Auto News & Reviews

  • 13 Aug 2015 9:20 AM | Mary Welch


    Every team has a utility player who gets little recognition or glory but at the end of the day is instrumental to the team. Think Mark Lemke of the Brave’s Pennant-winning days or Mike Scott from the current Atlanta Hawks. Every day they show up, do their job, get it done and come back the next day and start all over again. No glory but everyone counts on them.

    That’s the same with the Toyota Camry. It is an incredibly reliable car that suits a family or a couple who wants a reasonably priced car that delivers — every time. Frankly, isn’t that what we all deep down want?

    And, the answer is YES! The Camry, year after year, is at the top of the list of best selling cars and 2015 shouldn’t be an exception. The Camry isn’t a superstar home-run champion but we’ll take a solid double hitter every time. In a fickle car market, the Camry stands out for its efficiency, safety, mileage, price and reliability. Every year.


    www.thecrier.net/our_columnists/article_2f6de272-4109-11e5-980e-fb944QING MU5c76e24.html

  • 13 Jul 2015 7:39 PM | Mary Welch

    In Killeen, Tex. there are  40,000 soldiers stationed at Ft. Hood. It would seem like a car dealership's dream. But, in more cases than not, trying to sell a car to a military personnel is a nightmare. Find out how a Mazda dealership got it right and was able to infiltrate a military base and sell.


    http://www.thecrier.net/our_columnists/article_0d8c1c0a-e911-11e4-b389-c3918c3f28c5.html

  • 13 Jul 2015 7:35 PM | Mary Welch

    http://www.thecrier.net/our_columnists/article_0d8c1c0a-e911-11e4-b389-c3918c3f28c5.html


    If you have the luxury of a Lexus with the fuel-efficiency of a gas-electric hybrid powertrain plus the space needed for everyday life, then you have a great car. Meet the Lexus CT 200h hybrid hatchback.

  • 13 Jul 2015 7:30 PM | Mary Welch

    Every business is at the mercy of someone posting his or her opinion -- whether the facts are accurate or not. So how does a car dealership handle negative reviews? Can you turn a negative review upside down and bring smiles to the dealer, the reviewer and the audience? Find out how.


    http://issuu.com/cbt_news/docs/cbtnews_june2015_masterpdf_0529digi/15#signin

  • 13 Jul 2015 7:26 PM | Mary Welch

    A road trip can bring great fear -- or excitement -- to a family and having a great car goes a long way to making the trip a success. Read about how the Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 performed beautifully despite heavy rains.

    http://www.thecrier.net/our_columnists/article_1ff55b5e-1503-11e5-878f-cb6cc1d86b35.html

  • 07 Jul 2015 12:39 AM | Christopher Lawrence (Administrator)
    AutoAcademics may have officially crossed over to the technology side of journalism.  Not because we're techies (even though some of us are), but because of cars, themselves.  What many fail to realize, is that automakers are now as invested in software and technology as companies such as Apple and Microsoft when it comes to the products that they create.

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  • 06 Jul 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous
    Ford demonstrated its newest-generation infotainment system called SYNC 3 in this YouTube video by GAAMA member Chris Lawrence of Auto Academics.
  • 06 Jul 2015 2:52 PM | Anonymous
    We installed a wireless backup camera on a Toyota Tacoma, providing a quick and economical upgrade that improves safety. Read more on the NAPA Know How Blog.
  • 02 Jul 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    The 2015 Nissan Juke NISMO RS brings that oddball appeal with a unique look, a 215-pony punch and styling mods to match. Learn more at LivingVroom.com.

  • 27 Apr 2015 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) named the Subaru Outback as 2015 Best Family Car at its third-annual Family Car Challenge at Lake Lanier Islands Resort near Atlanta. The versatile and attractive Outback earned the highest overall score among 19 vehicles competing.

    Each family-friendly vehicle also competed for awards in one of five categories: Value, Green, Tech, 3-Row and Luxury. The overall win by the Outback opened up the highly competitive Value category win to the runner-up, the sporty Mazda CX-5. The efficient yet capable Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel earned the Best Green Family Car award, while the Mazda6 retained its Tech category dominance established in last year's competition. Best 3-Row Family Car honors went to the spacious and comfortable Toyota Sienna. Finally, the high-performing Porsche Macan Turbo was named Best Luxury Family Car.

    "GAAMA is proud to announce the results of our latest Family Car Challenge, and we applaud the Subaru Outback for its Best Family Car victory," said GAAMA President Jim Tucker. "Our experts considered factors like styling, safety, comfort and efficiency, and the results reflect the best in both innovation and execution. The overall winner and each of our category winners are must-drive models for anyone shopping for a new family car."

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