CarSpecials.com Reveals Top Five New Car Deals for May 2014

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2014 Chevy Volt. Photo Credit: South Pointe Chevrolet

Each month, CarSpecials.com compiles affordable lease deals, finance specials, and cash rebates from a variety of automotive brands available in the U.S. The editors at CarSpecials.com analyzed this month’s incentives and named their Top Five New Car Deals for May 2014, which features a diverse selection of vehicles from varied segments of the auto industry.

Carmel, IN (PRWEB) May 09, 2014 – CarSpecials.com is an online automotive marketplace dedicated to providing visitors with the latest offers from their favorite automakers on a variety of vehicles. In addition, the site provides intuitive search tools for browsing a large database of new and used inventory from a substantial network of car dealerships across the country. Continue reading

2014 New York Auto Show Preview

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As we inch closer and closer to the 2014 New York Auto Show, which runs April 18-27, 2014, the collective eyes of auto industry critics and fans will turn to see what amazing vehicles automakers from around the world will reveal. Are you ready? Continue reading

Chevrolet: Cruze Owners Warm Up Thanks to RemoteLink App

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Photo Credit: General Motors

With subzero temperatures and almost constant snow accumulation, this winter has been rough on everyone – and our cars. The Polar Vortex made January a particularly tough month for car owners nationwide. According to a recent press release from General Motors, though, Chevy Cruze drivers with OnStar’s RemoteLink app were able to beat the cold by checking their vehicle’s diagnostics, and even warming up the car’s interior, remotely from their smartphone. The press release also states that in January the innovative smartphone application was utilized by Chevy Cruze drivers more than owners of any other GM vehicle.

In a constantly evolving digital landscape, the editors of Up To Speed find it refreshing to see applications that have nothing to do with cats, pictures of food, or bird-themed videogames. We find it especially refreshing to see more auto manufacturers integrating apps with their products that can help maintain integrity, functionality, and safety. Our cars may not fly yet, but they’re definitely becoming smarter. Continue reading

Ford: Focus ST Attracting New, Younger Buyers

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Photo Credit: Ford

The auto industry has been concerned for years about the buying habits of millennials. On the surface, it would appear that they would rather shell out money for the newest smartphone or cruelty-free tote bag than a masterfully crafted automobile. According to a recent press release from Ford, however, the Focus ST is quickly gaining a reputation as the car choice for young people.

The editors at Up To Speed aren’t concerned about the presumed lack of appetite for cars found in the youth of America. We know the insatiable hunger that we share for all things automotive is alive and well – and the fact that younger, more affluent buyers are showing interest in the Focus ST is a ray of hope for their generation. What is it, though, that is drawing younger drivers to this particular model? Are young people not interested in big, expensive cars anymore, or are they just not interested in what most auto companies are bringing to the table? Continue reading

General Motors: Fuel Cell Equinox Tops 100,000 Miles in Real-World Driving

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Photo credit: General Motors

Excitement is being felt throughout General Motors, as one of its fuel cell research vehicles hit 100,000 miles of real-world driving for the first time. This 2007 Chevrolet Equinox was part of 119 hydrogen-powered vehicles that were being tested as part of General Motors’ Project Driveway program. The program distributed these vehicles to customers across the United States in areas that had hydrogen filling stations available. Collectively, the hydrogen-powered fleet has logged almost three million miles since 2007.

The editors at Up To Speed believe that this progress in alternative-fuel research is going to shape the future of the automotive industry. As our environment becomes an increasing concern, the shift to hydrogen fuel cell technology is just one more way in which automakers can help reduce our environmental impact. General Motors is currently investing in a Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in Pontiac, Michigan to continue development. Continue reading

General Motors: Chevrolet Offers iPhone Users Siri Eyes Free Integration

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Photo Credit: © General Motors

With the positive customer response of Siri Eyes Free integration in the Chevy Sonic and Spark, it’s no surprise that Chevrolet is spreading this technology across several different 2014 models, including the Chevy Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt. Combined with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, Apple’s Siri will allow drivers to make calls, play music, send messages, and access their calendars while keeping their eyes on the road.

The editors at Up To Speed believe this technology is a positive step toward the future of vehicle and driver safety. This system keeps the screen of the device off while using Eyes Free mode to ensure that drivers aren’t distracted by the light or tempted to reach for their phone while driving. As reliance on these devices continues to grow, automotive companies will continue to find new ways to keep the driver’s focus on the road ahead and ensure the safety of every passenger. Continue reading

General Motors: 2014 Chevrolet Impala May Offer Stress Relief

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Photo credit: General Motors

Up To Speed editors agree that the new full-speed-range adaptive cruise control in the 2014 Chevy Impala deserves attention. The futuristic feature allows drivers to select the gap between themselves and the car ahead, placing the responsibility of braking and accelerating onto the Impala and giving the driver a more calming commute.

While the technology is certainly advanced, don’t assume you can take a nap while behind the wheel. The driver is still required to be alert and take charge in situations where the vehicle cannot detect danger. Inclement weather is an instance when the driver would need to be in complete control of driving functions. However, it still seems the new Chevy Impala could take some tension away from the bumper-to-bumper driving situations that many of us endure daily. Continue reading

General Motors: Chevrolet Spark EV Driving 101

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Via a September 18, 2013 press release from General Motors:

DETROIT – Car reviewers describe the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV as “fun,” “spunky” and a “hoot to drive.” With 130hp and 400 lb-ft of instant torque, the all-electric mini-car can go from 0 to 60 in less than 7.6 seconds.

“Spark EV is the new benchmark for electric cars aimed at urban driving and a kick in the pants to pilot around town,” said Lindsay Brooke, senior editor, SAE International magazines. “Spark EV owners who are new to all-electric driving will soon find out how difficult it is to hide their silly grin when they realize how far that car will take them for pennies on the dollar.”
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