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Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Cars Getting Cheaper to Buy

If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric or plug-in hybrid car but have delayed the purchase because of the high list price of these vehicles, there is some good news for you: automakers have been slashing the prices of hybrids and EVs, making the price of entry a little easier to swallow. Early this year, Nissan announced a price reduction for the all-electric Leaf, which now starts at $28,800. For 2014, Chevrolet announced a price drop for ... continue reading»

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Are You Devaluing Your Car?

Our colleagues at U.S. News Money have looked into ways new car owners ruin the value of their cars. Chances are that if you own a car, at some point, you’re going to have to sell it. Simple things like keeping it clean, keeping service records and driving sensibly can have an enormous impact on your car’s resale value, which means more money in your pocket. Read the full article to learn how to keep your car ... continue reading»

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Toyota Issues Voluntary Recall

Toyota is issuing two voluntary recalls on roughly 235,000 Lexus and Toyota models in the United States. The first recall pertains to about 133,000 Highlander Hybrid models from the 2006 to 2010 model year and Lexus RX 400h models from the 2006 to 2008 model year. Toyota says in a press release that “transistors within the hybrid system's inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors built in parallel circuits.” This ... continue reading»

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August Car Sales End Summer on a Hot Streak

2013 Toyota RAV4 New car sales continued their strong pace in August, with many automakers experiencing their best month in years. General Motors saw a 22-percent increase compared with a year ago, Ford was up 20 percent, Honda sales were up 27 percent and Toyota saw an increase of 23 percent. Ford says it had its “best retail sales month since August 2006,” while Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay says, “August capped a great summer for new vehicle ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru and Toyota Score Five-Star Safety Ratings

2014 Subaru Forester The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently awarded its top rating of five stars to a number of new Chevrolet, Lexus, Subaru and Toyota vehicles. Kicking Tires writes, “NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.” Rear- and four-wheel drive models of the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab earned five stars overall, as well as five stars in front and side crash tests and four ... continue reading»

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