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Report: Hyundai Plans Nationwide Sales of Fuel Cell Tucson in 2015

While sales of the Hyundai Tucson-based ix35 hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle won’t begin in the U.S. until 2015, the automaker plans to offer the low-volume crossover in all 50 states, WardsAuto reports. While sales of the Honda FCX Clarity have been restricted by the limited number of hydrogen refueling stations, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik believes [...]
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2014 Toyota Highlander to debut at New York auto show

The 2014 Toyota Highlander will make its debut at the New York auto show.
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Mader’s contributions go beyond Firestone tires

It’s totally proper, but not orchestrated, that Page Mader and Al Speyer are retiring this spring. They’ve been synonymous with Firestone Racing and, in a sense, with each other for four decades.

In fact, Speyer’s wife, Jane, introduced Mader to his wife. They’ve been married 26 years.

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“I’ve known Page both professionally and personally since the days when we started at Firestone in the early ‘70s,” said Speyer, Firestone Racing’s executive director. “We were both in the tire development department at the time. He actually started out writing specifications for everything and has worked his way up through all the engineering ranks now to be doing some very sophisticated race tires.

“We’ve worked on all sorts of different projects together – drag tires, sprint car tires, sports car tires and now to be doing IndyCar tires. The critical part is that Page has been part of it all the way. I don’t know where we’d be without him. His contributions go beyond the tires. The relationships he’s built with the teams and the people he’s mentored along the way are true traits of his, and he never holds back on letting you know how he feels.”

Mader, general manager of race tire development, transitioned to racing in 1979. He’s been involved in developing a range of Firestone tires for drag racing, sprint cars, modifieds, sports cars and Indy cars.

“The first test I met Joe Ruttman at Bakersfield and I thought, ‘How cool is this?’ ’’ Mader said. “We were doing late model sportsman and modified and also doing World of Outlaws with Steve Kinser. In ’90 we started the Indy Lights program and the first test was with Paul Tracy because he was getting ready to go to Indy car. Indy Lights now is a bulletproof program and along the way we’ve helped a lot of drivers.”

IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights competitors continually praise the Firestone Firehawks for being bulletproof.

The brand’s current Indy car era began in 1991 with title sponsorship of the Indy Lights series. Firestone Racing made its return to the Indianapolis 500 in 1995, and Firestone tires were on the winning car of the first INDYCAR-sanctioned race in 1996 – and every race since. In December 2012, it extended its contract to be the exclusive tire supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series through 2018.

Mader has been intricately involved in all the programs.

“I never thought I’d get to do all that I do and meet the wonderful drivers, owners and just friends,” he said. “I have loved every minute working in race tire development. Most people go to work and my work is a pleasure for me, and it’s a wonderful thing that the company has continued (in IndyCar racing) and I got to be a part of it.”

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Porsche upgrades 911 GT3 R for 2013 racing season

Porsche has upgraded its 911 GT3 R race car for the 2013 season.
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Lexus Again Tops J.D. Power and Associates CSI Survey; GMC Top Mainstream Brand

Once again, Lexus has claimed the top spot for a luxury brand for customer satisfaction with dealer services, according to the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Index survey released earlier today. This is the fifth consecutive year that Lexus has claimed the title. Not to be outdone, GMC has ranked highest among the [...]
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If you are looking to increase your insurance coverage on your vehicle, the insurance company may require you to obtain a certified auto appraisal.   If you have a custom car, truck or motorcycle, the insurance company won't pay you more than book value. Get a stated value appraisal to cover money spent customizing your vehicle.  Have a collector or exotic vehicle?  Book value does not justify the vehicle value  In case you are in an accident, have a certified auto appraisal done.  Contact us today for a Free Evaluation!

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If you were involved in an accident and the insurance company deemed your vehicle a total loss, we can help.  If you don't agree with the insurance company's offer, you have the right to hire an independent certified appraiser to determine the actual cash value of your vehicle.  Our certified appraiser will go to the vehicle location, conduct the inspection and complete a certified total loss appraisal on your vehicle.  Total loss claims do require a negotiation phase which we will take care of for you at no additional charge!

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