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Chevrolet Recalls 4,296 Sonic Models

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic went on sale this fall, and just a few months after the Sonic’s arrival, it’s subject to a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Chevrolet is recalling 2012 Sonic models because they could be missing the front inner or outer brake pad. If the Sonic is missing the brake pad, the brakes won’t function properly. That means the Sonic is more likely to crash. The 4,296 affected models were built ... continue reading»

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2012 Toyota Camry Named Consumer Reports Recommended Buy

Consumer Reports has named the 2012 Toyota Camry a CR Recommended Buy. According to USA Today, Consumer Reports tested the base four-cylinder Camry LE, the V6 Camry XLE and the Hybrid XLE. The Camry lineup earned the Consumer Reports recommendation because of its improved interior quality, good handling and outstanding fuel economy. The Camry Hybrid’s highest EPA-estimated ratings are 43/29 mpg city/highway, and the base Camry has the highest non-hybrid, non-diesel fuel economy ratings of 25/35 ... continue reading»

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2013 Ford Fusion Will Offer Optional Lane Departure Warning System

When Ford redesigns the Fusion for the 2013 model year, the affordable midsize sedan will get an optional lane departure warning system. “The technical tidbit is a tracking system that can help prevent drowsy or inattentive drivers from wandering out of their lane,” says The New York Times. “While similar technology has previously been offered on some automobiles, Octavio Navarro, a Ford spokesman, said in a telephone interview that the Fusion will be the first affordable nonluxury vehicle to offer ... continue reading»

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Chrysler 300 Luxury Series Unveiled

We classify the Chrysler 300 as an affordable large car, but the 300’s new-for-2012 Luxury Series gives this large sedan a price tag and features list befitting luxury large cars. “The all-new Chrysler 300 and 300C Luxury Series are the most highly appointed sedans the brand has ever offered,” Chrysler says in a press release. The Chrysler 300 Luxury Series sedan starts at about $12,000 more than the base 300. Rear-wheel drive 300 Luxury Series models start at ... continue reading»

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2011 Auto Sales Could Reach Highest Total Since 2008

Automotive sales have slumped over the past few years, but analysts at TrueCar and Edmunds predict that by the end of 2011, new car sales could reach 12.8 million units, the highest total since 2008. “This year new car sales are up year over year for every major automaker except Honda and Toyota with Hyundai/Kia sales expected to rise the most at almost 28 percent,” said Kristen Andersson, automotive analyst at TrueCar.com. The natural disasters in Japan ... continue reading»

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