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Betting Big on Small Cars

This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, several automakers rolled out new or updated small cars, a segment that has gained tremendous popularity over the past couple years. Ford unveiled the 2014 Fiesta, which gets exterior styling tweaks and additional powertrain offerings. A new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 123 horsepower joins the current powertrain lineup. Ford says this engine will help the Fiesta surpass 40 mpg. It will also get some technology upgrades, including a revised version ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Fiesta, Model News, LA Auto Show, Fiat 500L, 2010 Honda Civic

2013 Toyota RAV4 Gets Practical Updates

Toyota’s redesigned 2013 RAV4 SUV goes on sale early next year, following the release of redesigned or all-new affordable compact SUVs from Honda, Ford and Mazda. The new RAV4 relocates the spare tire mounted on its cargo door, retires the optional V6 engine, loses its available third row, gains a new six-speed automatic transmission and receives a few more standard features. Toyota moved the spare tire, which was attached to the 2012 model’s rear cargo door. "The RAV4 ... continue reading»

Tags: Auto Shows, Redesigns, Toyota RAV4, Affordable Compact SUVs, Model News, LA Auto Show

Audi and Mazda Get Diesel

A number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but some automakers are also previewing diesel models that will hit showroom floors in the not-so-distant future. A move toward oil burners may make sense, as Diesel Technology Forum reports that sales of clean diesel vehicles increased by more than 25 percent in 2012. "With higher and fluctuating fuel prices, Americans are seeking more fuel efficient cars,” says Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Audi, Mazda, Fuel Economy, Diesel engines, LA Auto Show

LA Auto Show Press Preview Kicks Off Tomorrow

The Los Angeles Auto Show press preview days start tomorrow, so expect the new car debuts to start coming out faster than the 2014 Nissan GT-R on the Nürburgring. Twenty-four world debuts and 23 North American debuts are set to take place at the 2012 LA show.  The Los Angeles Times calls the LA Auto Show the "premier stage for both cutting-edge green cars and sportier offerings designed to carve up" the Pacific Coast Highway. "Green is especially in ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Model News, LA Auto Show

Auto Thieves Hate the Toyota Prius

Worried about your car being stolen? Buy a Toyota Prius. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a report last week that found that the Prius has a much lower theft rate than other vehicles. Only one in 606 Prius hybrids from the 2008 to 2010 model years was reported stolen, according to the NICB. Comparatively, of all 2008 to 2010 model-year vehicles reported stolen, the average was one in 78. “As it turns out, the most popular hybrid on ... continue reading»

Tags: Toyota Prius, Model News, Vehicle Theft, National Insurance Crime Bureau

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