Haynes’ new site now offers more helpful tips, videos and resources the Do-It-Yourselfer. NEWBURY PARK, Calif. – Haynes has unveiled its new consumer web site (www.haynes.com) with the following features: *; Free tips and information to help the consumer save time and money *; Learn from the pros: Free video downloads on a variety of repair *; Haynes "live garage cam" so you can take a behind the scenes look *; Complete detailed information on the full array of Haynes *; Haynes retail store locator to allow consumers to find a manual Every Haynes manual is written from hands-on experience based on a There is an extensive selection of auto repair books, written in both … [Read more...] about Haynes Automotive Manuals Launches a New Helpful Web Site
When the American-spec 2017 Genesis G90 finally made its bow at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, most of us already knew what to expect. The South Korean version of the first Genesis model — dubbed EQ900 — has already been out there for more than a month. Still, we were eager to see how the new fledgling luxury automaker would grow from the top of luxury market to the bottom.On Monday, we found out.The new G90 sports a 4-inch longer wheelbase than a standard BMW 7-Series and looks just as long as the luxe German cruiser. While it’s not packed with technology like the 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which both feature semi-autonomous driving features and complicated gesture controls, the Genesis relies mostly on convention: leather everywhere and large helpings of brightwork in between the cowhides.The large, 12.3-inch widescreen in the center stack displays the G90’s 360-degree camera setup and controls the 17 speakers and … [Read more...] about NAIAS 2016: New 2017 Genesis G90 is Beginning at The End
What if… you could walk into a Honda dealership and buy a brand-new Honda from fifteen years ago or thereabouts? Would you buy a sixth-generation Accord, all 2,950 sensibly-sized pounds of it? What about one of those Year 2000 Civic Si coupes, the ones that are worth almost as much with 200,000 miles on them as they were when they sat on the showroom floor? How much would you pay to travel into the increasingly distant past of Japan’s most enthusiast-oriented, detail-driven automaker?Well, here’s the good news: you can walk into a Honda dealership tomorrow and buy a fifteen-year-old design with just the barest minimum of minor cosmetic updates to separate the “new” model from the one you could have gotten back in ’01. Here’s the bad news: it’s a motorcycle. Here’s the worse news: it’s a Gold Wing. Here’s the worst news of all: if there has ever been a Honda that truly needed to be revamped into compliance with the state … [Read more...] about 2015 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Review — What’s New is Old Again
Brian writes:Hi Bark,I’ve been a TTAC reader for a couple of years now and you seem to be the guy for the right advice here. The wife’s six-year-old CUV with 160,000 kilometers is showing signs of a problem that the dealer couldn’t reproduce, but said will cost upwards of $1,800 for parts (if I am right about it). This is after a different repair last year that cost over $2,000. I am wondering if now is the time to replace the car while it still has some trade value. My wife’s argument is that a repair still costs less than a year’s worth of car payments, but my counter is that a predictable car payment is easier to deal with than an unexpected large repair bill. This is especially true given our first child is due very soon.I understand some people are serial leasers, but we tend to keep our cars well beyond warranty. So, when is the right time to replace a car?Thanks!160,000 kms? Hold up — let me get my Canadia-to-Trump calculator. Whoa … [Read more...] about Ask Bark Brief: Should I Buy New Or Keep On Fixing?
J.D. Power & Associates has released its sales satisfaction index, and there’s a familiar tri-shield insignia gracing the top honors. There were also a slew of stinkers we are gradually growing accustomed to seeing on the bottom any list denoting some form of quality.Buick topped the mass-market section of J.D. Power’s most recent sales satisfaction study with 809 out of a possible 1,000 points. General Motors’ not-so-luxurious luxury brand was trailed by Mini, Chevrolet, and GMC. Subaru and Volkswagen tied for fifth place with 775 points apiece. Mini had been J.D. Powers’ previous industry leader for sales satisfaction from 2010 onwards.In the actual luxury segment, Porsche was out in front with 824 points. Infiniti came in second with 815, followed by Mercedes-Benz. BMW and Cadillac were tied with 807 and just ahead of Lincoln’s 806 points.While Porsche’s win may not come as too big of a surprise, Buick’s … [Read more...] about Which Automakers Gave New Car Buyers Sweet Satisfaction? Hint: Not FCA
Burying its loathed “shield”-style grille in the deepest depths of history’s dustbin is a big part of Acura’s plan to reverse falling sales, but product seems to be at least as big a problem as design.The automaker, which has seen its U.S. sales fall 10.5 percent so far this year, is in the midst of a design pivot, though many feel that the brand needs a bigger shake-up then just a “diamond pentagon” grille.According to The Columbus Dispatch, Acura is all too aware of its slipping standing.“Of course, we’re never content with things,” said Acura public relations manager Matt Sloustcher. “This is a long-term game. Over the past year, we’ve put into place long-term, fundamental building blocks.”What Sloustcher is referring to is the design elements borrowed from Acura’s Precision Concept, unveiled in Detroit in January. That sharp-edged sedan sported a wholly new face, which Acura claimed would be the new look … [Read more...] about Acura’s SUVs Can’t Compensate for Sinking Sedans; Will a New Beak Help?
The U.S. Transportation Department has finalized rules that will require electric vehicles and hybrids to emit “alert sounds” at speeds below 18.6 miles per hour, to warn cyclists, pedestrians, and the blind of the approaching danger.By adding noise to silent-running vehicles, the NHTSA and DOT hope to reduce the number of people currently being run over by EVs. Is this a big problem, you ask? Apparently it is — the regulator claims EVs are 19 percent more likely to strike human flesh.“This is a common-sense tool to help pedestrians — especially folks who are blind or have low vision — make their way safely,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. “With pedestrian fatalities on the rise, it is vitally important we take every action to protect the most vulnerable road users.”The NHTSA estimates the automotive industry will need to spend an additional $39 million annually to provide compliant external speakers. Eating … [Read more...] about Enjoy the Silence (While You Can): New U.S. Safety Rule Says Electric Cars Must be Noisy
Since President Johnson signed the bills requiring all passenger vehicles to include safety belts in 1968, they have saved countless lives. However, with over 36 million of today’s American drivers over the age of sixty-five, current seatbelt designs might not pass muster for older bodies. It’s the same reason you don’t see a lot of old people involved in extreme sports or professional wrestling. An aged frame just can’t take the same sort of physical abuse as a malleable younger form.So, with the elderly and frail in mind, the Ohio State University College of Medicine wants to design new seat belts to better protect older drivers. “When seat belts were first designed, they used safety dummies that represented the average driver, which back then was a normal sized 40-year-old man,” said John Bolte, PhD, associate professor of health and rehabilitation sciences at Ohio State, in a statement. “The size and demographics of … [Read more...] about How Much Abuse Can Old People Take? New Study Plans to Find Out
If I’ve seen it once in the comments on this site, I’ve seen it a hundred times.Never once in the history of the Internet has anyone, anywhere admitted that they paid more than invoice for a new car.Everybody gets the best deal possible. We all “stick it to the man.” However, despite the well-known and understood tendencies of most people to lie on forums, in comments, or even when writing about their own business practices on the Internet, this might be one of the few times when the braggadocio matches reality.The truth is that virtually everyone gets a “good deal” on a new car.The invoice price now seems to be the starting place of negotiations on commonplace cars. And yet, franchise owners all across these great United States (and Canada, I presume) are raking the money in, hand over fist.Many of the questions you’ve all been so kind to send into the Ask Bark mailbox lately have been regarding crazy leases, manufacturer … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: How Do New Car Dealers Make Money?
After seemingly using up its legal arsenal against Volkswagen, the U.S. is pulling its backup out of an ankle holster and taking another shot.That, Kia and Hyundai might get a Korean competitor, Mercedes-Benz is feeling charged up, Audi is still a fuel cell fan, and Volvo wants to standardize EV recharging … after the break! The hits keep coming for VolkswagenAfter flexing its financial fraud law muscles during the 2008 recession, the U.S. is putting that experience to use once again against Volkswagen.The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a subpoena under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (Firrea) to target the automaker for emissions cheating, and might soon look at tax law violations, says the Wall Street Journal (via Market Watch):That is a novel use of the civil financial fraud law that the Obama administration deployed to extract record-setting multibillion-dollar settlements from big banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. It … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: New Salvo Hits Volkswagen, Korean Competition Looms, and Benz Big on Batteries