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Chevrolet Volt Resale Value Set at $17,000 after Three Years

Posted: May. 18, 2011 10:05:24 a.m.

With gas prices up, hybrid and electric vehicles look like great options for savvy consumers who want to save money at the pump. But according to Kelley Blue Book, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will be worth just $17,000 after 36 months of ownership – a significant drop from its $41,000 sticker price. “Despite all the hype and multiple Car of the Year honors, Volt retains only 42% of its original value after three years of ownership -- a lower percentage ...

Chevrolet Impala Gets Power Boost for 2012

Posted: May. 17, 2011 10:05:05 a.m.

Compared to other affordable large cars, the Chevrolet Impala may be overdue for a redesign. Autoblog says, “The model has been on sale in its current configuration since 2006 and a full update isn't scheduled to land until 2014 at the earliest.” Still, that doesn’t mean that the Impala won’t see some powertrain updates for 2012.

The General Motors online ordering and reference guide shows that the 2012 Impala will receive a new 3.6-liter V6 next ...

Most Americans back 60 MPG Cars by 2025

Posted: May. 17, 2011 10:05:10 a.m.

Gas prices are up, and according to a recent survey car shoppers want vehicles that are more fuel efficient. “The Consumer Federation of America said its survey of 2,000 Americans found both those identifying themselves as Republicans and Democrats think the government should require automakers to have their models average 60 miles a gallon by 2025,” writes USA Today. “Cars would cost more, but respondent said they'd be willing to pay more as long as the higher purchase ...

Kia Adds More Powerful Four-Cylinder to 2012 Sorento

Posted: May. 16, 2011 10:05:01 a.m.

Kia will make a new direct-injected 2.4-liter engine available in its Sorento crossover for the 2012 model year. “The new engine is almost certainly going to boost gas mileage on the Sorento,” writes USA Today. The Sorento’s current 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine already gets an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway in two-wheel drive models and 21/27 mpg city/highway in four-wheel drive models, which are both high for an ...

NHTSA Investigates Ford Freestyle for Lunging Problems

Posted: May. 16, 2011 10:05:07 a.m.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 170,000 Ford Freestyle crossovers after receiving complaints that the vehicles were “lunging” at low speeds. The federal agency reports that 238 people have complained of “unexpected vehicle movement when the driver’s foot is not on the accelerator,” possibly resulting in 18 crashes and one injury. The unexpected lurches seem to be occurring only at low speeds, and can happen in both forward and reverse gears. Pressing the brake pedal overrides ...

Nissan, Toyota to Offer More Incentives in U.S. as Production Starts to Recover

Posted: May. 13, 2011 10:05:49 a.m.

Nissan and Toyota are planning to introduce new sales incentives in the U.S., as production following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is starting to return to normal levels.

Nissan North America Vice President Al Castignetti said in a memo sent Thursday to dealers that the automaker is in a "much healthier position" than Toyota and Honda in terms of U.S. inventory, the Associated Press reports. Nissan said its inventory levels are better than its rivals because its ...

Cadillac Relaunches Certified Pre-Owned Program

Posted: May. 13, 2011 10:05:08 a.m.

Cadillac announced this week that it is relaunching its certified pre-owned program, which it said aims to bring new shoppers to the luxury brand and help increase the resale value of Cadillac vehicles. Cadillac joins General Motors’ other three brands (Chevrolet, Buick and GMC) in offering certified pre-owned vehicles to shoppers.

“While the immediate benefit is provided to buyers of these pre-owned vehicles, it's also a key component for assuring strong resale values for our new car customers,” Kurt ...

Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra Named IIHS Top Safety Picks

Posted: May. 13, 2011 10:05:06 a.m.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted its first roof strength tests of large pickup trucks. The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra were the only two full-size trucks that earned the top rating of “Good” in the roof strength test, which measures how well a vehicle protects occupants in rollover crashes.

Because of their “Good” ratings in the roof strength test, both the F-150 and Tundra were also named 2011 Top Safety Picks by the IIHS, which means they ...

General Motors Recalls 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

Posted: May. 12, 2011 10:05:03 a.m.

General Motors is recalling 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyons for faulty windshield wipers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains, “Some of these vehicles have the condition in which the windshield wiper motor crank arm nut may not be tightened to specification. When the wipers are operated with a build-up of snow or ice, or if the wipers are operated on a dry windshield, the nut could loosen. If there is sufficient loosening of the nut, the wipers could ...

Google and Ford Team Up to Customize Driving Experience

Posted: May. 12, 2011 10:05:07 a.m.

Imagine owning a car that will ask you were you’re headed and optimize your powertrain to minimize the amount of energy you’ll use to get there. Such technology is a strong possibility, as Google and Ford are teaming up to produce cars that can predict a driver’s behavior to maximize energy consumption.

Ford says it will rely on “Google Prediction API, which provides greater computation power, information storage and external data through cloud computing,” to develop this ...

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