Friday, February 5, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Toyota Follows Honda's Footsteps To Eliminate Predatory Automotive Lending Practices With $21.9 Million Settlement

As written by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau..

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) resolved an action with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, under which Toyota Motor Credit will change its pricing and compensation system to substantially reduce dealer discretion and accompanying financial incentives to mark up interest rates. As part of today’s order, Toyota Motor Credit is also required to pay up to $21.9 million in restitution to thousands of African-American and Asian and Pacific Islander borrowers who paid higher interest rates than white borrowers for their auto loans, without regard to their creditworthiness, as a result of its past practices.

Here's Toyota Financial Services response to the settlement:

Black History Month Radio Guest -- On Auto Trends with

Global car designer Andre Hudson will join Auto Trends with this month in the driver's seat for a two-part inspiring interview. Hudson was the first black car designer to work for the Korean automaker, Hyundai. During his close to 20 years as a car designer, Hudson has had a number of hits along the way. One of his standout designs was the curvaceous 2011 Hyundai Sonata, which really changed consumers perception of the Korean automaker.

The 2017 Genesis G90, the latest vehicle to jump into the luxury game, was shaped and heavily influenced by Hudson's keen eye for design. Later this summer, the Genesis brand will join the ranks of such prestigious luxury brands as Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. Tune in for the first of our two part conversation this Saturday with this pioneer as we talk about everything from Hudson's role with the G90 to the courses every school system should offer to what inspired him to become a car designer to the impact of a great car design to what motivates him to how he wants to be remembered by his son.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sedan: A Premium Entry Level Sports Luxury Sedan

Highlight: The 2015 C400 4MATIC Sport sedan with the 329-horsepower engine is replaced by this year's C450 AMG, which is powered-by a 362-horsepower engine.
Test Vehicle's MSRP: $60,920 (Base Model: C300 is $39,875)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Features: ABS; airbags; an electronic brake hold system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a collision preventive assist system; a cross wind assist system; LED running lights (and tail lamps); an electronic stability control system; and a rain sensing wiper system

Monday, February 1, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Ford And Nissan Are In The Hot Seat

1. AUTOMAKER: Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Nissan Altima vehicles manufactured March 6, 2012, to December 31, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the secondary hood latch may bind and remain in the unlatched position when the hood is closed.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Father And Son Who Owns A 1972 BMW

A father and son, who owns a 1972 BMW, takes us on a historic tour of downtown Savannah, Georgia. This should be a BMW commercial.

Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan: A Well-Executed Tech-Filled Flagship

Highlights: In the U.S., the all-new 7-Series will only be offered in a long-wheelbase model, making it more than one inch longer than its predecessor. Added to that, a plug-in hybrid will join the line up later this year.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $129,245 (base price 740i:$82,295)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; a rearview camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; adaptive LED front headlights; ambiance interior lights; an auto dimming rearview mirror; keyless entry system; electric parking brakes; automatic high beams; heated side mirrors; a radar-activated cruise control system; parking distance control; a rain-sensing wiper system

Thursday, January 21, 2016

President Obama Visits The Detroit Auto Show

President Barack Obama used his visit to Detroit on Wednesday to spotlight the resurgence of the city and automotive industry, as well as do a bit of car shopping at the North American International Auto Show. To continue reading, click here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016 Audi Q3 Quattro AWD: The Brand’s Entry-Level Luxury Crossover

Highlight: The vehicle has an available in vehicle Wi-Fi for up to 8 mobile devices.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $40,300 (base AWD model $34,625)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; electronic stability control system; active and rollover protection; front and rear impact body crumple zones; a tire pressure monitoring system; a contemporary compact tire; Xenon LED headlights; heated mirrors; rearview camera; audible parking sensors; heated windshield washer nozzles; and a hill descent assist system

Recall Mondays: Dodge And Jeep Are In The Hot Seat


Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured December 3, 2009, to September 1, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor may short circuit, after having been remedied for a prior recall for the vanity lamp wiring. This recall is also addressing certain vehicles that have not been remedied under that prior recall. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dr. King's Personal Driver Gives Us A View Through His Eyes

Tom Houck, who was once Dr. King's personal driver, is now giving tourists and locals and up front view of Atlanta's history through his eyes and the time he spent with the Civil Rights leader in the 60s.