Thursday, July 21, 2016

Car Pool Karaoke With The First Lady And Late Night Talk Show Host James Corden


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Despite "Car Mortgages" Increasing By 20% In 5 Years, Consumers Are Trading Out Of Them Earlier


A new study from TransUnion found that even as the term of new auto loans has increased (also know as "Car Mortgages"), the duration of time a consumer remained in these loans has declined.

The study found that the average term for new auto loans rose from 62 months in 2010 to 67 months in 2015. In the third quarter of 2015, 70 percent of new auto loans had terms longer than 60 months. Ironically in 2010, only 50 percent of all loans had terms longer than 60 months.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Car Designer Martin Davis Reflects On What It Meant To Work Under GM's First Black Car Designer


Lighting Design Manager Martin Davis is holding the taillights of one of the many vehicles he's responsible for designing.


For our one-year anniversary show, honoring pioneer designer Ed Welburn, who spent 44 years as a designer of General Motors, we reached out to a few individuals who were mentored by the trendsetter. Welburn was the highest ranking black auto executive, before he retired on July 1. To find out more about Welburn and our radio interview, which airs Saturdays this month, click here.


What has it meant to have Ed Welburn as your design leader?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Highest Ranking Black Female Car Designer Reflects On What It Meant To Work Under Pioneer Designer Ed Welburn

Crystal Windham currently serves as director of design for Cadillac interiors. Windham is the first black female to hold the title and the highest ranking black female in the auto industry.  
For our one-year anniversary show, honoring pioneer designer Ed Welburn, who spent 44 years as a designer of General Motors, we reached out to a few individuals who were mentored by the trendsetter. Welburn was the highest ranking black auto executive in the industry before his retirement on July 1. To find out more about Welburn and our radio interview, which airs Saturdays this month, click here.


What has it meant to have Ed Welburn as your design leader?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Latest IIHS Study: Most Small Crossovers Perform Poorly On Headlight Study


Not a single small SUV out of 21 tested earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's headlight evaluations, and only four are available with acceptable-rated headlights.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury AWD: Could This Be The Brand’s Much-Needed Seville From The Early 80s?



Highlight: A plug-in hybrid is on the way for the 2017 model year.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $77,340 (Base model $54,490)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; Daytime Running Lights; a front and rear park assist system; a road emergency tool kits; an automatic vehicle hold system; a compact spare tire; and a rearview camera




Monday, July 11, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Toyota And Lexus Are In The Hot Seat


MANUFACTURER: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
NO OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 482,002
SUMMARY:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Toyota Prius, 2010 and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h vehicles. A weld in the curtain shield air bag inflator may crack causing one or both portions of the inflator to eject into the passenger cabin.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

TBT: GM's First Black Car Designer


A 1971 photo of Ed Welburn, as a student of Howard University, sculpting vehicles during a GM internship.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Consumer Warning: Got A Key Fob, How To Keep Your New Car From Being Stolen?

Thieves have found a way to violate your privacy without breaking the window or doing other external damage to your vehicle. See what simple step you need to take to protect your ride.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

2016 Ford Mustang Convertible GT Premium: A High-Powered, Cool And Sexy Drop Top


Highlight: Ford’s iconic muscle car is built in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Test Vehicles MSRP: $48,575 (Base Convertible: $30,545)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; and a tire pressure monitoring system; a wiper activated headlight system; automatic dimming rear mirrors; a rearview camera; a tire inflator and sealant kit; an electronic stability control system; an illuminated entry system; a remote keyless entry system; SOS post-crash alert system; and an anti-theft perimeter alarm

Standard Equipment (Base Model): 17-inch wheels; a 6-speed manual transmission; a power operated convertible top; high intensity headlights; LED taillights with turn signals; a manual operated a/c; illuminated visor vanity mirrors; a leather wrapped park brake handle; manually operated front seats; cloth seats; a leather wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a capless fuel filler door; a push-button ignition starter system; a 4.2-inch infotainment system (SYNC); and a 3:15 limited slip rear axle