Archive for June, 2010


What is the best used hybrid to buy?

For hybrid vehicles, the Toyota Prius has topped many car categories in its class, for example, most fuel efficient, most sales and the list goes on.  It now has another “best” to add to the list. 

Edmunds states that the Toyota Prius is the best used hybrid car based on its safety, reliability, value and availability for the vehicle car years of 2003-2008.  Edmunds reveals that the perfect time to purchase a used car is when it is anywhere between 2 to 3 years old, but never over 7 years old.

Do you agree that the Prius is the best used car?  Let me know by leaving a comment.

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Fun Friday- Bird Playing Guitar


Digital License Plates in California

Due to the California’s budget crisis of a $19.1 billion deficit the state is coming up with ways to fix the problem.  A study bill has been presented that lets the DMV to look at the feasibility of digital license plates.  These digital plates would show the license number when the vehicle is moving and when the car is stopped for more than a few seconds the plate will show ads and\or public service announcements.  They haven’t decided whether the license plate number would be shown on the license plate when it is stopped or not. 

The reason why they are considering a public-private partnership for digital license plates is because it would create revenue and jobs.  These digital license plates are not in the near future, as the company that is providing the technology doesn’t have a prototype yet.  The DMV has until 2013 to finish its research before these digital license plates are even approved. 

To learn more about these Digital License plates on AutoBlog, please click here.


Fun Friday- 2010 World Cup


America’s Hard to Obtain Vehicles

In order to get the “Hard to Obtain Vehicle” list Yahoo got data from Wards Auto, which is an automotive data and analysis firm.  They took the average day supply rates of the 2010 models from March to May in order to get the average of how quickly these cars leave the lot.  Then they talked with the manufacturers to get an understanding of which cars people usually wait around for in order to buy.  

This list did not include luxury, exotic, car models from discontinued brands, trucks or SUVs.  This way the cars on the list are affected by different sales factors and are usually produced in smaller quantities with short day-supply rates.

The month of May was a better month for BMW because it reported 22,092 cars sold.  The German automakers sales went up about 5% over the same time last year.  In contrast this year was an almost 4% decline year to date from the last.  BMW says that they expect the new 5-series will have a strong Q3 and Q4.  So it might be difficult to get one of these 5 series sedans averaging $49,600.  So it is no wonder it is a part of the “Hard to Obtain Vehicles” list.

There are many Audi models on the list.  The Audi A5 really shined last month when it shattered its sales records.  In the month of May the A5/S5 model sold about 1,757 vehicles which was a year over year increase of 145%.

Imports tend to rank higher because of the different business model used by domestic and foreign brands.  Foreign brands are known to keep their supply lines tight in order to make it hard for dealers to discount the vehicles. 

America’s Hard to Obtain Vehicles

  • Audi S4
  • Audi S6
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI
  • BMW 5-Series, 7-Series
  • Dodge Charger
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Audi A5
  • Audi R8
  • Honda Fit

Do you agree with this list?

To learn more about the list on Yahoo Autos, please click here.


Fun Friday- Funny World Cup Commercial


The 5 Best New Crossover Vehicles

The crossover has become America’s new popular vehicle because of its versatility.  Crossovers are mix of SUV and a station wagon.  Although crossovers do not have much off road capability they are great for families due to their spacious frames. The first crossover vehicle that was released in 1996 is the Toyota Rav 4 soon after that many other crossover vehicles emerged.  The new crossover category was established based on the wide popularity of this vehicle sector. 

The below list was composed by MSN, of the best crossover model released since the 2007 model year.  These vehicles are not necessarily known for their off road capabilities, but are best used for activities like family vacations. 

5 Best New Crossovers

2010 Audi Q5- The Audi Q5 is one of the best handling crossovers on the market today.  The Q5 is a spacious vehicle that seats 5 passengers.  The vehicle is powerful with a 270 hp 3.2 liter V6 engine making the car accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 6.7 seconds.  For the luxurious brand $37,000 is a pretty good deal for a car of its class. 

2010 GMC Acadia- This 8 passenger vehicle offers a very sophisticated handling for a vehicle of its size.  The interior is very classy and spacious with 117 cubic feet.  The crossover is able to tow up to 5,200 pounds.  This vehicle is a pleasant ride for transporting a family around town.  

2010 Ford Flex- The Ford Flex is a very unique with its boxy shaped exterior.  The vehicle is able to seat up to 7 passengers with 83.2 cubic feet of space.  The car is powered by a 262 hp 3.5 liter V6 engine.  The crossover has the ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds which is pretty impressive for a car of its size. 

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe- The Hyundai Santa Fe is a very attractive crossover with is curvy body shape and sharp lines.  The 2010 is the last generation of the midsize model platform.  The vehicle is ideal with its 4 cylinder V6 engine and spacious seating for up to 7 passengers.  Although this vehicle is almost as big as many midsize SUV the price tag isn’t nearly as big. The crossover is not short on soft surfaces and detail providing a sophisticated interior. 

2010 Volvo XC60- The Volvo XC60 model has been around since 2003.  When you are driving in this car you know that you are in a safe vehicle.  It was the first car to offer Roll Over Stability Control which helps with rollovers by giving electric stability. The crossover offers City Safety which is a feature that can detect accidents at speed of 19 mph or less and automatically puts on the brakes to help prevent a crash.  The car has a $37,000 price tag and is powered by a turbocharged 281 hp 3.0 liter inline six engine. 

Do you agree with this list?

To read more about this on MSN please click here.


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