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What to Expect at the Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show opened for the media Thursday, and the press gets the first peak at all-new or redesigned models like the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, 2014 Toyota Tundra and Kia Forte hatchback. Edmunds.com says that while automakers won’t have many big reveals at the Chicago Auto Show, it’s still an important event because consumers who attend the Chicago Show are often prepared to buy a new car. Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel When the ... continue reading»

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Small Turbocharged Engines Fall Short of Consumer Reports' Expectations

While some automakers have made a move toward smaller, turbocharged engines to improve fuel economy in cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fusion, a new Consumer Reports study finds that these types of engines miss the mark in real world tests. “We put the cars through our standard fuel economy tests, with both city driving and highway speeds,” says Tom Mutchler, Automotive Engineer at Consumer Reports. Among affordable midsize cars, the Ford Fusion with the turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost ... continue reading»

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Ram's Super Bowl Ad Gets Attention for Wrong Brand

It's been rated as one of the best commercials of this year's Super Bowl: the Ram Truck "So God Made a Farmer" ad. But, even as the commercial wins praise from viewers, the media and yes, farmers, Ram may have a problem on its hands. "Chrysler really wants you to know that Dodge and Ram are no longer a single brand, but that has yet to sink in with the American public, at least based on the reaction ... continue reading»

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Toyota, Ford, Honda are Consumers' Favorite Auto Brands

In the 2013 Consumer Reports Car Brand Perception Survey released last week, Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet scored highest among consumers when it comes to auto brands, in that order. “Based on data collected from a random, nationwide survey, the scores reflect how consumers perceive each brand in seven categories: quality, safety, value, performance, design/style, technology/innovation, and environmentally friendly/green,” Consumer Reports writes. The survey includes data “from 1,764 adults in households that had at least one ... continue reading»

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Government Touts Electric Vehicles at Washington Auto Show

The U.S. Department of Energy outlined ambitious goals to increase the use of electric vehicles and reduce battery costs for consumers at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show. Dr. David Danielson, the assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said Thursday at a press conference at the auto show that electric vehicles are “an essential part” of the Obama administration’s all-encompassing approach to reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels. Danielson also spoke about the government’s ... continue reading»

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