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J.D. Power Says Navigation Systems Frustrate Owners

As new cars continue to add more gadgetry, the bulk of consumers find the man-machine interface more frustrating, at least according to a new study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. “Vehicle owners are continuing to experience a high number of problems with factory-installed navigation systems, primarily with routing quality and system usability,” says J.D. Power. The study says that the most frequently reported issues with vehicle navigation systems include “Address/street/city not found”, followed by difficulty ... continue reading»

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Ford Announces MyFord Touch Upgrades

Since the MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch interface systems debuted on some 2011 models like the Ford Edge, the Ford Explorer and the Lincoln MKX, it has been almost universally denounced by critics like Consumer Reports for being slow, buggy, confusing and distracting. As we previously reported, this partly led to Ford’s precipitous decline in J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Study for 2011 models. To mitigate the interface’s negative effects, Ford announced this morning that it will ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Ford, Lincoln, MyFord Touch

Ford Sync Will Read Text Messages in More Vehicles

In an effort to combat distracted driving, Ford is rolling out Sync software updates that can read text messages out loud in more vehicles. “The feature will be offered on the Ford F-150, Fiesta, Flex, Fusion, Mustang and Taurus,” says Edmunds. “It had already debuted as MyFord Touch on the 2011 Ford Edge, Explorer and 2012 Ford Focus.” Ford notes in a press release that the software update includes Message Access Profile (MAP), which makes it possible to stream text ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet to Develop New Fuel-Efficient Small Engines

With gas prices about 60 cents more than they were one year ago, and the federal government issuing fleet-wide fuel efficiency standards for cars and small trucks for 2025, automakers are under pressure to develop cars and update mechanical components that make vehicles more efficient. Hybrid and electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Prius Plug-in Hybrid are green cars that have debuted recently, but automakers are also going back to the basics. They’re creating new engines ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Green Cars, Chevrolet, CAFE

2012 GMC Terrain Gets Collision Alert System

Many car companies are beginning to offer optional radar-based collision warning systems, which are handy features, but can be expensive. General Motors, however, announced that it will offer a less-expensive, camera-based warning system in the 2012 GMC Terrain. For $295, shoppers can add a forward collision alert and lane departure warning system to their GMC Terrain SLT-2 with a V6 engine, which starts at $33,740. A similar system costs $2,950 on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class as part of the ... continue reading»

Tags: Car Tech, Safety, GMC Terrain, Model News

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