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Is Your Car's Interior a Bacteria Breeding Ground?

Ford partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan to analyze bacteria-breeding hotspots in company- and employee-owned Ford vehicles. After evaluating their samples, the researchers found a special paint that can decrease microbe growth and may be used in future Ford models. Researchers collected samples from 10 areas in vehicle cabins, including radio buttons, window switches, gear shift knobs, door handles and the steering wheel. Of the 10 areas, the steering wheel and the area around the cup holders had ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Ford, Cabin cleanliness

Volkswagen Tops Total Quality Study

A recent study conducted by Strategic Vision concludes that Volkswagen Group of America is the top automaker when it comes to total quality. Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Group also rank highly on this index, which measures how pleased customers are with their new vehicles based on several indicators of quality. One metric of total quality is Strategic Vision’s problem index measure, which analyzes reported problems with vehicles by automaker. Toyota Motor Sales led that portion of the study ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Chrysler, Ford, Volkswagen, vehicle quality

Ford Now Accepting Orders for 2013 C-MAX Hybrid

Ford started taking customer orders for its upcoming 2013 C-MAX hybrid last week. The C-MAX goes on sale this fall and is Ford’s first dedicated hybrid car. Ford classifies it as a hybrid utility vehicle and it is similar in size to the Toyota Prius V and Mazda5. In a press release, Ford claims the 2013 C-MAX will have better fuel economy, performance and functionality than the Prius V. The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid starts at $25,995, which is ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford C MAX, Ford, Hybrid Cars, Model News

Chevrolet Reveals Updated Traverse Ahead of New York Auto Show

A refreshed 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was revealed ahead of its debut next week at the New York Auto Show. The eight-passenger Traverse receives exterior and interior updates, as well as safety and technology upgrades, Chevrolet says in a press release. Along with its platform mates, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, the 2013 Traverse will receive GM’s new center airbag as an option, which is designed to protect front-seat occupants during a side-impact collision. Since the center airbag is ... continue reading»

Tags: Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Toyota Highlander, Buick Enclave, Ford Flex, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Toyota, Model News

Government Proposes Guidelines to Limit Distracted Driving

With the myriad of technologies available to us these days, the temptation to use them at all times and remain connected has never been higher. The problem is that these gadgets divert your attention away from something else, and when you’re behind the wheel, this can be a fatal problem. In order to curb distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its first-ever guidelines for automakers to place limitations on in-car technology that could be distracting. According ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Safety, NHTSA, Ford, Kia, Distracted Driving

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