Archives: December 2012

Auto sales recover after Sandy, strong numbers expected in December

Monday, December 3, 2012
Auto sales recover after Sandy, strong numbers expected in DecemberRecent reports are showing automotive industry sales recovered after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast at the end of October. A recent Kelley Blue Book report indicated that November is expected to come in at a 14.7 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, up from the 14.3 million unit pace posted last month as sales were impacted from the super storm. Experts believe the worst of the impact from Sandy are behind us. "Kelley Blue Book ...
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Better watch out, better not fly, better drive a car: the Car Council tells you why

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Better watch out, better not fly, better drive a car: the Car Council tells you whyA recent report by the Car Care Council has holiday travelers skipping out on flights and jumping into their cars for the holiday travel season. The primary culprit is high airfare costs that are breaking the bank, and the council even says if Santa didn't have his own private sleigh, he'd be squeezing into a car to deliver his gifts. Luckily reindeer are not as expensive as jet fuel. "With airfares soaring, more people are realizing that t ...
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New Toyota RAV4 gets monkey off its back

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
New Toyota RAV4 gets monkey off its backThe staple of the Toyota RAV4 - or what could be referred to as the baby Hummer -  has been its rear mounted spare tire on a gate that swung open. In the past, Toyota has been notorious for playing it safe when redesigning their cars, but it looks like they threw the playbook out on the new RAV4. The new 2013 RAV4 was recently unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show and boasts slightly more cargo room and a new six-speed automatic transmission ...
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Automakers jubilant following November sales reports

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Automakers jubilant following November sales reportsFour automakers are jumping for joy after reporting sales numbers from November. Toyota, Honda, Suzuki and Nissan all posted gains during the month, as pent-up demand drove sales. Toyota's sales reached 161,695 units in November, up 17.2 percent compared to November 2011. Representatives do admit, however, that the numbers are slightly juiced, even though secretly they're still dancing a jig.  "Replacement of vehicles damaged or destr ...
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Most Americans want a car for Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2012
Most Americans want a car for ChristmasA recent survey indicated that many Americans are hoping Santa lugs a new car to their doorstep. According to the recent Auto Alliance opinion poll of 5,000 consumers, 65 percent would like to receive a car as a gift this year, although only 17 percent of people have ever bought a car to give to someone. "The average age of vehicles on U.S. roads is a historic high of 11 years," said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO, Auto Alliance. "So we s ...
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Ram 1500 honored with Truck of the Year award

Monday, December 10, 2012
Ram 1500 honored with Truck of the Year awardMotor Trend recently named the 2013 Ram 1500 as the magazine's 2013 Truck of the Year. The all-new 2013 Ram 1500 received the recognition based on its air suspension, choice of engines, variety of trim levels and towing capability. This bodes particularly well for Ram because they anticipate truck demand to increase. Any current or potential truck owners should try out Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats for their trucks. Once you try th ...
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Advanced high strength steel cheaper than aluminum for lightweighting cars

Monday, December 10, 2012
Advanced high strength steel cheaper than aluminum for lightweighting carsA recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed their is no better way to reduce the cost of making a vehicle than to implement advanced high strength steels, even in place of aluminum. The study showed that lightweighting costs were $0.46 per pound when using advanced high-strength steels in the mid-sized body, chassis and interior vehicle systems, compared to $1.55 per pound using aluminum. The report shows t ...
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Cummins makes 2 millionth Ram truck

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Cummins makes 2 millionth Ram truckAfter a 40 year partnership, Cummins has built its 2 millionth Ram Diesel for Chrysler. The Cummins Ram has the same 350 horsepower, 6.7 liter, in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine, the only difference is that the it features a "Cummins Red" rocker cover and breather. The 2 millionth Ram, however, will not hit the streets for sale, it will go on display, touring the United States. "The Ram Truck-Cummins diesel partnership is one of the in ...
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Hyundai models getting the old 'atta boy'

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Hyundai models getting the old 'atta boy'Hyundai cleaned up at the 16th annual Strategic Vision Total Value Awards, as certain models received top honors. The Elantra, Sonata and Equus all came in first place in their respective categories. The Elantra sedan won first in the small car category, while the Sonata and Equus took first place spots in the medium cars and luxury segment, respectively. The Equus was a significant win, considering it took the top spot from both BMW and Me ...
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Trucks are cheaper in December, like last night's bagels

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Trucks are cheaper in December, like last night's bagelsNow is the time to buy a truck for any of you in the market. Why? Well good question. Let's simplify it. Say you show up at your local bagel shop. Yesterday, they just made hundreds of bagels, and nobody came into the store. Now, swimming in bagels and still making fresh ones, the bagel shop is offering yesterday's bagels, which really are just as good as today's bagels, for a much lower price. December is the month to buy a truck for a sim ...
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Auto sales up in November

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Auto sales up in NovemberTrueCar.com recently announced that November auto sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 15.54 million units, up 15 percent from November last year. "November was one of the strongest months in over four years and we project that December could end up being a bigger month," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar.com. "Combination of great products and attractive finance/lease promotions in addition to a boost from ...
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Staying safe on the road while traveling this holiday season

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Staying safe on the road while traveling this holiday seasonA recent Trip Advisor survey indicated that 45 percent of Americans are planning to travel during the December holidays, up from 42 percent last year. Driving was the No. 1 mode of transportation during the month, with 48 percent of the survey's travelers saying that's the way they were getting to and from their destinations. Before their trips, motorists should equip their cars with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats to protect their cars ...
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Ford Fusion: Cream of the redesigned crop

Friday, December 14, 2012
Ford Fusion: Cream of the redesigned cropKelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information, has named the 2013 Ford Fusion as the year's Best Redesigned Vehicle. Experts compared it with 20 other 2013 redesigns, and the cream that is the Fusion rose above the competition. "More than a handful of vehicles made the short list of finalists for this year, but ultimately the 2013 Ford Fusion was named KBB.com's 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in ...
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Best car deals of the month from KBB

Monday, December 17, 2012
Best car deals of the month from KBBKelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information, recently announced the winners of its 2013 Best Resale Value Awards featuring the 10 best deals on currently available cars. Automotive experts at KBB considered which vehicles they believed would hold their value the best, while at the same time taking into account current incentives being offered on the vehicles. Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive ins ...
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George W. Bush's Texas truck up for auction

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
George W. Bush's Texas truck up for auctionA truly one of a kind truck is being auctioned next month with proceeds going to the Fisher House Foundation. George W. Bush's Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew is up for grabs at Barrett Jackson in January. America's 43rd president says he barely touched public streets with the truck as he bought it in 2009 to drive dignitaries and his family around his Crawford, Texas, ranch. The lucky new owner would benefit from putting Husky Liners&re ...
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Motorists reminded of safe winter driving techniques

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Motorists reminded of safe winter driving techniquesDriving in winter weather conditions is more dangerous and motorists need to be sure they are prepared for the upcoming snow. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 25 percent of weather-related car accidents occurred on slushy, snowy or icy pavement, leading to 116,800 injuries and 1,300 deaths each year. With the winter weather on the horizon, AAA is encouraging drivers to remember specific winter driving techniques to ke ...
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Jeep to give away 2013 Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition at X Games

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Jeep to give away 2013 Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition at X GamesOne lucky X Games fan will be given a chance to take home the all-new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition. Jeep recently launched its X Games Avalanche Scramble sweepstakes, giving three contestants a trip to the X Games Aspen 2013 and a chance to win the new Rubicon. "The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition was designed as a tribute to the Jeep brand's most passionate enthusiasts and X Games Aspen 2013 is th ...
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Alternate fuel vehicles fastest growing car segment

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Alternate fuel vehicles fastest growing car segmentMore Americans are skipping out on gas-guzzling SUV's and buying up compact cars. Alternative fuel vehicles were the fastest growing U.S. car segment in 2012, according to research research by Mintel. The report showed alternative fuel vehicles sales, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, reaching nearly 440,000 units this year, up 73 percent from the same period of time last year. Those looking to provide a little extra p ...
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Year-end car deals driving sales

Friday, December 21, 2012
Year-end car deals driving salesSavvy car buyers who've been waiting for the right time to purchase a new vehicle may find now to be the ideal time. Automakers are feverishly trying to clear out their showroom floors at the end of the year to make way for new 2013 models, and with that they are offering big ol' cash rebates and incentives. Kelley Blue Book says some of the car sales in December will be due to demand from consumers in the Northeast replacing cars that were ...
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IIHS picks top cars in safety

Friday, December 21, 2012
IIHS picks top cars in safetyThe Insurance Institute for Highways Safety recently named a number of Top Safety Picks in the automotive industry and gave certain automobiles TSP+ awards based on stringent safety criteria. The 2013 Ford Fusion was among the vehicles to be evaluated on the new safety distinction. The IIHS the new vehicle through a variety of collision tests, frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover. The organization even evalua ...
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TrueCar expects strong December auto sales

Monday, December 24, 2012
TrueCar expects strong December auto salesTrueCar.com predicts December to see strong sales numbers, as has been the trend all year long. In its December 2012 sales and incentives forecast, the automotive website said it expects light vehicle sales to reach 1,370,568 units, a 10.3 percent year-over-year and a 19.9 percent month-over increase. If their projections are correct, the sales would translate to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 15.6 million units, up from 13.6 mill ...
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Nissan sold its 4 millionth Altima

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Nissan sold its 4 millionth AltimaNissan recently announced that it has sold 4 million Altimas after 20 years of manufacturing the vehicle. It's no wonder Nissan marks this milestone in 2012, as the automaker sold 284,762 units of the car this year, breaking the Altima's 2007 all-time sales record. Nissan was proud to add that 25 percent of 2013 Altima buyers traded in a Toyota or Honda. With pent-up demand continuing in the automotive industry, Nissan is expecting Altima s ...
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Hyundai Elantra posts record 2012 sales

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Hyundai Elantra posts record 2012 sales Hyundai recently announced that the Elantra has once again broken its all-time sales record, surpassing 186,361 units sold throughout 2012 with still one week remaining in the year. The automaker hopes that the car will join the Sonata as the second model to break 200,000 units sold in a year. "Adding the third shift to our plant in Alabama this year has allowed us to better meet demand for Elantra," said John Krafcik , president and CEO, ...
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AAA urges motorist to be extra careful on New Year's

Friday, December 28, 2012
AAA urges motorist to be extra careful on New Year'sAAA recently issued a report urging motorists to be extra careful while driving on New Year's Day as it ranks as the most deadly day for alcohol-related fatalities. In addition, AAA announced its support for ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, while offering safety advice for holiday party goers. Robert Darblenet, .AAA president and CEO, said AAA is not alone in its concern about impaired driving. "I commend AAA for step ...
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Detroit Free Press names 2013 Ram 1500 Truck of the Year

Monday, December 31, 2012
Detroit Free Press names 2013 Ram 1500 Truck of the YearThe Detroit Free Press recently named the 2013 Ram 1500 as the Truck of the Year, as the vehicle totes fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. "The new Ram 1500 takes a massive step forward in technology and fuel economy, representing the direction the Ram Truck Brand is heading with all its models," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are honored to have an endorsement ...
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