From the monthly archives: December, 2014

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From Temporary to Permanent, Car Rentals Educate on Future Purchases

From business trips to vacation or holiday travel, renting a car or truck always coincides with some sort of unique occasion, and these events offer drivers the opportunity to log valuable seat time in models that may find their way on to, or off of, auto

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New Toyota Tacoma Aims to Stay On Top Of Mid-Size Pickup Segment

After years of little to no manufacturer attention in the mid-size pickup segment, there has finally been a resurgence in which major brands are either returning to the segment or revamping old products. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was recently named Motor Trend Truck of the Year after its absence from the segment since the 2012 model year, and Toyota just announced that it would be showing off the all-new 2016 Tacoma at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 29 - Jan. 2

Jan. 2 More BMW News: 2016 7-Series Revealed Known by Bimmer fans and BMW employees as the upcoming G11, posted photos of the latest luxo-autobahn-bomber. What are your thoughts on the new look? Let us know in the Comments section below. Dec. 30 BMW Offers Fix for Finicky Charging Problem in i3 According to Inside EVs, "When the BMW i3 launched in the U.S., BMW promised a Level 2 charging rate of over 7.0 kW." The site has gone on to state, "While the promise was over 7.0 kW (7.4 kW to be precise), several U.S. i3s began to ...

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Reviewed: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander comes in four trim levels, starting with the ES and SE in two-wheel drive setups, with all-wheel drive versions of the two trim levels serving as additional models.

The SE model featured in this review came with the Premium Package, a $2,600 option. For that price you get a host of upgrades, including  a glass sunroof, leather seating, 710 watt Rockford Fosgate sound system (with 10 inch subwoofer), satellite radio, power driver’s seat, power remote tailgate and wood-like interior trim panels.

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 22 - 24

Dec. 23 BMW M Performance for a Hyundai Price? Hyundai has announced they’ve hired Albert Biermann as Head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.  Biermann was the head of BMW’s M Division and had been with the Bavarian brand for over 30 years.  This corporate change could prove a tremendous success for Hyundai if their new line of N Performance vehicles turn out as Biermann plans. Dec. 22 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Cadillac has pulled the sheet off the 2016 CTS-V. It’s a 200 mph beast, with 640 horsepower, and does a 60 mph sprint in jus ...

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2015 Ford Mustang Raises the Pony Car Bar

The Ford Mustang has been one of America’s most iconic cars for the last 50 years. First introduced back in 1964, the Mustang has been a strong contender against rival models ever since. Similar to how the 1964 Mustang provided the original template for the pony car class, the all-new 2015 Mustang has redefined the modern day segment and raised the bar to an entirely new level in the process. The 2015 Mustang is not only powerful in a straight line, but also extremely planted thanks to a complete overhaul of the rear suspension. Gone is the solid rear axle that has been one of th ...

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NADA Gears: Daily Auto News, Dec. 16 - 17

Dec. 17 Future of Tires Hankook Tires has debuted three new futuristic tires that could one day become reality. Each of the three has a unique function. According to Hankook, their characteristics are as follows: 1.Boostrac has hexagonal tread blocks that can transform into expanded mode with intensified traction performance - especially on steep, rough conditions such as desert and mountain roads.  2.    Alpike is designed with tire circumferential expansion mode, which increases vehicle ground clearance making it optimally suitable for heavy snow ...

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Amid Slumping Sales, Will Scion Adjust its Brand Strategy?

When Toyota introduced Scion to the American market in the early 2000s, it was easy to view the nascent brand as an appropriate channel through which it could reach a new demographic of customers. Scion, which in English translates to “descendant of” from an old French word with Germanic roots, was a brand designed to target younger car buyers by means of progressive, youth-centric marketing and transparent pricing to appeal to a forward-thinking, fast-evolving 20’s crowd. Business quickly took off with yearly sales reaching 173,034 vehicles in 2006, which represen ...

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Our Newest Team Member and What to Expect in 2015

New to the Used Car & Truck Blog, Ryan Morris, Senior Editor explains his role and what is in store for 2015.

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Cheaper Gas Should Mark a Return to Gas Guzzlers, Right?

In almost serendipitous fashion, gasoline prices have plunged to their lowest level since 2010 just as the budget-stretching holiday season is upon us. According to AAA, the national average of a gallon of regular grade gasoline currently stands at $2.67, down nearly 30 cents from a month ago and almost a $1 from where prices were at this time last year. The tumble in price is due to a few factors (the Wall Street Journal has a nice summary). Substantial increases in Canadian and U.S. production of crude oil over the past few years and additional output from Libya and Iraq have raised t ...

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