Archives: January 2013

Car sales to be high in 2013, large truck segment to grow

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Car sales to be high in 2013, large truck segment to growAfter posting a strong sales year, the automotive industry is poised for a similar showing in 2013, one firm predicts. Polk, a leading global automotive intelligence firm, anticipates that new light vehicle registrations will increase 6.6 percent to 15.3 million vehicles in 2013 when compared 2012. In addition, the group believes North American production volumes will reach 15.9 million units, accounting for a 2.4 percent increase on a year- ...
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IIHS names auto industry's safest rides

Thursday, January 3, 2013
IIHS names auto industry's safest ridesThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently named the safest cars in the automotive industry. The organization released its full list of 117 vehicles that earned Top Safety Pick awards, as well as 13 additional models that received the latest Top Safety Pick+ designation. Those considering purchasing one of these vehicles are advised to outfit them with HuskyLiners® vehicle floor mats in order to keep the ride looking as clean as ...
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Ohio muzzleloader season starts January 5

Friday, January 4, 2013
Ohio muzzleloader season starts January 5Ohio's deer muzzleloader season is set to kick off on January 5 and will last until January 8. State officials anticipate that production levels during the weekend will be similar to last year when 19,459 deer were harvested, the Mansfield News Journal reported. During Ohio's deer-gun weekend in 2012, hunters harvested more than 14,000 deer, down 14.3 percent from 2011. According to the Ohio Department of Natural resources Division of Wildl ...
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Green Technology Award nominees named

Monday, January 7, 2013
Green Technology Award nominees namedThe Washington Auto Show on January 31, is giving automakers a chance to showcase some of their latest models, allowing event goers to see the latest innovations within the industry. Finalists have recently been named for the Green Car Journal's inaugural Green Car Technology Award, which will be announced on the second day of the Washington Auto Show. Ten technologies have been nominated but only one can win. The vehicle with the best tech ...
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Auto industry celebrates hot sales year

Monday, January 7, 2013
Auto industry celebrates hot sales yearThe automotive industry took a hit during the recession as many Americans couldn't afford to purchase a new car following the economic downturn. However, by forgoing a new car purchase in recent years, many are contributing to the increased demand for new vehicles. With 2012 coming to a close, many automaker's are reeling as final sales numbers are being posted. The pent-up demand for cars following the recession caused many Americans to ma ...
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Ford F-Series sell like hot cakes in 2012

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ford F-Series sell like hot cakes in 2012According to Autoblog.com, the Ford F-Series was the best selling selling vehicle in 2012, accounting for 31 consecutive years of leading the automotive industry in annual sales. Autoblog recently released its list of the top selling cars in 2012 and there were no surprises as the top three vehicles sold in 2012 were also the top three vehicles sold in 2011. In 2012, Ford sold 645,316 F-Series trucks, no where near the 900,000+ units sold ...
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Ram 1500 named Truck of the Year, again

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Not to, as they say, flog a dead horse, but it has happened again. The new 2013 Ram 1500 has been named the Truck of the Year. This time it was AOL Autos placing the Ram 1500 on top of all other trucks. AOL editors had a chance to test drive and report on every new truck, car and SUV, to provide an unbiased insight into the best wheels on the market.  Potential car buyers looking to purchase the best vehicles on the market should protec ...
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Consumers want connected cars

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Consumers want connected carsA recent survey for Johnson Controls by Harris Interactive showed that vehicle owners want to be able to connect their phones and applications to their car, in a safe and simple manner, where they can also download apps from traditional channels. "Through this research study, we gain important insight into the needs and wants of consumers as they seek to connect seamlessly and intuitively to their vehicles," said Paul Lambert, group vice pr ...
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Ram 3500: All others are Hot Wheels toys

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Ram 3500: All others are Hot Wheels toysThe new 2013 Ram 3500 makes its competitors look like Hot Wheels toys. Ram recently released its 2013 Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks towing and weight ratings and they are a doozy. According to the data, the Ram 3500 Heavy Duty has a maximum trailer weight of 30,000 pounds. The next in line competitor might as well be a tricycle because it only has a maximum trailer weight of 23,100 pounds. The Detroit Free Press added that the n ...
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New cars debut at Detroit Auto Show

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
New cars debut at Detroit Auto ShowThe North American International Auto Show in Detroit had its press days on January 14-15, giving automakers a chance to reveal their latest models to the world. Kelley Blue Book recently created a list of the most highly anticipated vehicles being released from days leading up to the show. While the actual auto show is not open to the public until January 19, media coverage has given auto enthusiasts a chance to look at some of these new ...
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Navigation systems not satisfying in 2012

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Navigation systems not satisfying in 2012The recently published J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study showed that consumer satisfaction in car navigation systems decreased in 2012 on a year-over-year comparison, as the industry sees increased competition from mobile applications offering navigation services. Mike VanNieuwkuyk, executive director of global automotive at J.D. Power and Associates said manufacturers of these systems face a seriou ...
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Kia this, Kia that

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Kia this, Kia that With the recent start of the North American International Auto Show, automakers have been releasing new models and receiving awards for models already out on the market. One of those brands is Kia. The company maintained strong sales in 2012 and looks for new vehicles to drive them forward in the new year. Whether or not a vehicle is new or old, from 2014 or 1994, a car looks cleaner with Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats. Kia unveile ...
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Ram 1500 named 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Ram 1500 named 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the YearWith the press days of the North American International Auto Show coming to a close, car enthusiasts got a chance to see some never before seen vehicles, as well as hear about some of the latest awards being issued to car manufacturers. In one of the most recent announcements, the coveted title of the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year has been given to the 2013 Ram 1500. by a panel of automotive experts at the North American Aut ...
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Iowa's 2012 hunting, fishing and camping numbers are in

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Iowa's 2012 hunting, fishing and camping numbers are inThe Department of Natural Resources recently released data describing Iowa's hunting , fishing and camping in 2012. Any outdoor enthusiasts looking to provide a little extra protection to the interiors of their cars and trucks should install Husky Liners® floor mats. The department reported selling 164,000 deer hunting licenses in 2012, with the most popular license being the first shotgun season. Bow license was the next popular by a sli ...
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Python hunting season kicks off in Florida

Friday, January 18, 2013
Python hunting season kicks off in FloridaThe python hunting season recently kicked off in Southern Florida, attracting nearly 1,000 wranglers who have signed up to hunt the invasive species under the state's Python Challenge. The season will run through February 10 "If they'd told me 10-15 years ago, you're going to be cruising this road for Burmese pythons, I would've been like, 'You're crazy, no way,'" Ruben Ramirez, a python hunter who is registered for the Python Challenge, t ...
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BMW and VW are favorites to improve among automotive executives

Saturday, January 19, 2013
BMW and VW are favorites to improve among automotive executivesIt's one thing for an auto manufacturer to report on how well sales are doing or how "pretty" their latest model is, but it is an entirely different thing for executives of competing companies to show their optimism in their company's future. Well, that is exactly what a recent survey indicated. The 14th Annual Global Automotive Executive Survey by KPMG showed that global car executives believe that Volkswagen and BMW are the most likely t ...
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A glimpse into the future: North American International Auto Show features high-strength steel in cars

Monday, January 21, 2013
A glimpse into the future: North American International Auto Show features high-strength steel in carsThe North American International Auto Show is currently underway, featuring the latest and greatest innovations the industry has to offer. One technology that seems to sneak under the radar not only increases fuel efficiency and manufacturing costs associated with a vehicle, but also makes them safer. While many automakers are turning to hybrids and electric vehicles to meet federal regulations requiring increased fuel efficiency, others a ...
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Honda recognized for green cars

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Honda recognized for green carsThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recently recognized five Honda vehicles for their environmental sustainability. "The recognition by ACEEE of Honda's alternative fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles over the past 15 years further validates our commitment to create and deliver more energy-efficient, low emissions mobility solutions for society," said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Develo ...
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Safeguarding a car from winter weather conditions

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Safeguarding a car from winter weather conditionsAs we come into the coldest temperatures of the year, it is a good idea car owners do everything possible to ensure their car will be up and running smoothly come spring time. Not only does extra protection leave a car running better but it also saves money in the long run. Car owners are encouraged to have maintenance done periodically on their vehicles. The Engine Rebuilders Council recently reported that although many Ame ...
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Car owners prefer independent shops to dealers for repairs

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Car owners prefer independent shops to dealers for repairsA recent survey shows that Americans trust independent auto repair shops over dealerships by a staggering amount.  According to the survey conducted by AutoMD.com, consumers admitted to be satisfied with a dealership experience but showed they trust independent repair shops twice as much as dealers. When it came down to it, better prices were what set independent repair shops apart from dealers.  Of the survey respondents, 80 per ...
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Worst maintenance mistakes made by car owners

Friday, January 25, 2013
Worst maintenance mistakes made by car ownersMost car owners know that caring for their vehicle is not only essential to keeping themselves and passengers safe behind the wheel, but it is always cheaper in the long run to periodically maintain a vehicle than having to do repairs later on.  CarMD.com and its Auto Service Excellence-certified Master Technicians, which have more than 840 years of experience working on cars, recently released their list of the top 10 maintenance mis ...
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Patterson Racing prepares for the 2013 racing season with backing from Husky Liners®

Friday, January 25, 2013
Patterson Racing prepares for the 2013 racing season with backing from Husky Liners®Husky Liners® has agreed to come on board as the major sponsor in 2013 for the Patterson Racing team backing both the COPO Camaro and the Chevy Cobalt. “We are pleased for Husky Liners® to expand their role as our primary sponsor and look forward to a promising season,” says Patterson Racing President, Todd Patterson. The team plans to compete in 14 races in the Lucas Oil National and Divisional schedule, attending the ...
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Auto industry experiencing strong start to 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013
Auto industry experiencing strong start to 2013According to a report by LMC Automotive and J.D. Power and Associates, after having a strong sales year last year, the automotive industry is expected to grow even further, as January numbers are already better than experts initially anticipated. The report expects January sales will reach 812,000 vehicles in 2013 or a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 12.9 million units. That's well above the 12.4 million unit seasonally adjusted ann ...
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Toyota to show off American accomplishments

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Toyota to show off American accomplishmentsToyota recently announced that its theme for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show will focus on the automaker's success in America, as it secured multiple awards for its fleet of vehicles and rebounded sales numbers. The automaker will be showcasing various concept cars at the event that will give the public a look at where the brand plans on going in the next few years. Another vehicle that will appear at the show is the Toyota Avalon, which w ...
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KBB​ releases list of the 10 best cars for winter

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
KBB​ releases list of the 10 best cars for winterAs we roll into the dead of winter, car owners need to be doing what they can to safeguard their vehicle from the inclement weather thrown at them during this time of year. Sometimes that means buying a whole new car altogether. Kelley Blue book recently released its list of the 10 Best Cars for the Winter, highlighting the top models in the industry for dealing with rain, sleet, snow and whatever else the cold months throw at us. ...
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Hybrids competing with the rest of the auto industry

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Hybrids competing with the rest of the auto industryIt took decades, but the hybrid vehicle market is finally gaining ground on other mainstream segments.  WardsAuto has been tracking the numbers since hybrids came to the market in 1999. Wards recently reported that U.S. consumers bought 427,605 hybrids in 2012, up from 261,507 in 2011. What could be considered just as amazing, hybrids also outsold a number of other segments including midsize luxury cars, small cross/utility v ...
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Bow season a success in Albany

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Bow season a success in AlbanyThe 2012-2013 bow hunting season ended for the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany hunters and it has been deemed a success. The Albany, New York, season began on September 18, 2012 and went until January 15. Any hunters looking for extra protection for their vehicles while out on the hunt should consider Husky Liners® mud guards.  More than 100 archers scoured nearly 1,100 acres of upstate New York, according to Jule Robbins, ...
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Best used cars for under $8,000

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Best used cars for under $8,000The winter is usually a slower time of year for new car buying, as many potential buyers looked to take advantage of year-end deals offered by new car dealers. However, the winter is an especially good time of year to purchase a used car.  As many Americans are scouring auto websites to find the best deals around, Kelley Blue Book thought it would help out by releasing its list of the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000. As potential ...
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