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19 11, 2010

Chevy’s Volt snags hat trick of major automotive awards

By | November 19th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

On the same day General Motors returned to the U.S. stock market with the largest initial public offering in the nation's history, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt completed a sweep of three major car design awards.The gas-electric vehicle's design is an important step forward, experts say. The Volt carries two motors, one of each type. The [...]

22 10, 2010

Report: Car buyers may have recall fatigue

By | October 22nd, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

Although large-scale recalls of Toyota vehicles have continued to occur since the highly publicized unintended acceleration problems that provoked lawsuits and congressional hearings, a report from National Public Radio's Marketplace program suggests that American motorists may not be reacting as strongly to some of the more recent safety problems.Toyota dealership owner Earl Stewart told Marketplace [...]

13 12, 2010

Infrastructure concerns for Nissan Leaf owners could be overblown

By | December 13th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

As the first owners of Nissan's electric Leaf model take delivery of their new cars, it remains to be seen how they will cope with one of the main drawbacks critics have raised about the gasoline-free vehicles: how to get them charged up.However, it shouldn't be an issue for Olivier Chalouhi, a Redwood City, California, [...]

22 09, 2010

Report: Car theft down, unless you’ve got one of these

By | September 22nd, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

There was good news and bad news in the report released this week by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. For most motorists, the news that their vehicles were probably less likely to be stolen must have been welcome. For drivers of a few models, however, the report may have made them double-check their car insurance [...]

19 11, 2010

Towing companies clash with Philadelphia City Council

By | November 19th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

A proposal which would place the Philadelphia Parking Authority in charge of the city's tow truck companies is being strongly opposed by the drivers, who say it will increase their costs, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.However, City Council member James Kenney, who sponsored the proposed change, told the paper the current lack of regulation has [...]

21 10, 2010

Government safety watchdog warns of fire risk in recalled Fords

By | October 21st, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued a reminder to consumers about the hazards posed by a number of previously recalled Ford vehicles that are beginning to show up in used car markets.The recall specifically targets vehicles that were found to have defective cruise control switches that can rapidly overheat and cause car fires [...]

10 12, 2010

Times: Illegal migrant drivers face more than car insurance claims

By | December 10th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

While a car accident is a serious enough headache even if everyone is insured, drivers who are in the country illegally could suffer much worse consequences when they are caught, according to a report in the New York Times.As an example, the paper presents the case of Felipa Valencia, an unlicensed illegal immigrant who, though [...]

21 09, 2010

Consumer group blasts industry claims on car insurance rates

By | September 21st, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

Despite the strong contention of the Wisconsin insurance industry that car insurance premiums would be likely to rise following the passage of increased coverage standards, a report from consumer watchdog Citizen Action says that these claims gravely mischaracterize the new law.On the contrary, Citizen Action says, car insurance has been a highly profitable business in [...]

18 11, 2010

Experts say Indiana could be set to ban texting while driving

By | November 18th, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

A ban on text messaging while behind the wheel of a car in Indiana could be in the works, according to a number of insiders who spoke to the Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper.The trend toward tougher auto safety laws in the state has been apparent for some time, the Journal Courier reports. Legislators tried [...]

21 10, 2010

Backers of Massachusetts Right to Repair law gaining strength

By | October 21st, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

Although the most recent Massachusetts legislative session ended without the passage of the so-called "Right to Repair" law, a number of new corporations and interest groups have officially backed the effort, and will help existing supporters exert pressure on the state legislature to pass the bill during the next session.The Automotive Recyclers Association, Valvoline Instant [...]