster Model Updates To Beat Competition

The new car market is starting to get just a little overcrowded with quality vehicles, and in a time where customers all around the world are cutting back on their spending, things like performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever. Today, it’s hard to find a...Read More»

Bob Lutz
Lutz: Just One Car Returned Under 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

In September, GM launched a program putting its cars up against the industry's best, offering a 60-day money-back guarantee on all 2009 and 2010 model-year Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles. So far, it looks to be going well for GM, with just one customer taking the car in for a...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
GM Ramps Up For 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt Production

General Motors is investing more than $230 million in four plants in the greater Flint, Michigan area to support the production of the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, a move that will form more than 500 jobs. The four plants include Flint Engine South, Flint Metal Center...Read More»

Porsche Panamera
Porsche Wants You--On Twitter and Facebook [Social Media]

Follow us on Twitter: @highgearmedia @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports and join our Facebook fan page Follow Porsche on Facebook and Twitter @porschenewswire Maybe the whole world of social media is second nature to you--MySpace, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, you're everywhere, dude. But...Read More»

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