Automobile manufacturers are not always eager to implement enough safety measures to new models as much as they like to advertise. Luckily, consumers do have allies in form of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to provide safety guidelines, run crash tests, make recalls and rate each model separately. Automobile accidents and crashes are parts of our lives even with those drivers considered to be extra careful. IIHS tests each model through series of crashes and situations in which car gets rolled over, hits various objects on the road or collide with another … (more) October 15, 2014

  • The Fuel Economy “Space Race”: Reaching the 54.5 MPG Standard

    by Richard Burton
    The Fuel Economy “Space Race”: Reaching the 54.5 MPG Standard

    Hyundai released its own hydrogen car Tucson last Tuesday, handing the keys over to California drivers living in close range to some of the only refueling stations in the US. While other manufacturers, such as Honda, BMW and General Motors, have already produced a variety of Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) – and Toyota has announced a production date – Hyundai’s release marks the start of mass produced FCVs. Vying for fuel efficiency with FCVs is the electric car, such as Tesla Motor’s Model S and Kandi’s E-Cars. Tesla motors is a major leader in the electric car arena, and has … (more) June 20, 2014

  • More Than 19000 Cars Recalled By Aston Martin For Counterfeit Plastic

    by Richard Burton
    More Than 19000 Cars Recalled By Aston Martin For Counterfeit Plastic

    As per some recently published report, from Detroit, Aston Martin is recalling 17,590 cars – almost 75% of all cars that it has manufactured since 2007. It was discovered that counterfeit plastic material was used by a Chinese sub-supplier that supplied a particular part for the luxury sports car manufacturers. All left left-hand-drive Aston Martin models manufactured since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive models built after 2012 May are being called back for it is feared that there is a high chance of breaking the accelerator pedal arm due to the counterfeit material. According to a spokesman from the company, … (more) February 8, 2014

  • Insurance Agents Preparing for Rocketing Car Sales

    by Jeanny Hopper
    Insurance Agents Preparing for Rocketing Car Sales

    As car dealer across the U.S. are trying to catch up with the skyrocketing demand for new cars, insurance agents are also preparing themselves for the expected numbers of new car owners. Even with the troubles encountered by the “cash for clunkers” program, insurance providers are expecting to see a sudden spike in the demand for new car insurance. Industry sources have revealed that agents are preparing for the arrival of car owners searching for the perfect insurance policies for their newly acquired vehicles. Earlier last week, the federal government’s Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) was suspended on fears that … (more) August 7, 2009