Automakers Want a Review of Fuel Economy Rules

Automakers aren’t interested in building cars with exceptional fuel economy.

That’s despite a 2011 announcement by the Obama administration that requires automakers to raise fuel efficiency standards to a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon. According to the former administration, that would save motorists $1.7 trillion in fuel costs over the life of the vehicles, while costing the auto industry about $200 billion over 13 years.

Automakers claim that the requirements are contrary to the desires of the public and want the fuel economy regulation changed.

They’re appealing to the current president to make it happen.

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About 25 Percent of Cars on the Road Need Recall Repairs—Will You Buy One?

Buying a used car can be a little like playing Russian roulette these days.

Even though modern cars are as safe as automobiles have ever been, about one in four cars on the road have open recalls on them. That translates to over 63 million cars in the United States that have been recalled but never fixed.

That represents a massive 34 percent jump over the figure that was measured a year ago.

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Alfa Romeo Returns: Tom Brady Wasn’t the Only One With a Comeback This Year

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Whether you’re following computers with iPods or strip-sacks with touchdown passes, comebacks are never easy. Steve Jobs recognized that developing a revolutionary piece of technology could pull Apple back into people’s lives, while the New England Patriots leaned on fundamentals (and the cool, steely nerve of Thomas Edward Patrick Brady) to bring a 5th Lombardi Trophy back home to Foxborough, Massachusetts. In the world of cars, comebacks are often no less dramatic, and we may be experiencing one right now. Continue reading >>>

2018 Mustang Revealed, Bullitt Edition a Possibility

Almost 50 years ago a Mustang GT and a Dodge Charger R/T sped through the streets of San Francisco in an epic high-speed chase.

It happened in a movie, of course, and remains one of the most exciting and influential chase scenes in cinema history. The movie, “Bullitt,” came out in 1968, which means the 50th anniversary is next year.

A refreshed Mustang is due for 2018, and we have a pretty good idea of what it’ll look like and what engines it’ll have (no V6!?).

Plus, there’s a good chance that Ford will bless us with an all-new 50th anniversary edition of the Mustang Bullitt. Continue reading >>>

Reimagined Classics: What Do You Dream of Driving?

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept

We know most of you like classic sports cars, but we had no idea exactly how deep your enthusiasm ran until we saw the reaction to Wednesday’s post on the possibility of a midengine Corvette. Some folks commented directly, but the promo on our Facebook page drew hundreds of comments and shares. Commenters mostly ended up debating the current Corvette’s cost, practicality, and appropriate age bracket, but all those comments and the energy behind them impressed us. Thanks!

Now we want to know what other classic cars you’d like to see remade in new and different ways. We heard just this week about Dodge’s recent debut of the new Challenger GT, which can’t use the Hellcat V8, but can deliver power to all four wheels. What do you think of that? Are you interested in test-driving one? We’ll mention a few similar reimagined classics below, and we’d be happy to see what you think of those, but we want to see your ideas, too. We can’t promise any of them will actually get built, of course, but we’d love to help get a great revision into production. Continue reading >>>

You Might Buy Your Next Car at Walmart

One of the many services that has made Costco famous is its car buying program.

The program has its supporters and detractors, but overall the company sees its partnership with dealerships as a value-added service for club members.

Walmart wants in, too.

The nation’s largest retailer has announced a partnership with dealers, a financial institution, and an online car retail platform to launch an in-store car buying program. Before you laugh at the idea of buying a car at Walmart, here’s why it could actually work.

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