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ON THE DRIVE – 2015 Toyota Yaris

Toyota’s move to more aggressive and stylish designs is not just limited to its midsize and compact cars. The automaker’s subcompact Yaris didn’t escape the stylists’ touch, either. For 2015, the Toyota Yaris received an extensive exterior restyling. It had new horizontal headlihts, LED daytime running lights with a light bar accent. The new trapezoidal grille gave it an aggressive snarl and the fog lamps w ...

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2015 Toyota Sienna

            Minivans are a tough sell. They might be the lone vehicle in the market that consumers buy because they have to, not because they want one. And usually, it takes a second child to force the purchase. With the advent of crossover vehicles, minivan sales have been on the decline for years. They’ve dropped by almost two-thirds since 2000. A number of manufacturers, inc ...

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CAR REVIEW – 2015 Toyota Camry

BY FRANK S. WASHINGTON CONTRIBUTING WRITER The Toyota Camry has been the bestselling car in the United States for 12 years. Yes, 10.2 million have been sold and more than half – 6.6 million – are still on the road. So why change it? We never got a definitive answer. Only explanations such as we made it more premium, more fun to drive or more emotional were tossed around but that doesn’t really answer the qu ...

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Low Gas Prices, early Chrismtas Gift for drivers

The price of gas has been falling steadily over the last couple of months. According to gasbuddy.com, the BP station and the GoLO station at Roosevelt and Independence are battling with gas prices set at $2.47 per gallon for 87 octane. The Shell on North Avenue and Harlem has gas for $2.55 per gallon. Many just figured we would never see gas prices this low again. The drop in oil prices has been triggered b ...

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Discrimination in Car Dealer Financing

By: Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist A diverse group of civil rights leaders representing Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Pacific Islanders have joined forces to call for major changes in auto dealer compensation. Together, the organizations are calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to use its rule-making authority to stop dealer markups on auto interest rates that in 2009 cost consumers $25. ...

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2015 Mazda6 Grand Touring

                  Let’s get straight to it: the 2015 Mazda6 may be the best looking midsize family sedan around. Yes, the current generation has been on sale for one model year but it is just beginning to get some traction in the market. The four-door Mazda6 was sleek, it had sweeping lines that made it look longer and it had crisp creases. The car sat low to the ...

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ON THE DRIVE – 2015 HYUNDAI SONATA

BY FRANK S. WASHINGTON NNPA COLUMNIST The Sonata is Hyundai’s second best-selling model and that is by a silvery thin 2 percentage points. So whenever the Korean automaker changes the car it is done with great care and great planning. For the 2015 model year, Hyundai wants to broaden the Sonata’s customer base and bring it in line as the automaker moves to a more familial appearance for all of its vehicles. ...

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About that Car: 2015 Chrysler 200

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a darkened hall with scores of people in front and up on a stage at the Detroit auto show, the 2015 Chrysler 200 looked almost the same as the car it will replace when it goes on sale this spring. Eh, no, not by a long shot. Here, on the banks of the Ohio River, it was obvious that the new Chrysler 200 looked nothing like the old Chrysler 200. The c ...

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About That Car: ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith By Frank S. Washington PHOENIX – No cars, no dealers, no factory, no nothing; it is a convoluted story but that’s what BMW started with when it acquired the full rights to Rolls-Royce in 1998. The first car on BMW’s watch didn’t roll off the newly built assembly line at Goodwood, England, until 2003. But since the introduction of the Roll-Royce Phantom, the company added five more mo ...

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ABOUT THAT CAR

By Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The Hyundai Elantra makes you ask is the glass half empty or half full. For the road test, we had the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe SE. The car had not one option, thus the price was a very affordable $20,615. And to answer the question posed earlier, the glass is half full – well actually it is full. The only downside of the car; it was nowhere near as fast as it looked. There ...

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