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Cadillac to Build Plug-in Hybrid

Cadillac announced yesterday that it will begin building the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe starting in late 2013. The Cadillac ELR is based on the Cadillac Converj, a concept vehicle unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. The Detroit News reports that the ELR could go on sale in early 2014. General Motors hasn’t released many details, but the ELR will be based on the Chevrolet Volt’s drivetrain, which includes two electric motors, a lithium-ion ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac, Hybrid Luxury, Model News

Ford Recalling 154,604 Fiestas

A potential airbag problem is causing Ford to recall more than 150,000 Fiesta subcompacts from the 2011 to 2013 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty." What's interesting about this recall, reports Autoblog, is that, "These side curtain airbags were actually designed not to deploy in a scenario where the front ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Ford Fiesta, Affordable Small Cars, Recall

Internet Campaign Wants to Give Joe Biden the 'Bird

It's tough out there for used car shoppers. But, someone who (as far as we know) isn't even in the market for a used car may end up getting one: Vice President Joe Biden. A May, 2009 article in The Onion, a satirical newspaper, reported that Vice President Biden enjoyed washing his 1981 Pontiac Trans Am in the White House driveway. "While it was all a joke, the fictional story has captured the attention of several Biden fans ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Biden, Odd News

Ford C-Max Energi Earns Higher MPGe Rating than Prius Plug-in, Volt

If you’re shopping for a hybrid car, you may be aware that the Ford C-Max Hybrid earns better fuel economy estimates than the Toyota Prius v. Now, Ford has announced that its upcoming plug-in hybrid, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, is officially rated at 108/92 MPGe city/highway, or 100 MPGe combined. Ford points out that the C-Max Energi’s EPA estimates beat the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s combined rating of 95 MPGe, and the automaker also ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford C MAX, Hybrid Cars, Model News, Fuel Economy

Redesigned 2013 Pathfinder Priced Less than Traverse, Pilot, Explorer

The fully redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will have a MSRP of $28,270 when it goes on sale in late October. This starting price undercuts several of the model’s competitors, including the $29,135 Ford Explorer, $29,420 Honda Pilot and $29,660 Chevrolet Traverse. For 2013, the Pathfinder follows the trend of midsize SUVs moving from a truck-based platform to a car-based platform with the aim of delivering a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy.  In a ... continue reading»

Tags: Nissan, Affordable Midsize SUVs, Model News, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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