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Posts Tagged ‘Silverado’

GM’s 3 Million Vehicle Recall

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The recall nightmares at General Motors just won’t end.

 

General Motors has recalled another 3 million autos, bringing the troubled automaker’s total for the year to about 10 million.

 

GM has been under fire this year for its botched recall of 2.6 million vehicles with an ignition switch problem that the automaker had known about for 10 years. The Department of Justice, Congress and federal auto regulators are currently investigating the decade-long delay

 

Most of the cars recalled Thursday were older models built before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy, as was the case with the ignition switch recall.

 

The bulk of the latest recall applies to 2.4 million cars with a wiring problem that’s been tied to at least 13 accidents, two injuries and no deaths. Those vehicles include the 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, the 2005-2010 Pontiac G6, as well as 2007-2010 Saturn Auras.

 

The wiring problem could cause the brake lamps to fail to light up when the brakes are applied, or to light up when the brakes are not engaged, the company said. Cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation can also be disabled.

 

The company issued a service bulletin to dealerships 2008 about the flaw, but it never ordered a recall.

 

The ignition switch recall, which has been tied to at least 13 deaths, also started out as a service bulletin.

 

CEO Mary Barra has repeatedly said the 10 year delay in that recall was unacceptable and has promised it would not happen again.

 

Thursday’s announcement included four other smaller recalls.

 

The smallest of the five recalls is also potentially the most serious. GM (GMFortune 500) said that 477 trucks have steering problems that can cause accidents. Truck owners are being told they shouldn’t even drive their trucks to dealers for repairs. GM will send a flatbed truck to pick up the vehicles, which include some 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and some 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs.

 

GM will take a $200 million charge for the cost of these repairs. It took a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter for the ignition switch flaw, which wiped out its profit for the quarter.

 

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America’s Most Dependable Automotive Brand

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The U.S. auto industry announced in 2013 that it was back in full force with unit sales increasing to 15.6 million, up better than 7% from 2012, and crossing the 15 million mark for the first time since 2007.

 

A combination of an improving economy, lower unemployment rates, and historically low lending rates have encouraged consumers to jump into what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase their dream car at a very attractive lending rate.

 

Needless to say, a lot of thought and effort goes into which car a consumer will purchase. Consumers often look at fuel economy, read reviews online, test drive the vehicle (perhaps a number of times), ask for advice from family and friends, and also plot out how much they’re willing to spend on their vehicle over the life of a loan if they choose to finance it.

One thing that consumers often overlook, though, is the dependability of the vehicle they’re considering buying. For a new car buyer, the expectation is that they’ll encounter few maintenance problems for the first couple of years, and if they do, that their warranty will cover those snafus. For a used car purchaser, dependability is everything since there’s rarely any warranty attached to a used car purchase.

 

Not only is dependability important for your pocketbook in that more dependable vehicles will cost less to maintain, but it’s also the silent advertiser for a brand. As J.D. Power & Associates has demonstrated through its research, 56% of car owners who report having no problems return to the same brand, while 42% who reported three or more problems kept their same brand of vehicle with their next purchase. Therefore, vehicle dependability can, at least partially, help us predict which brands’ sales may move higher and which brands may struggle based on this vehicle dependability-brand loyalty correlation.

 

America’s five most dependable automotive brands
To that end I turn to J.D. Power & Associates annual vehicle dependability study for 2014. The study itself looks at three-year-old models from a number of brands (i.e., all 2011 models) and asks consumers if they experienced one or more of 202 noted problems. J.D. Power then ranks those car brands from top to bottom based on how many problems were reported per 100 vehicles, commonly known as its PP100 metric. Dependability is especially important this year when you consider that J.D. Power’s study uncovered the first rise in reported problems, especially engine and transmission problems, since 1998!

 

Let’s have a look at the five top automotive brands according to J.D. Power’s study and then note what brands really stood out, as well as which brands faltered.

 

As a warning, you may be shocked to discover which brand decisively took the No. 1 spot in vehicle dependability!

 

No. 5: Buick (112 problems per 100 vehicles)
Rising from the sixth spot into the top five this year is Buick, owned by General Motors(NYSE: GM  ) which had consumers report just 112 problems per 100 vehicles as opposed to 118 PP100 in last year’s study from J.D. Power. The real standout for Buick was the Lucerne which took top honors in the large car category, besting Toyota‘s (NYSE: TM  ) Avalon and Ford‘s (NYSE: F  ) Taurus. As Foolish auto analyst John Rosevear notes, Buick is doing a really nice job transitioning into a global brand.

 

No. 4: Acura (109 problems per 100 vehicles)
Honda Motors  (NYSE: HMC  )  Acura was another big mover in 2014, vaulting higher by four spots to fourth place from eighth with 109 PP100 reported compared to 120 PP100 last year. Like GM’s Buick, Acura only took top honors in one category (compact premium CUV) with its RDX, but it also claimed a tie for the third-highest rating in the midsize premium CUV category with the Mercedes-Benz M-class. Honda and Acura are relatively synonymous with economical but dependable vehicles in the U.S., making this ranking not too surprising.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

No. 3: Cadillac (107 problems per 100 vehicles)
Chalk up another victory for General Motors which can claim its second top-five brand for dependability in Cadillac. Year over year, Cadillac surged 11 spots to No. 3, with vehicle owners reporting only 107 PP100 compared to 128 PP100 last year. This huge jump came in only second to Jaguar which vaulted 13 spots higher in J.D. Power’s rankings. Cadillac took home the top honors for its large premium CUV, the Escalade, as well as large premium car, the DTS, which tied for the top spot with the Lexus LS. Cadillac has certainly done its best to focus its efforts on a slightly younger crowd, and these improved dependability ratings should help.

 

No. 2: Mercedes-Benz (104 problems per 100 vehicles)
Jumping three spots in 2014 to No. 2 with only 104 PP100 compared to 115 PP100 reported in the prior year is Daimler‘s (NASDAQOTH: DDAIF  ) Mercedes-Benz. What’s particularly interesting here is that Mercedes-Benz didn’t win any of the 22 vehicle categories as outlined by J.D. Power, but it did place or show in quite a few which speaks to its overall consistency. Mercedes-Benz ranked second in midsize premium car with its E-Class sedan/wagon, second in large premium CUV with its GL-class, second in compact premium CUV with its GLK-class, and tied for third with the Acura MDX in the midsize premium CUV category with its M-class. Simply put, if consumers are going to pay a premium price, they expect premium results, and Mercedes-Benz appears to be delivering on that promise.

And the real shock (at least to me)…

2011 Lexus RX 450

No. 1: Lexus (68 problems per 100 vehicles)
I guess it shouldn’t be that much of a shock since Toyota-owned Lexus was first in last year’s ratings as well, but I recall shortly after I got my license, nearly two decades ago, how I was admonished from buying a Lexus because of their dependability issues. This rating simply confirms how far the brand has come in less than two decades as its PP100 of just 68 is light years ahead of second-place Mercedes-Benz, and even lower than the 71 PP100 that J.D. Power reported last year. Lexus tied its LS for top large premium car with the Cadillac DTS, was the top midsize premium car with the GS, and nabbed both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in compact premium car with the ES and IS, and midsize premium CUV with the RX and GX.

 

Here are J.D. Power’s full rankings based on PP100:


Source: J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Obviously brands in the top five can be construed as winners, but General Motors, Toyota, and Honda deserve special recognition since they brought home eight, seven, and six, of the top category awards, respectively – that’s 21 of 22 categories won by just three companies!

 

As I stated above, Toyota and Honda generally build no-frill vehicles, choosing instead to focus on improving fuel economy and storage space. The end result for years has been a reliable vehicle that will get the consumer from point A to B with ease, and without too many automotive issues.

 

The real shock here is the dominance by General Motors’ vehicles and the total absence of Ford, save for a runner-up effort in the midsize pickup category with its Ranger. GM is hoping to translate these key wins into strong sales for its recently redesigned trucks, the Silverado and Sierra, which it hopes will give Ford’s dominant F-Series a run for its money. Early sales of GM’s Silverado have been mixed with winter weather and parts shortages eating into total unit sales, but as Foolish auto guru John Rosevear recently pointed out, it’s actually spending fewer days on dealership lots than either of its foes, signaling that GM may indeed be on the up-and-up.

 

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9 of America’s Little-Known Automakers

Beyond the big three giant car companies in the U.S., most people are familiar with the names of famed U.S. carmakers that no longer exist, such as Duesenberg, Studebaker, and Packard. But there are lesser-known companies, such as these, still making cars today (and some more recently deceased).

Avanti

What began as a model built by Studebaker in the early 1960s became its own car company—one that changed hands its share of times. Avantis were based on versions of a rounded-wedge design created by Raymond Loewy and sold for the 1963 and 1964 model years. A new Avanti Motor Corporation created the Avantia II using GM mechanicals. That lasted until 1985. In 1987 the company was sold again, and this time the New Avanti Motor Corporation lasted until the early 1990s. In 2000 production of a GM-platform Avanti began in Georgia. It switched to Ford drivelines in 2004, and these cars were little more than Mustangs underneath with styling similar to the original Avantis. By 2006 production had moved to the spring break mecca,Cancun, Mexico, with total production being only about a few hundred cars. The last Avantis to be made rolled off the line in 2007—though you can never count out another comeback.

Callaway

Reeves Callaway is an auto fanatic who began building and selling turbocharger kits for BMWs and Volkswagen GTIs in the early 1970s, then moved into hot-rodding Corvettes in the 1980s. Today his company takes CorvettesCamaros, and even Silverado pickups and modifies them at his Connecticut or California facilities. Most of the tuning goes into the hand-built engines, which upgrade the output to 650 hp for the C16 (Callaway’s version of the C6 Corvette).Callaway also adds special leather interiors and matching luggage. Callaway’s cars can be serviced at Chevrolet dealers and carry a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty, just like Chevy’s own cars. Buyers can take delivery of a Callaway Corvette at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Callaway Camaros come with aerodynamic body panels and a 572-hp engine, plus embroidered headrests and floor mats.

Mosler

Toward the end of the 1980s, when showroom stock racing was crowded with high-priced sport coupes, Warren Moslercreated his own low-slung, lightweight racing cars modeled after aerodynamic prototype GT cars. Mosler’s original Consulier was powered by the latest turbocharged 2.2-liter Chrysler four-cylinder that made so much power Carroll Shelby lent his name to theDodge Omni GLH (nicknamed “Goes Like Hell”) economy hatchback. Mosler built enough Consuliers that they qualified as production cars and were street legal. These days, the new Mosler MT900SCs—which share a low-slung, midengine configuration with the original Consuliers—get to 60 mph in a claimed 3.1 seconds and can top 190 mph. The MT900SC’s engine is based on a 7.0-liter Corvette LS7 V-8 that is standard equipment in theCorvette Z06. Racing versions have been tuned to more than 1000 hp.

Panoz

In 1988 pharmaceutical company founder Donald Panoz bought the design of a racing car chassis in Ireland and started development of the Panoz Roadster, which went on the market in 1990 to embody “brute strength and raw power built for the absolute pleasure of high-speed driving,” according to the company’s promotional materials. That car, as well as its descendants—the bare-bones 1996 AIV (aluminum intensive vehicle) and the 1997 Esperante—are darty and race-car-like on the road, running on aluminum Ford V-8s.

Also in 1997 Panoz began racing his cars at Le Mans. A couple years later he started the now-popular American Le Mans Series and began buying racetracks and opening driving schools.

SSC

SSC stands for Shelby SuperCars, created by Jerod Shelby—no relation to the legendary Carroll Shelby. SSC’s Jerod Shelby is a kart racer and designer from central Washington State, where SSC is headquartered. Last summer SSC announced plans to build five versions of its 1300-hp, seven-speed Ultimate Aero XT supercar, which is an evolution of the company’s Tuatara supercar. This twin-turbo V-8-powered midengine GT sports car is currently SSC’s fastest car, and was also recognized by the Guinness World Record folks as the fastest production car in the world until the Hennessey Venom GT took that honor.

Falcon

Jeff Lemke, a 41-year-old Detroit-area car nut, spent more than a decade building composite body panels for Dodge Vipers. But in 2009 he chased his dream to build his own car, the Falcon F7. This two-seater features a midmounted Corvette LS7 V-8 engine. There are three running cars, and the first production model was sold to a New York enthusiast in 2012. Lemke claims a top speed over 200 mph, and we drove the production car at over 100 mph. It’s 3 inches longer than a Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 and 2 inches lower. The chassis is based on an aluminum monocoque from a race car and the body is carbon fiber.

Hennessey

Ever since John Hennessey’s hot-rodded Dodge Vipers from the 1990s started racing in open highway time trials in the West and in Mexico, the Texas tuner has gained a reputation as a top-speed addict. His twin-turbo V-10 Viper set a record in a Road & Track magazine test in 2007, which led Hennessey to completely rework his top-speed concept with a brand-new design: a Lotus Exige two-seater with a Corvette LS7 V-8.

The new Venom GT is lighter and smaller, yet the twin-turbo treatment carries over to the 7.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 1244 hp and drives the rear wheels through a Ricardo six-speed manual gearbox, the same that was used on Ford’s GT. The Venom GT has longer front and rear subframes than its Lotus donor car, as well as longer and more aerodynamic bodywork. Eight of these cars have been built—a black one for rocker Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame. The price of the Venom GT is about $1 million per copy, and top speed is a claimed 278 mph. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, just make it turn a little faster,” Hennessey has said, saying that increased horsepower models are in the works.

DeLorean Motor Company of Humble

John DeLorean, the late charismatic formerGM executive, founded his own car company to build two-seat sport coupes in 1981 and 1982. But the venture failed after producing about 9000 cars. A liquidator purchased unsold cars shortly after the company failed, and small independent companies began to carry replacement parts for the unique midengine stainless-steel-body cars.

In 2007 one of these companies, DMC Texas, began to produce new cars made from mostly stock parts, and sold these 1980s restorations for about $60,000 each. Now called DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, it also sells refurbished used DeLoreans from its shop in Humble, Texas. Plans are in the works to build and sell all-electric DeLoreans starting around $90,000, which will feature a 100-mile range and a 260-hp electric motor.

VIA Motors

The huge utility Pacific Gas and Electric operates a fleet of more than 13,000 vehicles in California. Soon many of those will be replaced by all-electric work trucks, vans, and SUVs, through a partnership with VIA Motors, a custom EV-maker that has former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz on hand as spokesman.

VIA’s eREV (extended-range electric vehicle) lineup includes pickups, vans, and full-size SUVs that can travel 40 miles on battery power and switch to fuel-powered generators that can produce from 15 to 50 kilowatts to recharge batteries and supply power to homes during emergencies. During typical driving, VIA claims its trucks can achieve 100 mpge.

“VIA’s partnership with PG&E, and the introduction of the world’s first extended-range electric work trucks, SUVs, and cargo vans in their fleet, marks a turning point in the electrification of the industry’s fleets,” Lutz says. “As the world becomes more aware of the economic advantages of this ultraclean technology, I am convinced that this type of electric vehicle will become very popular with consumers as well, and will help end our dependence on oil.”

 

 

REPOSTED BY  MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:  YAHOO AUTOS / POPULAR MECHANICS

 

 

 

Great Deals on American-made Cars for the 4th of July

Amid the 4th of July fireworks and celebrations, car dealerships are offering eye-catching deals on new cars, with deep discounts and low-rate financing. While the local airwaves are awash in red, white, and blue commercials encouraging you to hurry in (“These deal won’t last!”), we cut through the hype to identify the best deals on American-made small cars, sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

 

To ensure these picks are good cars, as with all our Best New Car Deals, each meets Consumer Reports’ criteria to be recommended. These vehicles scored well in our testing, have average or better reliability in our latest subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated.

 

Each vehicle highlighted below offers at least a 10-percent discount off the retail price in national incentives, available through either July 4th or the 8th depending on manufacturer. Others may also carry regional incentives, enabling further savings for informed negotiators.

 

We focused the list on just those models that are made in the United States, regardless of brand. The models spotlighted standout as having a tempting combination of overall road test score and significant discount. We also mention other vehicles that likewise are both Recommended and attractively priced.

 

When buying in the summer, it is important to know that a 2013 model will soon be considered a one-year-old car, despite being relatively fresh off the showroom floor. This means the car will take an initial (admittedly painful) depreciation hit. However, the equity impact will balance out over time, should you hold on to the car for several years, and especially if you log more than 12,000 miles a year.

 

As is often the case, several models that made the cut will be updated or replaced with an all-new model. It pays to understand what is coming down the road, as it may impact your decision to by the last of a generation or empower your negotiations.

 

Small cars: Chevrolet Cruze LS

 

A sharp, competent small sedan, the Ohio-built Chevrolet Cruze feels solid and substantial, handles competently, and has a taut, steady, and controlled ride. The well-finished cabin is spacious up front but cramped in the rear. Noise levels are moderate, which is fairly good for this class. The base model’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine provides just average acceleration.Fuel economy is so-so for a small sedan. Higher trims get a quieter and more responsive turbocharged four-cylinder that gets the same fuel economy as the base engine. The Eco version’s overall fuel mileage improves by only one mpg, and consequently isn’t worth the upgrade.

Make & model Expires MSRP  Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Potential savings below MSRP
Chevrolet Cruze 1LT 7/4 $20,465 $19,679 Yes No $2,590

Other patriotic small car deals: Acura ILX (Greensburg, Indiana) and Chevrolet Sonic (Orion Township, Michigan).

 

Sedans: Acura TL

 

Built in Marysville, Ohio, the Acura TL is a responsive, well-dressed upscale sedan. The price climbs quickly as optional content is added. We’re seeing the best deal with the base model. It features a slick, punchy 3.5-liter V6, teamed with a six-speed automatic. That combination returns a good 24 mpg overall, but the car requires premium fuel. We found the handling taut and the ride compliant and firm, with good isolation from bumps. The front seats are well shaped and supportive, but the rear seat is tight. The well-finished interior is cluttered with buttons, even when not equipped with the optional navigation system. An AWD model with a 3.7-liter V6 and tauter suspension is also available. The TL has strong reliability record, and we predict this model will be better than average.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Potential savings below MSRP
Acura TL 7/8 $36,800 $34,607 No Yes $2,220

 

Another patriotic sedan deal: Kia Optima (West Point, Georgia).

 

SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse

 

The large, three-row Chevrolet Traverse is a civilized alternative to a truck-based SUV and right now, it is also an attractive deal. Built in Lansing, Michigan, the Traverse is a mechanical sibling to the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, another model notably discounted for the holiday. The Traverse has been recently freshened, with improvements to the transmission, ride, and interior quality. In our tests, the smooth-and-refined 3.6-liter V6 returned 16 mpg overall. Handling is relatively agile and secure, and the ride is taut yet comfortable and steady. Reliability has been average.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Potential savings below MSRP
 Chevrolet Traverse 7/4 $36,585 $34,799 Yes No $2,570

Other patriotic SUV deals: Chevrolet Equinox (Spring Hill, Tennessee); Chevrolet Suburban (Arlington, Texas); Dodge Durango (Detroit, Michigan); GMC Acadia (Lansing, Michigan); Yukon XL (Arlington, Texas); Honda Pilot (Lincoln, Alabama); Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 (Detroit, Michigan); and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (Normal, Illinois).

 

Pickup trucks: Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab

 

The outgoing Silverado and its GMC Sierra twin are well-rounded pickups with an available full-time four-wheel-drive system and generous payload capacity. Ride quality is decent with the Z85 suspension, and handling is secure. High-end models have very good interior fit and finish, and all variants have simple controls. The crew cab is roomy, with easy access. A six-speed automatic slightly improves fuel economy and acceleration with the tested 5.3-liter V8. These Indiana-built trucks are being replaced by an all-new design, now arriving at dealerships. The outgoing trucks hold up well against the competition, although the replacements promise better fuel economy and more premium features. Negotiate and great deals can be had.

Make & model Expires MSRP Invoice price Customer rebate Dealer incentive Potential savings below MSRP
 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 7/4 $39,930 $37,150 Yes No $3,668

Other patriotic deals on 4×4 trucks: Ford F-150 (Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri); GMC Sierra 1500 (Fort Wayne, Indiana); and Ram 1500 (Warren, Michigan).

 

To research these vehicles further, or to find the latest trim-level pricing on any model, visit the Consumer Reports car model pages (available to online subscribers).

 

To ease the buying process, Consumer Reports offers a Build & Buy Program to subscribers. For Build & Buy, a nationwide network of over 6,000 participating dealers have agreed to pass along discounts provided by any applicable manufacturer incentives for the vehicle you’re buying. This includes unadvertised manufacturer-to-dealer incentives, for which it’s typically up to the dealer whether to keep the savings or pass them on to the customer. Last month the average estimated savings off MSRP was $2,675.

 

See all current Best Deals or use our New Car Selector to create your own list of vehicles by sorting and filtering by the factors that matter most to you.

—Jeff Bartlett

 

 

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:   CONSUMER REPORTS

BeDazzled Silverado for Rhinestone Cowboys?

 

 

The BeDazzling infection running through automakers’ full-size pickups has struck General Motors, which revealed the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country this weekend, a $47,000 version of its new trucks meant to impress an apparently growing market of rhinestone cowboys.

While the herd of such trucks has grown over the past year with models like the Ram Laramie Longhorn and upcoming Toyota Tundra 1794 edition, Detroit has been pushing for years to create a market for high-profit luxury pickups; just ask any of the 14 people who still own a Lincoln Blackwood. Despite that misstep, Ford has made the most of its King Ranch pickup line, which has a more upscale image than most Lincolns. Yet the equation always seemed less effective for GM, which has an entire upscale truck division in GMC and the Cadillac Escalade EXT for those who really wanted to spend $60,000 on a vehicle with a bed.

 

 

Chevy says the Silverado High Country will distinguish itself with unique projector headlights, a leather-swaddled interior in the tasteful saddle brown shade and a few fencerows of chrome trim, including 20-inch chrome wheels, powered by either Chevy’s 5.3-liter V-8 or the new 6.3-liter V-8. Most important of all, the truck will sport large “High Country” badges on the flank and tailgate; what good are a few jewels if no one sees them sparkle?

 

 

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:  http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/2014-chevrolet-silverado-high-country-enters-highfalutin-pickup-120955494.html

Vehicles Most Often Stolen

Sometimes being the most popular brand of auto isn’t as desirable as it might seem.  For example, to thieves the most popular car brand in the U.S. continues to be Honda. Honda’s 1994 Accord came in first again among cars stolen in 2011, as it has for the past several years, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau rankings.  A close second, was the 1998 Honda Civic.

 

Older model cars are more desirable to thieves, in many cases, because newer models have more anti-theft options including keys with embedded chips and tracking technologies.  Additionally, older model parts are always in demand.

 

Rounding out the list of the 2011 top ten most coveted cars by thieves are:

 

 

If you own one of these models, you may want to consider adding an anti-theft device. Tinted windows can also act as a deterrent to thieves.   If you you want to give your car a sleek new look, while lowering your risk of theft, give us a call at Midwest Glass Tinters of Deer Park — 847-438-1133 — and we’ll tint your ride.

 

READ MORE:  http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/top-10-most-stolen-cars-filled-foreign-sedans-140325849.html

 

The Best-Selling Cars of 2011

For the first time in a long time, this year has seen a surge in the purchase of domestic vehicles with 6 of the top 10 best-selling vehicles made by GM, Ford & Chrysler.  Some of the shift can be attributed to the natural disasters in Japan affecting  imports, but with domestic producers having really stepped up their game, that void was filled by American-made vehicles.

 

Surprisingly, two past favorites – the Honda Civic and Honda CR-V as well as the Hyundai Sonata dropped from the top 10, nudged by more popular American-made vehicles.  According to Forbes.com, Ford’s F-Series pickups and GM’s Chevy Silverado continue to be America’s sales champs, as they have been for the past 3 years.  Pushing their way to the top are the Ford Fusion and Escape and the new compact from Chevy – the Cruze.  

 

Based on year-to-date results through October, 2011, following is the list of best-selling vehicles from Forbes.com:

  1. Ford F-150 Pickup
  2. Chevy Silverado Pickup
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Nissan Altima
  5. Ford Escape
  6. Ford Fusion
  7. Honda Accord
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Chevy Cruze
  10. Ram Pickup

 

 

 

With new models launching, it will be interesting to see what 2012′s best-sellers will be.