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2011 Honda Ridgeline: What We Noticed

I recently spent some time with a top-of-the-line Honda Ridgeline RTL with the optional hard drive-based navigation system, which retails for about $34,480. For the most part, I agree with reviewers, who say that the Ridgeline’s utility and driving dynamics are improved over many full-size pickups. There is lots of small-items storage in the front seats, it rides more smoothly than the average pickup truck and the back seat is relatively spacious. However, I had issues with the ... continue reading»

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Electric Carmaker Think Files for Bankruptcy

Think Global, a Norwegian automaker that produces the City electric small car, has filed for bankruptcy in Norway. The bankruptcy, reportedly its third, comes after several attempts to restructure the company and attract investors, Automotive News Europe reports. "We needed some additional funding and although we had interested investors they were not able to come to the table quickly enough," Think Spokesman James Andrew told Automotive News Europe. Think Global makes the small Think City electric car, which looks similar ... continue reading»

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Ford to Stop Making Ranger Small Truck in December

The Ford Ranger compact pickup truck has reached the end of its life, PickupTrucks.com reports. The news of the truck’s demise was announced in the United Auto Workers 879’s June-August newsletter. The Ranger, which has been around for about 30 years, will stop being produced on Dec. 22, 2011. About 7 million Rangers have been built over that time. "We are scheduled to run until Dec. 22, 2011. The Leadership of Twin Cities Assembly Plant and its ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Ranger, Compact Pickup Trucks, Model News

Ford to Offer Inflatable Seat Belts in Flex, Upcoming Lincoln Models

Ford raised its bar for safety earlier this year with the introduction of inflatable rear seat belts in the Explorer. Now the automaker plans to expand the technology by making inflatable belts optional in Ford Flex and select Lincoln vehicles set to hit dealer lots next summer. “This advanced restraint system is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries,” says Sue ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Ford Explorer, Ford Flex, IIHS Top Safety Pick

Honda Promises 30 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2021

It’s always good news when an automaker increases its efforts to stay environmentally friendly, and Tuesday, Honda announced plans to significantly reduce its carbon dioxide output in the next 10 years. “Honda has now set a target to reduce CO2 emissions from its global products by 30 percent by the end of 2020 compared to year 2000 levels,” Honda states in a press release. “Furthermore, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions during production and supply chain, Honda will strengthen ... continue reading»

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