Archives: July 2013

Bear hunting seminar to be held in Vermont

Monday, July 1, 2013
Bear hunting seminar to be held in VermontThe Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recently announced that it will be holding a free seminar on August 17. The seminar is titled Getting Started in Bear Hunting.  The department is looking to educate hunters on not only staying safe while hunting bears but also ways to be more successful. John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator for the Fish & Wildlife Department, said bears can be a hard animal to hunt, b ...
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Diesel vehicles cost less to own

Monday, July 1, 2013
Diesel vehicles cost less to ownAccording to recent data from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, diesel vehicle have far lower costs of ownership compared to similar gasoline vehicles.  The data showed a diesel vehicle can save its owner between $2,000 and $6,000 in a thee to five year period compared to gasoline powered vehicles. "Overall, the results of our analyses show that diesel vehicles provide owners with a TCO (total cost of ...
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KBB releases list of the top 10 most patriotic car buying states

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
KBB releases list of the top 10 most patriotic car buying statesKelley Blue Book recently compiled a list of the 10 most patriotic car buying states, finding out where people were most likely to buy American-made cars. According to KBB, the No. 1 state on the list was Michigan. This shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the Big Three American automakers are based out of Michigan, and including Chrysler, Ford and General Motors; they account for 79.2 percent of all car sales in Michigan. T ...
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Average car transaction price rises in June

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Average car transaction price rises in JuneAccording to recent automotive industry reports, car prices are on the rise and so are sales. TrueCar recently issued a report estimating that the transaction price for light vehicles sold in the United States averaged $31,125 in June, up 2 percent on a year-over-year comparison and 0.5 percent on a month-over-month comparison. Experts attribute strong sales to high consumer confidence and price increases to the preference for the "high-co ...
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee wins SUV challenge

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee wins SUV challengeThe 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was recently named the winner of the Cars.com/USA Today Midsize SUV Challenge. The vehicle was pitted against five other popular sport-utility vehicles and assessed fuel efficiency, practicality, driving ability, comfort and features. The newest Grand Cherokee was chosen as the winner by experts at Cars.com, USA Today, Motorweek and a family that represented the averaged midsize SUV buyer.  "After ext ...
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Toyota, Porsche post strong June sales

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Toyota, Porsche post strong June salesThere is no shortage of reports indicating that the automotive industry saw strong sales in June. Both Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book reported that sales were above 1.3 million, capping off a strong first six months. However, some automakers fared better than others in June.  A recent report from Toyota showed that the automaker sold 195,235 units in June, up 14 percent on a year-over-year comparison. Of the sales, 173,880 were from the ...
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Redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway begins

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway beginsIn NASCAR news today, drivers Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne teamed up to break ground on the Daytona Rising project at Daytona International Speedway. The project will redevelop the 54-year-old front stretch of the speedway, allowing fans a better experience, with expanded and redesigned entrances, escalators and elevators. "An historic project like Daytona Rising, which will reimagine an iconic American venue like Daytona International Sp ...
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Fuel efficiency of vehicles sold remains near record high, even with strong truck sales

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Fuel efficiency of vehicles sold remains near record high, even with strong truck salesTrueCar recently reported that the fuel economy of vehicles purchased in June remained near record-high levels. According to the report, the average fuel economy of vehicles bought last month was 23.7 mpg, up 0.7 mpg from this time last year. Even with strong truck sales, automakers have been able to provide consumers with a number of fuel-efficient options that continue to keep the average fuel economy of new cars at low levels. "Despite ...
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Ram shows off its 1500 Black Express

Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ram shows off its 1500 Black ExpressThe Ram 1500 recently received quite the makeover. One could compared the difference to Ram 1500 and the Ram 1500 Black Express to Danny Zuko's character in Grease. The 1500 looks like the sweet, young John Travolta wooing Olivia Newton-John's Sandy on the beach in the summertime, until he returns to school and throws on his black leather greaser jacket. The new Ram Black Express features a number of bold new features. It comes with black ...
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Dodge Dart targets Millennials with new ad campaign

Monday, July 15, 2013
Dodge Dart targets Millennials with new ad campaignDodge recently announced that it will be teaming up with the rapper Pitbull to sell its 2013 Dart. The company said that the compact car segment is the largest and most competitive segment in the automotive industry. Millennials represent a large percentage of the appeal in that market and Dodge believes Pitbull will be a good person to connect with the generation.  "Like the original, the new multicultural 'How to Change Cars Fo ...
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KBB releases list of 10 Best Luxury SUVs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
KBB releases list of 10 Best Luxury SUVsKelley Blue Book recently released its list of the 10 Best Luxury SUVs of 2013. According to the editors at KBB, the list was compiled to help shoppers determine what luxury SUV to buy. The release noted that the vehicle should be able to exploit a jungle's terrain but also is as comfortable as a day spa. On this year's list, the Land Rover 2013 Range Rover was named to the No. 1 spot. "For decades the Range Rover has prowled to the ...
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Husky Liners® floor mats perfect for pet owners

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Husky Liners® floor mats perfect for pet ownersPets give their owners companionship and unconditional love: But that's not all. With any pet, whether it's a German Shepard or a kitten, comes responsibility.  Those with pets know that animals can be your best friend, but they can also be messy at times. Shedding from a dog can be a nightmare cleanup, not to mention clearing out a litter box isn't the way I would want to spend my Saturday night. Despite the responsibilities, though, ...
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Kia celebrates 1 million US-built vehicles

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Kia celebrates 1 million US-built vehiclesKia recently built its one-millionth vehicle in the U.S. by rolling out a snow white pearl 2014 Sorento SXL. "Building 1 million vehicles in less than four years is a tremendous achievement and one that each one of our more than 3,000 team members can take great pride in," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO for Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "People are the heart and soul of this company, and our team membe ...
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Car leasing helps boost sales

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Car leasing helps boost salesAccording to a recent report from Edmunds.com, an increase in car leasing is helping boost new car sales. The report showed that new cars accounted for 29 percent of the total sales from January to May, up from 27.6 percent during the same period of time last year. According to Edmunds.com, of the new cars, 25 percent were leased, beating out the previous record of 22 percent, set last year. As car sales continue to remain strong throu ...
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Used pickup prices on the rise as truck demand remains strong

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Used pickup prices on the rise as truck demand remains strongNADA Used Car recently reported that as a result of the high demand for trucks, used pickup prices are increasing. "June closed out the first half of the year with average auction prices of used vehicles up to 8 years in age nearly equal to last year's level," said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide. "Given the stability observed in used-vehicle prices year-to-date, we expect to close out the year with ...
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Automotive industry 'outshines' the rest of the economy

Friday, July 19, 2013
Automotive industry 'outshines' the rest of the economyThe latest report from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive showed that July will be yet another strong sales month for the automotive industry, as it continues to be a bright spot in the overall economy.  According to the report, new-vehicle retail sales are expected to reach 1,127,100 in July, up 12 percent on a year-over-year comparison. These sales translate to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 13.2 million units, which is level t ...
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Patterson Racing/Husky Liners® pick up Comp Eliminator Win, #1 Qualifier and Class Win at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Monday, July 22, 2013
Patterson Racing/Husky Liners® pick up Comp Eliminator Win, #1 Qualifier and Class Win at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA NationalsMorrison, Colo. - Todd Patterson claimed his 12th National Event title at the 34th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals this past weekend (July 19-21, 2013) at Bandimere Speedway, the 14th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 4 of those 12 event wins have been at Bandimere Speedway; including the first National Event win of his career. Todd claimed those wins in 1986, 1990, 1997 and 2013. After qualifying in the # ...
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Audi sells its 3 millionth A3

Monday, July 22, 2013
Audi sells its 3 millionth A3Audi recently announced that it has sold it has sold 3 million A3's in the company's 17-year history. Experts note that having sold so many compact cars is a testament to the quality of the brand. "Three million automobiles in the compact class is quite a performance," said Dr. Frank Dreves, board of management member for production at Audi AG. "This success is backed by a strong team and an efficient production system. With the Audi ...
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TrueCar.com releases 'Steals on Wheels'

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
TrueCar.com releases 'Steals on Wheels'True Car recently released its list of Steals on Wheels, highlighting the best deals on new cars in July According to the latest list, the Ford Edge claimed the No. 1 spot, with a 16.1 percent savings off the MSRP, which equates to $4,591 off the market price of $28,595. The Ford Edge has a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and gets 21 city mpg and 30 highway mpg. "July is an ideal time to shop for a new car because it offers a great selection of veh ...
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Appealing vehicles sell faster, demand higher prices and have more loyal customers

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Appealing vehicles sell faster, demand higher prices and have more loyal customersJ.D. Power's 2013 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study showed that appealing cars tend to sell faster, demand higher prices and are more likely to encourage buyers to become brand loyal.  "Appealing vehicles are simply good news for both consumers and automakers," said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. "Even within the same vehicle segment, consumers are willing to spend subst ...
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Guinness World Record issued for Largest Parade of Subaru Cars

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Guinness World Record issued for Largest Parade of Subaru CarsSubaru recently announced that it has set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Parade of Subaru Cars. The automaker held the parade on July 13, when 371 Subaru owners drove their vehicles in straight line Itasca, Ill. As a part of the world record, Subaru donated $5,000 to PAWS Chicago and another $5,000 to Salute Inc. If you can believe it or not, Subaru was the previous holder of the Largest Parade of Subaru Cars, ...
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Strong vehicle sales expected in July

Friday, July 26, 2013
Strong vehicle sales expected in JulyTrueCar.com recently reported its sales and incentives expectations for the automotive industry in July. The report predicts that new car sales will be strong again, as pent-up demand continues to push the industry forward in 2013 According to TrueCar.com, new light vehicle sales in the U.S. are predicted to reach 1,326,035 units in July, accounting for a 15.3 percent increase on year-over-year comparison and a 5.1 percent increase on ...
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Toyota is the top-selling automaker in the world

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Toyota is the top-selling automaker in the worldA recent report from Reuters indicated that during the first six months of 2013, Toyota sold more vehicles than any other automaker in the world. According to the report, during the first half of the year Toyota sold 4.911 million vehicles, down 1.1 percent on a year-over-year comparison, as the United States remained its top market. The next closest automakers to sell that many vehicles were General Motors and Volkswagen. According t ...
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GM, Ford and Chrysler all see strong Q2 profits as truck sales reign supreme

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
GM, Ford and Chrysler all see strong Q2 profits as truck sales reign supremeCars this year have been flying off dealers' lots like cartons of milk at grocery stores. Pent-up demand is driving growth in the industry, not to mention consumer sentiment is high with a growing economy, and U.S. automakers are reaping the benefits.  General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have all posted hefty second-quarter profits that exceed expectations on Wall Street. Trucks in particular are helping haul the overall sales throughou ...
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Honda leads retail sales in crucial automotive segments

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Honda leads retail sales in crucial automotive segmentsThe automotive industry is poised for yet another strong sales month in July, and Honda is reaping the benefits. According to data from R.L. Polk & Co., 98 percent of Honda sales in the U.S. have been sold to individual consumers. From January to June, Honda sales have hit 668,597 units, up 6.5 percent on a year-over-year comparison. The automaker noted that its four top-selling models were the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey, as all fo ...
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Illinois names areas for pheasant hunting

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Illinois names areas for pheasant huntingThe Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently released the site where residents will be allowed to hunt pheasant across the state next year. The department noted that 19 locations will be open for hunters to bag pheasants next year, 15 of which are operated by the state agency, while the other four are public-private partnerships with the department and T. Miller Inc. "The controlled pheasant hunting program provides an upland game ...
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