August 2013

Edmunds: Some car designs compromise visibility for short people

(August 9, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Many new car designs make it more difficult for short drivers to achieve optimal visibility, reports The reason, says Edmunds, is that many of the newer vehicles hitting the market have a higher "beltline" — the horizontal line where window glass ends and sheet metal begins — which makes it harder to see out of the side windows.

Compact GPS tracking product can help parents keep tabs on teen drivers

(August 8, 2013) CARY, N.C. — The leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. is motor vehicle accidents, according to the CDC. On a per-mile basis, drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers age 20 and up, and tens of thousands are injured every year in vehicle accidents.

Chevy says Spark EV makes saving for other stuff easier — in two states

(August 8, 2013) DETROIT — The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, an all-electric mini car, can save its owners approximately $9,000 in fuel over five years compared to the average new vehicle — that’s $150 per month that can be spent on something else, Chevrolet says.

Spark EV’s EPA-estimated combined city/highway fuel economy equivalent of 119 MPGe and driving range of 82 miles per charge make it the most efficient EV in its class.

Overall used car market down, Edmunds reports

(August 7, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Overall used car sales are down 3.4 percent through the first half of 2013, reports According to's 2013 Q2 Used Car Market Quarterly Report, 18,995,521 used cars were sold in the U.S. through the first six months of the year, down from 19,666,671 used cars sold during the same period in 2012.

Bosch study shows drivers want assistance systems as standard equipment

(August 7, 2013) LONDON — Research by Bosch, one of the world’s leading automotive technology suppliers, has shown that while United Kingdom motorists are aware of the benefits of driver assistance systems, many of them are not offered on most cars, but they would be of interest — providing they were included as standard equipment

Polk finds average age of light vehicles continues to rise

(August 6, 2013) SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The U.S. vehicle fleet population is changing, a shift that gives way to significant opportunities for certain automotive aftermarket segments, according to Polk, a global automotive market intelligence firm.

As part of its analysis, Polk reports the average age of all light vehicles on the road now stands at a record high of 11.4 years, based on review of over 247-million U.S. car and light truck registrations earlier this year. 

Seventeen 'fake' Ferraris discovered in Spain

(August 2, 2013) While it’s true that even a Ferrari can be seen as a work of art, that might be stretching the point somewhat in the case of the eight people recently arrested in Spain for having set up an organization to make fake upmarket cars including Ferraris and then selling them on the Internet at knock down prices when compared to the originals.

Teens delaying licensure — Is this a cause for concern?

(August 2, 2013) WASHINGTON — The majority of American teens today delay getting a driver's license, according to new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Less than half (44 percent) of teens obtain a driver's license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state and just over half (54 percent) are licensed before their 18th birthday, causing concern among safety experts that young adult drivers are missing the benefits intended by graduated drivers licensing (GDL).

New-car test drives brief, few in number, according to new survey

(August 2, 2013) ATLANTA — For nearly all car shoppers, test drives are an important part of the decision process, but a recent survey from indicates that car shoppers are not taking much time to form an opinion of the vehicle they're testing.