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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf rated most efficient car in its class


(October 24, 2014) HERNDON, VA. — Volkswagen has announced that the compact, fully electric 2015 e-Golf has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe), and given a range of up to 83 miles.

2015 Toyota Camry

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Has Toyota been hearing giant footsteps gaining on them, feeling the hot breath of segment competitors as they rapidly close the gap on the perennial best-selling mid-size Camry sedan? The segment is, indeed, now filled with excellent, compelling choices and even as the Camry continues to maintain an edge in overall sales on the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion, it has been criticized for falling behind in styling, performance and personality.

2015 Honda CR-V

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Did you know that the Honda CR-V is the world’s most popular SUV? It’s also the top seller in Honda’s lineup of vehicles worldwide. It’s easy to understand why the CR-V is the most popular SUV in this country where SUVs reign, but many people in the rest of the world like “cars” far more than SUVs or trucks. Perhaps Honda’s success is attributed to the CR-V being just the right size — not too big or too small — and it behaves more like a car than a rugged sport utility or conventional truck.

2015 Ford Mustang

LOS ANGELES — West Hollywood traffic at 9 a.m. moves as quickly as molasses on a cold day, especially when you have the promise of a run up the Angeles Crest Highway ahead of you. Yet here we were stuck behind half a dozen other 2015 Mustangs and a city bus, attempting to make a left turn against bumper-to-bumper traffic that refused to make any openings. Far from taxing my patience, it became an unexpected opportunity to see how far Ford’s revamp of the Mustang extended.

Vehicle of the Week

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0 — Driving with three cylinders

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The little Ford Fiesta SFE (Super Fuel Economy) 1.0-liter three-cylinder was a hoot, fun to drive, and as swift as needed for all occasions. The tiny powerplant, winner of the International Engine of the Year award for the third straight year, invites you to simply pick the right gear and be unafraid to flirt with the red line. The smallest Ford EcoBoost engine moves out while delivering 32 mpg city, 45 highway and 37 combined — no battery packs or diesel engine necessary.

Here's the Thing

California leads in luxury vehicle thefts in U.S., new report finds

(October 23, 2014) DES PLAINES, Ill — California has the most luxury vehicle thefts in the country according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which today released its latest report on luxury vehicle thefts.

NICB analysts review data contained in the National Crime Information Center's stolen vehicle file and identify thefts of luxury vehicles as defined in the 2013 market classifications published by Automotive News.

Study finds car sharing services, vehicles on demand affect car purchase

(October 21, 2014) RHINEBECK, N.Y. — New research from Phoenix Marketing International, a global marketing services firm, has released the results of a recent study that focused on vehicle on demand and car sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, ZipCar and Cars2Go. The research revealed that as awareness levels continue to increase, consumers are more likely to rethink the purchase of a car.

“Vehicle on demand and car sharing services have been making headlines as they continue to disrupt consumers’ needs,” said Dennis Syrkowski, president, Automotive for Phoenix Marketing International.

Truck design requires insight into the future

(October 21, 2014) The process of developing a new truck starts many years before it is launched. During that time a lot can change, which requires insight into the future to develop a design that is not only timely on its arrival, but is also considered innovative.

"We started working with the new Volvo FH back in 2006," says Rikard Orell, Design Director at Volvo Trucks. "Back then no-one had heard of an iPhone, yet when the Volvo FH was launched in 2012, smart-phones were suddenly an integral part of society. We must be able to predict this kind of change."

Inside the Industry

Goodyear to begin fleet testing Air Maintenance Technology

(October 23, 2014) AKRON, Ohio — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) for commercial vehicles will begin testing on U.S. trucking fleets in the next few months, as part of a research project supported by United States Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology.

Since 2011, Goodyear has been developing and testing its Air Maintenance Technology, which can aid in fuel savings and carbon dioxide reductions while potentially improving tire life, casing durability and safety and eliminating need for manually inflating tires.

Boston buys 284 rapid transit vehicles from China firm

(October 23, 2014) BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation today will officially get the approval to purchase 284 rapid transit vehicles from China CNR Corporation Limited (China CNR) to provide service for Boston metro's red and orange lines.

Specifically, these rapid transit vehicles include 152 orange line vehicles and 132 red line vehicles, mainly for the replacement of the old vehicles already in service over the past 30-to-40 years.

Hyundai adds standard features, tweaks suspension, to 2015 Santa Fe

(October 23, 2014) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, including refinements to the steering and suspension systems. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport starts at $24,950 — the same as 2014 — excluding $875 freight charge, and is arriving in dealerships now.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Dodge Dart in retirement

This abandoned 1967 Dodge Dart was discovered near Winchester, Tenn. The original Dodge Dart, which was built from 1960 through 1976, was on a compact car platform from 1963 onward after starting life as a full-sized car. The Dart was completely restyled in 1967 with a 115-horsepower slant six as the standard engine. In 1967, Dart came in two- and four-door sedans, a hardtop and a convertible.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)