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Dodge Dart and Ford Fusion

Fusion, Dart Lead “Car Of The Year” Short List

Dodge Dart and Ford Fusion Review: The Dodge Dart and Ford Fusion are two of the favorites among the short list of candidates for 2013 North American Car of the Year. The Dart and Fusion are among five cars from Detroits traditional Big Three, plus five more from Japan, and one from Germany that comprise the 11 cars voted onto the short list by 50 independent automotive journalists. Along with …

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Labor Day parade via U.S. National Archives

Total Quality Awards and Labor Day Savings

Happy Labor Day weekend to our USian readers! Here are some of the most interesting automotive news items for the last week of August. Report: Consumer Happiness with New Vehicles Our archives of expert reviews give an important perspective on car buying, but what about the opinions of average car buyers? Strategic Vision, a consumer satisfaction research company, has compiled its list of the most successful vehicles in the eyes …

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melting ice cream

Recalls, Car Theft and Hot Dogs – News from the week of July 15-22

While your ice cream and your hairdo melts in the extreme heat of July, you might have missed out on the latest automotive news. Don’t worry, we’ll get you caught up. Recall Notices: The 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Nissan Juke, a few 2012 VW Beetles  and even the 2012 Porsche Panamera and Cayenne were all issued recalls.   Love It Or Return It:Chevy now has a total confidence promise. If you …

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Above: 2012 Toyota Prius V Hybrid Vehicle

Electric, Hybrid and Diesel – What’s the difference?

Quintessential hybrid Toyota Prius is finally having its day in the sun. It made a big jump becoming the 3rd bestselling car in the world in May 2012. The question of our energy future is long from being answered but there’s no doubting the increasing interest in fuel efficiency, especially when facing higher and higher gas prices. So what’s the actual story behind all the terms associated with fuel efficiency …

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Hyundai Azera exterior for sale

New Azera Gives Hyundai Snow-country Luxury

Remember the Hyundai Azera? It was a very nice and contemporary sedan, and if it got left behind the flurry of Hyundai’s recent leap into high-style vehicles, that is no longer the case. The all-new and restyled Azera is just being introduced as a 2013 model and it steps to the front of the class as perhaps the most dramatic example of Hyundai’s self-acclaimed “fluidic design.” In the process, it …

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Volkswagen Passat

Car-of-the-Year Finalists Race to Wire

The most competitive battle for North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year has boiled down to three finalists in both categories, and with time running out before the early January voting deadline, the choices are difficult. In my 19 years on the jury, there hasn’t been another year where the field has been as balanced and diverse as this one. Unlike car magazines, which attract multi-page …

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Chrysler 200 conv

Indian Summer means late convertible fling

Ah, Indian Summer. Not sure where the name came from, or if recent political correctness requires us to call it “Native American Summer,” but it’s that wonderful stretch of fall that comes after September, when the temperatures make one more summer-like climb after the autumn leaves already have started turning. Those of us who live where it snows in earnest during the winters can enjoy Indian Summer more than those …

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2 Ford Edges

EcoBoost 4s power 2012 Edge, Explorer

DETROIT, MI. — Who could have foreseen that the new and elongated Ford Explorer, and the smaller but roomy crossover Edge, could both be fitted with 4-cylinder engines and outperform larger V6 or V8 engines for power as well as at the gas pumps? Ford Motor Company has unveiled its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines for 2012 in both the Explorer and Edge, and driving them shows why Ford is gambling …

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