Archives: September 2013

Good deals on 2013 models drive strong August vehicle sales

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Good deals on 2013 models drive strong August vehicle salesThe automotive industry has seen a strong year of sales so far, and that is likely to continue at the end of August. According to Edmunds.com, there is expected to be 1,455,911 new car and truck sales by the end of August, up 10.9 percent on a month-over-month comparison and 13.3 percent on a year-over-year comparison. The report noted that these sales translate to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 15.6 million. "Car buyers are cont ...
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Even as the age of cars on the road grows, new cars remain expensive

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Even as the age of cars on the road grows, new cars remain expensiveAccording to TrueCar.com, vehicles bought in August had a record-high average transaction price. The data showed that the average transaction price for light vehicles across the country was $31,252, up 3.2 percent on a year-over-year comparison and up 0.5 percent on a month-over-month comparison. The previous all-time high was $31,228, which was achieved in December 2012. "Historically low interest rates as well as very attractive lease sp ...
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Mazda5 named top car for growing families

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Mazda5 named top car for growing familiesAAA recently named the 2013 Mazda5 to its list of Top Cars for Growing Families.  According to AAA, the vehicle received the coveted title for its functionality, design and performance, as all the vehicles on the list offer families more room, safety, easy handling and dependability.  "As families grow so do their expectations, and the Mazda5 was created with versatility in mind," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda No ...
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New Honda Odyssey presents simple innovation

Friday, September 6, 2013
New Honda Odyssey presents simple innovationIn the case of minivans, innovation isn't always what comes to mind. Safety, comfort and size for are usually what matter most to families investing in a new car. But innovation can sometimes come from surprisingly simple changes. Honda announced that its newest model of minivan, The 2014 Odyssey, will feature a built-in vacuum cleaner, making it the first and only vehicle in its class to do so. The addition is very exciting for parents wh ...
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Enders-Stevens will race for NHRA title with new sponsor Husky Liners

Saturday, September 7, 2013
One of the most popular drag racers on the NHRA tour, Erica Enders-Stevens, will run for the 2013 championship with new title sponsorship from Husky Liners. Enders-Stevens successfully qualified for the Countdown to the Championship two races ago in Brainerd, but was facing the prospect of watching the six-race playoffs from the sidelines until team owner Victor Cagnazzi struck an 11th-hour deal with Husky Liners founder Bob Tyler. "This ...
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How Generation Y shops for cars

Monday, September 9, 2013
How Generation Y shops for carsAccording to the recently released J.D. Power 2013 New Autoshopper Study, more than 50 percent of Internet vehicle shoppers are open to any brand when they begin shopping, while more than 50 percent of Gen Y buyers are open to consider a brand that fits their needs.  The data showed that 79 percent of shoppers use the Internet when researching a new vehicle, while 47 percent of Gen Y shoppers use their smartphones during the proc ...
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Ford leads in commercial vehicle market share

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Ford leads in commercial vehicle market shareA recent Experian report showed that Ford held the largest share of the commercial vehicle market in the second quarter. According to the data, Ford vehicles accounted for nearly 21 percent of the total commercial vehicle market, topping any other automaker. "While the number of commercial vehicles on the road pales in comparison to the number of passenger cars and light trucks, as the data shows, the medium- and heavy-duty market is just ...
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How preventative vehicle maintenance saves you money

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A car is likely your largest purchase besides your house, and therefore, you should be doing everything possible to ensure it stays properly maintained. Not only will this enable you to enjoy a nicer vehicle or potentially sell it for more money than you would otherwise, but it can also put more money in your pocket from fuel savings.  The Car Care Council recently issued a report convincing consumers why they should have periodic t ...
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Enders-Stevens, Husky Liners ready to race for NHRA title

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Enders-Stevens, Husky Liners ready to race for NHRA titleCONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 10) - Erica Enders-Stevens is certainly counting her blessings now that Husky Liners has given her an opportunity to return to her Cagnazzi Racing Pro Stock Camaro, but the five-time NHRA winner wants to do more than race: She wants to win the 2013 championship. With new title sponsorship from Husky Liners, Enders-Stevens will compete in the Countdown to the Championship, which begins with this weekend's sixth annual C ...
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Used car prices continue to rise

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Used car prices continue to riseThe automotive industry saw strong new and used vehicle sales in August, and according to a few reports, prices also remained high. The latest National Automobile Dealers Association Used Car Guide showed that pent-up demand and low interest rates are driving automotive sales forward throughout the second half of 2013. However, this is also causing used vehicle prices to go up. Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the NADA Use ...
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Ford Raptor Sales on the Rise

Friday, September 13, 2013
Ford Raptor Sales on the RiseSure, the Ford F-150 is a crowd pleaser, with more sales this year than any other pickup truck. However, Ford Raptor sales have been climbing. According to the automaker, Raptor sales are up 14 percent in 2013 compared to the same period of time last year. In addition, Raptor sales have broken annual records in eight of the past 10 months. "What's helping drive Raptor sales is that Raptor delivers unmatched off-road performance to our customers ...
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Enders-Stevens takes Husky Liners to semifinals in Charlotte

Monday, September 16, 2013
Enders-Stevens takes Husky Liners to semifinals in CharlotteCONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 15) - Erica Enders-Stevens and her Husky Liners Pro Stock team made some gains at the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday at zMax Dragway. Enders-Stevens moved up one spot in the Pro Stock points standings to eighth with a semifinal finish in the first race of the Countdown to the Championship, and she also gained ground on several drivers still in front of her in the points. "We've always got to look at the pos ...
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Edmunds.com Names List of Best Used Cars

Monday, September 16, 2013
Edmunds.com, a premier online resource for car shopping and automotive information, recently released its list of the 17 Best Used Cars for 2013. The list is compiled based on segments, and according to Edmunds, Honda and Toyota were the leaders this year, with four vehicles each on the list. Edmunds based the selections on reliability, safety, value and availability.  The vehicles on the list include the 2007-2011 Honda Fit,  ...
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Ford builds 2 millionth EcoBoost engine

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Ford recently announced that it has surpassed a significant milestone in its history. According to the automaker, it has built the 2 millionth EcoBoost engine. Ford noted that it is building more than 100,000 of the engines each month, and it will likely build 1.2 million in 2013, up more than 60 percent compared to the year before. "Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popula ...
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Michigan hunting and fishing fees to rise

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Hunters and fisherman in Michigan will soon notice higher fees when they purchase licenses in the state.  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed into law increased hunting and fishing fees, marking the first change rise in costs for licenses in more than 15 years.  Snyder said the money will be reinvested into important assets for the state of Michigan, in what he views will have a positive return on investment. The ...
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Collector cars continue to be popular

Friday, September 20, 2013
It seems any aspect of the automotive industry is seeing strong gains in 2013, from new to used cars, all the way to collector vehicles. The latest Hagerty Price Guides showed that prices for some of the most sought-after collector cars are increasing. The guide showed that five of its seven indices increased in prices, while four of those reached record highs. According to the data, the Blue Chip Index increased 10 percent from the previo ...
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Vehicle sales expected to be strong in September

Monday, September 23, 2013
As automotive sales have been strong throughout 2013, it's no surprise the trend is expected to continue through September.  According to a report from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales are projected to hit 933,400 units by the end of month, marking a 2 percent increase when compared to last year and translating to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 12.4 million units. The report noted that the sales would hav ...
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Enders-Stevens proud of Husky Liners team after solid showing in Dallas

Monday, September 23, 2013
Enders-Stevens proud of Husky Liners team after solid showing in DallasDALLAS (Sept. 22) - Erica Enders-Stevens and her Husky Liners team continue to move forward in the Pro Stock points standings and are now tied for sixth after a second-round finish at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals on Sunday at Texas Motorplex. Enders-Stevens earned the No. 1 qualifier, beat Chris McGaha in the first round, and then left first on Vieri Gaines in the second round with a .008-second reaction time before Gaines nipped h ...
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Silverado named the best truck, edging out the 1500

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Consumer Reports recently pit the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 against each other, and while they admit both are great choices for consumers, they had to pick a winner.  According to the source, the Silverado is a better truck overall. However, for everyday use, the Ram 1500 is a little more practical.  "The reality is that you can't go wrong with either one," said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Rep ...
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Boo: New Honda Accord Hybrid to be released on Halloween with scary fuel savings

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Honda recently announced that its 2014 Accord Hybrid will be released nationwide on Oct. 31. Although the car will debut on Halloween, buyers will never have to be scared at the pump again, considering it gets an EPA-rated 50 miles to the gallon in the city, representing top-rated fuel efficiency for any four-door sedan.  "With advanced technologies standard on every Accord Hybrid we've given customers an incredible combination o ...
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Defending champ Enders-Stevens looks for strong St. Louis showing

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Defending champ Enders-Stevens looks for strong St. Louis showingST.LOUIS (Sept. 24) - Husky Liners Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens will have a wider smile than usual this weekend because she'll enter the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park as the defending event champion. Enders-Stevens beat Shane Gray, Cagnazzi Racing teammate Dave Connolly, Jason Line, and Allen Johnson en route to her fourth victory of the season in 2012.  "I'm excited to go back to St. Louis, ...
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Enders-Stevens wins St. Louis, powers into title contention

Monday, September 30, 2013
Enders-Stevens wins St. Louis, powers into title contentionST. LOUIS (Sept. 29) - Husky Liners driver Erica Enders-Stevens added another chapter to her memory book Sunday, winning the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in spectacular fashion with a holeshot victory over Pro Stock points leader Mike Edwards. "I love St. Louis," said Enders-Stevens, who also won this race last year. "I'm glad to be back. It's a good place for me." Enders-Stevens has raced at Gat ...
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Texas State Fair chalk full of new trucks

Monday, September 30, 2013
Texas State Fair chalk full of new trucksTexas is the No. 1 selling state for trucks in the country, so it's no wonder automakers are showing off their latest models of the Texas State Fair. As truck sales have been booming throughout 2013, automakers let consumers catch a glimpse at what's to come by showing off some of the latest models that are not on sale yet.Chevy shows off Silverado HDGeneral Motors recently showed off the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD at the Texas State Fair. The n ...
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