November 2012

Group advises, beware the dangers of roadway emergencies

(November 21, 2012) MORRISVILLE, N.C. — You've packed, filled the gas tank and loaded the car. Your seat belt is buckled; you aren't under the influence and the baby is in a properly-connected carseat.  Don't go yet; you're not ready, and what's missing could result in you becoming a statistic this holiday weekend.

Consumer Reports finds Dodge Dart promising, but power deficient

(November 21, 2012) YONKERS, N.Y. — The Dodge Dart, the first all-new model to emerge from the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, earned praise from Consumer Reports for its solid feel, handling and ride, and upscale options. But ultimately it didn't score high enough to be recommended in a very competitive small sedan class.

Ford's formidable weapon in the war on high fuel prices — EcoBoost

By Al Vinikour

(November 21, 2012) Whenever there’s a spike in already high fuel prices the general question from the populace seems to be, “When is the government going to do something?” The government may not have done anything but Ford Motor Company sure has with the development of its family of EcoBoost engines. Simply put, the new-technology gas-turbo direct-injection engines can help provide up to 20 percent better fuel economy without sacrificing power that’s so popular with drivers.

Ten best car deals of the month from Kelley involve fuel efficiency

(November 21, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — Just in time for the biggest shopping day of the year, the best new-car deals currently available on fuel-efficient models were recently chosen by Kelley Blue Book.  For the latest 10 Best Car Deals of the Month list,'s expert editors and analysts hand-selected a group of enticing offers currently available on new cars that achieve near the popular 40 mpg level.

2013 Cadillac ATS named Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year

(November 20, 2012) LOS ANGELES — Motor Press Guild (MPG), the largest automotive media association in North America, today announced the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS as the winner of the second-ever Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year Award.

MPG President Laura Burstein will present the award at Cadillac's press conference on the second day of the Los Angeles Auto Show press days on Nov. 29.

Chevy Volt owners stay resilient in the face of political crossfire

(November 19, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Chevy Volt owners often find themselves thrust into a political tug-of-war over their choice of vehicle, reports And while every Volt owner has his or her own story about spontaneous arguments over the car with friends and strangers alike, it's when passions boil over that things can get scary.

Toyota overtakes Subaru to lead October performance scorecards

(November 17, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — released its Performance Scorecards grading automotive manufacturers and brands for their performance in the month of October. The Performance Scorecards grade each manufacturer and brand on eight different measurements including pricing, sales, incentives, customer loyalty, market share, and days in inventory.

Iron Maiden drummer gets his Jaguar dream machine

(November 16, 2012) When legendary Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain put in an order for a new 550-horsepower Jaguar XKR-S — Jaguar’s highest performance production vehicle ever — Jaguar’s design team, in particular, part time rock n’ roller Wayne Burgess, couldn’t resist helping him create the ultimate rock star’s ride.

Survey finds surfing the web a big driver distraction

(November 16, 2012) BLOOMINGTON, Ill.,  — Just in time for the busiest travel season of the year, State Farm has released its annual research report on distracted driving, with troubling results. Though texting while driving remains a concern on the nation's highways, people are surfing the web while driving with increasing frequency. 

Ten cars you didn't know were made in America

(November 15, 2012) IRVINE, Calif. — Car shoppers may not be shocked to find out that six of the 10 best-selling vehicles in the country are from foreign automakers, but they might be pleasantly surprised to learn that all 10 are made in America, according to Kelley Blue Book.

"Coming off the heels of election week when many Americans celebrate democracy and patriotism, we thought new-car shoppers would be happy to learn that many popular models with foreign nameplates are actually made right here in the United States," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's