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NHTSA Opens Distracted Driving Web Site

NHTSA Opens Distracted Driving Web Site

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a new website for anyone who wants to learn more about what the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, calls the  “deadly practice.” The site has news, statistics, the latest research, a summary of state...
Blind Artist’s Volvo Painting Sold

Blind Artist’s Volvo Painting Sold

The painting of the new 2011 Volvo S60 might not have been the most precise in its details, but it’s easy to appreciate the feeling Turkish artist Esref Armagan’s put into the work, especially when one considers that he’s blind. Created as a collaboration to aid...
Recalls: Audi Q5 Trim Defect

Recalls: Audi Q5 Trim Defect

Audi is recalling more than 6,000 model year 2009 vehicles for a defective trim cover piece that is mounted on the A-pillar. During an accident where the head airbags deploy, a loose trim piece could injure the front seat occupants of the vehicle. Audi dealers will...
Recalls: Chevy Corvette Removable Roof Failures

Recalls: Chevy Corvette Removable Roof Failures

Chevrolet is recalling more than 22,000 Corvettes from model years 2005-2007 for defective roof panels. It seems that the glue used to bond the panel to the frame fails. In a complete failure, the panel may fly off at speed, crating a hazard for following vehicles or...
Is Toyota’s Image About to Crumble?

Is Toyota’s Image About to Crumble?

What a difference a year makes, especially for Toyota. As 2008 drew to a close, the headlines highlighted the fact that the Japanese giant had finally toppled its American arch-rival, General Motors, to become the globe’s largest auto manufacturer.  It seemed, for at...
Ford Brings Back the Boss

Ford Brings Back the Boss

Have a hankering to turn some high-speed laps?  All you need is $79,000 and you can sign up for what Ford officials are calling their “ready-to-race turnkey race car.” It also goes by the name of the Boss.  The Mustang Boss 302R, to be more precise.  Four decades...
First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT

First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT

The pony wars are heating up. For the first time in decades, the reborn Chevrolet Camaro is outselling the Ford Mustang.  But neither maker seems ready to settle in and accept the status quo.  While Chevy hopes to increase its appeal with the long-anticipated Camaro...
Volkswagen Cancels Toyota Distribution Deal

Volkswagen Cancels Toyota Distribution Deal

Volkswagen Group Japan is canceling its agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation on car imports. As a result, Toyota will no longer distribute VW brand cars in Japan after 2010, as the two giant companies fight for the title of world’s largest autmaker. Existing...
New GM CFO Could Get More Than $6 million

New GM CFO Could Get More Than $6 million

One of  the chores awaiting General Motors’ new Chief Financial Officer, Chris Liddell, will be to pull the books in order following the maker’s well-publicized bankruptcy, a critical step towards GM’s planned Initial Public Offering. But creative accounting is also...
NHTSA Tracking Braking Loss on Prius Hybrids

NHTSA Tracking Braking Loss on Prius Hybrids

Dozens of owners of the current third generation Toyota Prius models have filled complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the alleged brake failures they have experienced. The Office of Defects Investigation has at least 33 complaints...
Chrysler dives below the radar at Detroit show.

Chrysler dives below the radar at Detroit show.

Chrysler Group LLC has confirmed that it won’t host a press conference at the 2010 North American International Auto Show Chrysler Group traditionally has used the annual Detroit Auto Show for some eye-catching – and expensive stunts – such as dropping a new Ram...
December New Vehicle Sales to Increase Slightly

December New Vehicle Sales to Increase Slightly

Retail sales of new vehicles this December are expected to increase substantially compared with one year ago at  839,600 units, which represents a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 9.1 million units. December’s fleet sales are projected to be down 10% from...