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Best cars for city driving

City life is tough for cars as well as their drivers. Cars have to deal with potholes, traffic jams and crazy cab drivers. Drivers have to deal with confusing signs, parking tickets and -hah- crazy cab drivers. That’s why many people choose to live where they can get by without a car altogether. And that’s why many people are looking forward to the day when you will be able to buy a driverless car.
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Nonetheless, having a car in the city makes getting around town easier and allows you to escape the concrete jungle on the weekends. The ideal urban vehicle is easy to park, durable and still has room for trips to Ikea. Whether you’re zipping around The Mission of San Francisco or braving the streets of Brooklyn, these cars will make city life a little bit easier. [keep reading]

Driverless Ubers could drop fares over 75%

The driverless car will improve traffic, make roadways safer, reduce fatalities, increase productivity and, one more thing, save people A LOT of money. Chances are, you’ll first see those savings reflected in your Uber bill. Experts predict that you’ll be able to buy a driverless car in the next five years, and Uber plans to be one of the first to sign the paperwork.

If you live anywhere but under a rock, you know that the Uber has repeatedly alienated journalists, customers and its drivers this year.  This month, the tech giant vowed to “become a smarter and more humble company,” but the company is still getting shelled by the media and drivers are protesting around the world. Luckily for them, the company might not need the drivers for much longer, and they might have a solution for customers who are sick of high fares and surge pricing. According to Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, “the reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car.”

In places with heavy traffic, like San Francisco and New York City, the introduction of an autonomous and electric Uber cars could reduce fares by over 75 percent! That ride from Brooklyn to the Lower East Side will go from $20 to $5 and you won’t even have to worry about tipping. A fare from Chinatown to the Financial District could cost less than a gumball.

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So how did we figure that driverless Uber could be so cheap? First we looked at the costs associated with operating an Uber vehicle. The big ticket items include insurance, driver salary and fuel. If Uber were to unleash a fleet of electric and driverless cars on big cities, the major expenses of fuel and driver salary would be wiped clean and the only major costs would be vehicle maintenance and insurance.

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Gifts for every kind of car person

Car enthusiasts are a tough bunch, especially when it comes to buying them gifts for the holidays. And since you’ve resorted to the wisdom of the internet, we’re assuming you need some help. Give one of these gifts and you’ll make the car lover in your life as excited as this kid unwrapping Star Wars Legos.

We’ve put together a list that covers everyone from the racer to the mechanic to the commuter. [keep reading]

Will driverless cars ever look normal?

In a Mojo Motors poll, 4 out of 5 people said they would not buy an autonomous car if it were on the market today. Even early adopters might be wary of buying a driverless car. It’s tough looking past the unusual design language and that big do-hicky on the roof that looks like a rotor-less helicopter motor.

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To be fair, Google’s prototype would be blind without that chunky Lidar detector on the roof. In its current form, Lidar (Light Detection And Ranging) may be unsightly, but the technology is critical to autonomous cars. It provides a detailed 3D map of the vehicle’s surroundings in real time. This data is run through algorithms that allow the vehicle to identify and react to minute signals such as when a biker signals a lefthand turn. [keep reading]

Mojo Motors CEO talks driverless cars on Atlanta News Radio

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Move over Tesla, electric cars aren’t the only technology that is poised to disrupt the auto industry. In May, Google unveiled a prototype for a driverless car and since then, the entire automotive world has been keeping a close eye on the nascent technology. An automotive startup ourselves, everyone at Mojo Motors is paying attention to the phenomenon. [keep reading]

Used Hyundai Quality Called into Question? (TorqueNews)

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TorqueNews reported, 3 Hyundais are tops in initial quality: the 2014 Genesis, 2014 Elantra and 2014 Accent. Contrast that against a report at UsedCars.About.com on the 10 least reliable used car brands. It quotes a Mojo Motors study that says, “Like Buick and Kia, two brands that also make this list, stick to their newer models from 2010 and onward for something that holds its value a little longer. [keep reading]

General Motors Company: 2 Major Points Signaling That U.S. Consumers Don’t Care About Recalls (The Motley Fool)

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Toward the end of May and ahead of the monthly sales results, in my article “Will Customers Ultimately Ditch General Motors Company?”, I suggested that sales could begin to show signs of weakness when compared to the rest of the sector, due to the increasing amount of recalls and negative headlines about General Motors. In short, I was wrong. In fact, I was completely wrong. [keep reading]

Automotive April Fools’ from 2014

April Fools’ Day is the time for brands to show off their funnier side. The automotive industry has gotten in on the action and some of them did a pretty decent job this year. Keep reading for the best automotive April Fools’ of 2014.

Acura is the Top Luxury Brand, Alphabetically

Any self-respecting car person knows that Acura is nowhere near the top of any list unless, of course, it’s organized alphabetically. “At Acura, there are many things we’re proud of, and one of those things is our alphabetic dominance,” Mike Accavitti, Acura’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, said of the brand.

“Audi has been nipping at our heels since the beginning, and then there was that deal with Amati,” Mr. Accavitti continued, “which never really had a shot. We even toyed with adding another A on the front of the name, but we’re confident that we can maintain our leadership, assuming no one comes along with Abalone or Aardvark or something like that.”

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LaFontaine Automotive Cat Mode

Stop searching for used cars when you could be searching for used cats. See all the cats.

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Honda DIY Fit

Hipsters can build their own Fit with the Honda Handmade Series.


Nissan 370 Limo-Z

You’ve seen the classic Mustang limo, but usually sports cars are reserved for the track, not weddings and funerals.

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Toyota Tercel is reborn

The subcompact Toyota Tercel was a pretty unmemorable car that Toyota built from 1978 to 2000. On April 1st, Toyota released updated photos hinting at a Tercel renaissance.

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Ford, GM, Toyota Shares Could Rev on Auto Sales Report (TheStreet.com)

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Article by Bret Kenwell for TheStreet

NEW YORK — General Motors, Ford, and Toyota shares could get a boost if March auto sales numbers due out next Tuesday come in better than expected. The sales numbers should exceed analysts’ expectations — welcome relief for investors in automakers’ shares, which haven’t fared so well this month. [keep reading]

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