Archives: May 2013

Shoppers' most important factors when buying a vehicle

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Shoppers' most important factors when buying a vehicleA recent survey by NADAGuides investigated the most important things people consider when shopping for a vehicle. The survey showed that fuel economy was the most important thing for shoppers, followed by vehicle design, ownership costs and brand perception. Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Used Car Guide, said that vehicle design appearing as the second most important thing to vehicle buyers is a reflection of aut ...
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National record set at NHRA Sunflower National Open by Husky Liners® sponsored COPO Camaro

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
National record set at NHRA Sunflower National Open by Husky Liners® sponsored COPO CamaroThe Inaugural NHRA Sunflower National Open was held this past weekend (April 27, 2013) at the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association (SRCA) Drag Strip in Great Bend, Kansas. The event kicked off the NHRA West Central Division 5 season. Husky Liners® sponsored COPO Camaro set an NHRA National Record in the CC/SA class of 9.25 at 143 m.p.h driven by Todd Patterson of Patterson Racing, Inc. The COPO is powered by a Patterson Racing 427ci ...
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Fact: It costs more to own and operate a vehicle these days

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Fact: It costs more to own and operate a vehicle these daysAAA's recently released Your Driving costs study revealed that its costs 1.96 percent more to own and operate a sedan this year than it did last year.  "Many factors go into the cost calculation of owning and operating a vehicle," said John Nielsen, AAA Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. "This year, changes in maintenance, fuel and insurance costs resulted in the increase to just over 60 cents a mile. Before you make any v ...
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Automakers happy with April sales reports

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Automakers happy with April sales reportsAutomakers have come a long way since the recession and the latest reports are a testament to that. During and since the recession, many Americans were forced to put off a new car purchase because they couldn't afford it. Since then, the average age of vehicles on the road has reached a historic high, and since the economy has gotten going again, consumers are finding that now is the time to make a purchase. Hyundai recently announced that ...
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Leaf beats Volt again in April

Monday, May 6, 2013
Leaf beats Volt again in AprilThe Nissan Leaf beat out the Chevrolet Volt in sales during April, as many potential buyers were attracted to its lower price.  According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Volt sales fell 11 percent in April on year-over-year comparison, as the Leaf outsold it for the second consecutive month. The Chevrolet Volt can travel 38 miles on its battery before the small gasoline engine takes over, while the Leaf can go 75 miles on one ...
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David beats Goliath at Talladega Superspeedway

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
David beats Goliath at Talladega SuperspeedwayUnderdog David Ragan was able to gain support from his teammate David Gilliland to help him take his second career Sprint Cup victory at Talladega Superspeedway. Ragan's first win came at Daytona International Speedway in 2011.  Ragan told the Associated Press that he owes his teammate a lot for the win and that he plans on treating him to a meal this week . Gilliland finished right behind Ragan in second and was conten ...
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Todd Patterson wins NHRA Div. 5 opener & resets National Record to cap "Kansas Speedweek"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Todd Patterson wins NHRA Div. 5 opener & resets National Record to cap Patterson Racing has had its name in drag racing for more than 30 years, and it looks like that will continue indefinitely, as Todd Patterson and the Husky Liners® sponsored Chevy Cobalt won the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 5 race and reset a national record at SRCA Raceway in Great Bend, Kansas (May 4, 2013). In honor of Great Bend's contributions to hot rodding and drag racing history, Kansas Governor Sam Brown ...
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A clean car is all she wants for Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A clean car is all she wants for Mother's DayMother's Day is just a couple days away. Many of you are probably scrambling for ways to show mom how much you really care, and nothing says I love you like a clean car.  As she is probably out running errands, picking the kids up from school, taking them to dance or football practice and feeding them in the car on a day-to-day basis, the best thing you could do to show her you care is clean out the family car. Not to mention, it will ...
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Nissan Leaf earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Nissan Leaf earns IIHS Top Safety PickThe Nissan Leaf pure electric vehicle has recently been awarded the coveted Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, highlighting the vehicle's exemplary performance in four passenger safety tests.  The IIHS rates a vehicle's performance on various crash tests as good, acceptable, marginal or poor. To qualify for the 2013 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the all the te ...
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KBB releases shopper loyalty for Q1

Friday, May 10, 2013
KBB releases shopper loyalty for Q1Kelley Blue Books recently released its report on shopper loyalty, investigating new car shoppers' intentions on purchasing their next vehicle. The report once again placed Toyota in the top spot, accounting for the sixth consecutive quarter the automaker has topped the list. The data showed that 53.6 percent of Toyota car owners in the market for a new vehicle were considering purchasing another Toyota.  "Toyota's esteeme ...
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Parents admit to distracted driving with kids present

Monday, May 13, 2013
Parents admit to distracted driving with kids presentAccording to survey results presented by the Pediatric Academic Societies at its recent annual meeting, many parents on the road are putting their children at risk. The survey of more than 600 parents was conducted by the University of Michigan and investigated driving behavior when it comes to distractions, child restraints and previous driving history.  Michelle Macy, clinical lecturer in the Departments of Emergency Medicine a ...
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Couples strengthen relationships on road trips

Monday, May 13, 2013
Couples strengthen relationships on road tripsYourTango.com recently conducted a survey in collaboration with Ford on the impact riding in a car has on a relationship.  According to the results, 90 percent of the couples surveyed who indicated they had gone on a road trip together said the experience strengthened their relationship. Of the respondents, 50 percent of them said they used a sedan for their travels, so Ford is highlighting how its Fusion is the perfect ...
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Chrysler and Dodge have four cars on best quality list

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Chrysler and Dodge have four cars on best quality listStrategic Vision recently released its Total Quality Index investigating the quality and performance of some of today's top vehicles. The group compiled a list of the Best 2013 Total Quality cars, and Dodge and Chrysler dominated the list.  Based on responses from 17,568 owners of 2013 model year vehicles, the Dodge Dart, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Town & Country and Chrysler 200 Convertible were the leaders in their segment whe ...
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May is National Pet Month

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
May is National Pet MonthMay is National Pet Month, and that means letting your furry friend know just how much you love them. The month gives us a time to reflect on how important pets are in our lives and what we can do to help them. Along with showering your pet with love, the month should be celebrated and geared toward supporting responsible pet ownership. Pets need a home What better time to adopt a new member to your family than National Pet Month. All acros ...
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Kelley Blue Book releases list of cars that exude attitude

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Kelley Blue Book releases list of cars that exude attitudeKelley Blue Book recently released its list of 10 Cars that Exude Attitude, highlighting new vehicles that are not just about getting from A to B, but showing some character in the process. While this list of vehicles may not apply to everyone, perhaps those who are only looking for a family car or people only concerned with fuel efficiency, KBB said for every 100 'ordinary Joes' there is a Dennis Rodman, meaning some individuals ...
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Pickup trucks fetching higher resale prices

Monday, May 20, 2013
Pickup trucks fetching higher resale pricesNADA Used Car Guide recently released its May edition of Guidelines, showing that prices for full-size pickup trucks have increased. According to the report, the price for full-size pickup trucks was up nearly 7 percent in the first four months of this year. Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide, said that the higher trade-in values for pickup trucks is primarily due to rising home values, increased ...
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Ram 1500 named an All-Star truck

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ram 1500 named an All-Star truckThe 2013 Ram 1500 was recently named a 2013 Automobile Magazine All-Star for the third time in the last four years. As the 1500 has already received a number of awards this year, the editorial staff at the publication thought it was worthy of the award. "The Automobile Magazine All-Star award puts the 2013 Ram 1500 on top of other half-ton trucks in the market," said Reid Bigland, president and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group L ...
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List of best family cars released

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
List of best family cars releasedKelley Blue Book recently released its list of 10 Best Family Cars of 2013, highlighting the wide range of family vehicles available for any unique family specifications and situations.  "Show us 10 families and we'll suggest a different car for each, but all of those vehicles will score high in areas like safety, roominess, comfort and value," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue ...
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Husky Liners® mud guards now available for the Chevrolet Camaro

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Husky Liners® mud guards now available for the Chevrolet CamaroThe new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is a work of art.  When you first get a look at this truly authentic car, you don't know whether you should hop in and drive the thing or try to hang it up on your wall because it's so beautiful. Headlights comparable to Mona Lisa's deep set eyes, a revving engine that produces a sound as complex as a Mozart symphony, and a unique body style that looks like it was sculpted by the hands of Michelange ...
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Vehicle sales will be strong in May

Friday, May 24, 2013
Vehicle sales will be strong in MayThe automotive industry showed strong growth throughout this year, and according to a recent report, the month of May will be no different.  J.D. Power & Associates' Power Information Network and LMC Automotive recently released a report on what May's final numbers will show as far as vehicles sales are concerned. According to the report, total sales are expected to be above the 15 million-unit selling rate by the e ...
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Husky Liners® sponsored COPO Camaro cleans up at NHRA Kansas Nationals

Friday, May 24, 2013
Husky Liners® sponsored COPO Camaro cleans up at NHRA Kansas NationalsThe 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals were held  this past weekend at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas.  The NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series was delayed at an event in Atlanta, so this past weekend was the fifth straight weekend of competition. The Kansas Nationals are the eighth of 24 events in the series. The Husky Liners® sponsored COPO Camaro driven by Todd Patterson of Patterson racing qualified at No ...
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Memorial Day travel down overall, while automobile travel increases

Friday, May 24, 2013
Memorial Day travel down overall, while automobile travel increasesA recent report from AAA Travel predicts that 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, accounting for a 0.9 percent decrease from the 35.1 million Americans who traveled last year for the holiday weekend.  The report noted that the decline in travel is primarily due the 8 percent decrease in air travel expected this year compared to last year. "AAA is forecasting Memorial Day travel ...
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Tony Kanaan wins 97th Indy 500

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tony Kanaan wins 97th Indy 500In the latest NASCAR news, Tony Kanaan won the 97th Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend, earning him more than $2.3 million from the overall purse of $12,020,065. Kanaan told USA Today that he already bought a Ferrari with the winnings and is planning on buying a house. After participating in the Indy 500 12 times, Kanaan finally won after leading for 34 laps, three of which were the last laps of the race.  "I w ...
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June is Great Outdoors Month

Thursday, May 30, 2013
June is Great Outdoors MonthJune has always been a time to celebrate the outdoors, but this year it is official. President Barack Obama, along with governors from 40 states, have proclaimed that June is Great Outdoors Month. Whether Americans are celebrating in their backyard or with a trek across the country, the proclamations encourage families to get outside and enjoy themselves.  When President Bill Clinton was in office in 1998, he began Great Outdoors Wee ...
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Formula 1 United States named Sporting Event of the Year

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Formula 1 United States named Sporting Event of the YearNASCAR news recently has been all about Tony Kanaan's win at the Indy 500; however, other racing news shows how popular Formula 1 is across the country.  The Formula 1 United States 2012 race held last November has been named the Sports Event of the Year at the 2013 SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Business Awards. The race beat out events like the Ryder Cup and NHL Stanley Cup Finals.  "The fact that we are being recognized as the ...
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Mazda 6 named best car for under $30,000

Friday, May 31, 2013
Mazda 6 named best car for under $30,000Esquire Magazine recently named the 2014 Mazda 6 at the top of the list of The 3 Best Cars for Less Than $30,000. The vehicle gets contains a Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 184-horsepower, works with the transmission, body and chassis to achieve a better performance and fuel efficiency. The 2014 Mazda 6 achieves a class-leading 38 mpg while at the same time boasting a stylish design and sporty performance. Those looki ...
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Sorento named to best SUV list for under $25,000

Friday, May 31, 2013
Sorento named to best SUV list for under $25,000The redesigned 2014 Kia Sorento, has recently named to the Kelley Blue Books list of the 10 Best SUV's Under $25,000.  According to the expert editors at KBB named the Sorento has fifth on the list for its spacious interior, refined design, premium features and compact size.   "The Sorento is one of seven all-new or redesigned Kia vehicles scheduled to go on sale this year and continues the brand's legacy of world-class design, d ...
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AAA says 8 million drivers will be stranded this summer driving season

Friday, May 31, 2013
AAA says 8 million drivers will be stranded this summer driving seasonAs the summer driving season kicks off, AAA is expecting to help a lot of Americans with car issues.  According to a recent report, AAA predicts that more than 8 million Americans will need assistance while on the road this summer driving season, which they categorize as the time from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Already, 31 million people hit the road for Memorial Day travel, but many trips were cut short or ruined as 250,000 of ...
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