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Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice, 2008-2009 Pontiac G8

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Chevrolet Caprice, 2008-2009 Pontiac G8

By Matt Schmitz on October 6, 2014

Vehicles Affected: More than 47,000 model-year 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8 sedans The Problem: According to The Detroit News, there is a risk under certain conditions that t... Read More
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Bigger Than Average: Check Out This Owner's Manual

Bigger Than Average: Check Out This Owner's Manual

By Aaron Bragman on May 1, 2013

Pop quiz: What weighs 5 pounds, is twice as long as the King James Bible and can be yours for about $51,000? It is indeed a special book, but you won't find it at any rare bookstore: It's the ow... Read More
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Can Chrysler Compete Until New Models Arrive?

Can Chrysler Compete Until New Models Arrive?

By David Thomas on September 11, 2008

Yesterday, stories swarmed the internet that Chrysler would introduce anywhere from seven to 10 new models by 2010. Since we have the automaker’s entire 2009 lineup already announced, we know th... Read More
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Do We Need a Stopgap Fuel?

Do We Need a Stopgap Fuel?

By David Thomas on September 8, 2008

It’s becoming clear that energy and energy independence — you have to love that term — will be a major focus of the upcoming presidential election. While most of us are sick of the dog-and-pony ... Read More
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Pontiac Could Save GM

Pontiac Could Save GM

By David Thomas on July 7, 2008

Today, the Wall Street Journal ran a story stating that GM could shutter many of its brands, not just Hummer, which the company has already publicly said is up for sale or closure because of tou... Read More
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McCain Hype: $300 Million for Better Batteries

McCain Hype: $300 Million for Better Batteries

By David Thomas on June 24, 2008

In our never-ending quest to dissect the hype consumers are bombarded with by the mainstream media, today we take on presidential nominee John McCain’s proposal to give a $300 million prize to a... Read More
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New Ford Focus a Surprise Success

New Ford Focus a Surprise Success

By David Thomas on April 16, 2008

I’ll admit it: I did not think the redesigned Ford Focus would be a huge success. I mean, just look at it. There are some interesting angles, especially on the sedan, but come on, the coupe? It’... Read More
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Ford Not Targeting Families With Flex Ads

Ford Not Targeting Families With Flex Ads

By David Thomas on March 31, 2008

Ford’s answer to the minivan will not be directly marketed to families, according to a story by Automotive News. The company’s new head of marketing, Jim Farley — previously of the trendiest of... Read More
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Auto Exec Predicts Jump in Car Prices

Auto Exec Predicts Jump in Car Prices

By David Thomas on January 30, 2008

Yesterday, GM chief financial officer Fritz Henderson warned that car prices could soon jump significantly due to the rising cost of materials, regulatory fees and … (wait for it) … industry res... Read More
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Volvo Is Upscale Enough

Volvo Is Upscale Enough

By David Thomas on December 4, 2007

Sometimes we sit around the Cars.com office and just scratch our heads when we hear what car companies are doing. In yesterday’s Detroit News came word that Ford is looking to make Volvo — Ford o... Read More