Two New Tires Bring Fun Driving Year Round

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The Autumn Equinox is September 22, but when the kids go back to school, summer is unofficially over. Sure, there are plenty of warm days left, but the nights have started getting cooler, and it’s only a matter of time before the leaves change and the chill of fall and winter will take hold. Now’s the time to start thinking about tires.

Automakers routinely tout all-wheel drive as the best way to deal with challenging conditions, but regardless of which wheels get power, the tires are the only parts of a car that actually touch the road. A good set of winter tires can turn a rear-wheel-drive sports car into a competent winter commuter car, while a set of ultra-high-performance summer tires can render an AWD-equipped car useless in the snow.

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Don’t Forget the Little Things: Some Easily Overlooked Safety Tech

Henry Bliss Plaque

Take a walk down New York City’s Central Park West, and right at the intersection of West 74th Street, you’ll see an interesting little plaque. It’s as unassuming a corner on New York’s Upper West Side as can be, but the sign nevertheless marks the intersection as an historic site. On September 13, 1899—117 years ago today—while stepping off a street car across from Central Park, a real-estate dealer named Henry H. Bliss was struck by an electric taxicab. The car knocked Bliss down and crushed him. He was pronounced dead the following morning. Bliss’s death marked the first automotive fatality in the western hemisphere.
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Pleading Guilty: Criminal Charges in Volkswagen Scandal Begin

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Here’s a charge most people hope they never have to face in federal court: Conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

The first Volkswagen engineer to be formally charged entered a guilty plea Friday for his role in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. His plea has uncovered new information regarding ten years of deceit and coverups by the German automaker.

We now know that, since the very beginning of Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” program, the company intentionally developed and installed a “defeat device” on roughly 500,000 cars in the United States so that they could appear to pass U.S. emissions tests. We also know that engineers lied in attempts to cover up the existence of the device once U.S. investigators became suspicious.

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4 Must-Have Features for a Terrific Tailgate

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We might still be riding out an unusually warm summer, but here in New England, the phrase “winter is coming” brings with it a very specific set of feelings. No, I’m not talking about dread and despair, I’m talking about something much more positive. You see, although New England winter may earn headlines by delivering winter storms, polar vortexes, and record-setting snowfall, it never arrives before autumn foliage, apple-picking, and most importantly, football season.

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NFL: National Ford League?

Ford F-Series Now Official Truck of the NFL

It’s football time in America!

The official start of the NFL season kicked off last night in Denver. Along with football’s cheering fans, electrifying touchdowns, and controversial replays comes an over-saturation of corporate sponsorships.

Aside from the beer industry, cars are perhaps the products most promoted in association with the NFL.

Last year Hyundai took GM’s spot as an official NFL sponsor, which gave the South Korean automaker the rights to tout that it has the official car, SUV, and luxury car of the NFL. That, however, left open an important space:

The official truck of the NFL.

Ford didn’t let that space sit empty for long. In fact, it seems to be vying for domination of the entire National Football League.

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Camaro Follows Mustang to Europe… Sort Of

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The Ford Mustang, a longtime staple of Americana and an icon of modern muscle cars, is now available in Europe and has received an exceptionally warm welcome so far.

For most of the last 50 years, European drivers could only look across the great pond and wonder what owning a Mustang would be like. Ford has turned that wonder into reality and now delivers right-hand-drive Mustangs, many with the 5.0-liter V8, to European countries.

There has been much rejoicing.

Chevrolet has surely noticed Ford’s European party, but hasn’t made a peep about any Euro Camaro plans.

Until now.

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Samsung and FCA Partnership: Too Little Too Late?

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Apple and Samsung are fierce competitors in the phone-and-tablet businesses. In the automotive world, Apple is taking the lead by not-so-secretly developing a vehicle, which presumably will be self-driving and electric.

Samsung isn’t developing such a vehicle, but could jump-start its involvement in the auto industry by making a major purchase from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Magneti Marelli is a high-tech parts maker headquartered in Italy. The company has been a subsidiary of Fiat since 1967 but could now be sold to the South Korean tech company for $3 billion.

What does this mean for Samsung’s role in the growing world of autonomous cars?

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Audi Boosts Investment in Formula E

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To touch on a subject not normally covered by CarGurus, Audi has announced its expanded involvement in the all-electric Formula E racing series, furthering its support of Team ABT Schaeffler before fielding a full-works team in 2017. Motor racing is an exceptionally expensive business, and with perhaps the exception of Ferrari’s involvement in Formula 1, no manufacturer can simply dabble in the game—there has to be some sort of return on the investment.

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Cadillac CEO Sets Record Straight

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Sometimes the auto industry’s deepest secrets are revealed in the comment sections of blogs.

If, of course, the president of an auto company wants to correct an ill-informed writer.

That’s what happened last week when the outspoken leader of Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen, read an article on which he couldn’t resist commenting. In the process, he mapped out the company’s product plans for the next few years.

The original article detailed Cadillac’s product delays, changes to the upcoming product line, and the debut of the Cadillac Escala concept.

Evidently, not all of the information presented was correct, and De Nysschen called the writer out.

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Electric Boogaloo: EVs for the Average Car Shopper

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Automakers are on the verge of revving up their electric-vehicle production efforts. Global demand is certainly growing: countries around the world are planning markets in which 100% of vehicles sold will be completely emissions-free. Norway is probably the most prominent example, having declared a 2020 deadline for 100% EV and Fuel Cell adoption. Most auto manufacturers are therefore also moving in that direction, though their timetables aren’t quite as aggressive as Norway’s. Hyundai has promised 8 plug-in hybrids and 2 all-electric models in the next 4-5 years, Volkswagen AG has pledged to offer a plug-in version of every model in its lineup by 2025, and Honda wants fully electric cars to account for two-thirds of its total sales by 2030. So within 5, 10, or 15 years, buyers can expect most new cars being produced to be battery-powered.

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