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Toyota, Ford, Honda are Consumers' Favorite Auto Brands

In the 2013 Consumer Reports Car Brand Perception Survey released last week, Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet scored highest among consumers when it comes to auto brands, in that order. “Based on data collected from a random, nationwide survey, the scores reflect how consumers perceive each brand in seven categories: quality, safety, value, performance, design/style, technology/innovation, and environmentally friendly/green,” Consumer Reports writes. The survey includes data “from 1,764 adults in households that had at least one ... continue reading»

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2013 Dodge Dart to Receive More Powerful Engine

Chrysler Group will soon begin producing a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine option for the 2013 Dodge Dart. In turn, Chrysler Group is scaling back production of the Dart’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine because of slow sales, the Detroit Free Press reports. The 2.4-liter engine produces 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, which is 24 more horsepower than the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. The new engine will come standard on the 2013 Dart GT model, which ... continue reading»

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2014 Tiguan, Touareg Receive Volkswagen's R-Line Treatment

Volkswagen debuted R-Line trims for two of its crossover SUVs, the 2014 Tiguan and Touareg, at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. USA Today says, “The R-Line is basically sportier looks without amping up the horsepower.” The Tiguan R-Line will have the same engine found across the Tiguan lineup, a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and it gets a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels. R-Line Touaregs will have the same engine choices as the ... continue reading»

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IIHS Picks 13 Midsize Sedans with "Superior Crash Protection" for 2013

Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded 13 midsize sedans to its new Top Safety Pick+. In addition to receiving scores of "Good" or "Acceptable" in IIHS’s new small overlap frontal-impact crash test, the 13 vehicles chosen as Top Safety Pick+ winners received top scores of "Good" in moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact and rollover crash tests. The new small overlap frontal crash test, which was announced in August, simulates a front corner of ... continue reading»

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Lose Your Car Keys? Just Pull Out Your Smartphone

Misplace your car keys? Hyundai may have a solution that puts an end to this problem. Earlier this month, near its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Hyundai unveiled its Connectivity Concept, which allows owners to unlock and lock their car using a smartphone. This technology goes beyond Bluetooth pairing, which is now a common feature in most new cars. By placing a smartphone over a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept lets users lock and unlock the ... continue reading»

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