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Hyundai Makes Throttle Override Devices Standard on All Models

Hyundai is now equipping all of its vehicles with a brake pedal electronic throttle override system. In a press release, the automaker says that any U.S. vehicle produced in May 2012 or later will come standard with the system, which is designed to keep drivers and passengers safe in the event of unintended acceleration. “Because electronic throttle links have replaced the cable or pushrod linkages that used to control engine speed, there is a possibility that electronic malfunctions can ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Hyundai, Mazda, Toyota, Model News, General Motors

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

Increasing Number of Car Shoppers Buying American

More car shoppers are buying or are more strongly considering buying American brand cars, according to the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Avoider Study. This study “examines the reasons consumers fail to consider—or avoid—particular models when shopping for a new vehicle,” according to J.D. Power. The study finds that “the percentage of buyers who avoided import models because of their origin has increased to 14 percent in 2012—the highest level since the inception of the ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Sales Trends, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, GM

New Unintended Acceleration Report Clears Toyota

It’s been almost a year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that electronic defects were not responsible for the unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles. Now an additional report from the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board backs NHTSA’s decision, but says that the agency didn’t effectively address concerns regarding the issue. “The Research Council report finds NHTSA's decision to close its investigation of Toyota's ETC justified on the basis of the agency ... continue reading»

Tags: News, NHTSA, Stats and Studies, Toyota

Scion FR-S Revealed

The Scion FR-S affordable sports car was revealed this week, following the recent unveiling of its twin, the Subaru BRZ, which is mechanically and cosmetically identical except for brand-specific badging and interior trim. The FR-S is a rear-wheel drive sports coupe built jointly by Toyota and Subaru. It is powered by a Subaru-sourced boxer engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque to the ground with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic ... continue reading»

Tags: Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Subaru, Toyota, Scion, Affordable Sports Cars, Model News, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR S

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