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Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles over Window Switches

2009 Toyota Camry SE

In the single largest automotive recall since 1996, Toyota will be recalling a grand total of 7.4 million vehicles worldwide, including roughly 2.5 million here in the US.  While the “unintended acceleration” recalls totaled 10 million vehicles, they were issued separately, which is how this is the largest we’ve seen since the 90’s.  The issue stems from faulty driver’s-side window switches, which have a “sticky” or “notchy” feeling, according to Toyota.  Read on for more details and a breakdown of which years and models are being recalled.

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New York Times: How Long to Recoup Hybrid/SFE Trim Level Costs?

Many of you are have seen hybrid versions of cars, or even hybrid-specific models like the Toyota Prius, which combine electric motors with gas engines to get huge gains in fuel economy.  Now there’s a new player in the fuel economy wars: the SFE, or Super Fuel Economy.  It’s a Ford acronym, but I’ll be using it to describe any non-hybrid which uses aerodynamic modifications, special transmission or tires to eke out a few extra MPGs.  The New York Times even posted a comparison on their site, so continue reading for that and my thoughts on it.

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Detroit 2012: Ford Announces 2013 Fusion

Ford’s Fusion, which debuted in the 2006 model year, was a big milestone for Ford.  It marked the beginning of a turnaround for Ford’s car division, which lost its way after the much-lauded Taurus became a dinosaur in the mid-sized sedan market.  Since the Taurus/Five Hundred had moved up to the full-size sedan market, a new mid-sized sedan was called for, especially one which would be competitive against offerings from Honda and Toyota.  The Fusion has been a great success, especially since its 2010 refresh, and for 2013, Ford is pulling out all the stops with its redesign.  Continue reading for details, pictures and Ford’s press release.

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Luxury, Sport … and Fuel Economy? The Lexus CT 200h

At the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, Lexus introduced us to the CT 200h.  Production has been announced, and the new sporty luxury hybrid should be available later this year or early next year, although a specific production date has yet to be announced.  The CT 200h is an odd choice for a company known for smooth, comfortable rides and no-fuss driving experiences.  Read on for more details and the usual high-resolution pictures.

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2011 Nissan Altima Photos and Pricing released

This week, Nissan released photos and pricing of its Altima mid-sized sedan. Changes are limited, including three new colors for the Sedan (Metallic Slate, Saharan Stone and Brilliant Silver) and a Special Edition package for the 2.5 S. On the Coupe front, only two new colors are available (Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver), but you can still get a manual transmission with either the 4-cylinder or V6 engine. Click past the jump for high-resolution photos and trim-level pricing.

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Surprise! Hybrid Lincoln MKZ Price matches Gas version

Ford dropped a bomb on the hybrid car market earlier this year with the introduction of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.  Just to enlarge the size of the crater, they’ve announced that its base MSRP will be the same as the gasoline version of the MKZ, at $35,180.  While not an insubstantial amount of money, it’s the first time a hybrid variant of a car hasn’t carried with it a multi-thousand dollar price hike.

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