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Happy Fatherís Day From The Car Pro Show
   Published June 18, 2021
Fatherís Day is considered extremely important as it helps to acknowledge the contribution of fathers to individual families and to societies at large. Besides, observance of Fatherís Day provides children an opportunity to express love and respect for their fathers. The sentiment goes a long way in strengthening father-child relationship and consequently in the emotional development of a child.

The idea of celebrating Fatherís Day was given by Ms. Sonora Dodd, a loving daughter from  Read More
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No Start/Stop For Some GM Vehicles Due to Chip Shortage
   Published June 16, 2021
Sometimes, in the midst of a crisis, you find that rainbow after the storm. Such is the case for future buyers of some popular GM full-sized SUVs and trucks.

According to multiple reports, including USA Today, GM will start building some of its SUVs and trucks without the automatic start-stop feature. Itís due to the microchip shortage impacting vehicle production for many automakers

So  Read More
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20 Top-Selling SUVs In All Segments In May 2021
   Published June 16, 2021
Again, numbers will look a little skewed versus Covid-ravaged May of 2020, but one other thing is clear, too: the microchip shortage has been rough on Toyota and Ford, which in some cases, sold more SUVs during the May 2020 pandemic than this May, due to a lack of inventory.

While the SUV market remains strong for the automakers that can still build vehicles, it is hard to imagine how good the auto industry could be doing were it not for this chip blip. Itís been a  Read More
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Average Age Of Cars On The Road Is Over 12 Years
   Published June 16, 2021
Americans are keeping their cars even longer due to the pandemic. New research from IHS Markit shows that the average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. has risen to 12.1 years this year, increasing by nearly 2 months during 2020 and elevated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its researchers predict the aging vehicle fleet will further drive vehicle maintenance opportunities.

IHS Markit attributes the upward trend in the aging vehicles to  Read More
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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Starts Thursday
   Published June 16, 2021
Barrett-Jackson kicks off this Thursday and will include many Resto-Mods built by todayís most respected builders. The auction runs June 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A 1970 Chevrolet Camaro known as ďThe Grinch,Ē along with a rarely seen custom build of a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will be among the coveted Resto-Mods making their way across the block.

Unveiled at SEMA, the 1970  Read More
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Chevrolet Introduces Special Edition 2022 Corvette Stingray
   Published June 16, 2021
The new Chevrolet C8 Corvette is certainly a hot commodity -- as the fastest-selling vehicle in America. It certainly will become even more so with GM cutting 2021 production short due to what it reportedly says is a non-microchip related supply issue. Chevrolet instead is looking ahead to 2022 production which is expected to start in the late third quarter.

The 2022 lineup will welcome a new 2022 Special Edition Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition,  Read More
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Dodge Partners With Universal Pictures For Fast & Furious 9
   Published June 16, 2021
Dodge is about to take center stage, again, on the big screen in the upcoming Fast and Furious 9 movie. Dodge, which has been a part of"Fast & Furious" franchise since its inception, is partnering with Universal Pictures for "F9," on a promotional campaign for the movie which arrives in theaters June 25. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is featured in "F9," in addition to Dom Toretto's vintage 1960 classic Dodge Charger. Dodgeís marketing campaign, "Superpower" includes television,  Read More
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Redesigned 2022 Buick Enclave Arrives This Fall
   Published June 16, 2021
Buick is rolling out an all-new redesigned 2022 Buick Enclave. The 7-passenger SUV is offered in the brandís top-of-the-line Avenir trim as well as with a Sport Touring appearance package.

The new 2022 Enclave is designed to look bolder than the outgoing model, with new front and rear fascias, a new grille and lighting, including LED taillamps, and wheel updates. The cabin features a restyled center console with a push-button transmission. Buick  Read More
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Subaru and Its Dealers Help Adopt Almost 23,000 Dogs
   Published June 16, 2021
Kudos to Subaru for helping find adoptive homes for more than 22,000 shetler pets! The automaker says it was able to find homes for 22,961 animals through its Subaru Loves Pets initiative in October which included its second annual National Make a Dogís Day.

The campaign involved nearly 519 participtaing Subaru retailers that held or sponsored pet adoption events throughout the month, supporting more than 500 local shelters across the country. Subaru says 16 percent of  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: BMW, Ford, Nissan/INFINITI, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Volvo
   Published June 16, 2021
BMW
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V401000
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
Components: AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,511

Summary
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2001 BMW 3 Series (323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci and 330Ci), 1999-2001 323i, 328i, 330i, 330xi, and 2000 323i, 328i stationwagon vehicles equipped with Non-Azide Driver air bag Inflators (NADI) manufactured by Takata. These vehicles are equipped with driver-side air bag inflators that were  Read More
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A Teenís First Car Is a Lesson in Life
   Published June 15, 2021
We spent a good amount of time on the Car Pro Show last weekend talking about Teen Driver Safety Week. It can be a life changer for the parents as well as the child. For most parents, your childís independence is exciting and scary at the same time.

We had a caller to the nationally syndicated show who had a son who wanted a pickup truck. While I like pickups as a first vehicle, this family was on a limited budget. I spoke to the teen on the air to try to explain why he would be better  Read More
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Reminder: Kids & Pets Left In Hot Cars Are Deadly
   Published June 14, 2021
Editorís Note: This story has been updated following its original post date.

I update this story every year in hopes that it may get into the hands of parents who leave small children or pets in the car and prevent another child or pet from suffering a horrible, slow, agonizing death.

Car Heat Stroke StatisticsAbsorb the numbers below. Each case ended with the death of a child and the planning of a funeral:
Child vehicular heatstroke deaths for 2017: 42Child vehicular heatstroke deaths  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Ford, Tesla (3)
   Published June 9, 2021
FORD
NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V381000
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Components: POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,436

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2021 F-150 vehicles. The two-piece driveshafts may have been improperly assembled, which could result in driveshaft separation.

Remedy
Dealers will inspect the driveshaft, and replace it if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 14, 2021. Owners  Read More
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Guide to NHTSA and IIHS Crash Test Safety Ratings
   Published June 9, 2021
If youíre researching new cars, safety ratings and crash tests are likely to factor into your decision making. When you start out your search, there are two well-known sources of crash test ratings: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The both provide valuable information but their testing and scoring methods are different.
NHTSA 5-Star Rating System (New Car Assessment Program)
NHTSA dates back to 1966. Thatís the year President  Read More
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2022 Kia EV6 First Edition Reservations Are Full
   Published June 9, 2021
Reservations for the new all-electric Kia EV6 First Edition were quickly spoken for when Kia reopened the process on June 8th. The EV6 is Kiaís first vehicle built on a dedicated electric-vehicle platform. Only 1,500 First Editions will be built.  Read More
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AutoTrader Picks Best Luxury & Non-Luxury Certified Programs
   Published June 9, 2021
If youíre buying a used vehicle, CarProUSA Radio Show host Jerry Reynolds recommends buying Certified Pre-Owned. They may typically cost a bit more, but theyíre worth the peace of mind. CPOís are vehicles certified by the manufacturer after going through a strict inspection process. They can also offer additional warranty coverage and other perks, which vary from brand to brand


AutoTrader evaluates CPO programs each year and this year its two top picks are: Lexus for  Read More
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20 Top-Selling Vehicles From All Segments in May
   Published June 9, 2021
Based on car companies that report monthly, instead of quarterly, I bring you the top 20 volume leaders of all segments. The Ford F-series took the top spot, as it usually does, although the Honda CR-V was pretty close. It is interesting that 8 of the top 10 spots are held by Honda or Toyota.

I also found it interesting that 5 of the top spots were held by sedans, which could be an indication of rising gas prices.

Here are your top 20 volume leaders for May  Read More
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New 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Pickup Starts From $19,995
   Published June 9, 2021
Itís finally official. Ford is bringing back the Maverick namplate - on a compact pickup. The 2022 Maverick is Fordís re-entry into the small truck segment, as itís smaller even than the Ford Ranger which it reintroduced a few years ago. Itís available to pre-order now in three trim levels, Maverick is offered at three trim levels Ė XL, XLT and Lariat - ahead of itís  Read More
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NHTSA: 2020 Traffic Fatalities Rose While Americans Drove Less
   Published June 9, 2021
More proof that the pandemic did not make things safer on U.S. roads despite the fact far fewer people were on the roads. New preliminary stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows 2020 had the most traffic-related deaths since 2007.

The NHTSA projects an estimated 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 7.2 percent increase over the 36,096 fatalities reported in 2019. This includes traffic-related  Read More
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Special Report: Toyota Unveils New 2022 Models
   Published June 9, 2021
Toyota is rolling out its 2022 model lineup which includes the new U.S. market 2022 Corolla Cross compact SUV. Toyotaís engineering and design teams have clearly been busy working on new versions and trims of many of the lineupís models including the Supra, 86, Highlander, 4Runner, Tacoma and of course the all-new next generation Tundra, which it is still keeping under wraps.

Hereís a rundown of the latest Toyota product news announced late last  Read More