Recent study lists vehicles with the most and least insurance losses -- and says a lot about the people who drive them.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute recently released their findings on insurance losses for vehicles built between 2007 and 2009. Overall, sports cars seemed to cost insurance companies less than any other vehicle category, while small cars seemed to be the most costly.
Let's get to the drum roll. The top 10 vehicles with the lowest overall insurance losses were: the Chevrolet Corvette and Corvette convertible, Mazda Miata, Volkswagen New Beetle convertible, Saturn Sky, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Veracruz, Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback and Toyota 4Runner.
Ultraluxe sedan undercuts the competition in a big way.
Look to find everything from adaptive cruise control and massaging front seats to a first-aid kit and heated windshield wipers to show up on the base model, all for $58,000. Did we mention the complimentary iPad and dealer valet service for scheduled maintenance? Critics may scoff at the notion that American buyers would shell out nearly $60K for a Hyundai, but the truth is that, as a nation, we live and breathe value. With its 4.6-liter V8 engine and lengthy list of high-roller treats onboard, the Equus is a viable replacement for more expensive vehicles from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi -- not to mention Lexus and Infiniti.
By Jake Lingeman
Audi began a 1,000-mile eco drive on Oct. 18 in a demonstration named "Eureka! Diesel Drives the Future." Two Audi A3 TDI test cars left Eureka, Calif., and headed south, filled with RenDiesel, a synthetic fuel from Rentech. The Audis will stop in Sacramento, San Francisco, Rialto and Los Angeles before ending the journey in San Diego.
Rentech, online at www.rentechinc.com, is a renewable-energy company based in Los Angeles that specializes in making fuels from biomass.
The point of the trip is to raise awareness about the advantages of diesel fuels while specifically highlighting Audi's TDI and the synthetic diesel fuel from Rentech.
Brammo releases its Enertia Plus with 80-mile range.
Although the 42-mile range of the original would likely satisfy many riders who use the bike for a commute -- the national average commute distance is less than 50 miles -- extended range was still atop Brammo customers' wish lists. Hence, the Enertia Plus, which extends the range while retaining most of the original's performance numbers.
By Dale Jewett
WITH VIDEO -- The SEMA show is less than two weeks away, and automakers are ratcheting up the hype for their displays.
The folks at Chevy have posted a sneak peek video of some the cars they'll be bringing to Las Vegas. We see Camaros, Corvettes and the Silverado pickup.
Have a look for yourself:
Neiman Marcus' special-edition Camaro Convertible sells out in three minutes.
The car was featured on NBC's "Today Show," after which a special telephone reservation line was opened. One-hundred eighty seconds later, all 100 of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertibles were claimed.
By Greg Migliore
It turns out Mazda isn't simply shooting for the sky. Rather, the protagonists of zoom-zoom driving dynamics are taking an active approach to the brand's DNA: Put it all together, and it's called “SkyActiv.” Mazda is billing the suite of technologies as the pillars of its way forward.
Much of these features--which enhance future products in nearly all areas including engine, transmission and chassis--have already been revealed. But Mazda announced today that the SkyActiv name will be the banner it flies from now on.
The first car to get SkyActiv technology will be the Mazda 2, starting in 2011. Mazda is using SkyActiv features to fortify its product lineup as fuel-efficiency and lightweight cars becoming increasingly important in global markets. Here's a look at what's to come.
Steering issues for Chrysler and Dodge and airbag troubles for Volvo lead to recalls.
Chrysler is also recalling a number of vehicles -- more than 26,000 Chrysler 300 and Sebring models, plus Dodge Avengers, Challengers, Journeys and Rams, due to a problem with the electric power steering.
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In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5