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New Silverado and Sierra Earn Five-Star Safety Rating

2014 Chevrolet Silverado safety The fully redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 have been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both the Silverado and Sierra earned five stars in the overall, front and side crash categories and four stars in rollover. So far, the only models tested have been rear- and four-wheel drive crew cab models. Regular and extended cab models haven’t been made available for crash testing yet. General Motors says in a statement ... continue reading»

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Tesla Model S 5.4-Star Safety Rating Claim Called into Question

2013 Tesla Model S Tesla released a statement Monday saying its all-electric Model S set a “new NHTSA vehicle safety score record.” The automaker claims that not only did the Model S earn the highest five-star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s front, side and rollover tests, but that it also actually scored higher than five stars overall. “NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety ... continue reading»

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Promises Best Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Car

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Mitsubishi has announced pricing and fuel economy estimates for its newest affordable small car, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, which will start at $13,790 after a $795 destination charge. The automaker says in a press release that the 2014 Mirage offers better fuel economy than any other non-hybrid car currently sold in America, getting up to 44 mpg on the highway. The Mirage comes with a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard ... continue reading»

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Wireless Smartphone Charging Coming to GM Models

Sick of fumbling with chargers and USB cables every time you’re in your car and your phone’s battery is low? Soon you may not have to. General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones in some of its 2014 models. GM will use Powermat technology to make the wireless charging possible. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that GM is an investor in Powermat and that the race to get wireless charging into cars is tight. “The Detroit-based automaker is competing ... continue reading»

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Ford Lowers MPG Rating on C-Max, Reimburses Owners

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Ford announced in a press release Thursday that it is reducing the fuel economy estimates for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid and giving customers who bought the car a small reimbursement. According to the EPA, the C-Max Hybrid’s fuel economy will go from 47/47/47 city/highway/combined to 45/40/43 city/highway/combined. The disbursement, which Ford calls a “goodwill payment,” will be $550 for purchasers and $325 for lessees. The New York Times reports that the ... continue reading»

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