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What are the Top 20 Safest Cars of 2007?…You May be Surprised That Some of These Cars Made the List

Forbes has gathered what they believe to be the safest new cars on the market. They searched through Consumer Reports, Department of Transportation, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) to compile the list of the top 20 safest cars of 2007. What is interesting about this list is that most of the vehicles...

Ford Denies any Plans to Sell Volvo…

Yesterday rumors surfaced that Ford was thinking about selling Volvo and that BMW was interested. Apparently the rumors are false according to a Ford spokesperson. "Ford Motor Company is not in discussions with BMW or any other company regarding an interest in the Volvo Car Corporation." Who knows if the rumors are true or not, but Ford could make a significant...

Crossovers are Helping Ford's Sales

Ford and US automakers as a whole have been hit pretty hard this year due to declining SUV sales. Rising gas prices have forced consumers to move away from large gas-guzzling SUVs into smaller more fuel-efficient models. Well Ford's emphasis on its crossover lineup is finally reaping its rewards. The recently introduced Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and the restyled Ford...

Toyota is Delaying the Use of Lithium Batteries in the Next 2009 Prius…The 125 mpg Prius May Still be a Ways Off

According to Japan's newspaper, Nikkan Kogyo Toyota is delaying the use of lithium-ion batteries in the next generation Prius because of safety concerns. Lithium-ion batteries are more powerful than the nickel-metal hydride batteries that are currently used in the Prius. The lithium batteries are also used in other consumer electronics, but they can also have issues. Remember the exploding PC...

A New Chevy Crossover is Finally on the Way, But Why Did Buick Get it First?

It seems like everyday an automaker announces plans for a new crossover vehicle. Well now we can add Chevrolet to the list. Due to slipping Trailblazer sales, Chevy is hard at work on a crossover replacement for its aging SUV. The new vehicle, will be built on the same platform as the new Saturn Outlook (shown above), GMC Acadia...

First it was Aston Martin and Now There are Rumors that Ford May Also Sell Volvo!

According to the Goteborgs Posten, a Swedish newspaper, Ford is thinking about selling Volvo. Ford who has been in financial distress the past few years lost $327 million from their luxury nameplates, which includes Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln and Volvo (Ford does not disclose the revenue totals for each of its luxury brands). In order to raise revenue, Ford may...

BMW F3 is a Go…BMW Confirms Production of Another Crossover

BMW has finally confirmed the production of the crossover BMW F3. Crossovers are quickly becoming one of the hottest segments in the US and Europe. BMW is planning on building the small people mover on the upcoming X3 platform that will be here in 2009. According to what a BMW insider told Autoweek: “We’ve looked carefully at prevailing market...

More Problems for the New Toyota Tundra

The new Toyota Tundra has had quite a few dings against it lately. First the truck failed to grab 5 stars in safety tests (two times), Toyota started to offer rebates on some of the configurations, and now there are camshaft quality issues. Reportedly there have been 20 Tundras equipped with the 5.7L V8 that have had their camshafts snap....

What Does the Future Hold For Honda's Luxury Division (Acura)?

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the future of Honda's luxury/ performance brand, Acura. Their current lineup is somewhat bland and uninspiring. The TSX and TL were great when they were first released in 2003 and 2004, but now they lag behind the competition. The RL had issues from the beginning, mainly due to a lack...

Should Nissan Make an Altima Convertible?

According to Autoweek, Nissan is thinking about making a convertible version of its new Altima Coupe that was just released. Nissan wants to expand the Altima line and a convertible seems like the next logical step. If Nissan does produce the Altima Coupe it would compete with the Chrysler Sebring, Pontiac G6 and the Toyota Solara. It is interesting that...

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