Mirage Named One of the Greenest New Cars for 2014

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a number of great colors, including Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Infrared, Cloud White, and Thunder Gray

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a list of the top 12 ‘Greenest’ vehicles of 2014. Showing up on this list for the greenest new cars is the Mitsubishi Mirage, with a Green Score of 54.

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Why 2014 will be positive for the car shopper

Low interest rates, great models and credit availability promise to make 2014 one of the best years ever for car sales.

Low interest rates, great models and credit availability promise to make 2014 one of the best years ever for car sales.

All economic forecasts show 2014 as another bright spot in the Automotive Industry. Competitive pricing, credit availability, low interest rates, supply and demand and a great new model lineup will all contribute to positives for the consumers. It may be the best time ever to buy or lease a new car.

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Credit bureau TransUnion tells Automotive News that Auto Finance Trends will remain positive in 2014. They predict easier access to credit for consumers, more leasing and bigger loans.

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AutoTrader’s Best New Cars for the First-Time Buyer

For a first-time car buyer it can be a difficult process picking just the right car. To make things easier Autotrader has compiled a list of the ‘Best New Cars for First-Time Buyers: 2014 Edition’. They have chosen several of our favorites from Hyundai, Nissan, Honda, Ford, and Kia. They’ve taken into account value, efficiency, versatility, and performance performance.

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Average Fuel Economy Rises

2013 Honda Accord Eco Mode

We can all see it. The steady rise of each new model year’s mpg rising. With more stringent federal fuel economy standards to rising fuel prices, the auto manufacturer’s have responded positively.

A study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute  has determined the rise of fuel economy each year since they started keeping track in October 2007. The average for August 2013 was 24.9 mpg, almost five times the amount in October 2007.

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Ford Transit Connect Wins ‘International Van of the Year’

Ford Transit Connect

Transit Connect is the ‘International Van of the Year 2014’

This is the fifth time Ford has earned the ‘International Van of the Year’  (2001, 2003, 2007, 2013) and the second consecutive year. Last year the Transit Custom took home the honor.

The Connect was given 130 points out of a maximum 163 by European specialist journalists. The Connect beat the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Kangoo.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Expected this Fall

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The 2013 Honda Accord.

The Honda Accord already has an impressive lineup, including the four-cylinder and V6 powered Accord sedan, the Accord coupe, and the advanced Accord Plug-in. Honda will soon be adding the Accord Hybrid to the sophisticated yet sporty lineup.

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is anticipated to achieve a class-leading 49 mpg in the city and 45 on the highway for a combined fuel economy of 47 mpg.

This Accord will be the first Hybrid assembled in Marysville, Ohio, and will go on sale nationwide in October 2013.

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Hyundai CEO Receives Award

Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik, earns Auto Exec of the year award. Photo from Autoblog.com

Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik, earns Auto Exec of the year award.

John Krafcik, CEO at Hyundai North America, has recently earned the Automotive Executive of the Year award.

Each year since 1964 the Automotive Executive of the Year “celebrates individuals who demonstrate great leadership and tireless dedication to the innovation and creative thinking needed to succeed in this industry.”

The award was given to the Hyundai CEO because he “reshaped the way Hyundai approaches the market with consumer focus, compelling design, and enduring value”, says Robert Djurovic, executive director of the Automotive Executive of the Year Award program.

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Two Hondas Named Coolest Cars

2013 Honda Fit Split Reverse Shot

One of the coolest and most affordable cars on the market.

 

When shopping for an affordable vehicle we often times have to sacrifice style. However, that is not the case with two of the coolest cars from Honda.

Kelley Blue Book has put together a list of the coolest cars for under $18,000, using their Fair Purchase Price.

The Honda Civic and the Honda Fit have both landed themselves on this cool list.

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