Preventing a Vehicle Rollover Requires Catlike Reflexes

Automakers might be able to learn a couple new tricks from big cats, at least according to a recent study from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. PBS.org reports that researchers Amir Patel and Martin Braae unveiled a remote-controlled car named Dima, which remains stable in sharp turns with the help of a cheetah-inspired tail. Dima has a top-heavy design, but its tail eliminates some of the rollover risk that’s generally associated with vehicles that have ... continue reading»

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Mercedes Tops List of Stolen Luxury Vehicles

2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Sedan You may not be the only one eyeing your neighbor’s Mercedes, as a new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau indicates that car thieves prefer Mercedes-Benz to other luxury brands. NICB says that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and S-Class are all among the top 10 stolen luxury vehicles. The report found that 4,384 luxury cars from the 2010-12 model years were stolen between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2012. Of the models analyzed, the Mercedes C-Class ... continue reading»

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Diesel Vehicles are Less Expensive to Own

Volkswagen Golf TDI Although they often cost more up front, a new study indicates that diesel-powered cars, trucks and SUVs have lower ownership costs in the long run. In a press release, dieselforum.org says that diesel models cost $2,000 to $6,000 less to own over three to five years than comparable gas-powered vehicles. The study was conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute for Robert Bosch LLC, which makes automotive parts for diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles. Diesel cars ... continue reading»

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Car Ownership Costs Increase to More Than $9,100 Annually

Auto repair shop Owning and maintaining a car costs more today than it did in 1950. When AAA put out its first ‘Your Driving Costs’ report 63 years ago, a car that was driven 10,000 miles per year cost its owner 9 cents per mile. Fast-forward to 2013 and AAA’s latest study finds that the average sedan’s ownership costs are up to $9,122 per year or 60.8 cents per mile, assuming you drive 15,000 miles annually. That ... continue reading»

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Auto Repair Costs are on the Rise

Car Repair Cost Increases By Region Your car is getting more expensive to fix, at least according to the 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index. The study found that for the first time in six years, the average repair cost rose 10 percent to $367.84 on 1996 to 2012 model year vehicles. Replacement part prices went up six percent in 2012, while labor charges rose 17 percent. CarMD says that the Northeast region saw the largest increase, with the cost of repairs rising by 11.56 ... continue reading»

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