Volkswagen Recalls 92,000 Cars over Bum Camshaft

If you drive a late model Volkswagen, listen up. The company suits just announced a recall of 92,000 2015 and 2016 VW Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf models registered to owners throughout the US. The move comes after multiple reports of a faulty camshaft issue that can KO your power brake system and sap your engine power. Turns out the rear camshaft lobe that can actually shear off, causing a vacuum loss in the brake booster and taking out your power brake system. This means your ride will take longer and go further before coming to a complete stop, boosting your risk of rear-ending the vehicle ahead of you. It also can shift your engine into reduced power mode. Though the response is designed to prevent further damage to your ride's mechanics, that won't do much good when you get...

December 4, 2015
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New Crash Tests Designed to Keep Dogs Safe in Cars

The video proves quite disturbing for pet lovers, showing crash test dummy dogs flailing about inside or thrown from cars used in accident simulations. Some show just what can happen to an unrestrained pet in the event of a crash, while others reveal serious performance flaws in multiple products purported to keep our four-legged family members safe in cars. The aim is to help pet owners identify the products most effective at protecting pets while on the road. Consider these statistics: 78 million dogs reside in more than 46 million US. households according to the American Pet Products Association. Some 56 percent of respondents to an AAA survey say they've driven with their dog in a vehicle at least once a month over the past year. Unfortunately, just 16 percent of dog owners who...

November 30, 2015
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Ford Shows Off Redesigned 2017 Super Duty Pickup Truck at LA Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show boasts more than 30 debuts this year. Among them is Ford's redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup truck. The company displayed a white F-450 Platinum dual-rear-wheel pickup and F-350 King Ranch at the 10-day show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Both trucks feature significantly more aluminum than prior designs, making them considerably lighter. The F-450 boasts a 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine, 19.5-inch wheels, a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and military-grade aluminum alloy body that sheds some 350 pounds from the previous year model. "It’s our top-of-the line tow rig," said Mike Levine, Ford's truck communications manager. "It’s the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever." The F-350 King Ranch crew cab 4x4...

November 26, 2015
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Motor Trend Names 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Car of the Year

Noting its "world-class sports car performance and dynamics," the automotive pundits at Motor Trend have named their 2016 Car of the Year - the 2016 Chevy Camaro. The sixth generation of Camaro, the new ride is powered with Alpha build, designed to improve handling, shed weight and boost speed and engine power. It's got a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. It's capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds with an automatic transmission, 5.2 seconds with a manual. Design-wise, you'll notice lower, slimmer proportions, broader shoulders and a fastback profile. Behind the wheel, you'll also appreciate its lightweight architecture that lends itself to better handling, improved aerodynamics. The revamped interior includes a flat-bottom steering...

November 25, 2015
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Fast and Furious Just Won't Stop

If you've been wondering just how long the wildly successful Fast and Furious film franchise can keep living before losing its luster, producer and star Vin Diesel has some good news for you. He recently confirmed to reporters that as the car-crazed franchise' eighth, ninth and 10th installments are in development, so too are several spin-off films. All we know thus far is that those spin offs, as well as a few prequels, will feature Dwayne Johnson's character Hobbs, a diplomatic security service agent. Next up, though, is Fast & Furious 8, slated for release April 14, 2017. It will take place primarily in New York with scenes in Los Angeles, Tokyo and the Dominical Republic. Reports are the next film will focus on Kurt Russell's character, Mr. Nobody, and detail his...

November 21, 2015
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Hyundai Recalls 305,000 Sonatas

Drive a Hyundai? Listen up. The South Korean-based automaker this week announced a voluntary recall of some 305,000 Sonata midsized cars because the brake lights can stay on even when the driver isn't riding the brakes. As you can imagine, this can unintentionally punk drivers behind to also hit the brakes, boosting the risk for a pileup. Though no crashes or injuries have been reported (yet) the potential exists. Hyundai officials point to a stopper pad between the brake pedal and plunger responsible for turning on the brake lights. They say the stopper pad can deteriorate, causing the plunger to stick and the brake lights to shin indefinitely. That's not all. The transmission also can be shifted out of park without the brake on, and the system that lets the brakes override the...

November 21, 2015
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Thanksgiving Travel to Hit Eight-Year High

If you own or drive a vehicle on a regular basis, no doubt you've noticed that gas prices are falling lately. In fact, many states expect to see gas prices dip below $2 per gallon for the first Thanksgiving holiday stretch in years. As a result, the pundits at AAA say traffic will surge to the highest levels in nearly a decade starting Wednesday afternoon and running through Sunday. While we're all about lower fuel costs, more drivers on the road means more risk for accidents. That's a tough pill to swallow considering that Thanksgiving already is among the most dangerous times of the year to be on the roadways. An average 400 to 500 people die and some 46,000 more are injured each year during this time. It's particularly rough on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, known to...

November 21, 2015
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Five Cool Concepts You'll See at the LA Auto Show

The 2015 LA Auto Show is underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among the head turners you'll see are five seriously cool concepts… Aston Martin DB10: This sleek, silver two-door coupe tops our list in large part because it was created specifically for the newest James Bond film, Spectre, which hit theaters nationwide earlier this month. It features a 6-speed manual transmission used on the British carmaker's V8-engined rides and a chassis based on a modified version of the VH Platform that underpins the V8 Vantage, but with a longer wheelbase. Scion C-HR Concept SUV: A four-door, hatchback crossover with an edgy style and huge 21-inch wheels, ergo the "C-HR" which stands for "compact" and "high ride." Interestingly, its look is inspired by sleek chopsticks...

November 21, 2015
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The Force is Strong with Fiat in LA Auto Show Debut

If you're anxiously awaiting next months' release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Fiat's got a treat for you. The Italian luxury carmaker this week debuted a Stormtrooper-inspired concept car at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Dubbed the First Order Stormtrooper 2015 Fiat 500e, the ride was created by Garage Italia Customs. It looks a bit like a Mini Cooper disguised as a Stormtrooper helmet, complete with white and black lacquer paint job. Star Wars purists will be the first to point out that car was not modeled after the classic armor design of the Empire's Imperial foot soldier that first appeared in the iconic 1977 original. Instead, inspiration likely was taken from recent designs, most notably that of the armor donned by bounty hunter Bobba Fett's father,...

November 21, 2015
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Are Spare Tires Going the Way of the 8-Track Cassette Player?

Despite the plethora of optional features in today's new cars, there are a few items one simply takes for granted when plunking down the first payment for a chosen ride. You know, a steering wheel, spark plugs, a spare tire - the basics. But according to multiple major automakers, one of these items is no longer a given, and it's got us a bit stumped. A new study by the AAA shows that a full 36 percent of 2015 model year cars sold lacked a spare tire, instead gifting buyers with a tire inflator kits. That figure is a far cry from the five percent of 2006 model cars sold without the trusty spare in the trunk's wheel well, and it adds up to some 29 million rides on America's roadways lacking this crucial piece of safety equipment. So what gives? It turns out that automakers are skipping...

November 11, 2015
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