Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Lexus CT200h: Style Meets Sustainability

The Lexus CT200h is a hybrid hatchback that has gotten a refreshed styling for the 2014 model year.
The result is a sportier looking car that retains great fuel efficiency.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 Infiniti QX70: Quiet Quality

Quizzically is how I responded when I first learned of Infiniti’s plan to rename its vehicles so that they would start with the letter Q.
Quirky, I thought; why do such a thing?
Quickly, though, after getting into the QX70 luxury crossover, I realized that by any name, this is a pretty good vehicle.
QX70 is the new name for what used to be called the FX37 or FX50.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Toyota Recalling 6.4 Million Vehicles

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.
No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.
Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem. The recall cases total 6.76 million vehicles for 27 Toyota models, the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, produced from April 2004 through August 2013.
The Pontiac Vibe, which is a General Motors Co. model, is also involved because Toyota and GM made cars at the same plant in California and the recalled model is the same as the Toyota Matrix. It was recalled for a problem with a spiral cable attached to an air-bag. It is unrelated to a separate GM recall over ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.
Subaru is partly owned by Toyota, and the model was the same as the Toyota Ractis.
For the recall, Toyota also reported problems with seat rails, the bracket holding the steering column in place, the windshield-wiper motor and a cable attached to the air-bag module.
The recalls affect a large range of models, including the Corolla, RAV4, Matrix, Yaris, Highlander, and Tacoma.
By region, the latest recall affects 2.3 million vehicles in North America, 1.09 million vehicles in Japan and 810,000 vehicles in Europe. Other regions affected by the recall include Africa, South America and the Middle East.
Toyota was embroiled in a massive recall crisis in the U.S. starting in late 2009 and continuing through 2010, covering a wide range of problems including faulty floor mats, sticky gas pedals and defective brakes. In response, it has become quicker to issue recalls.
Last month, the Japanese automaker reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to pay a $1.2 billion penalty for hiding information about defects in its cars. It earlier paid fines of more than $66 million for delays in reporting unintended acceleration problems.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration never found defects in electronics or software in Toyota cars, which had been targeted as a possible cause.
The focus in the U.S. auto industry has recently shifted to another major recall problem, this time with defective ignitions in compact cars made by GM.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2014 Lexus ES 300h: Fuel Economy Star in a Luxury Package

The Lexus ES 300h is a luxury hybrid sedan that was introduced in the last model year and has so far been very well received.
It's not hard to see why.
On the inside, five passengers can sit comfortably in a roomy space that is luxurious, but not overdone.
The car runs on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine linked to electric motors and a high voltage battery pack, a combo that kicks out 200 horsepower and 156 pounds-feet of torque. The transmission is of the continuously variable automatic sort, with a front-wheel drivetrain.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Dunwoody Driving Club Holding Car Show

Driving Club Car Show

The Dunwoody Driving Club is hosting a show for enthusiasts of all ages.
  All vintage and sports car enthusiasts are invited to bring their cars and families.
 Admission is FREE!
Time: 2 p.m. -5 p.m.
Location: Dunwoody Village, In the parking lot adjacent to Marlow’s Tavern,
 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Atlanta International Auto Show Opens this Week

 The annual Atlanta International Auto Show starts on Wednesday, with more than 400 vehicles from 30 brands on display to the public.

DATES:         MARCH 26-30, 2014

                        C Building
                        235 Northside Drive
                        Atlanta, GA 30313

SHOW HOURS:        Wednesday, March 26    12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.
                                     Thursday, March 27        12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.
                                     Friday, March 28             12:00 noon - 10:00 p.m.
                                     Saturday, March 29         10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
                                     Sunday, March 30           10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


                                    $5.00 CHILDREN 6-12
                                    FREE - CHILDREN UNDER 6

DISCOUNT COUPONS:  $3:00 March 26 and 27 Weekday Discount Coupons are available at participating New Car & Truck Dealerships, in select AJC Newspaper Ads and by joining the Official Auto Show Club on (membership is free).

DISCOUNT PARKING DAYS:  The Georgia World Congress Center is offering a $3.00 discount off public parking on March 26 & 27 ONLY in their Yellow or Gold Parking Lots on Northside Drive.  To receive this discount, attendees must tell the parking attendant that they are attending the Auto Show.

SENIORS DAY:  All Seniors 55 and older can show their identification of age at the show box office on Thursday, March 27 only, and receive a 50% discount off the $10.00 Adult Admission.  These same seniors can also save 50% on parking by showing their identification of age at the entrance of the Yellow or Gold Parking Lots of the Georgia World Congress Center on Northside Dr.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount offer for this day. 

TELEPHONE: 770-916-1741




RIDE & DRIVE EVENTS:   Chrysler (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram), General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC), Kia, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen will all be conducting special Ride & Drive events at the show.

CAMP JEEP - This dynamic outdoor exhibit will give show attendees a chance to experience the extreme off-road capabilities of Jeep vehicles. 

THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA – These great MARVEL super heroes will appear at the Auto Show on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30.

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS –  This popular cartoon character will appear at the show on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, courtesy of Comcast Spotlight.

FOX5 STORM CHASER – This is the most advanced mobile weather lab and live TV production vehicle in the Southeast.  The vehicle is equipped with the latest broadcast and meteorological technology to provide life-saving information to viewers about dangerous weather

THEN & NOW - :  There will be a display of vintage vehicles from the 20th Century in the show lobby and inside the show.  The “THEN & NOW” section will feature popular models from the 20th Century displayed with their 2014 reincarnations.

THE CUSTOMIZED HYUNDAI ELANTRA COUPE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL MACHINE , designed by The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman and fabricated by Design Craft, will be featured in the Hyundai display at the Atlanta International Auto Show. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lexus GS 450h: Sensible Fuel Economy, Sensational Luxury

The Lexus GS 450h is a large sedan that deftly combines fuel efficiency and luxury, an appealing combination for buyers on the hunt for a big car.
The GS was remade last model year and given a much more modern, striking style on the inside and out than the previously unremarkable version.
The hybrid system uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine along with an electric motor which together make 338 horsepower. That power system is mated to a two-speed continuously variable transmission.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2015 Audi A3: First Look

SAN FRANCISCO -- Audi is unveiling a new version of its A3 to compete in the entry-level luxury sedan market, and the German brand has loaded this ride with technology as it takes aim at younger buyers. Audi, which presented the car to journalists in beautiful northern California, made the A3 with great driving dynamics, understated styling and good fuel economy.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Best Family Vehicles Rated

US News has come out with its list of top vehicles for families, featuring several categories. Winners came from a number of brands, including Audi, General Motors, Honda/Acura, Mazda, Toyota/Lexus, Ford and Chrysler.
Later this spring, the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association will choose its favorite family vehicles as well, so be sure to check this space to see the winners in that competition.

Check out the US News list here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Jetta: Fun and Fuel Efficient

The Volkswagen Jetta offers a number of versions for those in the market for a fun-to-drive, fuel-efficient and practical vehicle. Throw in the fact that the Jetta is neatly styled and possesses that highly touted "German engineering," and you've got a pretty nice little car on your hands.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Top Vehicles of Service Members

There are all kinds of top vehicle lists out there, led, of course by The Beat's annual top 10 vehicles list.
But here's another interesting one: top vehicles of members of the military. Check out what our brave service men and women are driving, and see if their tastes in rides match yours.


Thanks, USAA News

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Connected Technology seen as Next Wave in Automotive Industry

Technology is the next frontier when it comes to automotive developments. It might be hard to imagine how autos could be more connected to their drivers than they are today, but that's exactly what engineers are working on.


Thanks, Bumper2bumperTV

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Lexus ES 350: Easy to Like

Large sedans are sort of like cardigan sweaters: they are typically comfortable and functional, even if they don't always score a whole lot of style points.
In the case of the Lexus ES 350, you certainly get the comfort and the functionality, and as for style, well, it ain't too bad in that area either.
The ES got a welcome redesign in the previous model year that gave it a sleeker look. This year, not much else has changed - the availability of bamboo interior trim, LED fog lights and heated and cooled seats.
The ES is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.



Friday, February 28, 2014

New Rolls-Royce Unlike Any Other

The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a ground-breaking vehicle for the uber-luxury brand, which hopes that it will catch the fancy of aficionados of gran turismo cars.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What to do if Your Vehicle is Recalled

Fairly often, you’ll see reports in the news about vehicle recalls. You hope that the recall doesn’t affect the car you own, but if it does, you don’t have to panic.
A recall means you can have your car repaired or replaced at any of the brand’s dealerships. Repairs are free as long as the vehicle is not more than 10 years old on the date the defect or noncompliance is determined, and can be initiated by any owner.
You should be notified by mail, but if you changed addresses or aren't the original owner, you might not have received the mailing.
Recalls are published at and reported by the news media, but it can take a month or more after any announcements for manufacturers to notify owners and to send essential parts and repair instructions to dealers. Your alert may also arrive by electronic notification, or via an onboard communication system in the car, if it is so equipped.

You may choose to wait to be officially notified if it's a minor repair, but if your car shows signs of a dangerous problem, you should call your dealer and ask to have the problem checked. They will help you assess how quickly your vehicle needs to be brought in. Your recall notification will specify exactly what you need to do and should indicate how long the repair should take, describe the safety risk caused by the defect and explain any potential hazards. The notice should also include a quality assurance number to call if any problems develop when trying to get the work done.
Could your vehicle have any recalls? 
You can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153), or research recalls and complaints at
 Each manufacturer has its own dedicated informational recall centers that can check a vehicle's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to identify whether the car is part of any recalls; they can even tell you if the car has had any recall repairs in its history.

Do your research when shopping for a car 
Recall repairs can even be required for a new car, so it's not a bad idea to ask the dealer to check for recalls or technical service bulletins before you drive a new car off the lot. If you're shopping for a used car, check up-to-date safety recall information at or purchase a CARFAX report to reveal any recall information in the history of the car.