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Mar
23
Gas Guzzler Monroney Label

A federal tax of $7700 is applied to vehicles with an EPA-estimated combined fuel-economy rating of less than 12.5 mpg.

The Gas Guzzler Tax is a federal tax on certain vehicles with especially low Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel-economy ratings.

Feb
14
New Car colors for 2017

Damon takes a closer look at the most-interesting colors seen at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

2017 Chicago Auto ShowBored with beige? Sick of silver? Weary of white? Tired of tan? Chagrined by champagne? Troubled b… OK, sorry, we’ll stop. Though muted, conservative colors seem to dominate in the new-vehicle marketplace, most manufacturers offer at least a couple unusual hues in their factory-paint palettes. Auto shows are a great place to see these colors up close and in person on a new vehicle, instead of looking at a computer screen or a paint chip at the dealer. If you’re an extroverted type who wants your ride to turn heads, an out-of-the-ordinary color is a great way to do it. Keep in mind, however, that these colors can fall out of fashion much quicker than the “safe” standby colors, which can be an issue come resale time.

Feb
09

Chrysler BraunAbility Pacifica

2017 Chicago Auto ShowChrysler’s Pacifica minivan debuted to rave reviews all around last year, bringing a new level of style and family-friendly features to the minivan category. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled its partnership with world-leading wheelchair-lift and wheelchair-vehicle manufacturer BraunAbility to create a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.

Jan
30
Cash for Clunkers Truck

Many dealers used condemned “clunkers” as rolling billboards for the program.

With the benefit of a few years’ time, I can now look back and safely say that the “Cash for Clunkers” (CFC) program was one of the strangest auto-industry events of the past 50 years.

Jan
30
Jim Mateja

Jim Mateja (lower left), seen here with Tom Appel (upper right) and other past presidents of the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Jim helped found the MAMA organization, and remained an active member throughout his career.

Long-time Chicago Tribune Auto Editor Jim Mateja died today after a battle with cancer. Thanks to widespread syndication of his column, Jim spent several decades as one of the automotive media’s most influential voices. Here, Consumer Guide Publisher Tom Appel remembers Jim.

Jan
19
Waymo Pacifica

Google’s “Waymo” autonomous-vehicle initiative includes evaluation of 100 specially equipped Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

As seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Kobayashi Maru is a Star Fleet Academy training exercise designed to test the character of cadets. The Maru simulation forces cadets to choose between ignoring a dire request for assistance by a stranded ship (the Kobayashi Maru), or staging a rescue of the ship–despite strong indicators that the distress call is a trap set by an enemy.

Jan
12
2017 Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L

The numbers are in, and 2016 was another banner year for light-vehicle sales in the U.S. All told, American consumers purchased more than 17.5 million new cars and trucks.

Dec
07
2017 Dodge Challenger GT

2017 Dodge Challenger GT

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Dodge division issued a press release today introducing the Challenger GT, an all-wheel-drive variant of the brand’s performance-oriented coupe. The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT starts at $34,490 and comes standard with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Nov
14

Consumer Guide Best Buys

New Family Vehicle Award Highlights Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2017 Best Buy List–Chrysler Pacifica Takes Honor

Genesis G90 earns Best Buy in brand’s inaugural year

Oct
25
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class concept rendering

Mercedes-Benz revealed concept illustrations today of its X-Class midsize pickup, which is scheduled to go on sale in select markets next year.

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