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NTSB Wants Collision Avoidance Systems To Come Standard On New Cars

Yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a special report entitled The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes. In the 60-page document, the agency laid out some of its near-term hopes and dreams for America's auto industry.As the title suggests, at the top of the NTSB's wish list was the widespread availability of forward collision avoidance systems -- that is, systems that sound alerts and automatically apply brakes when they identify obstacles in a vehicle's path. Such systems prevent cars from rear-ending vehicles ahead of them, and many are designed to…
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WPC Package for 300 Coming

Sources have now confirmed that there will be a Walter P. Chrysler Anniversary Package for the flagship Chrysler 300/300C.

2015 marks 90 years since turnaround artist Walter P. Chrysler created an empty shell of a company to buy the full assets of Maxwell Motors, which had already started making Chrysler branded cars in 1924. In the ensuing years, the Maxwell car would be renamed the Chrysler Four for a single year before being rebranded as the Plymouth.

The contents of the package are still unknown, but past Walter P. Chrysler packages (including the one pictured) have generally included extra…
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Michigan Activity Pass gives residents free access to parks, attractions

Michigan residents now have the opportunity to explore hundreds of state parks, campgrounds, museums and activities for free or a discount with the swipe of their library card.

Representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Recreation and Park Association and The Library Network unveiled its Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program at the Kent District Library Cascade Township branch on Monday, June 8.

The pass allows library cardholders throughout the state to gain free or discounted access to 385 sites and numerous events.

"It's an economical way for a family to get outside…
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New Jeep Grand Wagoneer To Be Shown To Dealers This Summer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] confirmed in its five-year strategy announcement made last year that it will launch a new Grand Wagoneer on the market in 2018. The vehicle, to be based on a heavily-updated version of the current Grand Cherokee platform, will be Jeep?s most expensive model, with high-end variants aimed at full-size luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

While the vehicle is unlikely to be shown publicly for some time still, FCA is tipped to present the car at its biennial dealer meeting taking place in Las Vegas this August…
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Ram Rebel, Laramie Limited prices and availability

Ram Truck has released pricing for the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel and Ram 1500 Laramie Limited.

The Rebel made its debut at this year?s Detroit auto show in January while the Laramie Limited was revealed a month later in Chicago.

Both trucks initially will be sold only as Ram 1500s as Crew Cabs only. The Laramie Limited 2500 / 3500 will appear in the next model year. (There is already a Laramie Limited, which is also a Crew Cab.)

The Rebel will have a base price of $42,790. Designed for off-roading, it has higher riding clearance in normal mode…
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How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners in hotter parts of the country have their car battery tested after two years of ownership and then every year after. Those who live in colder areas can wait four years to test performance and capacity, and then every year after.

"Heat kills batteries," according to John Banta, a Consumer Reports project leader and part of the team that tests batteries for…
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Five Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership

Cars are expensive and complex machines that need to be maintained properly so that they don't break down prematurely. If a modern car is treated with care, it can last for over 200,000 miles without needing major costly repairs. However, neglecting you car's maintenance needs can leave you with a large bill that could have been avoided.

Here are five commonly-made mistakes to avoid. Doing so will save you loads of money…
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Ram, FCA Foundation Support Texas Flood Relief

Ram and the FCA Foundation are donating $100,000 to the First Response Team of America for recovery and relief support in flood-stricken Texas, where 15 people have died and there is widespread damage.

The First Response Team of America and its fleet of Rams and equipment are on their way to Central Texas, where they will focus on home site recovery and delivering food, water, and cleaning materials.

Ram has been partners with First Response Team of America since 2012, donating more than $300,000 through the FCA Foundation (formerly the Chrysler Foundation) in that time to help in…
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Challenge Won: We Do 11 Seconds in the Dodge Charger Hellcat

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat unleashes a ludicrous 707 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 to offer mad acceleration the kind of white-knuckled blast of speed that's not for the timid. The Charger SRT Hellcat, along with its coupe stablemate the Challenger SRT Hellcat, is a straight-line beast that's very much at home on the drag strip, though it's not too shabby on a road course either. Plus, it doesn…
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