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J.D. Power: Vehicle Dependability Improving

The 2013 J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study shows vehicle dependability is improving, with owners reporting the lowest number of vehicle problems since the study launched 24 years ago.  To determine which brands and vehicles are most dependable, J.D. Power calculates the number of vehicle problems reported by more than 37,000 consumers who own vehicles that were all-new or significantly redesigned for the 2010 model year. Compared with the results of the 2012 VDS, dependability has improved ... continue reading»

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Save Money with These September Car Deals

In some ways, September is all about transitions. Last week we officially moved from summer into fall, and a new school year is now under way. Car shoppers will also see some changes this month, as September car deals include outgoing 2012 models, as well as 2013 cars, trucks and SUVs that have made their way onto dealer lots. Acura, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Mazda are all offering lease deals that will put you in a new car for under $300 ... continue reading»

Tags: New Cars, Used Cars, Car Shopping, Financing, Deals, Model News, Leasing

Don't Buy... Yet. GM to Introduce 9 New or Updated Buick and GMC Models in the Next Year

If you’ve got a hankering for a new Buick or GMC, you may want to hold off, as General Motors announced that it will roll out “nine new or significantly updated models” in the next year. The 2013 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia will be the first models out of the gate. Both affordable midsize SUVs will offer updated exterior and interior styling when they go on sale this fall. The 2013 Buick Encore is next up, and GM ... continue reading»

Tags: New Cars, Model Updates, Redesigns, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Acadia, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Yukon, Buick Enclave, GMC Sierra HD, Buick Regal, Model News, Buick Encore

Subaru to Premier New Model at New York Auto Show

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek will make its American debut at the New York Auto Show next month. The Crosstrek will be a crossover-type vehicle and will be brand new to the U.S. market, Subaru says in a press release. Based on the Subaru Impreza platform, the Crosstrek compact crossover will offer two different all-wheel drive systems. Kicking Tires notes that the Crosstrek will have a ride height of 8.7 inches, which is higher than many crossovers, and ... continue reading»

Tags: New Cars, Model News, 2012 New York Auto Show, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Average Age of Vehicles Reaches 10.8 Years

The average age of cars and trucks in the United States has reached a record high of 10.8 years, according to Polk, a company that reports trends in the automotive industry. Polk speculates that the aging vehicle fleet is a result of a tough economy that has kept many Americans watching their budgets and out of showrooms. But the economy isn’t the only reason why many consumers are waiting to purchase a new vehicle. Cars and trucks are ... continue reading»

Tags: News, New Cars, Average age of vehicle fleets, Polk

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