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Toyota Issues First Scion iQ Recall

Toyota is voluntarily recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models because the electrical wires connected to the airbags and seat belt pretensioner could become damaged. If that happens, the airbags won’t deploy and the seat belt pretensioners won’t work. The recall applies to both 2012 and 2013 iQ models. Kicking Tires explains, “The sensors are located in the seat assembly, and the cables for these sensors can come into contact with foreign objects like loose coins or trash and ... continue reading»

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Best Car Deals for Plowing Through Snow

With temperatures falling and a Nor'Easter taking aim at the east coast, now is a good time to find a good purchase or lease deal on a new four- or all-wheel drive truck, car or SUV. Dealers are also looking to move remaining 2012 models off their lots to make room for the 2013s, which potentially gives buyers some leverage when negotiating. When shopping, be on the lookout for features that will help keep you safe and comfortable on ... continue reading»

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So Long, Suzuki

Suzuki Motor Corp. announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and as part of its restructuring, will no longer sell cars in the United States. Afficianados of Suzuki motorcycles, ATVs and other products don't need to worry, however. Bloomberg Businessweek reports, "Suzuki will stop the sale of new automobiles in the U.S., though it will continue offering motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and boat motors. …" Given how sluggish Suzuki sales have been, the move isn't unexpected ... continue reading»

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Hyundai, Kia to Reimburse Owners for Inaccurate MPG Estimates

After an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency about overstated fuel economy ratings, Hyundai and Kia will change the labels on about 900,000 cars and SUVs to reflect the correct estimates and voluntarily reimburse owners for the discrepancy. The discrepancies range from one to six mpg on Hyundai and Kia vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013. The largest reductions in fuel economy are found on the 2012 and 2013 Kia Soul. The 2.0-liter Soul Automatic goes from ... continue reading»

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Redesigned Subaru Forester Shows Its Face Ahead of LA Debut

Subaru revealed the redesigned 2014 Forester ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. While full details and pricing information are still under wraps, the automaker detailed engine offerings and some available features of its redesigned affordable compact SUV in a press release. The base engine in the Forester will remain a 2.5-liter, 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine. It will be paired with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The optional turbocharged engine, on ... continue reading»

Tags: Subaru Forester, Subaru, Affordable Compact SUVs, Model News

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