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    Study: J.D. Power customer survey of dealers counts Cadillac, Buick as big winners
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    Cadillac and Buick have taken the trophies in J.D. Power's latest Customer Service Index Study examining satisfaction with dealer service. Surveying more than 90,000 owners and lessees of 2009-2013 model-year cars, the study found that those with pre-paid maintenance packages were ten percent ...

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    Report: America has too much parking, just not in the cities that need it
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    It always seems that parking is easy to find when you don't need it, and it turns out that there might be a reason for that. New studies conducted by the University of Connecticut have found that the US might actually have too many spaces, especially in cities where they are needed least. The ...

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    Study: How much does your car really cost?
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    It's easy to get wrapped up in certain aspects of a new car, like its speed, agility or looks while ignoring more pragmatic things like cost of ownership or residual values. The 2013 AAA Your Driving Costs report, though, indicates that these more mundane aspects of car ownership may be what are ...

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    Study: IIHS says rearview cameras more effective alone than with parking sensors
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    Rearview cameras sound like a good bet if you're concerned about safety, but a new study just published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that their benefits may be limited. Parking sensors, says the study, provided drivers with no more safety protection than using just your ...

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    Study: Small crossover sales explode; in other news, water wet, sun hot
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    The compact crossover has officially become the modern station wagon. For families that need a practical vehicle that combines reasonable fuel economy and utility, they have become a natural choice. A new study by IHS Automotive published by Polk confirms this, with the relatively young market ...

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    Study: The most dangerous countries for drivers
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    You are over ten times more likely to die of cancer or heart disease in the US than die in an auto accident – at least, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The examination uses World Health Organization data to compare the rates of ...

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    Study: Is America's 'motorization' past its peak?
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    New York topped the list at 56.5% of families without cars. The car was one of the icons of post-World War II Americana. Soldiers came home from the war, bought an American car with as much chrome as they could afford and moved to the suburbs to raise a family. A new study from University of ...

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    Study: 1 in 5 motorists name their car, do you? [w/poll]
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    We all know someone who's named their car. And chances are – let's face it – that person is probably a girl. We're not being sexist here: we're just looking at the numbers presented by a new study from DMEautomotive. The industry research group conducted a study that indicates that ...

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    Study: IIHS finds hundreds of ATV riders die on public roads each year
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    It should come as no great surprise to learn that All-Terrain Vehicles are designed for use off-road. But a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that an alarming number of ATVs are used on roadways, and even more alarming still is the number of fatalities they have ...

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    Study: Which state has the worst drivers? New survey says Louisiana is lousy with 'em... again
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    I've always thought that California has the worst drivers - plenty of trips through Los Angeles during rush hour led to that belief - but statistically speaking, in 2012 (and 2011) Lousiana actually ranked at the top for having the worst drivers, according to a study by Car Insurance Comparison. ...

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    Study: Kids more distracting than texting while driving
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    There is no shortage of distractions inside cars these days, but one new study suggests that the biggest drain on a driver's attention might not be what you think. According to The Telegraph, the Monash University Accident Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia has shown that children – ...

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    Study: Gender-based car color study has men seeing red, women seeing silver
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    Yes, red is the most popular vehicle color for men, and women like silver more than any other color, according to a study by iSeeCars. It's hard to make perfect sense of the study, which explores gender and its relation to vehicle color preference, but it does open a window into the minds of male ...

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    Study: Engine exhaust may be contributing to bee colony collapses
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    Among all the various factors playing into the collapse of bee colonies around the world, one of them could be your car. A UK study into how diesel exhaust fumes may affect bees' ability to pollinate flowers found that nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen oxide (NO2) - NOx gases - change the chemical ...

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    Car borrowers find pics, guns and booze, survey says
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    There's just no winning for the ol' Good Samaritan it seems. If a recent survey from online insurance hawker CarInsurance.com is any indication, lending your vehicle to a friend in need is likely to result in said pal snooping around your wheels. After surveying some 1,500 licensed drivers, the ...

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    Report: Hyundai, Kia and U of M studying 'highway hypnosis'
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    Next up on the hot-button list of things that can kill you behind the wheel: "highway hypnosis." That's the zombie-like, autopilot phase you get into on a long highway drive when there isn't much to distract you, like curves or traffic. Digging further into what it is and how to combat it, ...

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    Study: Car customer satisfaction down for first time in two years
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    Car customer satisfaction fell for the first time in two years, according to the 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index automobiles and light vehicles report. Over the course of 4,078 random phone and e-mail interviews between April 6 and May 22, the index, based on a scale of 0 to 100, ...

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    Study: Berkeley study says drivers of roomier vehicles more likely to be unethical
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    Researchers from MIT and Berkeley have conducted a rather interesting study on the correlation between posture and behavior. While this normally wouldn't be of much interest, the study analyzed more specifically how a car's seating position can affect the driver's behavior, which we find to be a ...

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    Study: Men prefer luxury brands, women favor imports when shopping for new cars
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    Guys like luxury, and women like imports when it comes to new-car buying, according to a study by Kelley Blue Book. Five out of the 10 brands men were most likely to shop for were domestic, with Lincoln topping the charts. Men are 174 percent more likely to shop for the American luxury brand than ...

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    Study: Insurance claims reveal best and worst states for vehicle theft recovery
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    Progressive Insurance recently examined its 2012 insurance data and found that vehicle-theft recovery rates are related to where car owners live, and, indeed, summer is the season when vehicles are stolen most. The US average rate for car theft recovery is 46 percent, but the state-by-state ...

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    Report: New study finds talking on mobile phones while driving doesn't increase crash rates
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    Don't tell Ray LaHood, but a study from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics has said "Hold the Phone!" to the argument that talking on a mobile phone while driving raises the risk of a crash. Said one of the study's two authors, "Using a cell phone while driving may be ...

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