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Halloween Tricks to Look out For

by on October 31, 2014

Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, apple-flavored everything, trick-or-treaters and late night pranks. While some of these pranks are completely harmless, like toilet papering or scaring 7-year olds, others can lead to property damage.

Mercury Insurance said they had a 3% increase in auto claims and 5% increase in home related claims during the week of Halloween. “Although these may sound like harmless pranks, they can cause significant and costly damage, so taking some simple steps to protect your property → Read More


Ford Explorer to Get Refresh

by on October 30, 2014

Ford Motor Co. will reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer at the 2014 LA Auto Show next month, the company announced yesterday. The sixth generation Explorer will first go on sale in the U.S. late next year before entering other markets.

Ford’s best-selling midsize SUV has sold nearly 7 million units since its debut in 1990.

“The new Explorer is still the SUV America fell in love with – a vehicle built for the perfect family adventure,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service, in a statement. “Explorer is the → Read More


AAA Wants Immediate Review of NHTSA

by on October 29, 2014

The CEO of AAA has offered his support in a “thorough review” of NHTSA’s ability to manage vehicle recalls. The statement from Bob Darbelnet follows the U.S. agency’s poor handling of recalls related to vehicles with defective Takata airbag inflators.

“In the past seven days, Americans have witnessed a broken safety website, incorrect lists of impacted vehicles and a timeline that again paints NHTSA’s recall process as slow and ineffective. After several corrections to the list of 7.8 million vehicles impacted by the latest Takata recall, it remains unclear which vehicles are unsafe → Read More


New Chevy Volt Is Lighter & More Powerful

by on October 29, 2014

General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt has been a dependable, but slow sell for the auto company; however, a new battery pack and engine could revive the plug-in hybrid. GM CEO Mary Barra said the 2016 Volt will “represent a significant leap forward in technology, design and overall refinement.”

Nearly 70,000 Chevy Volts have been sold since its debut in 2010, “…fewer than we expected,” Barra said in a speech on Tuesday, but even the successful Toyota Prius struggled → Read More


Chrysler Group’s Head of Quality Leaves the Company

by on October 28, 2014

Doug Betts, Chrysler Group’s Head of Quality, has left the company to pursue “other interests”, the Group announced today in a statement. Matthew Liddane will take Betts’ position as Head of Quality for North America, effective immediately.

The news comes just a day after Fiat Chrysler Group ranked last in Consumer Reports’ reliability survey. The U.S. advocacy magazine ranked Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat brand vehicles as the least reliable for 2014. The Fiat 500L was the worst → Read More