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Study: Consumer Reports says infotainment systems ‘growing first-year reliability plague’

Filed under: Car Buying, Audi, Buick, Honda, Kia, Lincoln, Mazda, Porsche, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Ownership The Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey (right) is out, and the top two spots look much the same as last year’s list with Lexus and Toyota in first and second place, respectively. However, there are some major shakeups for [...]

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Report: Dealers pressure Edmunds to remove ‘Haggling’ videos from YouTube [w/videos]

Filed under: Car Buying, Marketing/Advertising, Videos Many people absolutely abhor the car-buying process – especially haggling back-and-forth with a salesman to settle on a price. A 2014 study from Edmunds found that 83 percent of respondents would like to cut negotiating from the purchasing experience, and about 20 percent of them would have given up [...]

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How China is at war with its pickup trucks

Filed under: Car Buying, Truck, China, Government/Legal Create a law, and people try to find some way to get around it. That’s basically a fact of life whether you’re in the US or the People’s Republic of China. For example, recently in the PRC, a man attempted to convert his pickup into a sedan to [...]

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What you missed on 10.21.14

Filed under: Car Buying, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Electric, Luxury 2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe Mercedes has a new flagship coupe coming to a dealership near you, and we just tool the keys to one such machine, a 2015 S550 Coupe Edition 1, to be exact, all over the great State of Rhode Island. The autumn weather [...]

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EPA to scrutinize auto fuel economy tests, issue revised guidelines

Filed under: Car Buying, Government/Legal Following the lowering of estimated fuel economy figures from companies like Ford, Hyundai, Kia and even a handful of Mercedes-Benz sedans in the recent past, the Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down by mandating new mileage testing procedures by the end of the year, after first considering some changes months [...]

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Kids 39% more likely to buy parents’ car brand

Filed under: Car Buying Children are a blank slate. They draw their habits, behaviors and mannerisms from their parents. If you subscribe to that viewpoint, then this study out of Michigan State University won’t really come as a surprise. According to Soren Anderson, and MSU economist, kids are 39 percent more likely to buy cars [...]

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Does Warren Buffett’s dealership acquisition foreshadow Chinese car sales in US?

Filed under: Car Buying, China The US auto dealer industry recently saw a huge shakeup when Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment company bought Van Tuyl Group, the country’s largest privately owned network of showrooms, for an undisclosed sum. Assuming the deal’s regulatory success, it immediately made Buffet one of the nation’s largest car retailers. But [...]

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Maserati rapidly expanding dealer network

Filed under: Car Buying, Maserati With the new Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans out on the market, and the new Levante crossover and Alfieri coupe on their way, Maserati is making serious headway towards revitalizing its lineup. Now all it needs in order to reach its ambitious sales targets is to expand the network of dealers [...]

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Male Baby Boomers most likely to drive connected cars, according to Nielsen study

Filed under: Car Buying, Technology There’s no denying that new cars are becoming increasingly packed with tech that connects drivers to the internet, even if it can be distracting. Whether it’s as simple as streaming audio or turning the interior into a wifi hotspot, these connected car systems appear here to stay. So who actually [...]

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Refreshed 2015 Subaru Impreza priced from $18,195*

Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Hatchback, Subaru It was just a few weeks ago that Subaru unveiled its refreshed 2015 Impreza with refinements like a tweaked front fascia, upgraded infotainment system, standard rearview camera, slightly better fuel economy and other goodies. The Japanese automaker has finally decided to tell us what all of this new [...]

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What you missed on 10.9.14

Filed under: Car Buying, Classics, Convertible, Coupe, Performance, BMW, Bugatti, Humor, Specialty, Luxury, MISC Which $10,000 ’80s coupe would you choose? In the end, there can be only one. And, while we’ve got another six days left in the balloting, one of these two vehicles is leading in the early running by about two to [...]

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