Posts Tagged ‘usa’

Top Gear USA Cancelled


Troubles continue with the Top Gear franchise but this time its over on US shores. The American variant of the UK based automotive TV show hosted by Rutledge Wood, Tanner Foust and Adam Ferrara was announced by Wood over social media to be airing their last episode on the History channel this week.

The show began with a slow start but soon got into its own rhythm and found their own fan following. Although the show will no longer be airing on The History Channel, there isn’t word if it will be picked up by another network. For now, its just so long, but it’s not good bye. With a final departing message from Wood, “The three of us will stick together and hope to bring you much more Top Gear USA, albeit it somewhere else it appears.”

Ford Gas Tank Recall Impacts 452,000 Cars


Ford has issues a recall which will impact nearly 452,000 of their midsize vehicles; approximately 411,000 impacted cars are in the U.S., 34,000 in Canada and 7,000 in Mexico. Vehicles impacted in this recall include the Ford Fusion with a build date between 2010 through 2011 and the Mercury Milan sedans built in Mexico between July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011.

Ford says the issue is with a gas tank that can possibly leak fuel. A valve on a gasoline vapour recovery canister can get stuck which causes repeated air pressure changes in the gas tank. This constant pressure change can eventually cause a crack on the top of the tank and a potentially result in a fuel leak. Ford states that there are currently no reports of fires or injuries from the problem.

Owners are encouraged to contact their local dealers for additional information. Dealers will inspect the vehicle’s fuel tank and valves for leaks and replace them if needed.

Top 10 Most Ticketed Vehicles

Toyota Matrix, 10th Most Ticketed Vehicle

Toyota Matrix, 10th Most Ticketed Vehicle

MSN Autos just released a list of the Top 10 Most ticketed vehicles in the United States. The list is pretty interesting on one hand, but after taking a moment to think about the results, its pretty much a useless list. For the most part, the owners of the vehicles on the most ticketed list are younger and tend to speed more often or engage in otherwise ticketable offenses.

Top 10 Most Ticketed Vehicles

10. Toyota Matrix (tied)
10. Audi A4 (tied)
8. Subaru Outback
7. Scion xA
6. Mercedes CLS63 AMG
5. Toyota Solara
4. Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG
3. Scion xB
2. Scion tC
1. Hummer H2

Jaguar XJ, Least Ticketed Vehicle in the United States

Jaguar XJ, Least Ticketed Vehicle in the United States

In contrast, the least ticketed vehicles are typically (yes I’m totally stereotyping) owned by older, more mature drivers. Most of these vehicles are also domestic marques, could there be a conspiracy by the domestic auto makers to drive up sales by attempting to convince the public that if they drive one of their vehicles they’ll be less likely to be pulled over?

Top 10 Least Ticketed Vehicles

10. GMC Sierra 1500
10. Buick Lucerne
8. Oldsmobile Silhouette
8. Buick Rainier
6. Mazda6
5. Buick Park Avenue
4. Chevrolet C/K 2500/3500
3. Chevrolet Tahoe
2. Chevrolet Suburban
1. Jaguar XJ

Happy Chinese New Years!

Gung Hei Fat Choy!

Today is Chinese New Year, so a Happy New Year to everyone that celebrates the Lunar New Year. 2009 is the Year of the Ox, and a very famous Ox recently took power in a historic election. Barack Obama who was inaugurated last week as the 44th President of the United States is an Ox. The Ox symbolizes prosperity through hard work and thats pretty much what everyone is going to have to do since we’re all in a deep recession.

….unless you have lots of rich relatives eagerly handing out lucky red pocket money! :)

Happy New Year!

Happy 4th Of July!

Heidi Montag in an American flag bikini
To our readers and neighbors down south in the United States of America, heres to a happy 4th of July to you! Enjoy the long weekend and party safely, as we would love to have you back after the weekend posting on our forums ;)

Since the Canada Day post included some eye candy, its only fair that this post will have some as well. What do you think, does Heidi Montag best the random chick in the Canadian flag bikini?

Canadian Car Dealers Fight For Business

With the Canadian dollar surpassing the value of the US dollar, thousands of Canadians flocked south to pick up their new vehicles often saving thousands, and in some cases tens of thousands of dollars.

Canadian car dealers are fighting back by offering incentives to buy locally through cash back, rebates, and reduced financing rates. While the price gap remains, many shoppers are being swayed back to the local dealerships as the complications of importing a vehicle are no longer worth it.

Nissan Canada Inc. has now given [dealerships] the tools needed to be a bit more competitive, in the form of manufacturer-to-dealer purchase incentives. Those incentives translate into customer savings, anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 — depending on the model.

For example, $1,000 will be cut from the price of a 2008 Nissan Sentra, while $8,000 is trimmed from a 2008 Nissan Armada.

Even with these incentives, some consumers are still heading south of the border as prices are still cheaper with the rebates applied, especially on models where the rebates are slim. Dealerships caution consumers who are heading south to look carefully at all the details when purchasing a US vehicle as vehicle models are not the same across the border.

Hyatt’s Itzcovitch, whose dealerships include Hyatt Auto Gallery (Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Hyatt Infiniti and Fish Creek Nissan, adds that it’s important to note that cars equipped for the Canadian market often don’t carry the same content as their U.S. equivalents. Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in Canada all have factory undercoating applied, and he says U.S. cars don’t come so equipped.

“That could be a big issue if you’re planning on keeping the car long term,” Itzcovitch says. He adds items that come standard in a Canadian Mercedes-Benz, such as heated seats and bi-xenon headlights, are optional equipment in the U.S. Buyers looking to the U.S., Itzcovitch contends, “are not comparing the same apples,” and there can be thousands of dollars difference in equipment alone.

If these rebates are not enough to keep you from heading south to pick up your new vehicle, the automotive industry has one final trick up their sleeves to try to keep you from purchasing a cheaper vehicle from the United States. By utilizing a loophole, the manufacturers have essentially stopped the flow of brand new vehicles (2008 model year) into Canada with the help of RIV (Registrar of Imported Vehicles). In short, many 2008 US vehicles do not have the proper immobolizer required by the Canadian Government.

Happy Shopping!