Archive for January, 2014

Jan
31
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Our test AWD Venza XLE came to $37,790 as tested, including a $860 destination charge.

2014 Toyota Venza XLE AWD

Dates tested: 1/06/2014-1/20/2014

Miles driven: 979

Fuel used: 48.4

Real-world fuel economy: 20.2 mpg

Jan
31
2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad

Journey Crossroad starts at $25,990 (including $995 destination charge).

Dodge today announced availability of the Crossroad model of its midsize Journey crossover. Presented here is the press release that accompanied that announcement.

Jan
30
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2014 Toyota Sienna

Toyota has halted the sale of eight models to address possibility of heated-seat fire. Below is the text of a press release issued by Toyota today.

Jan
30

DETROIT – Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne met with the press at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Presented here are highlights of that conversation.

Jan
29
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Up here in Chicago, the frigid temps have caused many to suffer from frozen washers of late. This, combined with all the snow we’ve gotten — and the road salt to combat it — can lead to some dangerous driving.

Actually, the following is just a theory. But it’s based on information that at least makes it feasible.

Jan
29
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Fiat and Chrysler combine to form the world’s seventh-largest automobile manufacturer.

The text below is taken from a Chrysler press release dated today.

Fiat and Chrysler Adopt a New Logo

January 29, 2014 , Turin, Italy – Following an initial phase with the two corporate logos appearing side-by-side – symbolizing the desire to respect the history, culture and industrial roots of the two groups – both Fiat and Chrysler now require a new corporate identity representative of an organization that is much more than the sum of its two component parts, based on strong core values that represents a unique corporate culture, a common vision and a Group with an international reach.

Jan
27
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Turbocharging is a great way to get more power out of an engine. But, just throwing a turbo on an engine doesn’t get you better mileage.

Below is a letter sent by Tom to an an automotive trade publication. 

To the editor:

I’ve noticed that in your publication and a number of others, turbocharging is generally lumped in with direct injection and cylinder deactivation as being a fuel-saving technology.

Jan
27
2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Expect Genesis prices to start under $40,000 for V6 models, and under $50,000 for V8-powered versions.

DETROIT — Hyundai introduced the Genesis full-size, rear-drive luxury sedan in 2009, when it won the coveted North American Car of the Year award. Since then, however, it’s been a decided “also ran” in the full-size segment.

Jan
27
2014 BMW i3

Rick sneaks into a consumer event to drive BMW’s new electric i3. Seems regular buyers are treated a lot like members of the media.

Technically, I wasn’t invited. But a (much more affluent) friend was offered the chance to drive an i3 at a local BMW dealer and was told a guest was welcome. So I was essentially there “incognito,” courtesy of the good graces of another.

Jan
24
All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan World Debut

Chrysler-brand CEO Al Gardner introduces the 2015 200 at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

Chrysler-brand CEO Al Gardner took a few moments to chat with Consumer Guide during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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