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Are Side-View Mirrors Obsolete?


Tesla Motors officials announced that the electric automaker would soon be using side-view cameras rather than mirrors on all their new models. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in a related story, approved new regulations that call for all U.S. cars and trucks to provide some type of rear-view camera technology by 2018. [...]

Is This the New ‘Hybrid Superstar’?


Honda executives have revealed that the company is struggling to keep U.S. dealerships stocked with the Accord Hybrid due to the car’s worldwide popularity. An especially big seller in its domestic market of Japan, Honda builds U.S. Accord models in Ohio. However, all the lithium-ion battery packs are sourced from one location, Japan, where the [...]

Get Ready for Car Sale Discount Wars


After a bout of frigid weather and a season of very high production, U.S. car dealers are entering a phase of deep price discounts to move their hefty January stock. Dealers and manufacturers alike are beginning to offer major price incentives, special deals, and promotions of all kinds. One industry consultant noted that these actions [...]

‘World Green Car’ Finalists Are…


No one will know who the winner is until that fact is revealed at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, but the finalists for World Green Car 2014 were announced this week. The five vehicles are: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle) Honda Accord Hybrid BMW i3 Volkswagen XL1 Audi A3 Sportback [...]

Honda Reveals Newest ‘Green’ Civics


Honda has two fresh 2014 models set to land in dealerships this month, the Civic Natural Gas and the Civic Hybrid. The hybrid will sell for $24,635 and goes on sale this week, while the CNG model will see a limited rollout in 37 states with a debut date of Feb. 15 and a sticker [...]

Which Cars Last Longest? Survey Says…


According to the latest data from Polk, Honda cars are the most durable of any non-luxury make. In fact, based upon those same statistics from Polk, a full 75 percent of all Honda cars made in the last 25 years are still functioning. The data was compiled from auto registration records since 1988. Cars That [...]

BREAKING NEWS: 2014 Car Sales Best Since 2007


Though official data will not be released until later today, preliminary reports are showing an 8 percent improvement from 2012 annual auto sales figures. That means the yearly tally for the industry as a whole is approximately 15.6 million units, compared to 14.5 million sold in 2012. With 2014 looking to be extremely competitive for [...]

Honda to Show 2015 Fit at NAIAS


Officials at Honda Motor Co. have announced that the Japanese carmaker will unveil an all-new Fit at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. The subcompact car made its world debut in 2007, and tallied almost 50,000 unit sales in 2013 (through November). Though Honda has not divulged fuel efficiency specs for the new 2015 [...]

Honda Brings Out Vezel Hybrid


Honda began selling its new Vezel subcompact crossover in Japan this week. The car will be arriving in U.S. showrooms later in 2014, and, at least in Japan, is available in both gasoline and hybrid-electric varieties. Resembling a slightly more muscular version of Honda’s Fit, the Vezel will be going head-to-head with competitors like Subaru’s [...]

The Winner is… Honda Accord ‘Green Car of the Year’


Honda snagged yet another award for its Accord lineup at this year’s LA Auto Show, where the vehicle took the trophy for ‘Green Car of the Year.’ Other finalists included Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, BMW 328d, and the Audi A6 TDI. This was the first year in recent memory when no hybrids or electric cars were [...]

Honda Fuel Cell Car Wows LA Auto Show


In an attempt to take the lead in the fuel-cell vehicle race, Honda unveiled its FCEV concept at the LA Auto Show this week. According to insiders, the concept on display in LA will be in showrooms by 2015 and will look pretty much the same. Compared to the company’s earlier fuel-cell concept, the FCX [...]

Toyota and Lexus: ‘Kings of Resale Value’


Kelley Blue Book has just published its yearly ranking of vehicles with the best resale values. Toyota, its luxury brand Lexus, and Chevrolet were the big winners, though Toyota rival Honda took the top spot in three different categories. Honda’s Accord was first on the Midsize listing. Lexus ruled the Luxury category, while Toyota, as [...]

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