Archives for July 7th, 2013

August Compact Crossover Sales: Ford Escape Takes Huge Lead Over Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V should be worried, because the Ford Escape has once again been crowned the best selling CUV on a month-to-month basis. It’s been a close race between the two, but the Escape was way ahead of its closest rival in August, getting closer to the class-leading Japanese CUV’s year-to-date sales. With 28,188 Escapes sold ...

2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel to Launch at $25,695

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The 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel has made its long-awaited U.S. debut. Slated to become the mainstream’s first next-gen diesel sedan to launch in this country, the diesel Cruze took the stage at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show boasting an MSRP of $25,695, an expected EPA mark of 42 mpg highway with an automatic ...

WOT Three Years Ago: Stunning ’62 Corvette Custom, Panamera Laps ‘Ring Faster Than CTS-V Sedan

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July 13, 2009 – Three years ago today, the head of the Presidential Auto Task Force stepped down, a custom-built 1962 Corvette caught our eye, and the Porsche Panamera set a Nurburgring lap record for sedans. Honda turned to its F1 engineers to develop hybrid technology while Bob Lutz was still pushing to get the ...

Begin Countdown: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette to Debut at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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The wait for the C7 ‘Vette is nearly over, as General Motors has announced the 2014 Corvette will finally be unveiled on January 13 at next year’s Detroit auto show. For now, the automaker has released the next-gen car’s redesigned Crossed Flags emblem, and revealed that the C7 will be mostly new, only sharing two ...

On a Hot Streak: Honda Civic Earns Top Spot in June 2012 Compact Sales

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June 2012 compact sales saw the same players on the podium. The Honda Civic again took the gold, with the Toyota Corolla earning the silver, and Ford Focus retaining its bronze medal. Honda sold 27,500 Civics in June, a 57.3-percent increase versus June of last year. The second-place finisher was again the Toyota Corolla, this time ...

Accord Returns to Glory, Sonata and Passat Flatline in May Midsize Sales

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File this one under good problems to have: a glance at the May 2012 midsize sales sheets suggests that manufacturers can’t make enough cars to adequately satisfy demand. As a result, our ten mid-size challengers have shifted in standing yet again. Let’s get the usual story lines out of the way: the Toyota Camry sold 39,571 units ...

Corvette driver escapes decapitation in crash by ducking

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You wouldn't believe it by looking at the Corvette in these pictures, but the driver of the Chevrolet that slammed into the back of this moving truck survived with only non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred near Los Angeles on the southbound 405 Freeway on Monday, March 4. Fire crews reportedly had to raise the ...

Thread of the Day: Which EV Priced Around $30,000 Would You Buy? – With Poll

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Now that the base price of the 2013 Nissan Leaf is below $30,000 (including destination and before government incentives), the electric vehicle in more cost-competitive in its segment, which includes the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Smart Fortwo Electric Drive among others. Nissan was able to lower the starting price of the 2013 Leaf with a new ...

Thread of the Day: Why Did You Get the Car You Have Now?

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There are many reasons why we drive the cars we do. Many enthusiasts have to consider need and budget when shopping for a car. Some are fortunate enough to buy a car that meets their wants. Others buy a car based on looks or image. Motor Trend forum member Fenris said he bought a 1977 Chevrolet ...

Thread of the Day: Which Engines are Overhyped?

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This forum topic comes courtesy of member Turtle-Power, who wants to know what engines are overhyped. He starts the flame war with Toyota’s 2JZ inline-six engines which powers the venerable fourth-gen Supra, claiming that common modifications spell doom for certain engine parts like head gaskets and pistons. Coincidentally, the topic comes on the same day Chevy ...