Archive for December, 2011

Car thefts are highest on New Year’s Eve

  New Year’s Eve is a notoriously bad night for car thefts. It seems many people end up leaving their cars overnight at less than safe locations. Many rushed revelers will drop into a liquor store for champagne and leave their car running to keep it warm, not realizing the theft risk. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) reports January 1 is the most common day for car thefts each year. Many drivers have good intentions, thinking they will be fine to drive home. As a result, driving to end of the year celebrations with the intention of driving back. However, after partying with friends, later realizing they have had to many drinks to safely drive home. Therefore, leaving their vehicles overnight in unfamiliar locations, they normally would never park in. Many end up getting caught up in the festivities and forget to lock their doors. Some even storing extra keys in …

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The World’s Top Ten Selling Cars for 2011

  GM has taken back the top car producer in the world away from Toyota in 2011. Partly due to the tsunami that ravaged Japan earlier in the year. Credit has to be given to GM management for streamlining their business and making the tough decisions for the future. When looking at individual car models that rank in the top 10 there are some surprises that cannot be ignored. One being Hyundai’s rise from nowhere to be just behind Toyota for the second most popular car in the world. The Hyundai Elantra was not even in the top 10 two years ago. Here is the complete list of the top selling cars in the world for 2011: 1. Toyota Corolla (1.02 million units) – The tsunami has hurt Japanese carmakers this year, but not enough to drop Toyota Corolla out of top spot. It …

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Truck Driver wins $300,000 Lamborghini Murcielago and wrecks it hours later

  A small-town Frito-Lay delivery truck driver’s dream of winning the 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster Supercar became reality to only crash it 6 hours later. Mr Dopp standing in front of his house with his car prior to getting behind the wheel and wrecking it The two-seater Italian sports car, of which only 4,099 have ever been made and which, with its V12 engine, has a top speed of over 200 mph, seems to have had a lot more power than Mr Dopp was used to. Mr Dopp taking pictures with his Lamborghini just after being announced the winner at the stadium He went to collect the exotic car – which, with a value of $300,000 and is worth more than his house – on Saturday and, full of enthusiasm, decided to spend the entire day giving rides to his friends and family. He had …

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The 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists Announced

  The Automotive Press Association chairman, Karl Brauer has announced the 2012 North American Car and Truck of the year finalists. 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque – 2012 North American Truck of the Year Finalist This award is seen as one of the most prestigious awards a car manufacturer can win as it is judged by independant car journalists from both the US and Canada. It is not judged by an entity that accepts advertising such as a magazine. Here are the six finalists for Car and Truck of the Year: 2012 North American Car of the Year Finalists: • Ford Focus • Hyundai Elantra • Volkswagen Passat 2012 North American Truck of the Year Finalists: • BMW X3 • Honda CR-V • Range Rover Evoque The final winners will be announced at the start of the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit on January 9th, 2012.

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Canada’s 2011 top 10 most stolen car list released

  The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada today, many of which are showing up in the local market and not necessarily being exported out of Canada. In these cases, the vehicles are often re-sold to unsuspecting consumers. This year there is a new hot target for thieves – the 2009 Toyota Venza. It replaces the 2000 Honda Civic SiR, which was last year’s number one stolen vehicle. The top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are: 1. 2009 Toyota Venza 4-door 2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door 3. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door 4. 2006 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck 4WD 5. 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT 4-door AWD 6. 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS 4-door 4WD 7. 2007 Ford F-350 Pickup Truck 4WD 8. 2001 Pontiac Aztek 4-door AWD 9. 1998 Acura Integra 2-door 10. 1999 Acura Integra [...]

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Today’s used cars are in very high demand

  Most new car shoppers are unaware how much their used vehicle is worth. It turns out late model, low mileage used cars are valued at thirty percent more now than they were at the beginning of the year. It boils down to simple economics. Supply and demand are out of balance. This is due to mostly to the lack of new vehicles that were sold in 2008, 2009 and 2010. As a result there are less late model used autos to go around. There is such short supply at the auto auctions, dealers are even sending letters to past customers asking to buy back vehicles even without mention of selling them a replacement vehicle. Dealers are scrambling to keep their pre-owned lots stocked with cars. In some high demand, low mileage used cars, one and two year old models are selling at almost the brand new …

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Siri, please drive my car

  By now you have probably heard of Siri, the virtual assistant that you can get for your iPhone. Well, it seems Siri can now do things, not just say things. “Do” as in remotely lock and unlock your car. Or start it. Or pop the trunk. Pretty impressive? Well, not quite. My car keys can remotely lock and unlock the car, sound the horn and pop the trunk. And remote car starters are now a dime a dozen (although you’ll pay at least $30 for one). Why not show us something really impressive, like… Warn me of a burglary. How? Simple. When someone tries to unlock the car door, Siri checks if it is being done with a key. If not, it says, “Excuse me, Frank. But there is a burglar …

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$4 million chain reaction exotic car crash in Japan

  A group of exotic car enthusiasts travelling at speeds topping 150 kms per hour were involved in a multi-car pile-up while driving on Chugoku Expressway in southwestern Japan. Witnesses say the chain-reaction crash happened when the lead driver of a convoy of sports cars skidded out of control, spun and slammed into a median when trying to pass slower moving traffic. The supercar drivers following crashed when they tried to avoid the initial accident. A quick count of the damaged vehicles has eight Ferraris, one Lamborghini, and three Mercedes-Benz cars getting the worst of it. Footage filmed after the crash shows the totaled Ferraris include a F355, a 348, a F430 Scuderia, two 360 Modenas, and a Testarossa. It took traffic police and workers more than six hours to clear the resulting scene, and 10 people were treated for bruises and cuts. …

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Nissan Leaf EV wins Car of the Year Award in Japan

  For the first time ever an electric vehicle has won the prestigious Japan ‘Car of the Year Award’ at the Tokyo Motor Show today. The Nissan Leaf EV which is a 100 percent electric car beat out all competitors to win the award. Toshiyuki Shiga, COO of Nissan Motor Company, holds the ‘Car of the Year’ trophy at the Tokyo Motor Show “Nissan is proud to announce that its 100 percent electric Leaf car has won the Japanese Car of the Year prize,” Japan’s second-largest automaker said in a statement. The Nissan Leaf has sold over 20,000 vehicles so far since its launch late last year, mostly in Japan and the US. Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn believes electric cars will jump from less than 1 percent today to over 15 percent of all vehicle sales within 10 years. No wonder Nissan has invested …

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