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FindTheBest: 2013 model cars, pickups, SUVs
Readers love lists. We love lists. And lists of top-rated automobiles, whatever the ratings system, are among our favorites. One of the most interesting we spotted recently is “FindTheBest” (FTB) – 2013 model vehicles in this case – at cars.findthebest.com, which promises “unbiased, data-driven, comparisons.” “With 890 [current model] cars to choose from, we can help you find one (to meet your needs),” says the website. “A car is a huge investment, so it's important to get the one that's right for you.” At the top of the FTB listing is the 2013 Subaru BRZ, followed by the BRZ Limited,… Read More

Jeep, Oprah big winners among 2013 Super Bowl car commercials
The results are in on the Super Bowl. No, not those results. We knew the game outcome Sunday evening. We're talking about the Super Bowl of commercials airing during the big game. Of course, we took a special interest in the car commercials. And just like the game itself, there were winners and losers at the end of the day. We surveyed various media reports to see whether there was a consensus on the best and the worst car-related television commercials and found, as you might expect, a fair amount of agreement, but also several stark differences. Among the online… Read More

Innovation drives car buyers to choose most-valued vehicles
Hyundai, Volkswagen-Audi, BMW and Chevrolet may seem about as different as night and day – and day and night – but when American car buyers attach value to those manufacturers’ vehicles, all four can make a compelling case for the most-valued-vehicle  ranking. "Innovation is the strongest single predictor of which cars, brands and corporations are seen as the best value, or Total Value in our study," says Alexander Edwards, President of Strategic Vision. The model with the highest Total Value Index score from 77,153 new car buyers for 2012 is the Hyundai Equus, which leads the Luxury Car category in… Read More

Toyota, Honda, Ford ‘most reliable,’ CarMD says
Four of the most reliable cars on American roads are either recent model Toyotas or Hondas, with a Ford thrown in to spice up a list of the Top 5. That’s according to a “massive study” conducted by automobile repair diagnostics company, CarMD. Most reliable was the 2010 Toyota Corolla, followed by the 2008 Ford Taurus. The 2008 Toyota Yaris (3) and a pair of 2009 Hondas, the Pilot (4) and the Accord (5), also made the list of most reliable. Also among the Top 10 were two 2010 vehicles made by Subaru, the Forester (6) and Outback (10), and… Read More

Who will dominate U.S. auto sales this year?
Japanese automakers will produce six of the top seven vehicles sold in the United States in 2013, according to a projection by a firm that dispenses “insightful analysis and commentary for U.S. and global investors.” The rankings will be dominated by Honda, Toyota and Nissan, represented by the Accord, Civic and CR-V; Camry and Corolla, and Altima, respectively, predicts 24/7 Wall Street and reported by USA Today. The Japanese dominance will be interrupted only by the Ford F-150 pickup, projected to be the second-best seller for 2013, said the financial news website. Two more Fords – Fusion and Escape –… Read More

Which automaker manufactures the highest quality vehicles – VW, Toyota, Chrysler or Ford?
Volkswagen or Toyota. Toyota or Volkswagen. Both manufacturers have their fans and proponents, and there’s evidence to support them. Both automakers can stake a claim to leading important industry measures of quality. VW has the “best total quality” and Toyota the “fewest problems,” according to the 2012 Total Quality Awards compiled by Strategic Vision research group of San Diego, CA. Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Group follow VW in total quality, the research group reports, and Honda with three vehicles atop the ratings in their respective categories. “With near universal acceptance that manufacturers are running the tightest ‘quality race’ ever,… Read More

Scion, Honda most fuel-efficient cars for 2013
If driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle is among your New Year’s resolutions – and money is no object – plenty of options are available for 2013. Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica.com offers the “10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars” for the new year, “all electric, of course,” ranked by a combination of truly impressive city MPG and highway MPG that represent a tech-tonic shift in automobile mileage for the new millennium. Based on the EPA’s just-released fuel economy guide, the Scion iQ EV is the most fuel-efficient vehicle with a combined, ultra-stingy 121 Miles Per Gallon of gasoline, 138 MPG city and… Read More

New-car drivers fueling drop in gas consumption, pollution
  American drivers finally have had enough of gas-guzzling vehicles, it seems, based on evidence collected over the last five years. That also has fueled a significant decline in greenhouse gases – pollution. New vehicle models purchased last month – including all new cars, SUVs and light trucks – got 24.1 miles per gallon on average, The Washington Post’s “WonkBlog” reported Dec. 5. That compares with an average of just over 20 miles a gallon for new vehicles in fall of 2007. “New cars bought in the fall of 2012 are using about 15 percent less fuel per mile than cars… Read More

Best 2013 cars for Christmas under $25,000
Automobile makers have some Christmas fun each year posing their new vehicles with bows and ribbons, surrounded by snow, skiers, sleighs, happy families or other holiday trappings, in advertisements and TV commercials. Often the featured vehicles are among the priciest – luxury model or manufacturer. Of course, the goal is to entice Santa to make a big impression by putting one under the Christmas tree –or at least in the driveway – for the family to discover in the morning to their obvious delight. As exciting and impractical as that might seem, autobytel, automotive website, has offered its “10 Best… Read More

Sovereign-Santander presents $150,000 check to American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
PHILADELPHIA (PR Newswire) - Sovereign Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, presented a $150,000 check to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  As the official bank of the Philadelphia Eagles, Sovereign-Santander presented the check at the Eagles' home game Dec. 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals of which Sovereign-Santander was the presenting sponsor. Jorge Moran, President and CEO of Sovereign Bank and Santander US Country head, presented the $150,000 check to the American Red Cross during the game. Accepting the donation was Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania American Red Cross. This donation adds to… Read More