November 2013

Volvo experiment reveals that car design evokes range of feelings

(November 30, 2013) The first scientific experiment of its kind has revealed that beautiful car design can tangibly evoke a powerful range of feelings that are on a par with the most basic of human emotions. The scientific experiment, conducted by Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) in collaboration with EEG specialists Myndplay, tested respondents to analyze how the brain reacts emotionally to car design and how design aesthetics actually make us feel.

Formula One: Where more may actually be less

By Christopher A. Sawyer
Virtual Driver

(November 30, 2013) The longer Bernie Ecclestone and company remain in charge of F1, the more “perfect” and less human it becomes. Except for the shower of champagne on the podium and Vettel’s smoky donuts at the end of the last few races (for which he and the Red Bull team were fined), there’s a regulation for nearly everything in the series. Nothing is out of place.

Bridgestone debunks four winter driving myths

(November 29, 2013) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As winter weather pummels the East Coast in coming days, Anant Gandhi, Bridgestone Americas product manager and Mark Cox, director of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School are sharing their expertise to help drivers prepare for the conditions ahead by debunking four winter driving myths.

TrueCar predicts best November sales since 2003

(November 27, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. —, the negotiation-free car buying platform, today released its November 2013 sales and incentives forecast predicting the best November sales in 10 years. TrueCar says new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) are expected to be 1,211,120 units, up 6.3 percent from November 2012 and up 0.8 percent from October 2013.

Car safety tips from Edmunds for Black Friday shopping

(November 26, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but it is also a time when your car can become a treasure trove for thieves. offers three basic tips to keep your car — and any valuables inside your car — safe and secure while you cross items off your shopping list.

Ram launches 'The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait'

(November 26, 2013) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, the Ram Truck brand is launching a new photography book with National Geographic titled, “The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait.”  The book is available for purchase now for $45 and will be in retail stores beginning late spring 2014.

Professional drivers offer highway safety tips for Thanksgiving travel

(November 25, 2013) ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations is urging the 43.4 million motorists that are expected to travel on the highways this Thanksgiving holiday weekend to follow the safety tips from a team of professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles.

Edmunds predicts auto sales to be better than November 2012

(November 22, 2013) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — forecasts that 1,196,663 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in November for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 15.7 million. The projected sales will be a 0.7 percent decrease from October 2013, but a 4.7 percent increase from November 2012.

2014 Honda Accord named 'Green Car of the Year'

(November 22, 2013) LOS ANGELES — The 2014 Honda Accord has been named the "2014 Green Car of the Year" by Green Car Journal.  The award recognizes the class-leading environmental performance of the Accord family of vehicles, including the Accord 4-cylinder and V-6 coupe and sedan, the EPA-rated 50 mpg city Accord Hybrid and the EPA-rated 115 MPGe combined Accord Plug-in Hybrid.

Mercedes, Honda take top brand honors in ALG’s Residual Value Awards

(November 19, 2013) SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — ALG, the industry benchmark for forecasting future automotive  values, announced the winners of its 14th annual Residual Value Awards, with Mercedes-Benz and Honda receiving top honors, for Premium Brand and Mainstream Brand respectively.