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Only Two Compact SUVs Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Designation

2014 Subaru Forester IIHS crash test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated compact SUVs in its latest round of crash testing, and only two of the 13 models tested were named Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles. The IIHS put the vehicles through a moderate front overlap crash test, a side crash test, a rear crash test and a roof strength test, as well as its new small overlap frontal crash test, which is designed to see how well a vehicle performs in front-impact crash tests ... continue reading»

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2014 Acura ILX Gets More Standard Features, Higher Price

2014 Acura ILX The Acura ILX, which was all-new for 2013, is getting more standard features, improved interior materials and a $1,000 price bump for the 2014 model year. Updates include new wheels, new leatherette door liners and new leather seating upholstery. The 2014 ILX also gains an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and a multi-angle backup camera as standard equipment, according to a press release. Other standard upgrades include a new stereo subwoofer and an active noise cancellation ... continue reading»

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NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

The Cadillac ATS uses aluminum to safe The challenge of balancing vehicle weight with fuel economy was the central topic at a New England Motor Press Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference last Thursday. Panelists representing auto manufacturers, academia and government affairs spoke about the impact of increased fuel economy standards on new car construction, materials and price. Over the past 30 years, cars have become heavier. A 1983 Honda Accord has a curb weight of 2,300 pounds. The 2013 LX sedan model with an ... continue reading»

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Chrysler Recalls More Than 300,000 Jeep and Ram Vehicles in U.S.

2010 Jeep Commander Chrysler is recalling about 295,000 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees in the United States for software issues that affect the transmission, as well as approximately 5,330 Jeep Wranglers to install a dust shield and 498 Ram 1500s for windshield defrosting and defogging problems. The largest recall concerns 2006-2009 Jeep Commanders and 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees. A software error means the transmission could shift from park into neutral when the driver starts up the vehicle. This could allow the ... continue reading»

Tags: Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Model News, Ram 1500, Jeep Recall, Ram Recall

Technology Boosting Both Fuel Economy and Horsepower

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 With concerns about greenhouse gases, importing foreign oil and the government’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirement of 54.5 mpg looming, fuel economy is getting unprecedented attention from automakers and consumers. It may seem surprising, then, that while fuel economy is rising, so is the horsepower rating of many cars. Paul Eisenstein of The Detroit Bureau noticed this phenomenon last month at the New York International Auto Show. He noted that alongside hybrid models such as the Nissan Pathfinder ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Fuel Economy, government fuel economy standards, horsepower

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