Archives: June 2013

New car transaction price up in May

Monday, June 3, 2013
New car transaction price up in MayTrueCar recently released a report estimating that the average transaction price for light vehicles bought in May was $30,978, up 2 percent on a year-over-year comparison and up 0.6 percent on a month-over-month comparison. "Consumer confidence is the highest it's been since 2007, helping keep demand for new vehicles very stable, and moving transaction prices upward overall," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar. "Ford enjoyed a 4 ...
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25 best bird hunting towns named

Monday, June 3, 2013
25 best bird hunting towns namedPheasantblog.org recently released its list of the 25 Best Bird Hunting Towns in America. The list stretches from Alabama to Alaska and primarily features towns in the Midwest. While last year's list was predominantly focused on where to find the best pheasant hunting, this year's list also included multiple species of quail, prairie grouse and some forest birds. "The main criterion was to emphasize areas capable of providing multiple spec ...
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Ford breaks yearlong hybrid sales record in just five months

Monday, June 3, 2013
Ford breaks yearlong hybrid sales record in just five monthsFord recently announced that its hybrid sales in the first five months of 2013 have broken its full-year hybrid sales record set in 2010. According to Ford, the product strength of its vehicle lineup have made this year its best year for hybrid sales with vehicles including Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The automaker reported that 2013 hybrid sales are projected to hit ...
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Vehicle leasing hits record high during Q1

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Vehicle leasing hits record high during Q1A recent report from Experian Automotive indicated that new vehicle leasing increased 12.5 percent during the first quarter of 2013, when compared to the same period of time last year. The report indicated that vehicle leasing has reached its highest level since Experian began tracking the data in 2006.  According to the report, leasing accounted for a record-high 27.5 percent of all new vehicles that were financed in the first q ...
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Kia, Hyundai see best-ever May sales

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Kia, Hyundai see best-ever May salesThe automotive industry continues to see strong demand and two recent monthly reports are testament to that. Kia Motors American recently reported that it had its best May ever, with 52,327 units sold. The automaker attributed its success to the popularity of the 2014 Cadenza and Forte sedans and the Optima, which led in sales for the 18th consecutive month after 15,368 left dealerships in May. Kia noted that Optima and Sorento CUV sal ...
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High school automotive skills challenge offers once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR opportunity

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
High school automotive skills challenge offers once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR opportunityThe 64th Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition started in January when nearly 13,000 high school juniors and seniors took an online automotive technology test. Now, months later, the National Finals will be held June 9 to 11, giving 98 high school students a chance to cement a career in the automotive industry.  Contestants will put their vehicle knowledge to the test with a written exam and a timed event, where they have to i ...
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Brad Keselowski teams with SCOTT Car Care to honor veterans

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Brad Keselowski teams with SCOTT Car Care to honor veteransSCOTT Car Care recently announced that has teamed up with Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski and Ford Racing for the company's "Worth the Work. Pass it On. Sweepstakes," which will honor our nation's heroes.  As a part of the contest, SCOTT Care Care will be giving away a new 2013 Ford F-150 XLT with EcoBoost engine. In addition, the winner of the contest will not only receive the truck, but also a paid VIP trip to the November 2013 ...
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Child restraints critical to keeping kids safe

Friday, June 7, 2013
Child restraints critical to keeping kids safeParents can significantly improve their child's safety in a car by using child safety restraint systems. According to the 2010 Fatal Injury Reports, National and Regional released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2010, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 17. However, according to the report, the risk of a fatal accident is reduced 71 percent in infants and 54 percent in ...
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Jeep announces Cherokee pricing

Monday, June 10, 2013
Jeep announces Cherokee pricingThe price for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee has been released. The vehicle will be offered at dealers for a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $22,995. The automaker noted that the Cherokee is hundreds of dollars less than the outgoing Liberty model, while at the same time offers better fuel economy, handling and more safety and technology features. In addition, the Cherokee also has best-in-class 4x4 capability and segment-fir ...
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Hybrid, plug-in markets see record sales in May

Monday, June 10, 2013
Hybrid, plug-in markets see record sales in MayThe Electric Drive Transportation Association recently issued its May 2013 Electric Drive Sales Dashboard, which indicated that there were a record number of sales of hybrid and plug-in vehicles across the country in May. According to the report, automakers sold 48,796 hybrids in May. It also indicated that year-to-date totals of hybrid sales are at 212,711, up 14 percent when compared to the same period of time last year. A ...
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TrueMPG remains near record lows in May

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
TrueMPG remains near record lows in MayTrueCar recently released its TrueMPG for May, which investigates the average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the month. According to the report, the TrueMPG for light vehicles sold in May was 23.7 mpg, only accounting for a 0.6 mpg increase on a year-over-year comparison and still near historic lows. The report indicated that Nissan and Chrysler both saw year-over-year gains that were better than 1.2 mpg. "Chrysler and Nissan are bo ...
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Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Crew Cab to feature Husky Liners® products

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Crew Cab to feature Husky Liners® productsIf you are driving the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Crew Cab, some extra protection can go a long way to maintaining the beauty of your new truck.  As any truck owner knows, every job has the potential to be hard on a truck, from driving the kids to school to hauling an 11,000-pound load. That's why adding some extra accessories might be a good idea, not only to keep your truck looking as clean as the day it pulled off the ...
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Husky Liners® products are what dad really wants for Father's Day

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Husky Liners® products are what dad really wants for Father's DayFather's Day is this Sunday, and that means wives and children are racking their brains over what they should give Dad. Sure, breakfast in bed and a card shows dad that you actually remembered the holiday, but this year you should strive to take it a step further. While he might smile and thank you for the pancakes and Hallmark card, there are other options to get him really giddy over the holiday and show him just how much y ...
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Dads like large pickups and gifts that preserve them

Friday, June 14, 2013
Dads like large pickups and gifts that preserve themTrueCar released its Dads' Top 10 list, highlighting data of what types of vehicles fathers purchased last year. According to the list, most dads are getting behind the wheel of a truck. The list showed that three choices on the top 10 list were trucks, with the No. 1 pick being the Ford F-150. Other trucks on the list included the Dodge Ram 1500 (No. 3) and the Chevrolet Silverado (No.6). "Whether they're heading to the soccer f ...
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Ford reduces CO2 emissions by 37 percent per vehicle

Monday, June 17, 2013
Ford reduces CO2 emissions by 37 percent per vehicleFord recently announced that its global facilities have cut their CO2 emissions by 37 percent per vehicle from 2000 to 2007 and they are expecting to cut another 30 percent from 2010 to 2025. The automaker accredits the reduction to its strong line of vehicles, which includes six electrified vehicles: The Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids; and Focus Electric. "In t ...
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Apps available offering outdoor activities in Iowa

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Apps available offering outdoor activities in IowaDo you want to know where to find information on outdoor activities in Iowa? Well, there are apps for that.  State officials recently announced that two new mobile apps will help residents find outdoor activities. One is the Iowa State Parks & Recreation Guide, which allows users to learn more about the offerings of Iowa's many state parks and upcoming events. The other app was developed by the Iowa Department of Natural Reso ...
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Ford F-150 wins Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Ford F-150 wins Light-Duty Pickup Truck ChallengeThe Ford F-150 has been in the news time and time again for its popularity among American buyers. A recent report shows just why new truck buyers continue to flock to Ford dealers when making a purchase.  PickupTrucks.com recently announced that the Ford F-150 won the Light-Duty Pickup Truck Challenge, showing the half-ton pickup truck lives up to all its hype.  The contest pitted the nation's most popular trucks against eac ...
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Plug-ins tend to lose their value

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Plug-ins tend to lose their valueThe latest NADA Used Car Guide report showed that the value of plug-in electric vehicles is predicted to decrease more than any other vehicle segment. According to the report, the value of plug-in electrics is expected to decline 30 percent in 2013 on a year-over-year comparison.  "The steep rate of depreciation for used plug-in electric vehicles can be attributed to limited range, manufacturer incentives and federal tax credits inten ...
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KBB releases list of the coolest cars

Monday, June 24, 2013
KBB releases list of the coolest carsAre you looking for a cool car? Well, you are in luck.  Kelley Blue Book recently released its list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013. The list was compiled by KBB editors and highlights affordable vehicles that also exude the cool factor, which accounts for two criteria: They are fun to drive and fun to own. This year, the No. 1 coolest car was the 2013 Hyundai Veloster. "Quite frankly, automakers keep making it ...
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Husky Liners® and Scott Bintz Racing have teamed up for the 2013 Wissota Racing Season

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Winfield, KS – June 11, 2013 – Husky Liners®, a leading supplier of automotive accessories for light trucks, SUV's, vans and cars, recently partnered with Scott Bintz Racing as a sponsor for the entire 2013 season. Scott races the #1s Shaw modified dirt track racecar in the Wissota Modified and MW Modified division. The Scott Bintz Racing team is thrilled to team up with Husky Liners®, a leader in the automotive afterm ...
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Squeeze the value out of your vehicle

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Squeeze the value out of your vehicleWhen it comes to owning a vehicle, it's important to nurture it as much as possible. Anyone who has sold a car knows that the price they paid for the vehicle is likely not the same as what they are selling it for now. Once you pull out of that dealership, it's more than likely you will never get the same price for that new car. However, that doesn't mean there are not ways to significantly reduce the impact of this lost value.  H ...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking to curb high school dropout rate

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking to curb high school dropout rateAs the high school dropout rate climbs to alarming rates, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, is looking to do something about students leaving high school before they graduate.  The NASCAR driver is teaming up with National Guard Youth Foundation and its ChalleNGe program in order to curb these numbers. The foundation and Earnhardt Jr. will invite ChalleNGe graduates as s ...
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KBB says new car sales up 10 percent in June

Thursday, June 27, 2013
KBB says new car sales up 10 percent in JuneKelly Blue Book recently released its expectations for vehicle sales at the end of this month, and again it appears the auto industry is in for some optimistic information.  According to the report, new car sales are expected to hit 1,363,000 units by the end of this month, accounting for a 6 percent increase on a year-over-year comparison. When the month is adjusted, due to fewer selling days, the increase is actually 10 percent ...
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F-150 named 'Most American' vehicle

Thursday, June 27, 2013
F-150 named 'Most American' vehicleThe Ford F-150 is about as American as a dollar bill. The half-ton pickup truck was recently named the "Most American" vehicle by Cars.com, ousting the Toyota Camry from its top position on the list from 2009 to 2012.  According to Cars.com's American-Made Index, the F-150 won based on three criteria, including domestic parts content, final vehicle assembly point and vehicle sales.  "Strong sales and 75 percent domestic-parts co ...
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New Mazda3 unveiled

Friday, June 28, 2013
New Mazda3 unveiledThe all-new 2014 Mazda3 was recently unveiled at an event in Manhattan. The automaker announced that the car will be available for purchase this fall and that it features SKYACTIV technologies, fuel efficiency, as well as performance-enabled components and manufacturing philosophies.  "With more than 3.5 million vehicles sold globally, the Mazda3 is the brand's best-selling and most recognizable name plate, and its rede ...
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Six months of strong car sales

Friday, June 28, 2013
Six months of strong car salesJune caps off the first half of the year, and, according to the latest data, the automotive industry saw quite a first half of the year.  According to a recent report from Edmunds.com, experts at the company anticipate that new car and truck sales will reach 1,365,496 in June, down 5.3 percent from the robust May sales and up 6.3 percent on a year-over-year comparison. The report noted that the number of vehicles sold in June equ ...
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