NHTSA: Backup Cameras Must Be Standard by 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared Monday that there must be "rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018." NHTSA's ruling includes requirements for the camera's field of view as well as durability, responsiveness and size of the displayed image. According to NHTSA, "This new rule enhances the safety of these vehicles by significantly reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents." The agency reports that ... continue reading»

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2015 Chrysler 200 Rated at up to 36 MPG Highway

2015 Chrysler 200 Chrysler announced the EPA-certified fuel economy ratings for the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 this week. With its base 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the 200 earns an EPA-estimated 23/36 mpg city/highway. With the 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6, it returns up to 19/32 mpg. Chrysler says that the standard nine-speed automatic transmission is an important factor that contributes to the 200's improved fuel economy over the outgoing model. The midsize car segment in which the 200 competes ... continue reading»

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Mazda Miata Getting a New York-Style Birthday Party

Mazda MX-5 Miata For sports car shoppers and owners, "Miata" is likely a familiar name, and probably has been for some time. Next month at the New York International Auto Show, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will celebrate its 25th birthday. To commemorate the roadster's milestone, Mazda will display 15 Miatas from various years in a dedicated area, including concepts from past auto shows, production models and race cars. Mazda says in a press release that the Miata debuted at the Chicago Auto ... continue reading»

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Fast-Selling Corvette Stingray Gets Price Hike

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray If spring fever has you thinking about buying a new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, be prepared to shell out a couple thousand dollars more. Chevrolet's website lists the base price for the 2014 Corvette Stingray as $53,995 including destination. When the redesigned sports car went on sale last year, the starting price for a coupe was $51,995. The convertible also gets a $2,000 price increase to $58,995. The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray has been a sales success ... continue reading»

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2015 Jeep Renegade Brings Off-Roading to the Small SUV Market

Jeep introduced the 2015 Renegade SUV this week at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model slots below the Cherokee compact SUV in its vehicle lineup. In a press release, Jeep says the Renegade is available with Active Drive and Active Drive Low four-wheel drive systems and is capable of driving through 19 inches of water. Both systems feature full-time four-wheel drive, and Active Drive Low also includes low-range gearing. The Trailhawk trim comes with a number of off-roading features ... continue reading»

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