First Drive: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
Oct17

First Drive: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport

The last time Ford affixed a “SPORT” badge to its Explorer sport-utility vehicle, it was to distinguish the two-door model from the four-door.  Some two decades after that vehicle’s launch, for 2013, the range-topping Explorer has been fitted with a hi-po, EcoBoost V-6.  Would it be sufficient oomph to allow the Explorer to compete with the current crop of full-size SUVs?

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Product Review:  RAM Mount RAM Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder
Oct17

Product Review: RAM Mount RAM Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder

Ever since we first covered Waze (the crowd-sourced smartphone navigation/traffic intelligence app), I’ve come to rely on Waze more and more during my 50 miles of daily commuting.  However, Waze is a battery hog (as are all screen-on, GPS-on navigation apps), so I had to plug in my iPhone when using Waze.  Over time, I found it very frustrating to have to leave my phone in a cupholder so I could get the scoop on Waze traffic.

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EV Battery Maker A123 Systems Files for Bankruptcy Protection
Oct16

EV Battery Maker A123 Systems Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Former green-energy darling A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy today. Though A123 has been struggling in several areas for the past few months, the speed of the filing has caught many observers by surprise. Just yesterday, A123 warned that it would have to default on several loan issues and that bankruptcy was a possibility, but less than a day later, that possibility became a reality.

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Porsche Unveils Range Topping Cayenne Turbo S Model
Oct15

Porsche Unveils Range Topping Cayenne Turbo S Model

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show is only a month away, but Porsche has decided to give its fans an early present by taking the wraps off the latest and fastest addition to the Cayenne family the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

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News Blip: (Chevrolet) Sparks Fly at New York Comic Con
Oct14

News Blip: (Chevrolet) Sparks Fly at New York Comic Con

Quick! When you think of Comic Con — “the biggest and most exciting popular culture convention on the East Coast”  — which automaker springs immediately to mind? Still thinking? Follow the jump for the answer you might not be expecting.

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Review: 2012 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 4×2
Oct12

Review: 2012 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 4×2

With a long weekend of family camping planned, I tried to think of the perfect vehicle to request for a weeklong loan.  Corvette?  Not enough seats.  Terrain?  Not enough room for bikes.  Sierra Denali HD?  Plenty of size and space, but what if it rained and our gear got wet?  Then it dawned on me:  Suburban.

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NHTSA Releases Warning On Dangers Of Counterfeit Airbags
Oct11

NHTSA Releases Warning On Dangers Of Counterfeit Airbags

In a report released yesterday, the National Highway Traffic And Safety Administration is warning consumers that tens of thousands of counterfeit airbag devices may have been installed in vehicles that have received repairs after crashes during a three year period.

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Sirius XM Increases 2012 Subscriber Forecast On New-Car Sales Strength
Oct10

Sirius XM Increases 2012 Subscriber Forecast On New-Car Sales Strength

Sirius XM satellite radio – the only satellite radio operator in the U.S., thanks to the merger between the former rivals in 2008 – today increased its forecast for 2012 net subscriber gains from 1.6 million to 1.8 million, thanks to better-than-expected new car sales this year.  Two-thirds of all new cars today are equipped with factory-installed satellite radio.  Following the close of the third quarter, the company had a record 23.4 million subscribers in its fold, including yours truly.

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