Nissan Leaf to be the least expensive Electric Vehicle

2013 Nissan Leaf

The 2013 Nissan Leaf will have a dramatic price drop in 2013, according to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced a massive price drop for the base model 2013 Nissan Leaf, making it the least expensive Electric Vehicle on the market.

The new starting price for the 2013 Nissan Leaf S starts at $28,800, a drop from the $35,000-plus price tag for the 2012 debut of this all electric model.

Ghosn, speaking at a forum during the North American International Auto Show, credited moving production from Japan to Tennessee as one of the major reasons for the price drop. The Leaf’s lithium-ion battery and electric motors are manufactured in the United States.

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Honda Urban SUV debuts in Detroit

Honda Urban Concept SUV

Honda debuted this Urban Concept SUV Monday at the Detroit Auto Show. Photos from American Honda.

Honda introduced a new “Urban SUV Concept” at the Detroit Auto Show Monday. This new, yet-to-be-named concept car one of the top attractions of Monday’s show.

From what we see, it appears to based off the Honda Fit platform, and will be slotted below the already popular Honda CR-V, in terms of its size and price.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to be built in Ohio

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be made in Ohio

Honda will further spread its Ohio roots, as the Automaker announced Thursday it will invest $23 million in the Buckeye State to support production of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan.

We’ve often detailed the deep roots between Honda and Ohio, and this is just another positive story of job creation. The 2014 Accord Hybrid will be built at the Marysville Auto Plant, and brings along the creation of 50 new jobs to the Buckeye State.

The Marysville Auto Plant is currently undergoing an expansion of 95,000-square-feet to house assembly processes and logistics specifically for production of the Accord Hybrid. Continue reading

Consumer Reports Drives the 2014 Subaru Forester

We’ve already seen the first pictures of the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester. Although it hasn’t hit the dealership floors yet, the experts are getting their first test drive.

Consumer Reports recently tested the 2014 Subaru Forester, and they are giving it rave reviews. It’s scoring high points for adding technology and more space to an already reliable vehicle. 

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The Best of the Best for Safety

2013 Subaru Legacy

Thanks to upgraded airbags and All Wheel Drive, the Subaru Legacy is among the vehicles to review the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that some of our top models are also the safest models the customer can choose.

Among those given IIHS’s new Top Safety Pick+ Award were the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback.

IIHS said that along with its traditional rankings, they wanted to let the consumer know which vehicles were the safest, thus creating the TSP+ award.

“Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “We’re pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013.”

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WATCH: Subaru Impreza All Wheel Drive in a Blizzard

Last week we told you that MSN voted the Subaru Impreza as “The Best Snow Vehicle.”

After a major blizzard hit Ohio last week, we decided to see if MSN made the right decision. Check out our winter test drive of the Subaru Impreza and All Wheel Drive:

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Ford Motor Company Sells More than 2 Million Cars in 2012

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Ford Focus helps the Ford Motor Company reach 2 Million

2012 was a good year for Ford. With the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, and the rest of the line up being as popular as they are, Ford was able to sell over 2 million cars in 2012.

Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln, says:

“In just three years, Ford Motor Company has transformed our global small car lineup and started winning over customers worldwide with vehicles that are not only fun-to-drive but also fuel-efficient – largely thanks to our award-winning EcoBoost engines.”

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Nissan Sells 4-millionth Altima in the U.S.

2013 Nissan Altima

Thanks to the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima, Nissan broke all time sales records in 2012.

We’re entering probably the biggest year ever for the Nissan Altima.

The popular Nissan model was completely redesigned for 2013, and received rave reviews from the experts. The top features include 38 MPG, all new style and NASA inspired seats. In part because of that great redesign, Nissan announced Wednesday that it has sold its 4-millionth Altima in the United States.

Nissan also announced that it broke all time Altima sales record in 2012, selling nearly 300,000 Altimas.

WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE ALTIMA WALKAROUND:

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