Thanks and Good Bye

In May of 2011 I started Carloves.com. I had hoped that the site would attract a large audience of car enthusiasts and be a vehicle (no pun intended) for me to express my opinions about my biggest passion – cars.

While the second part came true, the first part didn’t. The site never attracted much of a following. My twitter account that supports this site on the other hand has had good traction so I’ll keep it alive.

I’ve decided to open a site dedicated to my new Porsche 911 called lovemyporsche.com – and I’ll update that site regularly with Porsche-only news. The MyCarLoves Twitter feed will continue to be a place to find both Porsche and other car news.

Thanks to everyone who visited this site regularly. I appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the content. Good bye for now.

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – February 5, 2013

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10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – February 6, 2013

1. Toyota announces two recalls affecting one million Corolla, Matrix and Lexus IS models for airbags and wiper issues.

2. U. S. Auto Sales are up. Chrysler earns $1.7 billion in 2012.

3. Honda is integrating Apple’s “SIRI” voice-recognition into some models.

4. For years, Corvette owners have been offered a chance to attend the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School with Corvettes, including the ZR1 – now Cadillac joins Fellows with the V-Series Academy – at a cost of $1295 for one day or $2295 for two days.

5. BMW is recalling it’s “1 Series Active E” due to a bad drive train housing.

6. GM is investing $600 million in a plant that produces Malibu and LaCrosse in Kansas.

7. GM recalls 4000 cars for airbag problems. The driver’s side airbag shorting bar in the 2012 Buick Verano and 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic might make contact with the airbag terminals, even during a crash. If so, the airbag won’t deploy when it should, possibly increasing injury to the driver.

8. It’s official – the SRT Viper will make a return to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

9. Cars were the stars of the Superbowl – there were 13 car-related ads. At CarLoves.com we vote the FARMER/Dodge Ram commercial the best.

10. GM recalled 8,500 Chevrolet Malibu models for rear suspension glitch.

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – November 13, 2012

1. Toyota is recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models due to faulty passenger sensors.

2. A company in Florida called Soundwaves of Tampa is claiming to be the first to install an iPad Mini inside a car – in this case a Toyota Corolla. It appears to take up the same amount of space as the standard infotainment system. Could this be a factory option on some cars – some day?

3. Hurricane Sandy caused the destruction of between 10,000 and 15,000 vehicles in the port of New Jersey including 300 Fisker Karmas. If you’re buying a car on the east coast, make sure it’s not a salvage car that’s been wet. Use due diligence and let the buyer beware.

4. Apparently the age-old rivalry between China and Japan has boiled over into auto sales. American car makers selling in China have seen increased sales as Chinese car buyers pass on cars from Japan in favor of US brands.

5. There’s no doubt about it, the auto industry helped tilt the vote last Tuesday to President Obama’s corner. In Ohio one out of eight jobs is tied to the industry and exit polls show that auto workers didn’t appreciate Romney’s stand on the auto loans. Details surrounding Romney’s false Jeep ad also helped according to pundits.

6. Ford has announced that they will end production of the popular Boss 302 Mustang next year. Because it makes total sense to stop selling the best Mustang ever made.

7. A new study released recently by Carrentals UK, suggest that women are superior drivers after interviewing more than 700 people.

8. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 4,195 Jaguar XF models from the 2010 to 2012 model years due to potential fuel leak woes.

9. Mazda and Toyota snnounced a partnership to produce a new vehicle for the North American market. Mazda will build a subcompact economy car based on the Mazda2 at its soon-to-be-finished facility in Mexico for sale under the Toyota banner.

10. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for select model year Jeep Grand Cherokee models and Liberty vehicles over airbag concerns. The recall extends to 2002-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2003 Liberty models. NHTSA anticipates the recall may impact one million vehicles worldwide.

Top 10 Most Reliable American cars

Consumer Reports unveiled its latest predicted reliability results, from the 2012 Annual Auto Survey.

Small cars: Chevrolet Sonic
Fuel-efficient hatchbacks: Chevrolet Volt
Compact sports sedans: Cadillac CTS
Upscale cars: Chrysler 300 (V6)
Sporty cars: Ford Mustang (V6)
Large SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse
Midsized SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox (V6)
Midsuzed SUVs: GMC Terrain (V6)
Luxury SUVs: Buick Enclave
Full-sized pickups: Chevrolet Avalanche