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Chevrolet Volt and Cruze Eco Compared: Can Massaged Old Tech Hang with the Car of Tomorrow? Chevrolet Volt and Cruze Eco Compared: Can Massaged Old Tech Hang with the Car of Tomorrow?
We embark on a mileage marathon of over 40 mpg to see if old tech can be massaged to hang with the car of tomorrow. Like some pro party animal tripping across the 40-year threshold into middle age, today’s car world is fraught with 40-mpg angst. Even Ferraris and F-150s are heading toward the big...
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Honda’s Troubles Multiply with Thailand Floods Honda’s Troubles Multiply with Thailand Floods
Maybe you’ve been watching the photos coming out of Thailand. This one is of Honda’s underwater assembly plant near Bangkok, which is likely to be out of commission for up to 6 months, affecting 3 percent of global output. And who can forget the pictures from the earthquake/tsunami disaster in...
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Kia Bringing Surfer-Friendly Rio and Hokey Hockey-Themed Forte to 2011 SEMA Show Kia Bringing Surfer-Friendly Rio and Hokey Hockey-Themed Forte to 2011 SEMA Show
Kia is really getting into the wacky spirit of SEMA this year, as evidenced by the two themed customs the automaker is bringing to the Las Vegas this week. The first is the Radical Rio, fully decked-out for beach duty, and the second is the Hockey-Hatch Forte that, you guessed it, is hockey-themed....
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2012 BMW 640i Coupe First Drive: All the 6-series One Needs—Even Though No One Needs a 6-series 2012 BMW 640i Coupe First Drive: All the 6-series One Needs—Even Though No One Needs a 6-series
All the 6-series one needs—even though no one needs a 6-series. BMW’s U.S. engine lineup is a model of flexibility and simplicity. The company fits its regular-production models with a naturally aspirated inline-six, a turbocharged inline-six, or a twin-turbocharged V-8. (Starting this year, the...
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The New ’27 Chevrolets: Putting It to Ol’ Henry [Chevrolet Centennial, 1920s Edition] The New ’27 Chevrolets: Putting It to Ol’ Henry [Chevrolet Centennial, 1920s Edition]
Chevrolet is marking its 100th anniversary this week. To celebrate, we’re republishing two posts per day from our blog archives, each one plucked from a different decade of the marque’s long existence. There is such a thing as desperation, friends, but that is not something we’re going...
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Recall: 32,000 BMW vehicles—bad water pumps Recall: 32,000 BMW vehicles—bad water pumps
BMW is recalling 32,084 various vehicle makes from model years 2008 through 2011 because the circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat, which could cause smoldering of the pump or lead to an engine compartment or vehicle fire. The following vehicles are potentially affected...
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Video: How to care for your car tires and get them ready for winter Video: How to care for your car tires and get them ready for winter
As winter fast approaches, now is the time to inspect your tires and consider if you need new rubber before the snow falls, or perhaps swap out the all-season or summer tires for dedicated snow tires. A Veteran tire expert and Consumer Reports Program Manager, Vehicle and Child Safety, Jennifer Stockburger...
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Ford’s “New” ’65 Mustang…Available Now! Ford’s “New” ’65 Mustang…Available Now!
It’s funny how modest a kids’ dream car can be. As a young teenager, my car obsession was a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible. I’d drool when spotting one on the street and flip through the local classifieds checking prices and wondering how I could save for one before my 16th birthday. For...
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Name That Shifter, No. 48 Name That Shifter, No. 48
Click to enlarge It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to present this week’s shifter. You’ll have until mid-day Wednesday to identify the make and model of the vehicle from whence this shifter came. The first person to respond correctly in the Backfires section below will...
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Honda Hears 2012 Civic Criticisms; Mulls Fast-Track Refresh Honda Hears 2012 Civic Criticisms; Mulls Fast-Track Refresh
The redesigned, 2012 Honda Civic has gotten a lukewarm, if not outright hostile, reception from critics (ourselves among them). So when our colleagues at Automotive News reported that American Honda Motor’s executive vice president John Mendel suggested that the Civic’s first mid-cycle update could...
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