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CarProUSA Radio Show Broadcasts LIVE From Houston Auto Show January 25th
   Published January 23, 2020
The CarProUSA radio show is coming to the Houston Auto Show on January 25th at NRG Center and we hope you can join us! We will broadcast live from 9 AM to 2 PM Central. The doors open at 10 AM.

The 2020 Houston Auto Show is closing out the first month of the new year by covering more than 800,000 square feet of NRG Center with today’s newest vehicles from the world’s top automakers. For the 37th year, the Houston Auto Show brings the automotive world to Texas,  Read More
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Ward’s Auto: White Still The #1 Car Color
   Published January 23, 2020
In a Q&A, research firm Ward’s Auto interviewed Paul Czornij, BASF design head-North America, talks about the popularity, emotion and sometimes mystery of vehicle colors.

White wins again.

For another year, it’s the most popular car color, according to Germany-based chemical company BASF which does an annual report on automotive coatings.

About 39% of all cars built globally are white. In North America, white, black, silver and gray make up 77% of the market.

Smaller vehicles are more likely to show a blast of color, according to the report that also says pickup trucks are trending toward deep, rich blacks in North America.   Read More
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The Dangers of Driving Drowsy
   Published January 23, 2020
Think back over your history of driving a car - have you ever been exhausted but gotten behind the wheel anyway? You're not alone. In fact, a recent study performed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) revealed that 40% of drivers surveyed had fallen asleep behind the wheel of a car at least once in their lifetime. One in six deadly car accidents this year will occur because of driver drowsiness, and one in eight accidents will result in someone from the car being hospitalized. These are alarming statistics - so, why does it happen?

We live in a society that doesn't stop - there's always something to do and somewhere to be, and it doesn't matter how old you are. Being aware of your body's limitations and understanding your sleep cycle can go a long way in preventing drowsy driving and the accidents that sometimes occur as a result. Let's talk about the facts and how you can keep yourself (and others) safe on the roads.
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15 Best Vehicles Of The Last Decade
   Published January 22, 2020
What do a Dodge Hellcat, Tesla Model S, Jeep Gladiator, Ford Mustang and Toyota Prius have to do with one another? They’re among the 15 best cars of the last decade according to AutoTrader.

The editors at the automotive outlet say the auto industry has seen drastic shifts in product offerings over the last decade, ranging from the rise in alternative-fuel options to updated infotainment systems, advanced safety technology standards, and all-new, innovative vehicle segments.
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All-New 2021 GMC Yukon Debuts
   Published January 22, 2020
GMC is introducing the next-generation of its flagship SUVs, the 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL, enhanced by offering class-leading technology. The lineup includes the premium Yukon Denali and the first-ever Yukon AT4.

“GMC Yukon is the full-size premium SUV that’s made to be used,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “The new Yukon delivers what customers value most – premium features, purposeful technology and all-terrain capability.”  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: BMW (3), Chevy/GMC, Ferrari, Nissan/Infiniti, Toyota (3)
   Published January 22, 2020
BMW (3)
#1NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V016000
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
Components: AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,007

SummaryBMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2009-2012 X5 xDrive35d, 2008-2012 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M, 2007-2012 X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M and 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid vehicles equipped with non-desiccated, passenger frontal air bag inflators containing phase  Read More
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New 2020 Jeep North Editions Tackle Frosty Commutes
   Published January 21, 2020
Winter just got more bearable for Jeep owners with the addition of new 2020 Jeep North Editions. The special-edition models include Jeep 4x4 capability, winter performance tires, remote start, heated steering wheel and seats. They can be ordered now through CarProUSA Certified Jeep dealers. The Renegade North Edition will arrive in Jeep showrooms in March.

"When winter weather hits, your Jeep SUV can be your best friend," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "Every Jeep 4x4 is engineered to easily tackle winter, and our new North Editions add features and technology to make winter driving even more of a pleasure."
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10 Best And 10 Worst Vehicles When It Comes To Resale Value
   Published January 21, 2020
Resale value is something you hear me talk about a lot on the Car Pro Show. I tend to recommend vehicles with great resale value, and not recommend vehicles with poor resale. I am quick to point out, however, that if you plan to keep a vehicle for a long time, resale value is not nearly as important.

The fact is, some vehicles do better than others by far. The research firm iSeeCars looked at 7.7 million new and used vehicle sales to determine which vehicles lose the most and least money  Read More
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First 2020 Corvette Brings $3 Million For Charity
   Published January 21, 2020
Barrett-Jackson says it raised $7.625 million from nine vehicles during the 49th Annual Scottsdale Auction, January 11-19, 2020, bringing the total raised on the Barrett-Jackson auction block for charity to more than $126 million to date.

Global carmakers sold the rights to a pair of first production vehicles during the week, including the world’s first mid-engine Corvette, the 2020 Chevrolet Stingray VIN 001 that sold for $3 million and was introduced by Barrett-Jackson’s special guest Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. On Friday, the first production 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Inspiration Series VIN 100001 sold for $2 million.  Read More
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The Vehicles People Dump After Just A Year
   Published January 21, 2020
Research firm iSeeCars also took a look at the new vehicles that people got rid of within the first year of ownership, with more than 1000 miles. According to them, after looking at 46 million transactions, only 3.4% met the criteria.

So, here are the top 10 vehicles sold or traded within the first year and the percentage of owners who dumped them:
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Top-Selling Large Luxury SUVs In 2019
   Published January 21, 2020
The Cadillac Escalade reigned supreme in the large luxury SUV segment for 2019, and it is not even close. There was a race, however, for second place with the Mercedes-Benz GLS edging out BMW’s new large SUV the X7, which I reviewed last year.

Here are your rankings of all large luxury SUVs for the entire year of 2019:  Read More
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Toyota Will Make Tundra and Sequoia In San Antonio TX
   Published January 21, 2020
Some manufacturing news from Toyota to pass along in regards to plant operations in Indiana and Texas. In Indiana, the automaker says it invested an additional $700 million and added 150 new jobs to complete the transformation of its plant modernization project in Princeton, where the all-new 2020 Highlander is built.

The project in all adds 550 new jobs and represents a total new investment of $1.3 billion, which was used for retooling, new equipment installation and advanced  Read More
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Kirkham Cobras, Daytona Coupe Gavel For $704,000 at Barrett-Jackson
   Published January 20, 2020
CarProUSA dealer Sam Pack is starting off the week with some new spaces to fill in his famed car collection, after sending some of his prized car collection across the block. Pack, a long-time friend to and Premiere Show sponsor of the Dallas Car Pro Show, sent 36 vehicles from his prized collection to the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction that wrapped up on January 19th.

Four of the most-talked about cars from the Sam Pack Collection were three meticulously hand-built Cobras and one Shelby Cobra-derived Daytona Coupe from Kirkham Motorsports. Here’s a look at what they hammered for when they crossed the block.  Read More
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Ram 1500 Wins Luxury Car Of The Year Title
   Published January 16, 2020
The Ram 1500 is basking in yet another award - this one Luxury Car of the Year handed out by the editor’s at Cars.com. Yes, we said “Car of the Year”, and it’s the first time a truck has won the honor.

“This award validates Ram’s unrelenting efforts to deliver more comfort, refinement and value to our customers,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 Longhorn and Limited are examples of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry. It is  Read More
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Exotic Sports Cars Seized By IRS To Be Auctioned In Austin TX
   Published January 16, 2020
It’s not often you come across a car auction like this one.

According to a press release, the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), AECOM and CWS Marketing Group will auction off four seized exotic sport and track cars on February 5, 2020 in Austin TX.

In the statement, CWS Marketing Group says these highly desirable performance cars are some of the assets seized by IRS-CI as part of the $2 billion case against payday loan mogul and amateur race car driver  Read More
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Hyundai Previews Star-Studded 2020 Sonata Super Bowl Ad
   Published January 16, 2020
Hyundai is turning to Hollywood A-listers for its Super Bowl ad this year highlighting the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata. The spot, set in Boston, will kick of the Sonata’s national advertising campaign.

A teaser for the spot, which you can see to the right, enlists a cast well-known Boston celebrities including Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz.   Read More
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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel Wins Big Award
   Published January 16, 2020
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel is picking up a recognition. It’s been named FOUR WHEELER “2020 SUV of the Year”, an annual award handed out by the editors of the off-road enthusiast publication.

“The Wrangler is a truly exceptional machine both on- and off-road, and the new-for-2020 EcoDiesel engine option complements the outstanding JL platform,” said FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker. “The EcoDiesel’s power and efficiency raise the bar for the already incomparable  Read More
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Nationwide Search For Stolen 1954 Corvette Convertible
   Published January 16, 2020
The search is on for a stolen 1954 Corvette Convertible and its owner is hoping the both law enforcement and the public can help him track it down.

Here are the details from a press release:

A recovery effort involving all law enforcement agencies in Florida along with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security is in place to locate a stolen, irreplaceable vintage car, announces Lou Pendas.

The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is pearl  Read More
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Updated 2020 Honda Civic Type R Arrives This Winter
   Published January 16, 2020
The 2020 Honda Civic Type R made its world debut this week at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Model year changes and improvements include revised styling, improved aerodynamic performance, and the addition of standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology.

New for 2020Two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads designed to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiencyUpdated dampers for better ride comfort, stiffer rear bushings for better grip, and modifications to  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Subaru
   Published January 16, 2020
SUBARU (3)
#1 NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V001000
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.
Components: AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 258,813

SummarySubaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South  Read More