September 2013

The right car at the time? The 1974 Ford Mustang II

(September 18, 2013) As the Ford Mustang II turns 40 years old this fall, it remains one of the most under-appreciated examples of the breed despite being among the top sellers.

Forty years ago this fall, a completely redesigned second-generation Ford Mustang hit the road and it was a radical departure from the 1973 model it replaced. Mustang II arrived in dealerships just as the Middle East oil embargo caused gasoline prices to spike and new safety and emissions regulations were taking effect.

AAA cites top 12 child car seat mistakes parents make

(September 17, 2013) AURORA, Ill. — Installing a child car seat correctly remains a difficult task for parents and caregivers and consequently, 3 out of 4 car seats are improperly used or installed, according to the American Automobile Association of Illinois.

AAA has identified 12 mistakes that are most frequently made when installing and using car seats, which range from children moving out of car seats too soon to loose items being kept in the car, which may be dangerous to passengers in a crash.

GM Foundation study: 1 in 4 parents drive with children unsecured in car

(September 16, 2013) DETROIT — One in four parents and caregivers responding to a Safe Kids Worldwide survey said they have driven without making sure their children are safely secured in vehicles.

The report, funded as part of a $2 million grant from the General Motors Foundation, is based on a national online survey of 1,002 parents and caregivers of children ages 10 and under. It reveals that one in four parents admit to having driven without their child buckled up in a car seat or booster seat.

Honda, Toyota, Ford headline's Best Used Cars for 2013

(September 12, 1013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — today unveiled its 17 Best Used Cars for 2013. A total of nine brands are represented on the list. Honda and Toyota led the pack with four vehicles each — followed by Ford, with three vehicles that earned the accolade.

2014 Chevrolet Impala wins full-size sedan challenge

(September 9, 2013) CHICAGO — has named the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala the winner of the site's Full Size Sedan Challenge. The challenge put seven sedans against each other in a series of extensive expert and consumer testing to determine which car deserved the title as best overall full size sedan.

Sedans, crossovers join the minivan on AAA's top choices for families list

(September 6, 2013) ORLANDO, Fla. — AAA has released its latest list of top vehicles, targeting expanding families needing more room, easy handling and dependability in their next vehicle.  Whether looking for the practicality of a minivan to carry more cargo, or the sportier side of an SUV to take the team to soccer games, AAA's list highlights a variety of vehicles growing families should consider during a new car search.

Industry new-car transaction prices up nearly one percent year-over-year

(September 5, 2013) IRVINE, Calif. — The estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $31,657 in August, down $138 (0.4 percent) from last month, but up $221 (0.7 percent) year-over-year, according to Kelley Blue Book.

McLaren celebrates 50 years of race-winning success

(September 3, 2013) WORKING, England — In celebration of the team’s 50 years, McLaren staff joined together at the McLaren Technology Centre here to mark half a century of race winning, by one of the most successful names in motorsport.

Mirroring the launch of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 Formula 1 car from earlier this year, the celebrations saw a parade of some of the most iconic race- and championship-winning McLarens from across the decades.