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Detroit Auto Show Small-Car Recap

In many ways, the Corvette Stingray and Cadillac ELR claimed the limelight at the Detroit Auto Show with their fancy powertrains and extreme performance. Though many small cars don’t push the envelope like the Stingray and ELR, some important compact cars had their debuts at the North American International Auto Show. 2014 Nissan Versa Note When Nissan redesigned the Versa for the 2012 model year, only the sedan received updates. Now the automaker is tackling the hatchback model. In ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Nissan Versa, Toyota Corolla, Affordable Small Cars, Upscale Small Cars, Small Cars, Dodge Dart, 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Nissan Announces Price Drop for 2013 Leaf

Nissan says that when the 2013 Nissan Leaf goes on sale, it will have a lower starting price, more cargo space and a new onboard charger that reduces the Leaf’s charge time and helps improve its range. One of the major changes to the 2013 Leaf is a 6.6 kW onboard charger. According to Nissan, the new charger not only shortens the 220-volt charging time from about eight hours to four hours, but by moving the charger to ... continue reading»

Tags: Model Updates, Nissan LEAF, Model News, electric cars

A Dealer Near You May Stop Selling the Volt

Some Chevrolet dealers have chosen to stop selling the Chevrolet Volt because General Motors increased the price of Volt service tools. The decrease in Volt dealers could make it harder to find a Volt or force owners to travel further for service, particularly in rural areas. Car and Driver says about 400 dealers won’t have the Volt in stock anymore. Though 400 dealerships seems like a significant drop, a Chevrolet spokesperson told Car and Driver that the “dealerships that ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Model News, Sales, General Motors, Dealer inventories

18 Affordable Midsize Sedans Undergo New IIHS Frontal Tests

In August, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new front-impact crash test for midsize luxury and near-luxury cars. The safety organization has tested an additional 18 affordable midsize sedans using the same tests and reports that affordable midsize sedans receive better scores than their luxury counterparts. The small front overlap test is designed to see how well a car performs in a front-impact crash where the front corner of the car hits an object like a tree or ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, IIHS, Affordable Midsize Cars, Upscale Midsize Cars

NHTSA Fines Toyota a Record $17.35 Million

In June, Toyota recalled the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and 450h SUVs because the floor mat could get caught under the accelerator pedal and cause the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that Toyota recalled those vehicles too late and is fining Toyota a record $17.35 million. According to federal law, automakers must “notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety defect exists or that the vehicle is not in compliance ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, NHTSA, Toyota

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