November 4, 2011
Compact pickups were all the rage in the 1970s and '80s, when they were popular among young drivers, working stiffs and weekend warriors who loved their flexibility and bargain price. The bed was big enough for ladders and lawn mowers, fishing equipment or horse tack. Fit a cab to the back, toss a sleeping bag in the bed and you suddenly had yourself a camper. And if you parked it backwards at the drive-in on Friday night, you and your sweetheart could watch a movie beneath the stars. By the 1990s, trucks had gone super-sized and compact pickups had taken a back seat to their brawny gas-guzzling big brothers.
June 21, 2012 |
The overall quality of new automobiles has improved, according to a consumer survey by J.D. Power & Associates, although complaints about complicated onboard audio, entertainment and navigation systems were on the rise. Overall, owners of 2012 vehicles reported 5% fewer problems during the first three months of ownership, compared with last year's survey. Michelle Krebs, an auto industry analyst at Edmunds.com, said the industry is paying more attention to potential problem areas.
December 6, 2011 |
Traffic deaths in 2010 fell to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, according to new data from the Department of Transportation. Safety technology in vehicles has made huge leaps in recent years and has lowered death and injury rates in collisions, analysts say. Even the base models of 2012 vehicles are now required to have anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire pressure sensor monitors and multiple air bags. More expensive vehicles have extra features such as backup cameras and blind-spot warning lights and alerts.
October 30, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Leveraging more than half a century as a leader in hot rod building and racing on the drag strips and lake beds of Southern California, Pomona-based So-Cal Speed Shop unveiled a souped-up 1932 Ford Roadster at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show. The company's hot rod is a slight departure from the work it usually churns out, because it wasn't built entirely in house and it isn't painted in red and white. The gold and white Roadster was designed by So-Cal's President Pete Chapouris and built in collaboration with Detroit Street Rods and Champions Moto in Costa Mesa.
July 11, 2012 |
Don't like your new Chevy? Take it back for a refund. In a move that makes car buying akin to shopping for shoes at Nordstrom, Chevrolet's Love It or Return It offer will allow new-car buyers to return vehicles for a full refund as long as they have fewer than 4,000 miles on them. Buyers who choose to return a vehicle will get their money back, including what they paid in sales tax on the vehicle. They will still incur some expenses such as any other taxes, licensing and registration fees and extras such as extended warranties.
October 30, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Batman has the Batmobile. Green Hornet has Black Beauty. But why did the other superheroes miss out on a flashy ride? On Tuesday, Kia Motors America and DC Entertainment changed all that. The two companies opened the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas by unveiling five custom cars inspired by the superhero members of DC Comics' Justice League. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Each Justice League character was assigned to a specific Kia vehicle based on personality and attributes to create the five cars.