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Saturday, August 7, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

What do a Ford F-Series Super Duty diesel pickup truck and an iPhone 3GS have in common? No, it’s not a riddle, but more of a glimpse into the future of cars, which is looking more like the future of TVs, smart phones and all the other gadgets we use in our daily lives. Both

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Thursday, August 5, 2010 3:26 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Yesterday the head of Hyundai’s American operations John Krafcik announced Hyundai has an ambitious new goal: raising the gas mileage of the entire Hyundai fleet of cars to 50 mpg by 2025. That goal is far beyond the new, stricter gas mileage standards mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last year, which would

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 11:36 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

For those of you that were following the issue, here’s an update: Yesterday, the Massachusetts legislature rejected the latest iteration of the “right-to-repair” law. Like I said in the last blog post on the subject, the law would have forced automakers to turn over schematics and other proprietary information about their cars to independent car

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Saturday, July 31, 2010 10:30 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Porsche has announced plans to bring to market a $650,000 plug-in hybrid car that will get 78 mpg and reach 60 mph in around 3 seconds. I must admit, I laughed a little bit when I first read about the 918 Spyder. First off, the idea of spending the price of a luxurious house on

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Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

They may give environmentally conscious consumers everywhere a warm and fuzzy feeling in their stomachs, but electric and plug-in hybrid cars are deadly serious business for the automakers that have invested millions in their development and production. The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf haven’t even appeared on American streets yet, and already competition is heating

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:09 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Just a quick note: General Motors has announced pricing for its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid car. At $41,000, the base Volt is more expensive than industry insiders had speculated, and represents something of a gamble for GM. The General has spent $750 million developing this car, and if it prices the car out of the

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:46 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s no secret that cars have become more complex and computerized in recent years. Some advocates for independent repair shops say automakers are exploiting this complexity to force customers into dealer repair shops by holding back tools and information necessary to diagnose and repair car problems. A battle over the issue in the Massachusetts legislature

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Monday, July 26, 2010 10:05 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Ever had a friend or relative who sold a car after it had serious structural repairs because they didn’t feel safe in it? Turns out they may have been on to something. Mechanics, especially those with ties to insurance companies that typically foot collision-repair bills, often use aftermarket replacement parts because they are significantly less

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Tags: Cars, Ford, OEM
Friday, July 23, 2010 1:50 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Most of the time, when you buy a hybrid car, you know you’ll be paying a higher sticker price in the hopes that you’ll make up the difference by saving on gas over the life of the car. Now Ford is changing the equation; the hybrid version of its MKZ sedan will cost the same

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 4:47 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

If your credit is less than perfect, finding an auto loan to buy a GM vehicle may just have gotten easier. General Motors announced this morning it is acquiring AmeriCredit, a Texas-based subprime lending company specializing in auto loans. From GM’s perspective, the acquisition makes sense. The company announced last month it was “developing relationships

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