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What do NASCAR pros use as their daily drivers?

This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but NASCAR Sprint Cup vehicles are not legal street-driven vehicles. In fact, NASCAR race cars are a lot different than the one you drive. So despite what you see in commercials, they are not the daily drivers of your favorite oval track hero. NASCAR success and fame comes with a nice payday, and the drivers can afford pretty much any vehicle made, which explains the wide variety found on this list of their rides of choice.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The Earnhardt family has been in Chevy dealerships for generations, and Jr has a particular affinity for the Camaro. A fourth generation Camaro could be bought with dealer modifications to become an “Intimidator SS”, and this process was repeated in 2011 with a fifth generation Camaro SS making 704 hp. Intimidator indeed. While Jr sells these at his dealership, he’d rather drive the older ones. He owns a silver 1967 Camaro rebuilt by Detroit Speed Inc., featuring a traditional small block Chevy v8 with aluminum heads and a carburetor running power to a five-speed stick. A different flavor is available with his orange 1972 Camaro. This one has a modern six-speed and LS2 v8, but the EFI has been ripped out in favor of a carb. Oddities of his collection include a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and a Pontiac G8 converted to look like a Holden Commodore. [keep reading]

How to know if the world has ended

On December 21, 2012 the world was supposed to end. It didn’t. How do we know the world didn’t end? First off, you’re reading this blog post. Second off, none of the following things happened.

 

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These car commercials are better

There’s been a plethora of blogs and websites ranking their picks of the best commercials from the Super Bowl. The car commercials were good, but not great. Despite various celebrities, like a practically naked Adriana Lima, a flying Jay Leno or a soft-speaking Clint Eastwood pulling at your patriotic heartstrings, they just didn’t qualify as great. Here are but a few car commercials that are at the same level or better than what you saw on February 5, 2012.


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November Popularity Rankings on Mojo Motors

The king of popularity is the Subaru Impreza which retains its crown as the most searched vehicle on Mojo Motors in the month of November. Winners last month also include the Toyota Tacoma which jumps from fifth place to second place and the number six Ford F-150 making its premier in the top 10. Jeep made some moves too, boasting two vehicles in the top 10. The Wrangler comes in third place and the Grand Cherokee in seventh. For the second straight month, Toyota is the most searched brand on Mojo Motors and for the first time, Volvo and GMC have made it into top 10, kicking out poor-performing losers like BMW and Audi. For a more comprehensive breakdown, keep reading below.

Most Popular Searches on Mojo Motors in November

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Cool used car of the future: Hummer HX

You probably thought Hummer was dead and it’s OK, everyone did. With concerns about the environment and fuel prices, Hummer swallowed its ostentatiously huge, 4X4 gas guzzling unapologetic pride and went to the wayside when General Motors was dealing with that whole buy-out fiasco. Before GM was forced to end Hummer production, an electric model was in the works called the Hummer HX. It never saw the pavement, however, until a little company called My Electric Vehicle bought the design.

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Mojo Motors most popular searches in October

Most Popular and Unpopular Toyota Smart ImageBased on the most popular Mojo Motors used car searches from October, if you’re looking to buy a used car to help you blend-in, go with a Toyota. If you want a used car that will make you stand out, buy a Smart ForTwo. Plus, we have the most popular pick up truck searches, most popular minivan searches and infographics of the 10 most popular car searches, the 10 most popular automaker searches and the least searched automakers. Keep in mind Mojo Motors only currently serves the New England market including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire so this data doesn’t speak for the other 46 states. Oh, and if you feel so inclined, here’s a recap of the most popular and unpopular searches in September for comparison. Keep reading for all the factoids.

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Mojo Motors used car search infographics

Most and Least Searched Automakers on Mojo Motors ImageUsed cars and trucks are sort of our thing, actually check that, used cars and trucks are our thing. We have vehicles listings in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so basically Mojo Motors is pushing lots and lots of used rides in New England. As Mojo Motors continues to expand into new reaches of the United States, we continue to uncover interesting information on used car buyers. More specifically, what used car shoppers are searching for on the Mojo Motors website.

September’s numbers have been crunched, the paper’s been pushed and with some mathematical skills we’ve determined the most popular used cars and trucks in New England. We’ve also found the most popular automakers as well as the most unpopular automaker and model searches too. The results may be surprising. Make the jump to see the results and poorly made infographics.

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What Bob Lutz can teach brands about success

Bob Lutz Cigar Mojo MotorsBob Lutz, legendary gear head and businessman who has worked at BMW, Ford Europe, Chrysler and General Motors tackles the challenges he faced during the decline of General Motors in his book Car Guys vs. Bean Counters. He writes about the disorganized management, layers upon layers of red tape and the embarrassing debacle known as the automotive bailout when General Motors pseudonym became Government Motors.

The book has gotten a bad rap because Lutz blames a large chunk of GM’s downfall on the penny-pinching financial types who were given charge of the automotive design. These folks were focused on cost-cutting, systematizing production and making the most money on each car produced, even if that meant sacrificing quality. As a result, Lutz contends, General Motors was building vehicles notorious for wide body gaps between panels, cheap interiors and being, well, really ugly.

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