Honda teaming with Apple to bring Siri to Accord

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The 2013 Honda Accord will feature Apple’s Siri.

Apple and Honda announced Wednesday that the 2013 Honda Accord will receive support for Apple’s hands-free extension of Siri.

This new feature, known as Eyes Free, will be a dealer-installed option for the 2013 Accord. The new application will allow hands-free use of iPhone and iPad technology, including Bluetooth, messaging and directions, reviews and other technology offered already by Siri and Apple.

Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.

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2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Earn Top Safety

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2013 Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid a five-star overall score in its New Car Assessment Program.

This is in addition to the “Top Safety Pick+” from the International Institute for Highway Safety.

Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office, says:

“The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid exemplify the new face of Ford vehicles and demonstrate Ford’s commitment to safety in all its vehicles across the globe.”

The new Fusion features the Personal Safety System with new belt technologies and frontal impact airbags.

The Restraint Control Module (RCM) translates information collected by the front crash sensors, front outboard safety belt buckle switches, driver-seat track position and passenger seat weight sensor. Using this information, the RCM activates the safety belt pretensioners and determines how the dual-stage front airbags will deploy. This tailored airbag deployment is based upon system inputs received about the size, seat track position and safety belt usage of the front seat occupants.

Ford does everything they can to keep you safe by having new technology and safety features in their cars.

Hyundai HCD-14 Concept Technology

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Hyundai HCD-14 Concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show.

We recently went over the details of the new Hyundai HCD-14 Concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. Now we’ve come across a few details about the technology that makes up the dashboard.

Hyundai’s ultimate goal is to make driving as least distracting as possible. By using eye-tracking and motion sensing technology they have made an infotainment system with no-touch controls.

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Tips for Winter Car Care

A 2013 Nissan Altima out in the cold.

A 2013 Nissan Altima out in the cold.

It’s early, you are ready to head out the door for the day, and the only thing between you and your car is a wall of icy air clocking in at around 20 mph and 5° F. In this weather your car could have a hard time starting, and if it does start it could have a hard time getting down the road. If you’ve taken the proper precautions there should be no problem. If you haven’t you’re going to wish you had.

Winter can be a mean and unsympathetic season. But with the proper steps you and your car can be prepared. The following are a few precautionary measures that could help you get down the road with little trouble.

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The Least Expensive 2013 Cars to Insure

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The 2013 Ford Edge SE is the least expensive 2013 Model to Insure.

Insure.com has compiled a list of the 20 least expensive 2013 cars to insure. And there is good news! Models from Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, and Ford have all made the list.

Many of the vehicles on this list are SUVs or Crossovers. Of this, Russ Rader, spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, says:

“These are vehicles used largely by families. They’re going to the mall, taking kids to school and driving to sports practices on the weekends. They’re not getting into a lot of crashes.”

A lack of accidents and low repair costs are making for lower insurance costs.

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Cleveland Auto Show Returns for 2013

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With more Ride-N-Drives than ever, the Cleveland Auto Show returns on Feb. 23.

The Cleveland Auto Show is returning to the IX Center from Feb. 23 to March 3. While the full schedule is yet to be determined, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association announced last week that there will be more Ride-N-Drives than Ever before.

The Ride-N-Drives are your chance to drive all of your favorite top models with a trained professional. All the top franchises are offering the Ride-N-Drive, including Subaru, Hyundai and Kia.

“There is simply no better way to evaluate a vehicle than to get behind the wheel and take it out on the road,” says Dan Sanders, chairman of the Cleveland Auto Show, in a release. “The Cleveland Auto Show pioneered the Ride-N-Drive concept, which has become one of the most popular facets of the Show.”

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Kia debuts new luxury sedan

Kia took the stage at the Detroit Auto Show Tuesday to debut its new premium sedan, the 2014 Kia Cadenza.

The Cadenza, known as the K7 back home in South Korea, resembles the Optima and somewhat mirrors it brother the Hyundai Azera. This is Kia’s attempt to enter the luxury sedan market, so of course it will carry a number of luxury features, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). The Cadenza is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the second quarter of this year, and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.

Kia says the popularity of the Kia Optima SXL was one of many factors which contributed to decision to launch a luxury model in the U.S.

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Ford F-150 Atlas Concept Revealed

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Ford F-150 Atlas Concept

 

The Ford Motor Company stole the show Thursday with the debut of the Ford F-150 Atlas Concept.

This F-150 concept is the future of the pickup and left onlookers speechless during its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“The Ford Atlas Concept previews the innovations that will transform what people expect from their pickup,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “With 36 years as America’s best-selling pickup, we are absolutely committed to setting the agenda in the truck market.”

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Hyundai unveils HCD-14 Genesis Concept car at Detroit Auto Show

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept teaser

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept teaser

Concept cars are the art pieces of the automotive world. Showing off futuristic lines, beautiful interiors, and aesthetics that are out of this world the concept car can be unbelievable to behold.

At the Detroit Auto Show Hyundai has unveiled their HCD-14 Genesis concept.

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