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New Car Launches by Dodge in USA 2014

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Dodge Motors in USA makes minivans and sports utility vehicles. In this article, we list a couple of new cars that Dodge Motors is launching this year (with specifications and their performance features).

The newly launching/launched cars by Dodge Motors we are discussing in this article are:

  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Dodge Challenger

Dodge Grand Caravan 2014
Dodge Grand Caravan is a Small Station Wagon manufactured by Dodge motors. The Grand Caravan may be one of the longest-running names in the minivan business.

Specifications of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Fuel Economy combined 20 mpg
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.6 L
Driving Type Front Wheel Drive
Base Curb Weight 1960 KG
Passenger Capacity 7
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) 39.1
Net Horse Power @ RPM 283 @ 6400
EPA Class 2WD Minivans
Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4400
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Displacement 3.6 L/220
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Mini-van, Passenger
Fuel Tank capacity 75.70Liters (20 Gallons)
Transmission system 6-Speed Automatic 62TE

Features of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

  • Power mirrows, locks and windows
  • A removable second-row bench seat
  • Fold-away third-row seating
  • Cruise control system
  • Key less entry system.
  • A power liftgate,
  • Power sliding doors
  • Power driver seat,
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Satellite radio system.
    • Safety Features
  • Parking sensors,
  • A rear view camera system.
  • blind-spot monitors system
  • Automatic headlights.
  • Dual front airbags
  • Stability control system
  • Curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats.

Performance of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

  • A V6-Cylinder engine 283-horsepower 3.6-liter engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission system.
  • Fuel Efficiency of 17 city/25 hwy
  • The combine rating of this car is 20 mpg.

Dodge Challenger 2014
Dodge Challenger is a Mid-Size Cars manufactured by Dodge motors. Dodge Challenger is the most faithful to its original pony-car roots and the design formula that made it a classic.

Specifications of Dodge Challenger 2014

Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/27 mpg Hwy
Fuel Economy combined 21 mpg
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.6 L
Driving Type Rear Wheel Drive
Base Curb Weight 1740KG
Passenger Capacity 5
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) 38.1
Net Horse Power @ RPM 305 @ 6350
EPA Class Mid-Size Cars
Net Torque @ RPM 268 @ 4800
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Displacement 3.6 L/220
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
Fuel Tank capacity 73.81Liters (19.5 Gallons)
Transmission system 5-Speed Automatic (W5A580)

Features of Dodge Challenger 2014

  • Power mirrors, locks and windows.
  • Automatic climate control.
  • Key less entry and start system.
  • Cruise control system.
  • A power driver’s seat.
  • Fog lamps.
  • Park assist.
  • A lower axle ratio.
  • Larger disc brakes.
  • Sportier suspension and steering tuning.
  • Premium sound system.
  • HID headlamps.
    • Safety Features
  • Electronic stability control system.
  • Front, side, and side-curtain airbags.
  • Anti-lock brakes system.
  • Hill Start Assist system.
  • A driver’s knee bag.
  • A rearview camera system.
  • Blind-spot monitors.

Performance of Dodge Challenger 2014

  • A V6-Cylinder engine 305-horsepower 3.3-liter engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission system.
  • Fuel Efficiency of 18 city/27 hwy.
  • The combine rating of Dodge Challenger to get 60 mph in just 6.3 second.

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Sep 5, 2014

Best Selling Models of Nissan in 2013

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Nissan got a good market share with its new models in 2013. The top models are Nissan Altima, Nissan Versa and Nissan Sentra. These are considered from the Forbes twenty best selling cars of 2013 and the sales statistics of these models. In this article, we will discuss about the specifications of these top models from Nissan.

  • Nissan Altima: The Nissan’s Altima is always near top of the heap. Its November 2013 sales in United States are 24,604, and year to date sales up to November 2013 – 295,907.
    • Interior: Leather or cloth upholstery, Bluetooth and cellphone connectivity for streaming audio, 60/40 split folding backseat along with armrest, Pandora and iPod connectivity with Nissan Connect, driver seat is power adjustable, navigation system, automatic climatic control, Bose premium stereo and heated steering wheel and front seats are available.
    • Exterior: 16-inch steel wheels, 16, 17 or 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, remote start, moon roof, are available.
    • Safety: The safety features are electronic stability system, Antilock disc brakes, side curtain and side impact for front seat airbags, blind spot warning system, lane departure warning and when reverse moving object detection system.
    • Pros and Cons: Pros are top crash test scores, solid interior quality, user-friendly electronics, comfortable front seats, refined ride, engaging handling, fuel economy and satisfying acceleration. Cons are four-cylinder engine giving excess noise, during moderate acceleration CVT can be overeager, and as like some other top sedans, it has no much rear headroom.
  • Nissan Versa: There are 8,327 units sold in November 2013 in United States. The year to date sales in United States is 108,488.
    • Interior highlights: The interior highlights in the Nissan Versa are navigation system, backseat is 60/40 split folding, cruise control, power mirrors and windows, CD stereo, air conditioning, and can comfortably seat five passengers.
    • Exterior: The exterior in the Versa 2014 is rear spoiler, fog lights, simple and aerodynamic design. 15 and 16 inch steel wheels.
    • Safety: The safety features are backup camera, electronic stability system, side curtain and side impact (front seats) airbags and anti-lock brakes.
    • Pros and cons: High fuel economy with CVT, large trunk, more convenience features, comfortable ride, low base price and roomy interior are the pros. Cons are low quality interior materials, no telescoping steering wheel, noisy engine, driving dynamics and bland performance.
  • Nissan Sentra: The sales of Nissan Sentra in 2013 November are 11,664. Year to date up to November 2013 are 118,344.
    • Safety: The available safety features are security system, electronic stability system with traction control and brake assist, antilock brakes and six airbags.
    • Interior and exterior: Interior and exterior features are mostly similar to Nissan Versa.
    • Pros and Cons: The advantages with Nissan Sentra are useful infotainment features, generous trunk space, high fuel economy, priced lower than many rivals and spacious and upscale interior. Disadvantages are steering lacks feel and underwhelming acceleration.

Only Nissan Altima is in the twenty best selling cars of 2013 list released by the Forbes. Nissan Sentra and the Nissan Versa are the bestselling models for Nissan in 2013 as per the data available up to November.
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Feb 7, 2014

2013 Honda’s Best Selling Models

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The Honda is in a top position with its models Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Honda CR-V. These three models are occupied the twenty best selling cars of 2013 list released by the Forbes. In this article, we will see its specifications that attract the customers.

  • Honda Civic: As of October 2013 the Honda Civic 27,328 with 32.1% change than 2012 (20,687) and has a year to date increase of 10.3%. It is occupied the second place after Toyota Camry. In the new model, there are some small changes than the 2013 model along with enhanced design and more functions.
    • Interior: In Honda Civic, the rear seats can folding back, rear ventilation ducts, and height adjustable driver seat and bucket front seats available. The power features are power mirrors, remote power door locks, and one-touch power windows.
    • Exterior: Rear defogger, intermittent wipers, steel wheels & spare and all-season tires.
    • Safety: There is a big list of safety features available in the Honda Civic. Four wheel ABS, dual front side mounted, and front & rear head airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, and stability and traction control.
    • Pros and Cons: Available coupe body style, spacious interior, good fuel economy, composed and comfortable ride and wide variety of power trains are the pros. The cons are mediocre brakes, and natural gas and hybrid models have small trunks.
  • Honda Accord: With the last years redesign, Honda Accord’s sales are up 11%. It is next to the Honda Civic and occupied the third place as per October 2013 sales.
    • Interior: The interior features are like similar to Civic model like bucket front seats, height adjustable driver seat, folding rear seat back etc.
    • Exterior: The exterior features are 16-inch alloy wheels, steel spare wheel, temporary spare tires, and Variable intermittent wipers.
    • Safety: The safety features are similar with the Honda Civic.
    • Pros and Cons: Pros of 2014 Honda Accord are available coupe body style, responsive handling, quick acceleration, efficient and refined powertrains, high quality and roomy interior. Cons are split feature doesn’t have for rear folding seat, firm ride quality and the characteristics of CVT’s won’t suitable everybody.
  • Honda CR-V: For the compact crossover utilities, Honda CR-V is the hot market leader. With the redesigned Ford Escape and other strong contenders, Honda CR-V is fighting off. By 2013 October statistics its sales number is 22,554. The interior, exterior and safety features are mostly similar to the Honda Civic.
    • Pros and Cons: The advantages of Honda CR-V are strong crash test scores, ample standard tech features, user-friendly controls, good fuel economy, abundant cargo and passenger room. Cons are no manual transmission, some cheap cabin materials, and engine upgrade is not available.

The Honda Accord and Honda Civic are in the fourth and sixth places of the twenty best selling cars of 2013 list of Forbes. Even in the October 2013 sales, it is below twentieth rank, and there is great competition, Honda CR-V is in the top list at ninth place.
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Feb 7, 2014

Great Choices of Small Cars 2013

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There is no secret that increasing consumer demand for economical cars or vehicles has sparked a small car renaissance among United States automakers. Nearly five years ago, it was tough to find five entry-level small cars to recommend. If you are in market for the new economical car that does not feel small in value, the following cars should be on your preference list.

  • 2013 BMW 1-Series: With moderately priced compact cars, Audi and BMW have expanded their lineups and with the CLA Mercedes Benz will soon do the same. The Mercedes yet to come and the Audi A3 due for a redesign, so our favorite of the group is the BMW 1-Series. It’s enough with the base engine in 128i, but 300 horsepower turbocharged inline six cylinder in 135i makes it as a rocket. The 1-Series is offering most of the vaunted 3-Series handling prowess, but with a slightly lower price and a bit less refinement.
  • 2013 Buick Verano: Sometimes the brand image can hurt when small luxury cars built on an economy car platform. But with General Motor’s Buick Verano it is different. It is based on Chevrolet Cruze, which also made this list, but Verano offers quieter interior and even more refinement than Cruze. Available 250 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine adds muscle to natural athleticism of compact’s.
  • 2013 Chevrolet Cruze: The Cruze is the best small car from Chevrolet. It offers levels of refinement and quietness those are not just impressive for General Motors, but for the automotive market (in general). Base engine is fuel efficient, but the better choice is 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder. It provides better fuel economy (in the Eco trim up to 42 mpg highway) offers more torque, and quieter. Inexpensive and roomy, to the typical small midsize sedan, Cruze is an economical alternative.
  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic: If Cruze is not the best small car then the Chevrolet has another ever built, Sonic. It is having the same engine choices as Cruze but in smaller package. Its lighter weight makes it more agile and quicker than its bigger sibling. The Sonic hatchback with the 1.4 liter engine and six speed manual transmission is sporty.
  • 2013 Dodge Dart: The Dodge Dart offers technology and refinement which we do not expect in the small car class. As a typical midsize car, it has much rear seat space. We like 1.4 liter turbocharged engine with manual transmission. But CEO of Chrysler feels that the dual clutch automated manual transmission is not right for the American audience. That will be correct with the release of forthcoming nine speed automatic transmission, which make Dart as good as any car in the class.

The other small cars that you consider of 2013 models are Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, Mazada Mazda3, Mazda MX-5 Miata, MINI Cooper, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf and GTI.
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Jan 30, 2014

Auto Insurers Offers Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance

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Nowadays insurance companies throughout the United States are adapting new technology to accommodate consumer needs. Many insurers are using electronic system that allows them to monitor their customers and measure the number of miles they have driven. This insurance policy gained more popularity and which is so called ‘pay-as-you-drive’ or ‘pay-per-mile’ car insurance coverage.

Insurers are offering competitive car insurance rates based on the electronic verification of miles driven that is tracked through the GPS system in the car. This is being provided by the trackers to the insurance companies who simply plug into the diagnostic port required on cars. This technology provides fast and reliable tool for customers to compare quotes. The same technology is being used on taxi vehicles that allow insurers to create premiums based on the actual distance traveled.

This type of vehicle insurance coverage is more beneficial to those who don’t use their vehicle often or those who own multiple vehicles. The major benefit is that this plan charges you only for how much you drive. For instance, if you are keeping your driving to a minimum or drive less than 500 miles per month, then you can consider buying ‘pay-per-mile’ plan. But if you drive more than 1,000 miles per month, then you should go for longer period policy.

Thus, a driver who drives less miles a year can get high discount premium rates. However, discounts can vary widely depending on a wide range of driving habits such as

  • If you drive 10,000 or fewer miles a year
  • If you take corners and curves slowly
  • If you drive without exceeding 80 mph
  • If you drive some old model vehicle

So, before going for buying through ‘pay-as-you-drive’ plan, compare the rates and see, if it actually saves your money in the long run. Also, keep in mind, not all states are adapting this technology and for now there are only few insurance companies in some states offering this insurance coverage. As the popularity grows, more auto insurance companies are likely to adapt it. Read the rest of this post

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Nov 26, 2012

GM Recalling All Cruz’s Over Fire Risk

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After reports of engine fires, General Motors(GM) Company is calling back all its 475,000 Chevrolet Cruze compacts, from 2009 through May 31. It’s a reversal for the Detroit automaker looking to raise sales of fuel-efficient compact cars.
The recall includes 413,418 vehicles in 2011-12 Cruz’s in the United States, 61,299 in Canada, and 701 in Israel. Detroit-based GM wanted to change the engine shield, which will prevents liquids from being cornered in the engine compartment, where a fire could begin and spread.

GM spokesperson Alan Adler also said that the reason for call backing is complaints of fires in their Cruze models. The spread of fire in their vehicles is linked to improper oil changes and other fluids that were jammed in the engine. And also their automakers received 31 fire complaints on their models. However, there were no injuries, crashes or deaths have been reported in connection with the fires.

The Cruze is a primal vehicle for General Motors because it was the Detroit automaker’s best-selling car in 2011 and the second best-selling compact car in the U.S. last year. However, sales of GM slowed down when Japanese automakers have returned to the market.

According to manager of product analysis for Auto Pacific Inc., the call back is not a big issue for GM, as long as fixtures are done in a timely manner.

For NHTSA, vehicle fires are a big issue it says because, in recent years there were 184,500 vehicle fires, resulting in 285 deaths and 1,440 injuries in the U.S. in 2010. They caused about $1 billion in damage.

Like this if fire spreads in Cruz’s then sales will be down for that company. So, that’s why this company is deciding to alter of the parts in the engine which can result in a fuel-efficiency Cruz’s. Read the rest of this post

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Jun 2, 2012

Lexus LS 460 Model to be Launched in 2012

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North American division of Lexus recently announced that the new Lexus LS 460 model comes with excellent multi information system, navigation system and audio, video system. The interior area is covered with leather and wood-trimmed combination.

New Lexus LS 460 is expected to be launched in 2012. The new Lexus LS 460 comes with 4.6 L V8 engine developing 380 HP and 367 lb-ft in rear-wheel drive configuration, 358 HP and 344 lb-ft torque with AWD. It has the good acceleration capacity, it gives 0 to 60 mph acceleration with in 5.4 seconds. It gives good mileage, 16 mpg on city roads and 23 mpg on highway.

Sport Package is also available only on the LS 460 RWD model. Behind the 19-inch split 10-spoke forged alloy wheels, Brembo brakes are installed. The sports model comes with sporty style front seats with leather. The models LS 460 AWD and LS 460 L are available with variable gear-ratio steering and adaptive variable suspension. It will come with more sporty style and more fuel efficient features. Reports said price of the vehicle is also very much affordable by the consumers.

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Oct 18, 2011

Mercedes- Benz Dealerships Top Again in Sales

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Mercedes Benz is the top performing dealership brand for 2011 as reported by the Chicago Tribune study. Mercedes Benz was followed by Jaguar and Lexus. Toyota’s dealership and Chrysler attracted the mass market. They are getting good sales in US mass market.

Mercedes Benz faced a tight competition from BMW to overtake the Lexus to become a top selling luxury product in US market. Lexus lost its performance due to earth quack and tsunami in Japan that disturbed the production. The report said Low volume brands Mitsubishi motors and Suzuki motors stayed at the bottom.

According to Pied Piper PSI data, Mercedes Benz brand got the first rank from the dealers. This survey has viewed that the reduced staff at dealership is the main reason for sales reduction as it cuts the customer satisfaction. The study also said that, focusing on customer tailoring is very important. It is needed to answer the consumers questions and give the information about the product, though it takes time but improve the sales digits. The Pied Piper PSI study was conducted based on the industry given data and dealership given data.

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Oct 10, 2011