Two Honda Models Make KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars of 2014 List

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-LIf you are concerned about the environmental footprint you are leaving behind with your driving, you may be considering changing from a traditional gasoline vehicle to one of the ever-expanding range of alternative fuel models now available to us here in the U.S. If you are confused by all the different options that are available at the moment, it would be a good idea to check-out a resource like KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars of 2014 List. There’s little doubt that dealers like Honda Providence would like you to take a look at this year’s list, and that’s because 2 of the ten vehicles to make the shortlist this year are the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and the 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas.

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Remade 2014 Mini Hardtop Remains Less than $20K

Mini familyFitting a new engine lineup and enhanced technologies into its traditionally tiny package, the 2014 Mini Hardtop is available for ordering now with an MSRP that starts at $19,950. That’s a fairly small $250 price bump for a fairly substantial upgrade, as noted by Patrick McKenna, Head of Mini Product Planning and Events for Mini USA: “The product team worked diligently to sustain a minimal price increase over the previous model while adding a number of new technologies and features. People will be amazed at the interior quality of this car combined with legendary Mini go-kart handling and all-new BMW Group engines. The new Mini is a lot like nothing else.”

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Polk’s Picks for Auto Loyalty Honor Five from Chrysler Group

JP014_032WRFive different products from the Chrysler Group earned Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards recently, showcasing the automaker’s strong efforts to keep its current customers satisfied. That’s a key to growing and sustaining automotive success in this country, according to the Polk people, who also report that their Automotive Loyalty Awards are the only “fact-based” customer-retention honors in the industry.

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2014 Chevy Silverado Sets 5-Star Safety Milestone

Silverado-Sierra5-StarNHTSA-RatedThe redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado has added to its long list of segment-leading accomplishments by recently becoming the first full-size pickup to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in NHTSA’s current safety-testing program, which has been in place since 2011. Under these criteria, vehicles must post qualifying scores for rollover resistance as well as both side and frontal impacts. The 2014 Chevy Silverado–as well as its corporate cousin, the 2014 GMC Sierra–earned NHTSA recognition with 5 stars for occupant protection during side- and frontal-impact scenarios and a 4-star performance in the rollover test.

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Buick Encore Pushes Brand to Global Sales Record

The new Encore small crossover sold 97,311 units globally in 2013.With a big-time assist from its smallest entry—the Buick Encore—GM’s Buick brand recently reported the highest global sales volume in its 110-year history. The tale of the tape here: 1,032,056 deliveries that represented a 9.5 percent gain as compared to 2012.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Lauded for Good Design

39312_1_1Hyundai’s daring design language helped attract a record number of buyers last year, with entries like the Hyundai Santa Fe enabling the brand to ring up more than 720,000 sales in 2013. But along with satisfied owners, the brand’s style strategy also has been attracting the attention of the Good Design Awards jury. In fact, by recently honoring the Santa Fe as part of its most recent class of winners, the “world’s most prestigious, recognized, and oldest design awards program” has now presented Hyundai with trophies for three years running.

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2014 Ram 1500 Adds Autobytel Pickup of the Year Prize

RM014_064FNCalling it “clearly one of the most innovative trucks available,” the editorial team at Autobytel.com has named the 2014 Ram 1500 its Pickup Truck of the Year. A key factor in the choice: The 2014 Ram 1500 also is the only light-duty truck available in this country with a clean-diesel engine, and that powerplant is an award-winner in its own right‑literally. Late last year, Ward’s AutoWorld selected the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel to its annual 10 Best Engines list, noting that judges achieved 24 mpg in mixed real-world driving as they evaluated the engine in the 2014 Ram 1500.

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First 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Delivers for STEM Education

FirstCTSVsportDelivery05After making the winning bid back in August at a Barrett-Jackson auction, Tim and Pat Whited recently took delivery of the very first 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, powered by Cadillac’s first twin-turbo V-6 engine. It was part of a special effort that saw the Whiteds pony up $120,000 for the car, confident in knowing the proceeds would go to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs run by the SAE Foundation.

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2014 Buick LaCrosse Repeats as 5-Star Safety Performer

2014 Buick LaCrosseBacked by a streak that dates back four years, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse recently earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the New Car Assessment Program from NHTSA. The government agency awarded the LaCrosse five stars for occupant protection in frontal and side crashes, as well as four stars for rollover protection. They further recognized Buick for offering a pair of recommended driver-assistance aides: forward collision warning and lane-departure warning.

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Ford Police Interceptors Now Among LA’s Most Wanted

FordInterceptorUtlty_17_HRConsider them repeat defenders: For the third year in a row, Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle were the fastest entries in testing by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD).

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