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by / on November 8, 2011 at 11:27 am / in Ford

MyFord Touch Gets Upgrades

Ford’s touch-screen infotainment system called MyFord Touch has recently drawn criticism and, according to Consumer Reports, contributed to Ford’s poor performance in their annual Auto Reliability Study. Ford saw the biggest drop of any brand, going from 10th last year to 20th this year. Hoping to improve the system, Ford is releasing an updated MyFord Touch system it says is […]

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by / on November 8, 2011 at 10:26 am / in Diesel, Recalls, Volkswagen

VW TDI Recall: Squeaky Wheels Will Get the Grease

When following up on VW’s voluntary recall of TDI-powered Jetta, Jetta SportWagen and Golf models, one document now included in the NHTSA’s document record stood out. This FAQ for dealers describes how the squeaky wheel will get the grease. Figuratively, that is. Parts to perform the necessary repairs under the program are in short supply, so vehicles that are “down” […]

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by / on November 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm / in Mini

Mini Roadster

A result worthy of a sacrificed backseat. Details.

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by / on November 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm / in Fiat, Odds & Ends, Vintage & Classic

Fiat 500 Abarth: The Legend Is Coming to the US

I’ve been hearing the tale of a particular Abarth-tuned Fiat since I was a kid. It’s my father’s story of a single ride in the passenger seat of the “small but wicked” Italian machine. He always said it was the scariest car ride he’s ever experienced. Excited about the new 500 Abarth heading stateside, I called my dad today to […]

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by / on November 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm / in Fisker, Hybrid/EV

Fisker Karma outperforms EPA electric-only estimate

In my article about the EPA’s certification of the Fisker Karma, I wrote that the authorities estimated a range of 32 miles for electric-only operation. The folks at Fisker said that was too conservative. Without providing their own estimate, they said the Karma would beat that in the real world. Redemption came today when Europe’s regulatory agency Technischer Ueberwachungs Verein […]

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