Month: July 2014

0 102  3 Comments on IIHS Small Car Ratings: Only the Mini Cooper Countryman Shines
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IIHS Small Car Ratings: Only the Mini Cooper Countryman Shines

IIHS awards the Chevrolet Volt with its Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) regularly conducts…

0 106  1 Comment on Cars and Coffee: Best Informal Meet Ups Ever
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Cars and Coffee: Best Informal Meet Ups Ever

What do you call a gathering of automotive enthusiasts that meets early on a Saturday morning to show off their…

0 81  4 Comments on Porsche Cayenne: Generation Next
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Porsche Cayenne: Generation Next

The original Porsche Cayenne changed the way that we look at Porsche as well as at sport-utility vehicles in general….

0 135  3 Comments on At a Glance: 2.7-Liter Ford EcoBoost Engine
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At a Glance: 2.7-Liter Ford EcoBoost Engine

New EcoBoost engine makes the power grade. The 2015 model year will bring yet another new engine to the Ford…

0 191  6 Comments on Now Competitive: 2015 Chrysler 200S
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Now Competitive: 2015 Chrysler 200S

Quite easily the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the best midsize sedan ever to wear a Chrysler badge. Don’t get all…

0 223  6 Comments on Extended Electric Range: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In
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Extended Electric Range: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In

The Toyota Prius is the best-known hybrid in the world. It is also a consistent top seller for Toyota, with…

0 167  8 Comments on Raw to the Core: 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT
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Raw to the Core: 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT

Where the fun begins. Say “muscle car and the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro immediately come to mind. These two…

0 199  7 Comments on American Luxury Sedan: 2014 Lincoln MKZ
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American Luxury Sedan: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

The Ford Motor Company has turned its attention to reviving Lincoln, once a leading luxury brand. In the past decade…

0 91  0 Comment on Autonomous Driving: Well, Not Exactly
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Autonomous Driving: Well, Not Exactly

Autonomous driving is one of the buzzwords that piques the interest of futurists. Just the thought of driving from Point…

0 70  1 Comment on Is the Volkswagen Group Eyeing Fiat Chrysler?
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Is the Volkswagen Group Eyeing Fiat Chrysler?

Simply speculation, but then. Rumors are part and parcel of the auto industry. Just yesterday, Wards Auto suggested that the…

0 94  0 Comment on At a Glance: 2015 Ford Expedition
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At a Glance: 2015 Ford Expedition

Fourth generation model debuts this year. The Ford Motor Company released updated information on Wednesday about its full-size sport-utility vehicle….

0 98  0 Comment on Cars and Coffee in the Sandhills: July 2014
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Cars and Coffee in the Sandhills: July 2014

Anyone that has followed Auto Trends for some time knows that we look backward as well as forward. Not just…

0 85  0 Comment on Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Investment, Adds New Model
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Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Investment, Adds New Model

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept to Become a Reality Concept vehicle to become a 2017 model year reality. The Volkswagen Group announced…

0 124  0 Comment on Versatile Crossover: 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE
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Versatile Crossover: 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE

Toyota offers customers six utility vehicles — seven if you include the FJ Cruiser that is being retired this year….

0 212  4 Comments on Driven: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T (FWD)
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Driven: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T (FWD)

Behind the wheel of Hyundai’s larger, but not largest crossover. Here a crossover, there a crossover. The market is flooded…

0 107  1 Comment on Nissan Charging: Free Electric for Leaf Owners
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Nissan Charging: Free Electric for Leaf Owners

Nissan program to cover up to 25 cities in 2015. Nissan has been having moderate success with its Leaf electric…

0 80  1 Comment on Summer Dreams and Your Cross-Country Adventure
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Summer Dreams and Your Cross-Country Adventure

I have never driven cross country, but would seriously consider doing so if I had the time and the right…

0 78  1 Comment on Acura TLX Tasked With Replacing Two Models
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Acura TLX Tasked With Replacing Two Models

Incentives program announced in advance of sedan’s debut. When the Acura TLX goes on sale next month, it will replace…

0 104  7 Comments on Performance Luxury Sedan: 2014 Lexus IS F
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Performance Luxury Sedan: 2014 Lexus IS F

Exploring the performance side of the Lexus house. Think “Lexus” and the usual terms such as “luxury” and “quality” come…

0 134  3 Comments on GM Extends Supplier Discount to Educators
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GM Extends Supplier Discount to Educators

Big savings for teachers and their relatives. 2014 Buick LaCrosse. Last Tuesday, General Motors announced a “GM Educator Discount program”…

0 86  2 Comments on Ram Expands Product Line With ProMaster City
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Ram Expands Product Line With ProMaster City

Third van model for Ram brand arrives in 2015. With Chrysler separated Ram from Dodge, the move was deemed by…

0 84  3 Comments on YTD: The Five Best-Selling Midsize Models
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YTD: The Five Best-Selling Midsize Models

The Toyota Camry is the best selling midsize sedan and, indeed, remains the top selling car year after year. Through…

0 156  2 Comments on Strategic Vision: Tesla, Audi, Jaguar and Kia Top Quality Awards
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Strategic Vision: Tesla, Audi, Jaguar and Kia Top Quality Awards

A look at how consumers perceive todays new cars. June seems to be the month for automotive awards. Earlier in…