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My New Car

DOB: 13 Jan 2007

Colour : Black

Make : Toyota

Model : Rush

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Camry wins ‘Car of the Year’

Motor Trend gives its coveted award to most popular car model sold in U.S., giving Toyota another edge in sales battle.

The Camry is the one car rival automakers all wish they could build. It offers something for nearly everyone -performance, efficiency, and roominess – at a price point most Americans can afford.

Last year’s award went to the redesigned Civic from Japanese competitor Honda.

The Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for a number of years, edging out the Honda Accord.

Camry’s U.S. sales have been basically flat so far this year, with a 1.6 percent rise, while Toyota Motor posted a 12.2 percent gain in U.S. sales through the first 10 months of the year.

Camry sales have been tempered as Toyota made the shift the to newly-designed model, which hit showrooms this fall. Still the 374,717 sold through October is enough to stay ahead of the Accord.

Motor Trend gives its car of the year award to a new or redesigned vehicle. The Camry beat out six models from the U.S. automakers, nine from Japanese competitors, five from Korea, four from Germany, one from England and one from Sweden.

Among those beat out were the Korean-built Chevrolet Aveo, the Kia Rondo and Sedona, the Saturn Sky Redline, the Chrysler Sebring, the Suzuki SX4, the Dodge Caliber, the Lexus ES 350 and LS 460 and the Honda Fit.

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Its a RECALL – This time its VOLVO

Volvo, a unit of Ford Motor Co., is recalling about 360,000 cars because of a problem with vehicle speed controls that can cause engines to lose power without warning.

Volvo said a defect in the electronic throttle module in cars built between 1999 and 2002 could cause the vehicle to shift into a “limp home” mode in which the maximum speed is about 15 miles per hour.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered the Volvo recall.

The recall applies to Volvo C70 and V70 models built between 1999 and 2002, S60 models built between 2001 and 2002, and S70 and V70X models built between 1999 and 2000.

Volvo spokesman Christer Gustafsson said the automaker has fixed the speed-control problem on about 165,000 vehicles of the recall total after sending out notices to owners in March.

The “limp home” setting is a safety feature in Volvo cars intended to prevent unintended acceleration in case of a throttle malfunction. The NHTSA said the defect could cause the engine to stall in some cases. The recall applies to Pacifica models built between 2005 and 2006.

Parent company Ford Motor Co. recalled 1.2 million large pick-up trucks, SUVs and vans in August because of a problem with the vehicles’ cruise control system that could lead to a fire.

Toyota, a chief rival to GM, Ford and Chrysler, recalled 368,000 SUVs in July because of a defective carpet clip that could interfere with break usage.

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