By James Osborne Updated 10:01 am, Monday, May 14, 2018 Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A Phillips 66 logo is seen on a gas pump as a car is filled a Beck's station in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, March 5, 2012. Prices have increased 15 percent this year and are 7.8 percent higher than a year earlier. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg less A Phillips 66 logo is seen on a gas pump as a car is filled a Beck's station in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, March 5, 2012. Prices have increased 15 percent this year and are 7.8 percent higher than a ... more Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg Is Trump backing off opposition to new car mileage standard? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is showing signs it might be willing to back off its hard line … [Read more...] about Is Trump backing off opposition to new car mileage standard?
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The past few years have seen automakers developing car parts from greener, more sustainable sources. While carbon fiber might make gearheads drool, rodents like rats are going haywire over soy-based components like wiring harness insulation. At least that’s what a growing number of vehicle owners, including Janice Perzigian, believe. Perzigian has shelled out more than $600 to repair wiring in her 2017 Ford Mustang. The culprit, she says, are hungry rats that are after the soy-based insulation that coats the wires. Trying to keep rodents away Each night she fortifies her Mustang with a barrier of Pine-Sol on the ground, essential oils on the tires, and dryer sheets under the front seats. Lastly, her engine bay gets a weekly dose of peppermint essential, adding to her anti-rodent measures she estimates cost $20 every week. “I’m gonna do everything possible to eliminate this, and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” she told the Detroit Free Press. … [Read more...] about Rats Go Mental On New Cars’ Wiring Looms Due To Soy-Made Components
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest New-car shoppers: Brace yourselves for higher costs, longer loans The average price paid for a new car stands at $34,623, compared with $31,078 five years ago. Interest rates also are higher, at about 5.7% versus 4.4% five years ago. As those costs rise, consumers increasingly are stretching out the life of their loan as well. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Sarah O'Brien, CNBC Published 2:05 p.m. ET April 19, 2018 CLOSE If you’re thinking about buying a new car, it may be your ZIP code that could give you the best rebate deal. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60 CONNECT TWEET … [Read more...] about New-car shoppers: Brace yourselves for higher costs, longer loans
Say what you will about technology taking the joy out of driving, but there’s one major upside to putting cutting-edge features in a vehicle – we’re getting some pretty cool stuff. While the majority of drivers are concerned with getting a massive touchscreen somewhere on the center console, enthusiasts are all about those instrument panels. A good set of gauges can change the entire feel of a vehicle. Clear, easy-to-read gauges can making driving a good car that much better. But on the flip side of that, a poor set of gauges can throw everything off. In recent times, more automakers have moved towards digital instrument clusters and that’s a trend we can get behind. While complex digital instruments are relatively new, especially when it comes to affordable, mainstream vehicles, a lot of new supercars are sporting them. The new Ford GT is the perfect example, as the supercar’s 10-inch digital instrument display alters the way information is displayed … [Read more...] about Which New Car Has The Best Looking Instrument Panel Today?
Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the “bumper-to-bumper warranty,” is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn’t actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle’s bumpers are considered body panels and so aren’t covered. The basic warranty is just one kind of coverage that comes standard on a new car. Here’s an overview of new-car warranties and seven things you might not know about them: WARRANTY BASICS A new car comes with a basic or limited warranty, which covers everything except body panels, drivetrain components and wear-and-tear items such as brake pads, oil filters and wiper blades. It also comes with a drivetrain warranty, which covers most of the parts that make the car move, such as the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft. Most carmakers provide roadside assistance. Some also offer free maintenance for a … [Read more...] about Edmunds: 7 things you may not know about new car warranties
Specifications & Ratings >>Previous Updates >> Not everyone is born to be an Olympic weight lifter. Case in point: the Mini Countryman. If your DNA dictates that you're inherently small and built for speed, then why not leave the heavy lifting to the big boys? Mini Coopers aren't for everyone; that's part of the reason we enjoy them so much. They're supposed to be nimble, spunky and quick. But once you begin deviating from that formula—saddling the vehicle with more mass in the name of passenger space and all-wheel-drive hardware—the nimbleness starts to fade. Combine this with no additional spunk, and suddenly any real driving pleasures effectively neutralized. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 We hesitate to admit this but here goes: The automatic transmission option might have been a better choice, as it masks the off-line torque deficit of the overwhelmed 1.6-liter engine. Once up to speed, however, there … [Read more...] about Test Car Wrapup: 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4
Mosquitoes the size of wharf rats, pythons in the Everglades, more miles of toll roads than any other state, and the occasional hurricane: Yes, there are downsides to living in Florida.But where else can you spend the evening of Feb. 1 at a dirt track, watching 410-cubic-inch sprint cars, and the temperature never dipped below 60 degrees? Yes, Florida Speedweeks is officially underway, as the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions opened its season at Bubba Raceway Park, a tough little 3/8-mile oval track in Ocala.Thirty-five sprint cars showed up, with 24 making the 30-lap feature. And while the jury may still be out on whether you can teach old dogs new tricks, it was clear that a couple of old dogs recalled a few tricks that made it a long night for rookies.Winning the feature, his 34th All Star victory, was Chad Kemenah, the 2017 All Star Champion, who started deep in the field in 17th. But in second was the owner of the All Stars, three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, … [Read more...] about NASCAR champ Tony Stewart returns to sprint cars: Guide to Florida short-track action in February
► CAR lives with an Audi Q5► Our car is a TFSI S line...► ...and it has big shoes to fill Like a graphic design guru with a secret admiration for Comic Sans, there are things people interested in cars aren’t meant to like, or at least not admit to liking. Such as: automatic transmissions, autonomous cars and SUVs.Disgruntled reader Christopher Lloyd (not that one, though it sounds like he’d be keen to jet back to 1955) wrote to us recently to question our passion for cars after I said you’d be mad not to pick an Alfa Stelvio SUV over the Giulia saloon (which has no estate derivative).Surely we’re past SUV hating? If you don’t need practicality, buy a sports car. If you do need practicality get an SUV or crossover. Modern versions are actually nothing more than differently shaped cars, and make much better family vehicles than saloons. And 14,000 miles with this Q5 has us convinced it’s the best of the bunch this side of a much more … [Read more...] about Audi Q5 long-term test: if you can’t have a sports car, have this
It’s tempting for car-makers to branch out of the automotive industry. For some, it’s a way to invest the profits from car-building into more lucrative areas. For others, it’s a way to stay afloat when an economic downturn crashes the new car market. Sometimes, what they learn outside the automotive area helps them inside it - and vice versa. And sometimes it's all totally and often delightfully unrelated.1. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s mapping serviceRivals BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz set aside their differences when they jointly purchased the HERE mapping service from Nokia in 2015. Each partner holds an equal stake in the company, which was formerly called Navteq. Mercedes parent company Daimler explained the purchase ensures car-makers can mold a mapping service for their future self-driving cars without having to play by rules set by Apple or Google. 2. BMW’s bobsledStarting in 2012, BMW’s North American division spent over a … [Read more...] about The most totally-random stuff also made by car companies
A new car's first MOT will remain at the three-year point, after a Government proposal suggesting a car's first MOT should be after four years was scrapped with concerns over safety.Following a public consultation, the decision, which was set to take effect later this year, has been overturned. Fewer than half of the public consulted were in favour, with the main concern being the safety risk involved in delaying the first MOT of a car until its fourth year.The current three-year period needed before a car's first MOT was introduced in 1967, when it was reduced from 10 years. In the proposal, the Government said "safer technology and improved manufacturing" have resulted in "new vehicles that stay roadworthy for longer." The government originally suggested the proposals would save motorists around £100 million per year, although responses in the public consultation asserted that the safety risk outweighed the potential saving. The MOT test … [Read more...] about Four-year MOT exemption for new cars scrapped