Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Latest Study 20 Percent Of Kids Found Not To Be Strapped Properly In Fatal Crashes

A new study found that 20 percent of children who were in a fatal car crashes were not buckled in properly, or were not wearing a seat belt at all, and that child fatality rates in deadly car crashes vary widely by state.
The results add evidence to the argument that state regulations and public information tactics can affect motor vehicle safety for kids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that, for example, seat belt use across all age groups is higher in states with more stringent seat belt

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Audi S8 Plus Quattro: The German Brand’s Answer To AMG’s Performance Package

Highlight: The high performance S8 plus sedan is Audi’s answer to Mercedes-Benz AMG and BMW Alpina B7 trims.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $148,000 (base model $ 116,850)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Equipment: airbags; ABS; electronic stability control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; an electronic parking brake; automatic headlights; heated windshield washer nozzles; a heads up display system; and a temporary compact spare tire

Standard Equipment: 21-inch wheels; all-wheel drive; an 8-speed transmission; a 4-zone automatic climate control system; a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with memory; alcantara headliner; power sunroof; power rear side; power rear sunshade; heated and ventilated front seats; power operated massaging front seats; a navigation system; handwriting technology recognition system; a push button starter system; a keyless door opener; soft closing automatic front doors; power trunk with handsfree release; power folding mirrors; and leather seats

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Hyundai Elantra Turbo Sport: A Compact Sedan Packing More Punch Than The Competition

Highlight: While the typical Elantra spurts out only 147 horsepower from its single tailpipe, this year’s new Sport model pumps out an astounding 201 horsepower from its dual tailpipe.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $23,585 (base model $22,485)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features:  ABS; airbags; a tire pressure monitoring system; a tire mobility repair kit; a hill start control system; and a traction control system

Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; a manual transmission; higher springs and damper rates; revised steering; upgraded brakes; alloy gas/brake pedals; heated leather front sport seats; a power driver’ seat; a leather flat-bottom steering wheel; Android/Apple CarPlay; keyless entry; a push button ignition starter; a sliding armrest; and a handsfree trunk release

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Latest Consumer Buying Trend 2011 - 2016: SUVs, Crossovers, Trucks And Vans

As consumers taste for sedans, coupes and hatchbacks have waned over the past five years, according to U. S. registered new vehicles sales, SUVs, crossovers, light duty trucks and vans have been capturing the heart and driveways of today's drivers.

And this trend seems to be continuing as we roll into 2017. Consumers in the market for cars should be able to grab some unbelievable deals, as the automakers and dealers are being forced to balance out their inventory to meet consumers shift toward non car-type vehicles. 

Some analyst believe this trend will continue even if gas prices rise again to the $4.00 to $5.00 a gallon range.

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso Roadster: Reviving An Italian Icon

Highlight: The Fiat 124 Spider shares a platform with the Mazda Miata MX-5.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $33,635 (base model $25,990)

Seating Capacity: 2

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; daytime running headlamps; electronic stability control; a keyless entry system; and a tire service kit

Standard Equipment (Classica Model): 16-inch wheels; a manual operated transmission; convertible roof with acoustic headliner; a manually operated top; a push button ignition starter system; manual operated front seats; premium cloth seats; a remote keyless entry system; a leather wrapped steering wheel; and a tilt steering wheel

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Mazda6 Grand Touring: A Stand Out Design In A Me-Too Segment

Highlight: The workmanship and craftsmanship of the instrument panel layout and BMW iDrive-like rotary knob, which controls the infotainment system, gives this vehicle more of an upscale premium look and feel.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $31,870 (base model $22,820)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; tire pressure monitoring system; a traction control system; a hill launch assist system; ABS; an electronic brake distribution; and an electronic parking brake

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 VW Passat R-Line: A Value-Packed Midsized Vehicle

Highlight: For the first quarter of the year, the VW Passat sales are up in the slumping midsize segment by a whopping 24 percent.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $24,795 (base model $23,240)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; Daytime Running Lights; automatic headlights; a rearview camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; and power adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Standard Equipment (S Model): 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed transmission; cloth seats; manual operated front seats; a manually adjustable tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a dual zone climate control system; and a 5-inch infotainment touch screen  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bloomberg Intelligence Visits "Auto Trends with" -Starting Friday, May 12

For those in the market for a new or used vehicle and or making plans to purchase a vehicle this Memorial Day, tune in first before signing on the dotted

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Toyota Launches Special Edition Trucks In Southern States

Fullsize trucks are a competitive arena these days. With Ford continuing to dominate the segment and GM and Ram jostling back and forth for the number two sales spot, the Nissan Titan and the Toyota Tundra are stepping up their game with a special edition XSP package in the Southern states. And, while Toyota is the sales leader in the midsize truck segment, they're also adding a special Tacoma XSP package to cement their sales position. We recently spent time with Toyota off-roading and checking out the trucks.

What states will the trucks be available?
Toyota vehicles with the XSP packages are only available in five Southeast states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.