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The 10 Most Stolen — and Recovered Vehicles

Honda again leads the list.

by on May.27, 2014

The 2013 Honda Accord was the most stolen - and recovered - vehicle according to LoJack.

Crime, in general, has taken a sharp drop in recent years, and one reason has been a crackdown on car theft.  While there are a few hot spots left in the country – most of them in California, according to federal data – that crackdown has been paying off.

It’s not just tougher penalties and sting operations aimed at so-called “chop shops” that trade in stolen vehicles. Police across the country are getting a high-tech helping hand from advanced systems that can track and, in some cases, disable a stolen car making it easy for police to arrest thieves and recover the vehicle.

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A new study by LoJack, the largest of the Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, or SVRS, vendors, reveals which vehicles are both the most stolen and the most often recovered. Some familiar names pop up, including three from Japanese maker Honda. In fact, its Accord model topped the LoJack list for the fifth year in a row.

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With Competitors Gaining Ground, Toyota Plans Major Camry Update

Maker promises more than the typical mid-cycle “refresh.”

by on Apr.03, 2014

The 2015 Toyota Camry update may borrow key design cues from the NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept.

It’s been a tough winter for Toyota, the maker’s traditionally best-selling Camry line unexpectedly losing some of its momentum in a hotly competitive midsize sedan market.

And that has the Japanese giant scrambling to hang onto the sales lead it has held in the U.S. market for the last dozen years. Toyota confirms it will unveil a new version of the Camry at the New York Auto Show later this month, and it promises that the 2015 update will be more than just the usual mid-cycle refresh.

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Just how far it will go without a complete redesign remains to be seen, but with the Nissan Altima actually having led the sales race during January and February, Toyota officials are rapidly buying into the philosophy set by CEO Akio Toyoda who is demanding more “passion” from its future products – or “waku-doki” in Japanese.

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First Drive: 2015 Chrysler 200

Chrysler finally gets into the (midsize) game.

by on Mar.20, 2014

Chrysler is looking to make inroads into the competitive midsize market segment with the news 2015 Chrysler 200.

Anyone looking for a midsize car has a wealth of choices from a wide variety of carmakers which have brought some very good options to U.S. showrooms in recent years.

Now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has entered the competition with a very good alternative that could provide an unexpected challenge to such formidable rivals as the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, and Chevrolet Malibu, never mind the midsize segment-leading Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

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For those familiar with the old Chrysler 200 – or worse, the old Sebring – the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 that made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year is likely to come as a very big surprise. Start with its distinctive exterior styling – which harkens back to the era, two decades ago, when Chrysler routinely set the industry agenda when it came to design. (more…)

10 Millionth American-Made Honda Accord Rolls Out

Maker now producing 1.3 mil vehicles North America annually.

by on Mar.20, 2014

The first American-made Honda Accord rolls off the assembly line on November 1, 1982.

There have always been skeptics.  They thought man couldn’t fly, or go to the moon.  They expected Columbus to fall off the edge of the Earth. And they didn’t expect Honda to do much better when it opened an assembly plant in the middle of Ohio nearly 32 years ago.

But that plant in the one-time farming community of Marysville has – like Columbus, Neil Armstrong and the Wright Brothers – proved the skeptics wrong. And sometime today the 10 millionth American-made Honda Accord will roll off the assembly line.

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It’s a significant milestone, but not the only one the Japanese maker has set lately.  It recently produced its 20 millionth vehicle in North America where it now operates an expansive array of production facilities, including its newest plant in Mexico which recently began producing the latest-generation of the little Honda Fit.  Honda also became a net exporter in 2013 and, going forward, expects to be shipping more vehicles out of its North American plants than it imports to the market.

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Toyota Adding “Limited-Edition” Camry Spin-Off in Bid to Bolster Sales

Nissan and Ford continue making inroads toward the top spot.

by on Feb.05, 2014

Toyota is bringing out a new Limited Edition Camry in the middle of the 2014 model year to keep ahead of the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion in sales.

Toyota will roll out a “Limited Edition” version of the midsize Camry sedan during this week’s Chicago Auto Show media preview – and it could arrive at a critical time for the perennially popular midsize sedan.

The Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition, which delivers a 40 mpg City rating, will reach U.S. showrooms at a time when the sedan may be losing momentum and risking its position as America’s best-selling passenger car.

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Camry sales declined by 27% in January and Bill Fay, Toyota Motor Sales vice president, said the decline was in part due to a short fall in deliveries to fleet buyers. The sharp decline left the Camry roughly 800 units ahead of the Nissan Altima in the race for best-selling car title. The Altima also surged past the Honda Accord, which found itself in fourth place in the critical mid-sized car segment after being passed by the Ford Fusion – a result most analysts would have dismissed as unlikely only 18 months ago. (more…)

Honda Claims Retail Sales Leadership

Why a sale isn't always a sale.

by on Nov.22, 2013

The Honda Accord lags slightly behind the Toyota Camry - but it leads its segment if you look only at retail sales.

“A sale isn’t always a sale,” or so says John Mendel, the top American executive at Honda, which has long steered clear of the daily rental and other fleet sales that prop up many of its competitors’ sales charts.

Honda has traditionally focused its marketing efforts on the retail side of the market and there, it claims, it has been gaining ground. In fact, the Japanese brand claims to now be the retail sales leader in four of the largest non-truck segments in the U.S. auto market with the midsize Civic, compact Accord, Odyssey minivan and CR-V crossover.

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Those powerhouse product lines helped Honda achieve a 16.2% increase in retail sales for the first nine months of 2013, while capturing a 16.1% share of the American market. During the same period in 2012, Honda held a 15.8% share of the retail market.

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Honda Accord Named “Green Car of the Year”

Hailed for taking enviro-friendly tech mainstream.

by on Nov.21, 2013

The Accord with Honda's Mike Accavitti and Green Car's Ron Cogan.

The 2014 Honda Accord was named “Green Car of the Year” during a ceremony at the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday morning, jurors – who include Tonight Show host and car fanatic Jay Leno – hailing the sedan for bringing an assortment of environmentally friendly technologies into the mainstream.

The Accord, which Honda bills as the model with the highest retail sales volume in the U.S., is currently offered with a variety of different powertrain options, notably including a new 50 mpg hybrid and a plug-in hybrid with a 115 MPGe rating.

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The award “says we’re moving in the right direction,” declared Mike Accavitti, American Honda Motors’ marketing chief said as he stood by an Accord Hybrid. Equally important, he said the award will win recognition for Honda’s expanded green car effort which includes an assortment of new gas-electric drive systems such as the two-motor hybrid in the Accord. “This will help us sell more cars.” (more…)

Honda Accord Hybrid to Come in Just over $30,000

New gas-electric model to deliver segment best 50 mpg.

by on Sep.24, 2013

Honda bests the competition - at least in the city mileage category.

Honda will price the all-new 2014 Accord Hybrid model at just over $30,000, a bit higher than comparable offerings from key competitors like Ford and Toyota, but it is hoping to win over buyers with a segment-best fuel economy rating of 50 mpg.

The new Accord Hybrid debuts a year after the launch of both the conventional, gas-powered sedan, as well as Honda’s first extended-range offering, the Accord Plug-In.

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To be offered in three grades, the new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will carry a base price of $29,155 plus a $905 destination fee – for a total of $30,060.  The mid-range EX-L model will come in at $31,905 plus delivery charges, the top-line Touring priced at $34,905 plus delivery.

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Honda Accord Hybrid Hits 50 – MPG, That Is

Gas-electric sedan lands bragging rights as highest city-mileage midsize hybrid.

by on Sep.06, 2013

Honda bests the competition - at least in the city mileage category.

In the battle for bragging rights in the high-mileage category, Honda has landed a solid blow against the competition, its 2014 Accord Hybrid delivering an EPA-certified rating of 50 mpg in city driving.

That’s a full three miles per gallon better than the previous king-of-the-fuel-economy-hill, the 47 mpg Ford Fusion Hybrid.  The Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in at 43 while the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in at 40.

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But to put another perspective on Honda’s achievement, the 2014 Accord Hybrid gets about 10% better fuel economy around town than the first-generation Toyota Prius, a dedicated gas-electric model that used all sorts of tricks, including a super-aerodynamic, ultra-light body to maximize mileage.

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Speeders Pay – at the Pump, Anyway

Magazine says driving 75 mph instead of 55 costs $30 more.

by on Jul.11, 2013

Consumer Reports found that driving 75 mph compared with 55 mph costs drivers an extra $30 on a 1,000-mile trip.

So you dodged the speed traps and cut an hour off your drive from New York to Boston, but you’re still going to pay for that lead foot.

The faster you go the worse your fuel economy, studies have routinely demonstrated, but just how much may come as a surprise. A new study by Consumer Reports magazine suggests that the penalty of driving 75 rather than 55 can add up to as much as 14 miles per gallon – which can add up to an extra $30 in fuel costs over a 1,000 mile trip.

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In fact, on long drives, the increased fuel consumption may have an unintended consequence. By burning more fuel you’re likely to stop more often to fill up, the magazine notes, and that means you may lose much of the extra time you hoped to save by speeding in the first place.

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