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Cadillac to Build Plug-in Hybrid

Cadillac announced yesterday that it will begin building the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe starting in late 2013. The Cadillac ELR is based on the Cadillac Converj, a concept vehicle unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. The Detroit News reports that the ELR could go on sale in early 2014. General Motors hasn’t released many details, but the ELR will be based on the Chevrolet Volt’s drivetrain, which includes two electric motors, a lithium-ion ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac, Hybrid Luxury, Model News

Honda Recalls 268,000 CR-Vs

Honda is voluntarily recalling about 268,000 CR-Vs for a faulty master power window switch that can potentially cause a fire. The recall affects CR-Vs from the 2002 to 2006 model years. “Over time, exposure to water and other fluids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt, damaging the switch and potentially damaging an associated wire harness,” Honda says in a press release. “Additionally, if a switch melts, it could ... continue reading»

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Lexus Announces Pricing for 2013 RX 350 F Sport, GS 450h and 2012 IS

Lexus unveiled pricing information for three model-year 2013 vehicles and one 2012 vehicle last week. The all-new 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV, which hits dealerships in July, will start at $47,000, before destination fees. The new 2013 RX 350 F Sport features all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an F Sport-tuned suspension. The 2012 Lexus IS 250 and 350 sedans get a price increase of $200, starting in May. The 2013 Lexus RX ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Lexus GS 450 Hybrid, Lexus IS, Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 450h, Lexus, new car prices

Chevrolet Debuts All-New Impala at the New York Auto Show

Chevrolet unveiled the redesigned 2014 Impala at the New York Auto Show today. When compared with the 2012 model, the new Impala makes significant changes to the affordable large car, which should help it compete with more recently redesigned rivals like the Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Hyundai Azera. Chevrolet says in a press release that the redesigned Impala offers “expressive style, a more-refined interior, easy-to-use technology, and what is expected to be an exhilarating driving experience.” On the outside ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Auto Shows, Redesigns, Chevrolet Impala, 2012 New York Auto Show

New EPA Fuel Economy Labels Starting to Hit Dealerships

The federal government debuted redesigned fuel economy window stickers last May in an effort to increase awareness about how much car shoppers spend on fuel. The new stickers are mandatory on all 2013 model-year vehicles, which are starting to hit dealer lots. Some automakers implemented the new stickers on their 2012 model-year vehicles. The new labels aim to provide consumers with more information, specifically on the annual fuel cost and environmental impact rating. But the estimated annual fuel cost, for ... continue reading»

Tags: News, EPA, Fuel Economy

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