Archive for June, 2009
Used Pontiac Vibes in New York may be the only option for buyers looking to purchase the station wagon, as General Motors has officially cut production of the car.
The company has ceased production of Vibes and other vehicles at a California factory jointly owned with Toyota, according to Bloomberg.
While GM is looking to increase the numbers of hybrids it offers to 14 by 2012, one of the first may actually be a re-badged Toyota Prius if a deal is reached between the two manufactures, reported the news provider.
The change in strategy comes as the ailing manufacturer asks a bankruptcy court to allow it to shed off several unprofitable assets, according to the Associated Press.
They are hopeful, that as with the Chrysler sale with Fiat, shareholder protests will not affect the creation of the new business entity, reported the news provider.
“Chrysler was the test case for General Motors,” Professor Jack Williams told the Associated Press. “GM’s got momentum, government financing and lots of people that would like to see this happen.”
Subaru recently announced that a continuously variable transmission has increased the fuel efficiency of its Outback models, but those considering used Subaru Outbacks in New Jersey can get similar statistics in older models.
The compact wagon has always come with all-wheel drive as a standard feature, and the combination of “great on- and off-road capability, comfortable space, incredible cargo carrying ability and fuel economy” could interest consumers, according to Tim Mahoney, Subaru senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
A 2005 model could be one option for buyers looking at Subaru Outbacks in New Jersey, due to its expanded size over earlier models, increased ground clearance of nearly 9 inches and greater structural integrity, according to Cars.com.
“Outback sedans and wagons are easy to drive and have extra advantages over the [Subaru] Legacy for driving on less-than-perfect roads,” wrote Jim Flammang in a Cars.com review. “These cars make a satisfying alternative to a sport utility vehicle.”
He added that the acceleration is quick in the Outback which offers combined fuel mileage of around 22 miles per gallon according to EPA estimates.
Buyers looking at used cars in New York who have internet access on their phone could take advantage of an updated service that allows them to monitor traffic bottlenecks on the Triborough bridge and throughout New York City.
Navteq says that its website for mobile phones offers motorists the ability to check for updates on their planned route, including average speeds on various roads, delay information and accident reports that can be customized based on their normal commutes.
“As people become more reliant on having access to real-time traffic [information], drivers want convenient access when they’re on the go,” said Alex Wiegand, Navteq vice president. “NAVTEQ real-time traffic content is highly localized [to help motorists] plan their day.”
Those looking to access the service in used cars in New York on trips to the Garden State should use the services before they start their trip, as New Jersey legislators have banned texting while driving, and both states have laws against talking on a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
Drivers in a recent survey agree: a used Jeep Liberty in New York is one of the most satisfying vehicles in its segment.
The results from automotive industry research firm AutoPacific have found that for the past several years, the Jeep Liberty is an “ideal vehicle” for consumers based on their ratings of the car’s performance compared to expectations.
“Because of their positive experience, these consumers become promoters for our brands and in this difficult market, their endorsement is priceless,” said Doug Betts, Chrysler Group LLC senior vice president of quality.
For those who may be considering a used Jeep Liberty in New York based on the reports of their fellow motorists, a 2006 model could offer consumers a high-torque diesel engine that is helpful for the stop-and-go nature of U.S. motoring,” according to Cars.com reviewers.
They say that the increased fuel economy that averaged 26 miles per gallon in highway driving and engine longevity with the engines helped it to become a best seller when it was first offered. The torque also improves the towing ability of the midsize SUV.
While magazines like AutoWeek may be a resource used by consumers to determined what the best options are among used cars in New Jersey, they may not have time to flip through the pages or have access to the website.
A new radio show that targets those on-the-go used car buyers first aired on June 27 as a weekly report from AutoWeek contributors broadcast on the Radio America Network.
For consumers who may not reside in one of the 40 markets where the show airs at 10 p.m. EST, the magazine’s website has a link to the show’s segments that can be downloaded to an MP3 player or another mobile device, including the June 27 reports on F1 racing and an explanation of “hypermiling.”
Not having to try and open a website or read a magazine is one benefit for buyers considering used cars in New Jersey who may listen in during “their commuting time or their garage time,” according to Thomas Michael Berg, the show’s host.
Although Jaguar recently announced a supercharged XF sedan with a 470 horsepower engine, drivers considering a used Jaguar S-Type in New Jersey could find a more affordable option with similar power.
The XF was introduced several years ago by Jaguar as an update to the S-type line of sedans, and the mid-year introduction of the XF with supercharged engines ranging from 470 to 510 horsepower could offer some drivers the ability to go 0-60 in less than 5 seconds.
The main sticking point could be price, as the most affordable model with a less powerful engine starts at $52,000 MSRP according to the manufacturer.
Buyers may be able to find more inexpensive used Jaguar S-Types that offer similar quality, according to Edmunds.com editors.
The 2003 model was “the best Jaguar sedan available,” they wrote, and had an upgraded suspension front and rear in addition to a bevy of safety features.
Motorists looking for more power could find the 2003 S-Type R to their liking, as its 400 horsepower engine helps propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
Used cars in New York that offer hybrid technology may be one segment that buyers could consider, as a new market forecast find that the global hybrid market will increase by 20 percent over the next three years.
Research and Markets developed the forecast based on consumer focus on the cost effective and fuel efficient models first popularized by Honda and Toyota, as well as investments by companies who have seen demand for hybrids grow in 2008 even as the overall market declined.
While the trend will move towards hybrid cars in the future, consumers can find cars like the used Honda Civic Hybrid in New York that could offer better fuel mileage than similar conventional models without waiting for new car development programs.
Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder wrote that the 2006 model has a “higher-quality, quieter interior,” along with a more efficient electric generator that helps the car travel 50 miles per gallon whether motorists drive the used Civic Hybrid in New York City streets or on highways.
While Nissan is trying to help drivers in the UK become more environmentally friendly with a new service combining GPS-tracking and websites, similar benefits could be found when driving a used Nissan Sentra in New York by following certain habits.
The Nissan Intelligent Driver Project is monitoring cars’ fuel mileage and efficiency using data from the engine and other measures to analyze the driving habits of motorists in the UK after a similar effort in Japan helped motorists save the equivalent of $500 at the pump over the course of a year.
Drivers can access the information either through satellite navigation displays or a password-protected website, and the data from dozens of vehicles will be compiled by Nissan.
While a 2006 model year used Nissan Sentra in New York already gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway, drivers may still want to consider similar eco-driving techniques to save more money when filling up on gas.
Trying to maintain a steady speed, shifting as early as possible, and maintaining the proper tire pressure are all steps that drivers could take for more fuel efficient trips, according to Ecodrive.org.
Consumers looking for used BMW cars in New York may have spotted a pre-production version of the BMW 5-series GT near the Holland Tunnel or in New Jersey, as user-submitted photos on Jalopnik.com and other websites found the cars in the tri-state area.
The GT incorporates a “fastback” style design where the trunk lid slopes up into the rear windshield giving it a look that most closely resembles a sedan mixed with a hatchback.
But for buyers considering a used car in New York, the design may not be as enticing as the classic BMW 5-series, which has come in sedan and coupe versions for decades.
A 2004 model could be one option for shoppers who are taken with the newer designs instituted by BMW that year including curving body panels. The car’s control panel incorporatesthe iDrive, an integrated control system that handles radio, air conditioning and other interior amenities through a single screen. I would consider making this two sentences.
Edmunds.com editors say that the optional V8 is even more powerful than older engines, and “buyers can expect greater handling from this premier midsize sedan than before.”
A consumer recently wrote into the Boston Globe, asking what inexpensive used cars had the lowest maintenance costs, and while buyers considering used cars in New Jersey may have expected to see Japanese makes dominate in the answer, other options could be just as affordable.
While compact and mid-size offerings from Honda and Toyota like the Civic, Accord or Camry have long been thought of as reliable cars in the used market, John Paul, public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, says they’re not the only choice. He also recommended some domestic mid-size cars like the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick Century.
For the 2005 model year, a no-frills used Chevrolet Malibu in New York came with a four-cylinder engine rated at 145 horsepower that offered a range of 400 miles in combined city and highway driving, with “plenty of passenger and cargo space,” according to Edmunds.com
The website also estimated the cost to own a Malibu, and drivers can expect to pay about 34 cents per mile including maintenance costs, repairs and fuel. That’s 20 cents lower than the federal government’s rate for mileage.
Drinking while driving poses serious consequences for drivers, but consumers looking for used cars in New York may not know that texting could pose an even greater risk of damaging their investment.
The staff at Car and Driver decided to compare the two impairments in a straight-line test on an unused runway that involved rigging a timing apparatus to a car’s brake pedal, with simulated brake signals in front of the windshield.
They then had several writers and one editor attempt to hit the brakes when the light outside turned red, some while texting and some after drinking.
Compared to being intoxicated with a .08 blood alcohol content, stopping times while texting were as slow, and reaction times were worse for older drivers who texted than those who drank.
People looking to drive safely in a used car in New York may have no idea that “texting would slow down” reaction times to such an extent, said Eddie Alterman, Editor of Car and Driver.
Buyers looking at used cars in New Jersey to take on a road trip this summer may find their vacations more economical as AAA says that struggling retailers could mean savings for travelers.
To find the best deals, they say that travelers should check out local information from the visitor’s center, or even asking residents about deals that may not be well publicized once they arrive.
Before they start the trip, however, they can save some money by making sure that fluid levels in their vehicles are topped off and the tires fully inflated.
Also, whether they’re driving used cars in New York or other states, vacationers can save on fuel and improve handling by packing as lightly as possible to avoid weighing down their vehicle.
There could be another silver lining to the economic downturn that may make trips less aggravating this summer: nearly 900,000 fewer people will be on the road this Fourth of July weekend, which could mean fewer bottlenecks and stop-and-go traffic tie-ups as well.
GM has recently announced that new Buick Lacrosses will come with an optional four-cylinder engine for improved fuel economy, but for consumers looking for used cars in New York with a little more kick, used versions all come with a more powerful V-6 or V-8 option.
The luxury sedan will get a slightly more powerful version of the Ecotec engine that powers compact cars like the Chevrolet Cobalt, for combined fuel mileage of about 25 miles per gallon, according to GM.
“Buick LaCrosse customers will have the fuel-efficient option of the Ecotec 2.4L direct injection engine, a four-cylinder that is not available by key competitors, such as the Lincoln MKZ and Acura TL,” said Susan Docherty, Buick-Pontiac-GMC vice president.
But for those looking for a slightly stronger engine a used Buick Lacrosse in New York from 2005 could be worth checking out.
Edmunds.com editors said that it had a “smooth and quiet ride” even with a V-6 engine with 20 more horsepower than the 4-cylinder offered in new version.
For the money-conscious, the fuel mileage was still fairly high in its class, they noted, with an EPA average combined estimate of 21 miles per gallon.
As Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett prepare for their wedding this summer, photographers have noticed that she’s driving a Lexus IS while shopping and planning.
While no one has reported on why Wilkinson chose the entry-level sports sedan, used car buyers in New York could be enticed by the model’s engine choices, which range from a 204 horsepower V6 to a 5 liter V8 in the IS-F that propels the car to 60 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds.
More demure trims are available for those who may want more fuel economy, especially for buyers considering a used Lexus IS 250 in New York.
The 2007 model can still make it to 60 mph in under 8 seconds, according to manufacturer’s estimates, but the EPA estimated fuel mileage is about 21 miles per gallon.
If consumers looking for used cars in New Jersey had turned on golfing’s U.S. Open on June 22, they may not have realized that they missed out on a chance to see racing star Danica Patrick in a used Ford Mustang.
Patrick was driving the car in a spot for Godaddy.com, and the web hosting provider says that a disagreement with either event sponsor Lexus or NBC kept the ad with the classic Mustang off of the program.
“It is beyond my wildest dreams that one of our commercials would be rejected only because it featured a classic American automobile,” said Bob Parsons, GoDaddy CEO and founder.
For those looking at used Ford Mustangs in New Jersey, models in the latest generation could offer a similar look to the muscle car driven by Danica in the ad, without the price of a collector vehicle or restoring a 1960s model.
The newer models take their design cues from the heyday of the Mustang in the late 1960s, and the 2006 model offers “compelling performance,” according to Edmunds.com editors.
Buyers who are considering a used car in New Jersey may be considering holding onto their new purchase for a longer time than they would have in previous years.
However, a new survey finds that they may not be considering regular maintenance that could keep their purchase from developing problems.
ExxonMobil commissioned the research to find out about the repair habits of drivers, releasing data that shows 40 percent of participants want their cars to reach 150,000 miles or more, or at least 12 years according to EPA statistics on average yearly mileage.
In spite of this desire, only one in five respondents followed manufacturer’s recommendations about regular oil changes and other car care.
“It’s admirable that so many drivers are looking to get more use out of their vehicles, especially in the current economy,” said Ray McDonald, global technical advisor for synthetic passenger vehicle Lubricants at ExxonMobil. “It’s important for drivers to remember that the time to prepare their vehicles for all of those extra miles is now.”
Looking for a used car in New York and other states that has room for more than six passengers but is smaller than most SUVs or minivans was a concern for one user who wrote to Cars.com for advice.
The main concern for some buyers is that while the two larger vehicle types offer more space than similar wagons or sedans, fuel economy can be reduced because of higher weight.
A used Kia Rondo in New York may be an affordable option for families looking for space for their children, as it is the least costly of the three options.
The wagon has offered seating for up to seven passengers as an option since 2007, with the ability for the second and third row of seats to fold down for cargo, as well as “an abundance of cupholders and storage bins that make the Rondo’s interior that much more useful,” according to Edmunds.com.
A NASCAR star says that you can get a trip to an upcoming race, guitar autographed by him, and an all-new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. For those who want better odds on ways to pick up a pony car, a used Chevrolet Camaro in New Jersey might also make sense, too.
For a little more than a month, interested web users can head over to WinDaleJrsCamaro.com for a shot at the Camaro of their choice, a chance to meet Dale Earnhardt, Jr., tickets to the Rock & Roll 400 in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and the custom Paul Reed Smith guitar autographed by both Smith and Earnhardt Jr. with paint matched to the pace car used in the NASCAR race.
Buyers who have already done research on the performance of the new model to answer the three questions required to enter the contest may have found that older models could offer similar benefits at much better odds.
For example, a recent Autotrader search turned up 40 used Chevrolet Camaros in New Jersey from 2000 or later, versus just one car signed by Earnhardt, Jr.