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Toyota Halts Some Vehicle Sales over Seat Heater Woes

Toyota announced yesterday that it has issued a stop sale of certain models to address a non-compliance issue with seat heaters. The following models equipped with heated seats from the 2013 and 2014 model years are affected by the stop sale: Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry and Camry Hybrid. In a statement, Toyota says that “the seat heater, which is a small portion of the soft materials of the seat assembly,” doesn’t meet a federal stipulation ... continue reading»

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New Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Spells Few Changes for Consumers

Chrysler is a storied American automotive brand. Chrysler Group LLC is the corporate entity that owns the Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, SRT, Mopar and Jeep brands. Earlier this month, Italian automaker FIAT gained sole ownership of Chrysler Group. Now Chrysler is undergoing more changes. Forbes reports, “On Wednesday, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne announced the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA for short. The new company will be initially be based in London, not Milan, Italy, the long-time home of ... continue reading»

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Super Bowl Car Ads are for the Dogs

Automakers are hoping their ads catch your attention this Super Bowl Sunday. Not only are they spending a lot of money on their commercials, but they’re hoping to make an impression on consumers, especially those who are in the market for a new vehicle. “Carmakers are spending as much as $6 million per 30-second spot to grab consumers and promote a bumper crop of new vehicles during the telecast, typically the most-watched TV event of the year in the ... continue reading»

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Slideshow: 2014 Washington, D.C. Auto Show

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray It’s a special time of year right now in Washington, D.C., as automakers rolled their new cars into the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 2014 Washington Auto Show. While the auto show is an opportunity for automakers to showcase the vehicles they make, it’s also a great chance for consumers to check out the newest cars on the block. You’ll be able to score some seat time in recently redesigned cars like the Lexus ... continue reading»

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Gets Facelift, EcoBoost Engine

Lincoln announced yesterday that the Navigator is getting refreshed interior and exterior styling, as well as some powertrain and suspension updates for the 2015 model year. In a press release, Lincoln says that the 5.4-liter V8 powering the current model will be replaced by Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost (twin-turbocharged) V6, which is also available in the F-150 pickup truck. Lincoln says that in the 2015 Navigator, the EcoBoost engine should produce a minimum of 370 horsepower and 430 ... continue reading»

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