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Mercedes Tops List of Stolen Luxury Vehicles

2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Sedan You may not be the only one eyeing your neighbor’s Mercedes, as a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau indicates that car thieves prefer Mercedes-Benz to other luxury brands. NICB says that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and S-Class are all among the top 10 stolen luxury vehicles. The report found that 4,384 luxury cars from the 2010-12 model years were stolen between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2012. Of the models analyzed, the Mercedes C-Class ... continue reading»

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Could Hackers Take Over Your Car?

Cars are offering more and more features to keep drivers and passengers connected while they're on the road. While most drivers appreciate being able to make calls, choose their own entertainment or get social media alerts on the road, all that connectivity has a downside. The more connected a car is, the more vulnerable it could be to computer hacking. Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller received an $80,000 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant to explore just ... continue reading»

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High-Tech Car Seat Keeps Parents and Kids Connected

Parents who worry about installing their child's car seat correctly, accidentally leaving their child in the car, or their child becoming unbuckled while the car is moving have a new, high-tech ally. The TOMY International First Years True Fit IAlert Convertible Car Seat syncs with a parent's smartphone to provide feedback on installation and lets the parent know if the child is in the seat or not. In a press release, TOMY says, "Each year, thousands of infants ... continue reading»

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2014 Corvette Stingray Makes Good First Impression

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray The first wave of critical reviews and instrumented tests of the completely redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray have just been completed, and reviewers find the results pretty impressive. A few publications, including Car and Driver, Motor Trend and Edmunds, have just published reviews with their first impressions after driving the new Corvette. As we recently published, the seventh-generation Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that produces up to 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The EPA gives ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet, Model News, 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, C7

2014 Mazda3 Fuel Economy Expected to Top Compact Class

2014 Mazda Mazda3 Mazda showed off its all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback almost a month ago, which was followed by the introduction of the sedan. Now the automaker says it expects the 2014 Mazda3 sedan to get 29/41 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 30/41 mpg with the automatic. The EPA has not rated the sedan yet (it rated the manual hatchback at 29/40 and automatic at 30/40 mpg), but Mazda's estimates are some of the highest ... continue reading»

Tags: Mazda3, Model News

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