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Detroit's transportation infrastructure has been in a state of chaotic flux over the last few years. It's been a period that's included both drastic cuts to public bus service and the emergence of new transit alternatives like the private Detroit Bus Company and the anticpated M-1 rail line. Now a service that is both a smartphone app and a transit option is setting up shop in Detroit. It's called Uber -- and it could change the way people think about getting around in the Motor City. At its heart, the company is an on-demand luxury car service that uses smartphone technology to quickly connect passengers with private drivers. Uber is available as an app for Android and iPhone users, as well as through a website. Although service officially launched Wednesday, Uber has been testing and offering "secret" preview rides in Metro Detroit since March 7. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/28/uber-detroit-on-demand-car-service_n_2965940.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit
Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:19

5 top cars at the New York auto show

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The automobile industry is at the start of a big year for new product introductions, making the opening day of the New York Auto Show an important one for the industry. The Cadillac CTS (pictured), which was unveiled Wednesday, is an early candidate to be car of the year, just one year after its little cousin the Cadillac ATS won the honor for GM (GM). The new Jeep Cherokee represents Chrysler's effort to assume what ought to be its rightful place in the compact SUV market, where it really ought to play a bigger role. The new Toyota (TM) Highlander shows that Toyota has the muscle to maintain a strong position among the mid-sized SUVS. About 20 new vehicles are being rolled out at the New York Auto Show. It's hard to escape the view that GM is dominating here, just as it did at the Detroit Auto Show, in the midst of a period when it plans to roll out 13 new vehicles over 13 months and to have refreshed or re-introduced 70% of its lineup by the end of 2013. Read more at http://www.thestreet.com/story/11881232/1/5-top-cars-at-the-new-york-auto-show.html
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:27

Auto maker returns to the city

Detroit Electric, an electric vehicle brand founded in the early 1900s, is returning to MoTown with an all-new two seat electric sports car set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next month. The company had been out of business for more than 70 years, but was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, former executive director of Lotus Cars in England. The carmaker announced today plans to create 180 jobs in the region by the end of 2013. The announcement is sure to be exciting news for the city of Detroit, which has been starving for innovative new companies and blue-collar manufacturing jobs for years. Detroit Electric should help on both accounts, as it will set up shop in the historic Fischer Building in downtown Detroit and will physically manufacture vehicles in the area, though the exact location of a factory--which the company says will have the capacity to make 2,500 vehicles--has not been disclosed. Read more at http://translogic.aolautos.com/2013/03/19/detroit-electric-returns-to-the-motor-city-with-plug-in-sports-c?ncid=edlinkusauto00000006&ts=1363719235
Monday, 18 March 2013 17:18

2013 New York Auto Show (preview)

Honda will be busy during this year's New York International Auto Show. The automaker plans to unveil a freshened version of its Odyssey minivan and the production version of the MDX crossover from its Acura luxury arm. An MDX prototype (above) met the public at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, so it's no surprise that we'll get to see the production model in New York. Honda says the 2014 MDX uses a totally new platform and that the third generation of the seven-passenger crossover is longer than its predecessor. The automaker claims that the new MDX will be roomier, more comfortable and have a more versatile cabin than the outgoing model. Front- and all-wheel drive will be available and power comes from a new 3.5-liter V-6 with direct injection and a cylinder deactivation feature to shut down cylinders for increased fuel economy. The all-wheel-drive-only outgoing model uses a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. Read more at http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/03/2013-new-york-auto-show-preview-honda-and-acura.html
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:15

How much do you know about auto insurance?

The folks at insurance.com didn't expect perfect scores when they recently quizzed 500 people on their knowledge of auto insurance. But an overall score of just 34%? Seriously? Only 2% knew what help is provided by comprehensive coverage. "We were shocked at the results," said Michelle Megna, managing editor for insurance.com. The company provides information on auto, home, health and life insurance topics; life insurance quotes; and guides to help consumers find cheap car insurance. "People spend an average of $800 to $2,000 in annual premiums, but they know very little about what they have bought," Megna said. Here are a few of the questions. Read more and take the quiz at http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-hy-auto-insurance-quiz-20130313,0,5336134.story
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 00:00

2013 Best American Cars

Looking for a quality car? If you're planning on buying American, you've got quite a couple of neat options. Consumer Reports has released it's latest list of "Top American Cars". Who's at the top? Chevy wins big. After being dubbed by the publication as the "best of the best" brand, the automaker placed in several categories. Budget car: the Chevrolet Sonic LT sedan Compact car: Chevrolet Cruze Eco, Ford Focus SFE Midsized sedan: Ford Fusion Hybrid Green car: Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max hybrid Small SUV: Ford Escape Titanium Midsized SUV: Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia Sports sedan: Cadillac CTS Luxury car: Chrysler 300 Sports car: Ford Mustang V6, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan
Sports cars and luxury cars are undergoing a metamorphosis, a dynamic that is evident in the debuts at the Geneva Motor Show. Five years ago, if you asked executives at high-end automakers like Bentley and Ferrari what they were doing to improve the fuel economy of their vehicles, you would get blank stares. Read more at http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2013/02/28/magnificent-machines-8-fast-and-sexy-cars-to-debut-at-the-2013-geneva-motor-show/
In the build-up to the reveal of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible at the Geneva Motor Show, General Motors has unveiled a set of photos showing off its sweet new drop-top. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/gm-reveals-2014-chevrolet-corvette-stingray-convertible-article-1.1278797#ixzz2MgQ6dFXD
Are you in the market for a fuel-efficient used car? Then you probably have competition—not just from other drivers, but from car dealerships. The auto industry had a strong year of new-auto sales in 2012, and another huge year for car purchases is expected for 2013. Forecasts call for more than 15 million new-car purchases in the U.S. this year, up slightly from 2012 and a sharp rise compared to the 10.5 million new vehicles sold in 2009. Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/02/27/the-smoking-hot-market-for-gently-used-cars/#ixzz2MDrVrPUr
Detroit will once again be the set of a Hollywood movie. The popular racing video game, "Need for Speed" will be filmed in Detroit this summer. According to the Michigan Film office, DreamWorks Studio has been awarded a tax incentive from the state of $1,370,852 on nearly $5 million of projected in-state expenditures. The movie will focus on a street racer who goes on a cross country journey for revenge after being framed and sent to prison—and of course fast cars!Originally, DreamWorks was only interested in using two local companies, Race Car Replicas in Clinton Township and Technosports Creative in Livonia to build cars for the movie. In a press release from Margaret O'Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office, said: Need for Speed was initially just looking at Michigan to do car builds for the film, but we were able to make the case that this was a terrific place to film the movie as well. This project fits so well into both our reputation as a great state for filmmaking and the automotive heritage Michigan is known for; it's a strong investment all around. "Need for Speed" is expected to employ over 100 Michigan workers which equals out…
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 15:45

The Best Cars for Commuters 2013

The overwhelming majority of Americans commute to work in a private automobile. According to "Commuting in the United States: 2009," the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent study on the subject, over 105 million of us drive to work alone each work day, representing 76.1 percent of the total workforce. The mean journey to work takes 25.1 minutes. That's a lot of time behind the wheel for a lot of people. With so many drivers spending so much time commuting, the choice of car is vital. So, we have compiled a list of the Best Cars for Commuters for 2013. We honed our selection from the Consumer Reports list of Recommended Cars. To be recommended, cars must perform well in the Consumer Union's "more than 50 tests, have average or better predicted reliability; and perform adequately if included in a government or insurance industry crash test." Cars are rated on a scale of 1 – 100. Higher scores are best. Next, we examined gas mileage, as reported on the official source for fuel economy, www.fueleconomy.gov. For a commuter, better fuel economy equates to money in the pocket. Then we considered fuel capacity and range. Great efficiency without adequate range means more…
Friday, 15 February 2013 16:06

How Car Lovers Celebrate V-Day

Love of cars often starts young. It may begin with attending that first auto show with the first ride in a convertible. Some have succumbed after hearing a powerful engine growl or inhaling the odor of burned rubber. Regardless of what ignites car passion, we all have one thing in common -- that unforgettable moment you got your first set of keys. Grab your heart-shaped box of chocolates and read as we recount memories of our first loves, ahem, cars. Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130214/carnews01/130219897#ixzz2Kz6tFgQA
Monday, 11 February 2013 16:41

10 Cheapest Cars in America

Most of us are always trying to get the best bang for our buck. When it's comes to the automobiles we drive, the theory is no different. Yet, there is always the challenge of spending less without compromising on quality. No one wants to end up with an item that reminds them on a daily basis, 'you get what you pay for'. Well, worry your pretty little head no more! Here's a list of the 10 cheapest cars in America. It's everything from reinventing the old and spicing up the new, to making the auto industry's most finest features affordable to the average driver. One of the following four wheelers is sure to having you riding in style without cleaning out your pocketbook. Read more: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/autos/2013/02/06/cheapest-cars/2.html
Friday, 08 February 2013 15:41

2013 Chicago Auto Show Preview

CHICAGO — When the cold winds blow in early February, it's tempting to let the Chicago Auto Show media preview slide by without attending. But this year, like every year, I'm reminded what a great venue it is for "gearheads," with more than 1,000 cars on display and some of the best people-watching in the Midwest. (Automotive journalists are a varied and unique group.) An added bonus is visitors can get up close and personal with the latest version of the Chevrolet Corvette, the C7 or Corvette Stingray as the marketing folks call it. Read more: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/miscellaneous/2013-02-08/preview-chicago-auto-show.html
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