From the monthly archives: July, 2015

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Ford F-150 SuperCab Falls Short In Crash Test

The all-new aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 crew cab recently received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2015 Top Safety Pick award; however, the extended cab version struggled in an important small overlap crash test. While crew cab versions of the F-150 earned solid ratings for occupant protection in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, extended cab versions earned good ratings in four out of five assessments, but only managed a marginal rating in a key small overlap front crash.

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Duramax Diesel Joins Chevy Colorado Lineup

The Colorado has shared great success in Chevrolet’s return to the mid-size pickup world. The fastest-selling truck in the market in its first year, the Colorado has won several awards, including Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year. For 2016, Chevrolet plans to build on that success with its recent announcement of the Duramax diesel powertrain. 

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Review: 2015 Infiniti QX60 AWD

The 2015 Infiniti QX60 AWD is a crossover for the growing family who likes nice things, but does not want to forego vacation savings in order to obtain a stylish, premium family hauler.

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Unfilled 2015 Dodge Hellcat Orders Canceled

Consumers ― who placed an order for a 2015 Dodge Challenger or Charger Hellcat and have not yet received it ― will have to wait another model year. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s latest announcement on the 707 horsepower ride, Dodge has canceled the remaining 2015 Hellcat orders to begin production on 2016 models.

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Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Planned For 2019

Last week, Tesla announced it would be adding a Ludicrous mode to certain versions of the Tesla Model S. In that same press release, they noted a higher performance level was planned for the new Roadster due in four years. 

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Ford Focus’ Struggles Lead to Departure from Michigan Assembly

Due to tepid demand within the U.S. small car market Ford Motor Company recently announced their Focus compact would cease production at its Michigan Assembly Plant in 2018. With the factory suffering from underutilization, the Blue Oval may possibly move future production to another country. Formal labor talks are scheduled to commence between the automaker and the United Auto Workers union on July 23, yet there is speculation the announcement is merely a negotiating tactic employed by Ford to improve its bargaining position. Time will tell whether the announcement is a legitimate factor or not, but a look into the Focus’ manufacturing and market performance suggests the company has concerns ― especially with regards to opportunity cost ― when deciding to produce its compact car in the United States or elsewhere.

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Quick Spin: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Hyundai tossed us the keys to their latest update of the Sonata Hybrid. Our initial impression? In Hybrid form, the Sonata exudes a more grownup, refined attitude due to its mid-cycle refresh. We’ve already driven its updated, fully gasoline-dependent brethren, so we were surprised how unique an experience the Hybrid creates. 

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Review: 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback

With a 5.0-liter V8, racy Recaro seats, and a six speed short shifter, the 2015 Ford Mustang GT made our reviewers want to solely eat red meat, clothe themselves in denim, and drive fast everywhere they went. If you know someone who thinks a car can’t influence the personality of its driver, they obviously haven’t driven the newly redesigned ‘Stang.

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Volvo Purchases Polestar’s Tuning Division

 Volvo is looking to add some spice to their current lineup with new performance offerings to compete with BMW’s M and Mercedes AMG models. According to Automotive News, the company has purchased Swedish race car maker Polestar’s tuning arm. 

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California Pulls the Plug on EV Incentives for the Wealthy

Over the past several years, rebates and tax credits have been an effective tool used by automakers to sell electric vehicles (EVs) to lower the MSRP potential consumers face. The use of these incentives has helped narrow the price gap between EVs and comparable internal combustion engine (ICE) models, ultimately getting more buyers into the seats of EVs.

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