Author Archives: Karen Pullum

AAA Says Voice-to-Text Functions are Distracting

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Hands-free technology might make it easier to text, talk on the phone, or look up directions while driving, but the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that mental distractions exist even if drivers keep their hands and eyes on the road. As the most comprehensive study of its kind, AAA appeals to the public to not use voice-to-text functions while driving. “There is ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Off-Roading on the Cheap, Spock vs. Spock, Jaguar F-Type

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This week’s Rumors video roundup brings everything from the pristine and posh to the low-buck down and dirty. We start off with a first drive of Jaguar’s new F-Type roadster, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto have a battle of Vulcan wits courtesy of Audi, and Jonny Lieberman pits two icons of upscale SUVs, the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen against each other off-road and on-pavement. Finally, we get a detailed explanation of what makes Subarus Subarus, ...

Toyota Offering Free Driving Program for Teens

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Toyota will be holding behind-the-wheel safety events in Torrance, California, Denver, Colorado, and San Antonio, Texas for new drivers as part of its free driving program, Toyota Driving Expectations. Teen drivers with permits or licenses can use the classes, and online resources, to learn about defensive driving skills, accident avoidance, and distracted driving danger, all to help avoid accidents. The teen driving program ...

First Ford Mustang prototype shots caught by legendary spy shooter Jim Dunne

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You know how people refer to someone as having 'been around the block' to mean they're very experienced? Well, when it comes to automotive spy photography, Jim Dunne actually laid down the concrete slabs of the block's sidewalk. The unforgettable Dunne more or less invented the car spy game – a fact he cemented by writing book called Car Spy – and has been delivering spy shots and reporting on the industry for some 45 ...

Today In History: 1964 Ford Mustang Debuts

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Ford’s millionth Mustang built in Flat Rock announcement isn’t the only bit of Ford sports car history to fall on April 17. For instance, April 17 is when the Ford Mustang first made its public debut some 49 years ago. Ford vice president Lee Iacocca had been lobbying for a “poor man’s Thunderbird” since 1961, but the finished product – the Falcon-based Ford Mustang – didn’t become reality for another three years. After years of hinting ...

Week in Review: Spied Cars, Old Cars, New Cars, and Good Engines

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We began this month on a high note, seeing May 2013′s sales at some of the best numbers they’ve been in a long time. Despite cars getting more complicated and expensive, the buying public is chugging away at dealerships, continuing to buy compact and midsize cars that can stretch into the $20,000 to $30,000 range easily. Trucks are also hitting their stride. ...

Ford to build Explorer in Russia to meet demand [w/video]

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The current Ford Explorer is sold in more than 64 countries, and this three-row vehicle continues to grow in popularity worldwide. To keep up with demand, Ford began producing the Explorer at Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant in Tatarstan, Russia, a joint venture facility. This partnership will build Russian-market Explorers only, and production of export vehicles not destined for Russian buyers will continue to be built at Ford's assembly plant in Chicago. Before this plant went ...

Top 10 March Sales Surprises: Big (and Small) Sales From Unexpected Places

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Electric Car Sales Have Short Circuit Overall, the U.S. saw sales for March up 3 percent, yet that wasn’t helped by electric cars. The slow-selling Mitsubishi i-MiEV found 31 takers, down from 56 in the year prior. Chevrolet Volt sales were down 35 percent to 1,478. But Nissan Leaf sales saw a surprising uptick, 2,236 cars sold, a 286-percent increase. In overall sales, ...

General Motors and Ford Jointly Developing 9- and 10-Speed Automatic Transmissions

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Long having lagged behind the foreign competition in transmission gear count, it was a big deal when General Motors and Ford announced their first partnership to develop a six-speed automatic transmission together in the mid-2000s. Alas, technology rarely stays still, and General Motors and Ford have once again partnered up to develop automatic transmissions with one another, this time nine- and 10-speed automatics ...

Ford Fusion demand outstripping supply

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The attractive new 2013 Ford Fusion has done wonders for the brand in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment – the vehicle is up nearly 22 percent compared to last year. But that sales momentum may soon hold steady due to low inventory levels of the new Fusion across the United States. According to a report in The Detroit News, citing automotive data and Ward's Auto, Ford currently has a 39-day supply of the Fusion. That ...