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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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Study: Vehicles Getting Better Fuel Economy than Ever

A recent study conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) finds that more than half of all 2014 vehicles return at least 23 mpg combined and about 11.6 percent return at least 30 mpg. For comparison, in 2011, only about 34.5 percent of vehicles sold returned 23 mpg and only 4.2 percent hit the 30 mpg mark. The CFA study finds that not only is vehicle fuel economy in general on the rise, but there are ... continue reading»

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Push-button Start may be Safer than Key Ignition Switches

2014 Cadillac CTS Ignition In the wake of General Motors' recall of nearly 2.6 million vehicles affected by faulty ignition switches, you may want to consider push-button start if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, as safety issues in key ignition switches are raising concerns. Bloomberg reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received more than 18,000 key ignition complaints across many makes and models since the 1980s. According to Bloomberg, the peak of these complaints ... 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»

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