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GM Workers Will Stay On Strike Until Proposed Deal Is Ratified
   Published October 18, 2019
Logo Credit: GM, UAWStriking General Motors workers are expected to begin voting Saturday on a proposed deal to end a nearly five-week-old strike against the automaker. Thursday, following weeks of intense negotiations, the UAW GM National Council approved a tentative deal reached with GM, clearing the way for a membership vote. The UAW says voting starts on October 19 and is expected to be completed by October 25.   Read More
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Average Car On The Road Reaches 11.8 Years
   Published October 16, 2019
I did an interview recently on the KTRH radio news in Houston regarding the huge number of older cars on American roads. This in spite of huge news car sales over the past decade. This was their report on our conversation:

Americans are holding on to their vehicles longer than they ever have before. According to a report from the business research firm IHS Markit, the average age of vehicles on the road reached a record 11.8 years in 2018, up from 10.3 years in  Read More
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Top 25 Best-Selling Passenger Car Sales Year-To-Date
   Published October 16, 2019
Selling cars in America continues to be tough sledding as new SUV models continue to be introduced on a regular basis. In fact, in the first nine months of 2019, there were 330,000 fewer cars sold in America than in that same period in 2018. That is a substantial loss.

Of the top 25 cars you see below, only the Altima, Charger, and Fiesta have sold more vehicles this year through September than through the first nine months of 2018.

We do have a bit of a horse race between Camry and  Read More
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Best-Selling Commercial Vans/Minivans Year-To-Date
   Published October 16, 2019
These two segments have suffered so far this year. The minivan segment is likely to continue to decline, but the commercial vans are likely to pick up between now and the end of the year as many businesses buy in December due to tax advantages.

Although there are only five entries left in the minivan segment, sales have fallen by 61,000 this year as opposed to the first nine months of 2018. Baby boomers and empty nesters moving to SUVs is likely the cause of this. None of the five saw  Read More
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Subaru Announces National “Make A Dog’s Day”
   Published October 16, 2019
I talked about this on the air last Saturday on the Car Pro radio show. As a dog lover, I applaud their actions!

Subaru of America is dedicating the month of October to its Subaru Loves Pets initiative that supports the well-being and protection of animals across the country. As in past years, Subaru says it will continue its partnership with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), working together to help  Read More
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Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition Details
   Published October 16, 2019
Chrysler is rolling out a new Pacifica Red S Edition for the 2020 model year. Based on the Chrysler Pacifica S, it’s designed to deliver custom ”attitude” in crimson.

“There’s nothing better than a minivan at moving both people and stuff, and Chrysler Pacifica allows owners to haul with a bit more style,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “One out of every three Pacifica models sold  Read More
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Toyota/Lexus Extend Hybrid & Electric Battery Warranties for 2020 Models
   Published October 16, 2019
Toyota is beefing up the battery warranties for both the Toyota and Lexus brands for the 2020 model year. The automaker says it will extend its Hybrid Battery Warranties by two years -- from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles (whichever comes first.) Toyota says its battery warranty is the longest offered in the industry.

"Toyota introduced the first hybrid vehicle in the world more than 20 years ago, but people still have hesitations about owning a hybrid vehicle," said Heather  Read More
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Talk To Your Teen About Safe Driving Habits During National Teen Driver Safety Week
   Published October 16, 2019
National Teen Driver Safety Week is just around the corner, a great time to talk to your teen about driving safely. The annual teen driver awareness campaign kicks off Sunday, October 20 and runs through October 26, 2019.

Now in its 12th year, National Teen Driver Safety Week is designed to raise awareness and find solutions to prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road. This grassroots movement has brought millions of teens, parents, schools,  Read More
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First-Ever Car Pro Car Show Coming Up
   Published October 16, 2019
I have teamed up with a wonderful organization called My Possibilities to bring you the first annual Car Pro Car Show on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

My Possibilities is a Plano-based non-profit that serves as a pioneering leader in vocational education and job placement for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout North Texas. My Possibilities is changing the landscape for adults with IDD.

Their mission is to courageously and  Read More
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Ford & Dr. Pepper Team Up For TX/OU Game
   Published October 16, 2019
It’s a marketing collab fit for football season in Texas. Ford and Dr. Pepper recently partnered up to make special edition 15-packs for Ford’s largest SUV, the Expedition, that features, you guessed it, 15-cupholders. The catch was that you had to be at the TX/OU game where Ford handed out the limited-editions. (The Oklahoma Sooners beat Texas 34-27.)

The partnership comes just in time for tailgating season this fall and is an extension of Expedition’s new “Built to Be a Better  Read More
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IIHS: SUVs No Longer Threaten Cars In A Collision
   Published October 16, 2019
Modern SUVs aren’t a major threat to cars, according to new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Pickups are another story, however.

SUVs vs CarsNew IIHS research finds that today’s SUVs are much more compatible with cars - meaning they pose less of a safety risk if involved in a crash with a smaller vehicle. This is good news considering in the 1990s occupants of cars and minivans were far more likely to die in crashes with SUVs than in crashes with other  Read More
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Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck Concept Unveiled
   Published October 16, 2019
Can’t say we are surprised about this one. The new Jeep Gladiator may sign up for military duty. Jeep Brand’s teamed up with AM General to introduce a new light tactical concept vehicle, recently unveiled at the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association (AUSA). It’s dubbed the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT) by AM General. The brand’s say it’s the first phase of a collaboration that reunites two companies whose histories trace back to World War  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Ford, Subaru, Honda, BMW/Rolls-Royce/Toyota
   Published October 16, 2019
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Affected Fords: Approximately 18,000 model-year 2019 Ford Ranger pickup trucks built at the Michigan Assembly Plant Aug. 1-Sept. 27

The Issue: The climate control blower motor may have been built with an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot and could result in a resistive electrical short. This condition increases the risk of the blower motor overheating, melting, smoking or causing a fire, increasing the risk of an accident or injury. Ford  Read More
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Your Complete 2020 Dodge Charger Lineup & Pricing Information
   Published October 10, 2019
Pricing info is out for the 2020 Dodge Charger lineup and that includes the new for 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody (shown in the video to the right.) Billed as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in both the world and the Charger lineup, it comes with a starting MSRP of $71,140 including destination. That is expectedly quite a bit more from the starting price of the base model Charger of $31,390.

Dodge says the four-door Charger is on pace to lead the U.S. large car segment  Read More
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Weekly Recalls: Jeep, Mercedes-Benz
   Published October 10, 2019
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NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V680000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected 11,463

SummaryChrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2011-2018 Jeep Wrangler right hand drive vehicles. The driver's seat belt buckle mounting strap may fracture and separate from the seat frame.

RemedyFCA US will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's seat belt buckle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 15,  Read More
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Ford GT Brings Record $1.54 Million At Barrett-Jackson Vegas
   Published October 9, 2019
A 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition sold for a record $1,540,000 during this year’s 12th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction. A special occasion indeed as it was the very first 2017 Ford GT to be offered at auction with No Reserve.

The ’66 Heritage Edition model, which pays homage to the 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II, started a fast and furious  Read More
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Honda Wooing Dog Lovers With Pet-Friendly Features
   Published October 9, 2019
Taking a play from Subaru’s playbook, Honda is going after dog lovers. The automaker is highlighting the dog-friendly features it offers in its vehicle lineup. The brand says its light truck, SUV, and van lineup has something for every breed, be it the Great Dane-sized interior in the Chihuahua-sized HR-V, the kibble-ready HondaVac in the Odyssey minivan, the "ruff" and rugged Passport, or the Ridgeline pickup with its in-bed trunk/dog wash station.

In honor of National Dog  Read More
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Pickup Truck Sales Year-To-Date
   Published October 9, 2019
Truck sales continue to thrive in 2019. All year I’ve been watching the race for #2, which for decades has been held by Chevrolet. However, this year the new Ram has been outselling the Silverado and looks poised to hang on to the second spot in volume. The GM strike is not helping the situation.

Total sales through the third quarter ended up at 2,274,000 pickup trucks versus 2,153,000 through September of 2018. For the month of September, only Silverado and Colorado showed  Read More
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Top 25 Best-Selling SUVs Year-To-Date
   Published October 9, 2019
So far this year, SUVs have continued to grow in sales, although sales were off for the month of September. As I explained last week, this was strictly because of the way the calendar fell.

Year-To-Date, Americans have purchased or leased 6,109,000 SUVS versus 5,957,000 through the first nine months of 2018.

Toyota RAV4 appears to be poised to take the #1 spot for this year, and we’ll continue to watch the race for #2 between Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

Here are your  Read More
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NICB: Beware of Tow Truck Scams
   Published October 9, 2019
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning consumers about the ongoing dangers of tow truck scams with a new PSA. It’s designed to give drivers a heads up that sometimes tow trucks that arrive on the scene aren’t who they always claim to be. NICB investigators report that in some cases tow truck drivers will falsely claim they’ve been dispatched by police or an insurance company. Not realizing at first that it could be a scam, drivers could agree to the tow and soon find themselves  Read More