Archive for July, 2011

Ford Explorer: The most fuel-efficient SUV

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The Ford Explorer has long been one of the most popular SUVs on the road, and now it hopes to be among the most fuel-efficient as well. The manufacturer recently announced that its new turbocharged Explorer offers an impressive 28 miles per gallon.

Ford used its unique EcoBoost technology, which combines turbocharging and direct fuel injection to not only offer drivers with more power but better mileage as well. In fact, its improved efficiency is 20 percent better than the Honda Pilot and 12 percent better than the Toyota Highlander.

"Today's SUV buyers place a high priority on miles per gallon, so Explorer has expanded its portfolio of fuel-efficient engines with an all-new EcoBoost offering," said Ford group marketing manager Amy Marentic. "SUV buyers deserve economy with their capability, so Explorer now offers best-in-class V6 and four-cylinder fuel efficiency."

The Explorer is having an especially good 2011 (year). The company reported that in the first half of the year it sold nearly 66,000 vehicles, which already exceeds its 2010 total.

Driver looking to get behind the wheel of a used Ford may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers numerous models at affordable prices.

Driving convertibles with top down lowers gas mileage

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

There's nothing quite like taking a summer drive in a convertible with its top down, but doing so may be costing motorists a great deal at the pump. Driving on the highway with the top down could reduce gas mileage by as much as 14 percent, and according to Cars.com, automakers are looking for a way to limit the impact.

Unfortunately for motorists, industry insiders have yet to find a suitable fix to the problem. Though they have attempted to deflect wind to minimize drag in a number of different ways, including adding a mesh window screens, they have done so to little avail.

"Designers are making every attempt they can to make the air flow smoothly up the windshield, across the roof and down the back deck," James Smith, former president of the Society of Automotive Engineers, told the website. "And when you remove that roofline you have more area there – more room for the air to get recirculated back in."

Lower gas mileage may just have to be the sacrifice some motorists make to enjoy the benefits of a convertible. Drivers looking to get in a convertible may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction for a model at an affordable price.

Nissan Cube, Inifiti EX good choice for bad parkers

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

As anybody who has driven through a crowded parking lot can attest, there are plenty of drivers out there who can't park very well. Whether it be parallel parking or simply backing in, the process can be difficult for some. However, there are certain models that make parking a little simpler, according to Automobile magazine.

Although small vehicles, like the Smart car or the Mini Cooper, are certainly a good choice, sometimes driving such a compact ride is not feasible. If that's the case, the publication suggests that less-than-perfect parkers might want to check out the Nissan Cube.

The Cube gets the nod because not only is it a few inches shorter than the compact Mazda MX-5 roadster, but it can also fit five people and offers plenty of storage room.

Those looking for a luxurious car that is easy to park will find it with the Infiniti EX. In addition to being an easily-manageable size, the car features the Around View Monitor, which offers a 360 degree view of the car's surroundings.

Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of an easy-to-park used car may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which has plenty of models at affordable prices.

Nissan Leaf earns five-star rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The accolades keep stacking up for the innovative Nissan Leaf. Theelectric car recently earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, making it the first fully-electric car to earn the distinction.

The rating was part of the administration's New Car Safety Assessment Program (NCSAP) and was issued using its updated, stricter guidelines. However, it's no surprise the Leaf earned an excellent rating given the number of impressive safety features.

Among the fixtures are dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, a child seat upper tether anchor and a traction control system that comes standard in every model.

"The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve 5-star overall for safety," Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America said. "Not only is the LEAF the most innovative car on the planet, it is also one of the safest."

Whether drivers are looking for fuel-efficiency or safety, New Jersey Auto Auction has plenty of makes and models at affordable prices.

Audi, Chevy Aveo top favorite cars among baby boomers

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

As baby boomers continue to age, many are choosing to get a new car to go with their new lifestyle. Most are looking for a sporty car after years of being behind the wheel of an SUV or minivan, and according to Forbes magazine there are several models that stand out above the rest.

The general assumption might be that baby boomers will automatically gravitate toward luxury cars or convertibles, but one of the most popular is more subtle. The Chevrolet Aveo offers a sleek design that will appeal for anybody looking for a more youthful ride. Additionally, since it is available for around $15,000, the price tag is appealing as well.

Although the Aveo is more subdued, there are certainly baby boomer consumers looking to get behind the wheel of something more flashy. Specifically, the Audi A5 is a popular choice to those who are not afraid of spending a little extra, which is usually not a problem as analyst Jesse Toprak told the news source that many "have reached a heightened income level giving them both time and financial freedom."

Whether one is looking for a sporty Audi or a youthful Chevy, New Jersey Auction has plenty of makes and models at affordable prices.

Sheryl Crow to auction classic Corvette for tornado relief

Monday, July 25th, 2011

In an effort to raise money to help the citizens of Joplin, Missouri, Sheryl Crow is auctioning off one of her most impressive cars. (this sentence is a bit winding)The "Soak up the Sun" songstress is set to sell her 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL for the cause, USA Today reports.

Crow was especially motivated to help out Joplin since she grew up in Kennett, Missouri. The vehicle, which was completely restored in 2005, features a new interior with black leather upholstery to contrast its white paint job and white hard top.

The classic car will hit the auction block on August 21, and all the proceeds from the sale will go to help rebuild the Joplin schools. Experts believe that the car could fetch as much as $80,000 for the cause.

"This is a very heartfelt donation to auction an item that has such special meaning to Sheryl and her family," Community Foundation of the Ozarks President Brian Fogle told the news source. "We very much appreciate how committed she is to her Missouri roots."

The Joplin tornado struck on May 22 and killed 158 people in the small town, and caused as much as $3 billion in damage.

Honda CR-V gets sleek new look for 2012

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The Honda CR-V has been one of the most popular SUVs over the last several years, but the manufacturer is set to unveil a new design. The fourth-generation CR-V is set to go on sale in the United States later this year and will feature a bold look.

Known as the CR-V Concept, the new model will focus more on deeper sculpting of the body lines, along with a bolder approach in the front fascia. Additionally, its front bumper will be complemented by a three-bar grille and deeply-set headlights.

"Long considered the benchmark for packaging and user-friendly design in the small SUV segment, the all-new CR-V will offer an added dimension of style, amazing interior versatility and Honda's latest technologies for convenience and refinement," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Of course it's not just all about aesthetic, either. The company announced that the 2012 model will also include a more fuel-efficient engine.

Drivers who are looking to get behind the wheel of a used Honda may want to look into New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers a variety of models at affordable prices.

Production start in Mexico on 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

When news broke about the sleek update that was being given to the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, many consumers were eagerly waiting to get behind the wheel of the sporty ride. They will not have to wait much longer, as the company recently announced large-scale production has begun at its Mexico-based plant.

The plant, located in Puebla, has been the leading producer of Beetles in the world. According to Volkswagen, the workers there built 1.15 million Beetles betwen 1997 and 2010. The redesigned Beetle will first be available in Germany, this fall.

"The Beetle is a strong symbol of our brand. It combines the emotional heritage of the original Beetle with the future of Volkswagen," said Board Member for Production Hubert Waltl.

The 2012 Beetle, which starts at under $19,000, will include a slew of impressive features. Among them is keyless access, a panoramic roof and push button start. Additionally, it will have a more powerful turbocharged engine.

Driver hoping to buy a used Volkswagen, whether Beetle or Jetta, should look to New Jersey Auto Auction for vehicles at affordable prices.

GM to release diesel powered Chevy Cruze in 2013

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

General Motors recently confirmed that it is set to release a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze, marking the first such passenger car introduced by a Detroit manufacturer since the 1980s. USA Today reports that GM CEO Dan Akerson says the car will hit the market in 2013.

The Cruze will be only the second passenger car, to be offered with the diesel option in the United States the other being the Volkswagen Jetta . The new version will certainly be attractive to drivers looking to boost their fuel economy, as diesel engines get between 20 to 40 percent better mileage.

"I drove it the other day. It is great," Akerson told the publication. "These new diesels are quiet. Should make it in the low- to mid-40s, and that's with an automatic."

According to the news source, the Cruze was the top selling car in the U.S. last month, and was seventh overall throughout the first six months of the year.

Drivers who want to get behind the wheel of a fuel-efficient used car should check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices.

Consumer Reports offers the best used cars for under $20,000

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Many publications often provide their list for what the best and most affordable used cars are, but few are more well-respected than Consumer Reports. A number of writers for the venerable publication recently unveiled what they believe are the best used cars under $20,000, and there are a lot of familiar names but a few models might surprise some readers.

The Honda Accord made the cut, which likely will not shock anybody who is even a casual follower of the automobile industry. Often regarded as one of the most reliable sedans, the Accord offers a sleek look while still providing a fuel-efficient option at an affordable price. Expert Jeff Barlett also cited the Ford Fusion as another one of his favorite choices.

"The Fusion can often be found for a great price, but the added space and sharper lines of the Accord would have me leaning in that direction," he wrote for the publication. "Either would provide good safety protection compared against typical, new small cars at that price point adding appeal to shopping used."

Of course, not all drivers are looking for a compact sedan like the Accord or the Fusion. For those in the market for a new truck or SUV, Consumer Reports reminds its readers that there are still affordable and fuel-efficient options. In particular, the Toyota Highlander resonated with reviewer Eric Evarts, who says that despite the fact it comes at a manageable size, the Highlander provides plenty of towing power for those who need it.

For families who need more storage and seating than anything else, a minivan is the obvious choice, and according to the publication's Tom Mutchler, the 2008 Honda Odyssey is the way to go for those looking to stay under the $20,000 level. With room for eight and a camera that makes backing up a cinch, the Odyssey is more than a suitable choice for families.

Regardless of whether or not you're looking for a used vehicle that provides you with optimal towing power like the Highlander or one that will make the morning commute just a little less painful like the Fusion, New Jersey Auto Auction is sure to have it at an affordable price.

Nevada governor takes a ride in self-driving Prius

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Search engine giant Google is in the process of testing self-driving cars, and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval recently got the opportunity to try it out for himself. The Associated Press reports that he took a self-driving Toyota Prius through Carson City, becoming the first governor in the country to get in such a vehicle.

It's not surprising that Sandoval was allowed to try out it, especially after Nevada passed a law earlier this year, which made it legal for the self-driven cars to be allowed on the state's roadways.

The innovative device, which is placed on the roof of the car, navigates by a laser range finder, radar and sensors. After Sandoval's 10-miles trip, he had nothing but praise for the engineers at Google, and hopes that his state can be at the forefront of the new technology.

"I think it's important for Nevada to be first on this," Sandoval told the AP. "This is going to be part of the future, and Nevada has always been a very progressive state."

Though the self-driving technology is still years from being open to the general public, drivers can get behind the wheel of technologically advanced cars like the Toyota Prius by checking out New Jersey Auto Auction.

Electric Toyota RAV4 to make its way to the general public

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Ever since debuting the Prius, Toyota has been at the forefront of energy-efficient cars, and it looks like the company is set to expand the program into one of its most popular SUVs. Toyota announced that the new RAV4 will be available to the general public starting some time next year.

The announcement comes after there were rumors about whether or not the RAV4 would only be sold to fleet and car sharing programs – much like Toyota's other 2012 electric options the Scion iQ. Toyota made the declaration in an effort to clear up any misconceptions.

"We’d like to set the record straight," Toyota said on its website. "The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota."

Motorists looking to get behind the wheel of a used Toyota, whether it be a Prius or a Corolla, will want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of models at affordable prices.

Kate Middleton’s former car up for auction

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Those who can't get enough of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may now have the opportunity to get closer to them than ever before. Fox News reports that Kate Middleton's former car is up for sale on eBay, and may fetch as much as £30,000 (around $48,000).

The price tag is not too shabby given that Kate purchased the car, a Volkswagen Golf, back in 2001 for about $17,000. She put on about 60,000 miles before it was sold to Sonny Brazil, the son of a used car dealer in Reading.

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Brazil has not put many more miles on the vehicle (only about 2,500 miles), and he admitted to becoming especially protective over the royal blue car.

"I became quite precious about it and wouldn't let anyone else drive it, even parking it in a locked garage away from the house in case anyone tried to nick it," he told the news source.

Of course, not everyone can get behind the wheel of such a regal car, but if one is looking for a different used Volkswagen at an affordable price, New Jersey Auto Auction offers plenty of options. 

Volvo accident prevention system shows promising results

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

To many drivers, the addition of automatic braking systems may seem unnecessary, but a new study might change their tune. The researchers found that such features prevent one in four rear-end collisions.

The study focused on Volvo XC60 midsize crossover SUV, and its results speak volumes about the potential of such innovative features. Researchers looked at insurance claims involving the vehicle, and determined that drivers with the system in an XC60 were 27 percent less likely to be involved in a low-speed, rear-end accident than drivers without it.

"This is our first real-world look at an advanced crash avoidance technology, and the findings are encouraging," Adrian Lund, president of HLDI, said in a press release. "City Safety is helping XC60 drivers avoid the kinds of front-to-rear, low-speed crashes that frequently happen on congested roads."

Volvo is often on the cutting edge of safety technology, and drivers looking to get behind the wheel of one may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers plenty of makes and models at affordable prices. 

Banks more willing to issue loans in 2011

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Drivers who may be looking to get a new or used vehicle were recently given a bit of good news. Despite still being in the wake of the recession, auto loans are much more accessible now for even the most credit-challenged consumers.

The reason for the increase in confidence among banks is that lenders have more money than in recent years, and also have more to work with in terms of financing options. Additionally, there is more competition between financial institutions for new customers, something which can only be good for prospective car buyers.

"This is very good news, it is so important for most of us to have a car or truck we can depend on," said industry insider Jeremy Franklin. "People really need their vehicles to be reliable so they can get to work and get the kids to school and activities."

Of course, experts warn that just because banks may be more willing to issue loans, that does not mean consumers can ignore maintaining their credit level. By keeping their credit scores at a high level, it boosts the number of financing options and advantages they have.

American-made SUVs enjoy solid June

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Although gas prices are still high, that hasn't deterred drivers from getting behind the wheel of a new American-made SUV. According to USA Today, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all saw strong June sales of their SUVs.

Surprisingly, the sales of SUVs even outpaced that of all U.S. automobiles. Specifically, the cars jumped 28 percen since 2010, compared to just a 7 percent rise in sales of other cars. Additionally, American-made utility vehicles sold better than international models as well, as Japanese-made cars actually had a 1 percent drop.

The best-selling model among SUVs in June was the Ford Escape. Thanks, in large part, to its smaller size, this compact vehicle enjoyed a 43 percent sales jump compared to June sales last year. The Ford Explorer and Ford Edge also performed reasonably well, the news source reports.

In addition to Ford, Chrysler group's Jeep Wrangler remained one of the most popular American sport utility vehicles.

Whether one is looking for a more compact Ford Escape or rugged Wranlger, New Jersey Auto Auction carries plenty of SUVs at affordable prices.

Demand for used cars continues to rise

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Although growth in the new car market remains slow, the same cannot be said for the sales of pre-owned vehicles. According to Tulsa World, demand for used cars has been so high in recent months that the average selling price is up 5.7 percent compared to last year, much to the delight of proprietors across the country.

With gas prices still high, it comes as no surprise that most consumers are looking to get behind the wheel of a more fuel-efficient used vehicle. Even still, larger cars like SUVs and used trucks are still selling relatively well, a sign of the high demand.

Though the need for used cars is a good thing for some businesses, other dealerships are finding it hard to get enough vehicles.

"We probably sell five used cars for every new car, so this is big business for us," Mike Frizell, who operates a Chevrolet dealership in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, told the news source.

Consumers who are looking to pick up a used car of their own may want to check out New Jersey Auto Auction, which offers everything from fuel-efficient sedans to spacious SUVs to powerful trucks at affordable prices.

Camry experiencing a challenge from Sonata

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Toyota Camry has long been the best-selling car inside the United States, and while that may very well be the case again this year, the popular vehicle has lost substantial ground to the upstart Hyundai Sonata, and according to Bloomberg is looking to separate itself once again.

Coupled with the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan, Toyota has seen sales of the Camry dip 31 percent compared to its best year ever – 2007. Comparatively, the Sonata has experienced a 35 percent jump after a revamp in its design last year.

"Sonata became a very honorable contender in the market,"’ Yoshimi Inaba, Toyota’s North American chairman, told the news source. "We do have good respect for the model, and the sales figures show it’s increasing quite a bit."

Perhaps the biggest reason for the boost in sales has to do with the fact that Hyundai has been making a push to boost fuel economy. The news provider reports that the Sonata gets 35 miles per gallon compared to the Camry's 32.