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Why Did Toyota Halt Sales of the Lexus GX 460?

Toyota has halted sales of the Lexus GX 460 full-size SUV in order to investigate a problem with the stability control system, as discovered by Consumer Reports magazine. In extreme circumstances, the stability control does not intervene quick enough, causing severe oversteer and possible loss of...

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What Is the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize?

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize is a competition that pits vehicle designers from universities, industry and research companies against one another to design a commercially viable but easily manufactured green vehicle. Teams are divided into two categories: Mainstream, or vehicles...

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Chinese Electric Car Manufacturer BYD Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Los Angeles

BYD, short for "Build Your Dreams", announced the creation of a North American headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The facility will house R&D, sales and marketing, but will not be used for manufacturing. BYD has indicated that a manufacturing facility in California may be in the works...

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Chevrolet Corvettes Recalled for Steering Column Issue

General Motors has announced the recall of 40,029 Corvettes from model years 2005 and 2006. Cars built between March 2004 and January of 2006 are included in this recall. Repeated repositioning of the tilt and telesoping steering wheel may degrade the signal of sensors related to the vehicle's...

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What Are Brake Pads?

Brake pads are an essential part of a vehicle. They absorb the frictional force that help stop a car. Each time a person brakes, the pedal triggers a hydraulic line that pinches the calipers against the rotors of the tires of the car. The brake pads, found in the middle of the calipers and the...

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What Is the World's Quickest Electric Commuter Car?

The world's quickest electric commuter car is the sub-compact Tango T600, manufactured in limited quantities by Commuter Cars. It features dual electric motors, rated at 1,000 foot pounds of torque, powering the rear wheels. The car is capable of reaching sixty miles per hour from a standing...

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What Are the Ways to Power a Car With Hydrogen?

There are two ways to power an automobile with hydrogen. The first is to burn the flammable gas in an internal combustion engine to create power. This allows automakers to use existing technology and manufacturing processes, but requires significant redesign of existing vehicles. Since hydrogen...

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Eight U.s. States File Charges Against Automotive Extended Warranty Companies

Eight states and the District of Columbia are suing automotive extended warranty companies, including U.S. Fidelis, Credexx Corporation and Auto One. At issue is the difference between a warranty and a service contract. Though marketed and promoted as extended warranties, products from the...

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What Do the Numbers on Multi-Grade Motor Oil Mean?

Today's automobiles have very specific motor oil viscosity requirements set by the manufacturer. Many cars use 5W-30 motor oil, but what do those numbers really mean? The first number in our example is 5W, which specifies that the oil must behave like a 5 weight oil (very thin and light) in cold...

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Lexus Recalls Ls Models

Lexus has announced a worldwide recall of their high- end LS models for a potential defect with the electronic steering control. While only 12 incidents have been reported, Toyota is being extremely proactive with its premium brand, announcing the recall voluntarily. Approximately 11,500 LS 460,...