Archives for June 12th, 2013

AAA Study: Cell Phones Cause Dangerous Driving

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In a survey performed by the 2012 Traffic Safety Culture Index conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 69 percent of licensed drivers have disregarded safe driving and talked on a cell phone within the last month. The majority of other drivers–89 percent of respondents–believe that those who use their phone while driving are a threat to their safety on the ...

Toyota Camry Starts 2013 With Huge Lead; Honda Accord, Ford Fusion on Midsize Podium

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The Toyota Camry dominated the midsize segment last year, outpacing the second-place Honda Accord by about 73,000 units. Just one month into the new year, that trend seems to be continuing as 31,987 Camry sedans were sold in January – 7973 units more than the Honda Accord with 23,934 units sold. The Toyota Camry was new for 2012, while the Accord was redesigned for 2013. While the Nissan Altima finished last year in third place, January ...

Ford talking unibody Ranger replacement

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Now here's some welcome news. Car and Driver reports Ford is seriously mulling a replacement for the recently deceased Ranger, but the successor to the compact pickup's throne may not look anything like what we've seen from the nameplate in the past. While speaking at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Doug Scott, marketing manager for Ford Trucks, said there's still a market for a smaller pickup, but that buyers expect to see a larger differentiation between ...

Americans will get a four-cylinder Ford Mustang after all? [w/poll]

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Ask and you shall receive. Remember that previous report suggesting that the 2015 Ford Mustang getting a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, and that it would be sold in Europe only and not the United States? Well, according to Road & Track, the rumor is only partially true – The Mustang will get the engine, but it is indeed coming to America. Additionally, according to RT, the 3.7-liter V6 will continue to serve as the base engine, and ...

Thread of the Day: What New Car Would Make the Best Santa Sleigh?

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With Christmas just around the corner, Santa Claus is readying his sleigh to deliver presents around the globe. When the reindeer get tired, though, what if Santa temporarily upgraded his sleigh to a newer, more modern vehicle? A modern sleigh would have to meet Santa’s requirements like having more than nine reindeer-power to move him swiftly through the night without being seen, room to haul all the toys for the good boys and girls, and if ...

Ken Block rally cars go blue in the face (and everywhere else)

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Well at least we now know why Ken Block 'just ain't care' about smashing up his Ford Fiesta rally car recently. It's because he's getting a full brand makeover including a new team name, new paint scheme and even a new headquarters. Formerly known as Monster World Rally Team, Block and his Fiesta will now be competing under the Hoonigan Racing Division name, which is based out of a new 12,000 square foot facility located ...

Recall Alert: 6,500 2013 Ford Vehicles for Faulty Child Safety Locks

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Ford has announced a recall of nearly 6,500 new 2013 vehicles due to a rear door child safety lock that may be faulty. Vehicles in the recall include the 2013 Ford Focus, C-Max, and Escape. At this time, Ford is unaware of any injuries or accidents in connection with the recall. In a recent statement, Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...