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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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    Study: American driving may have peaked in 2004
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    It's easy to refer to the recession in 2008 as the point at which Americans started driving less, but a growing number of studies are showing that American driving peaked in 2004, The New York Times reports, and it's hard to quantify why. A study recently published by the University of Michigan ...

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    Study: Updated J.D. Power APEAL study shines on VW Group, Chevy
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    J.D. Power has just revealed the results of its 2013 APEAL Study, which looks at which brands have the most appealing cars based on sales figures, dealer inventory, brand loyalty, transaction and trade-in prices. The study was revamped for 2013, and places a larger focus on the new tech and ...

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    Study: Distracted driving blamed for 7.3 million red light violations
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    A new study commissioned by the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven has found that roughly 12 percent of red light violations are caused by distracted driving. The research looked at 118 intersections in 19 communities over a three-month time span. After reviewing stoplight camera ...

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    Official: Volvo testing F1-style KERS system, cites 25% fuel economy bump [w/video]
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    Volvo has been experimenting with flywheel propulsion systems since the eighties, but only recently has technology caught up with the possibility of real-world applications. In 2011, the Swedish carmaker was granted 6.57 million Swedish kronor (about $1M US) by the Swedish Energy Agency to work ...

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    Study: Study says voice-to-text no safer than regular texting
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    So much for all those systems that allow you to convert your voice to text messages. Reuters reports that a new study by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M has found the technology to be no safer to use while driving than employing a traditional handheld device. The study found ...

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    Study: The music you listen to impacts your driving safety
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    Walking by any cardio class at the gym – or watching Iron Eagle – should be enough clue that music affects the tempo at which we do things. A study, admittedly a tiny one, by UK car and financial site Confused.com puts it in perspective behind the wheel. Using its MotorMate app to ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Group, BMW Z4 top Total Value Awards by Strategic Vision
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    It was just nine months ago that Strategic Vision announced its 2011 Total Value Awards, but you don't have to wait until next year for the 2012 awards. The Volkswagen Group keeps its lead as the number one brand, with seven products taking top category spots: Golf, Jetta Wagon, CC, Eos and Audi ...

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    J.D. Power: Mini, Lexus again offer most satisfying sales experience
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    JD Power has released its annual Sales Satisfaction Index Study, and once again Mini and Lexus have taken top honors. Overall, buyers are more satisfied with the auto-buying sales experience than they were last year, with those surveyed reporting an average score of 664 points on a 1,000-point ...

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    Report: Women outnumber men for first time on US roads
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    According to a study by the University of Michigan, women now outnumber men on US roads for the first time in the country's history. Analysts at the school's Transportation Research Institute used data from driver's license statistics for their findings, and the trend may have a widespread impact ...

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    Study: Redesigns that worked and flopped determined by new Cars.com index
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    The 2013 Ford Fusion is probably the latest, greatest example of a completely redesigned car that has evoked widespread calls of "Look at that!" Above its buzzworthy looks, though, Ford will be concerned about how the 2013 Fusion sells and by how much – if at all – it beats sales of ...

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    Study: New UK study suggests women better drivers than men
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    Now there's proof that women are the superior drivers. A new study released recently by Carrentals UK, suggest that women are superior drivers after interviewing more than 700 people. "While men would like to believe they are better than women behind the steering wheel, it is clear to see that ...

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    Study: White remains world's most popular car paint color, copper and bronze rising
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    When it came to paint colors on new cars, for ten years, silver was the one hue to rule them all, not just extending its lead through 2009 and 2010 but doing so in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The revolution came in 2011, when white took over as the top color in the States and black claimed the ...

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    Report: CDC: Teen drinking and driving down by more than half
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    One out of 10 teens has hopped behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed this week. That means every month, there are potentially 2.4 million teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol. Hopefully, not all at the same ...

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    Study: These car colors attract the most bird poop
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    A new study has revealed red cars attract more bird droppings than any other color. The research, conducted by online retailer Halfords, revealed red vehicles made up 18 percent of cars marked by birds, while blue followed along in second place at 14 percent. Green vehicles got off the easiest, ...

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