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Consumers Test Drive Less, Visit Fewer Dealerships

2014 Toyota RAV4 Test drives are one of the most important parts of the new car buying process but studies show that many Americans are skipping them. Automotive marketing company DMEautomotive recently found that one third of shoppers test drive just one vehicle prior to purchase and 16 percent don’t test drive at all. Studies also show that the number of dealers a consumer visits prior to purchase has gone down substantially in the last several years. Driving multiple vehicles is a ... continue reading»

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Nissan Brings Live Video Stream to Your Rearview Mirror

Nissans Smart Rearview Mirror Ever wished you had eyes in the back of your head? That may soon become a reality, as automakers introduce new technology to improve visibility in upcoming vehicles. Nissan recently won an award for its Smart rearview mirror, which is the industry's first rearview mirror that can toggle back and forth between mirror and rearview camera settings. Rearview camera displays that are built in to the rearview mirror aren't new. The 2014 Honda CR-Z comes standard with a ... continue reading»

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Electric Vehicle Buyers are Younger, Wealthier than Hybrid Buyers, Study Says

2014 Ford Focus Electric A recent study by market research firm Experian Automotive suggests that there are economic and social differences between electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid consumers. The study also found that the sale of electric vehicles is rapidly outpacing the sale of hybrids. Those who buy EVs are younger, wealthier and have slightly better credit than those who purchase hybrids (including plug-in hybrids), the study says. Experian Automotive found that roughly 21 percent of electric car buyers earned an average household income ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hybrid vehicles, electric car prices, Electric Vehicles

Ford Mustang Turns 50: A History in Pictures

Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary This month, the Ford Mustang turns 50, and Ford is celebrating in a big way. In 1964, the original Mustang was unveiled atop the Empire State Building. Last week, as part of the New York International Auto Show, a 2015 Ford Mustang was assembled on the Empire State Building's 86th floor. As any Ford Mustang enthusiast can attest, the Mustang has done its fair share of maturing over the years. In our 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang slideshow, we take ... continue reading»

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Cadillac, Buick Customers Happiest with Dealer Service, Study Says

Cadillac ELR Buick owners are the most satisfied with maintenance and repair services at the dealership, according to a study recently released by J.D. Power and Associates. Volkswagen earned the second highest customer satisfaction rating among mainstream auto brands, followed by GMC and MINI, which tied for third place. Among luxury brands, Cadillac came out on top, dethroning Lexus, which had been top-ranked for the last five years. Audi and Lexus came in second and third place for 2014, respectively. Roughly ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Buick, Owner Satisfaction Survey, General Motors

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