What Are the Most Damage-Prone Cars?

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In August, we reported Allstate's ranking of America's worst and best drivers by city, which concluded that Worcester, Mass., had the most dangerous drivers while Fort Collins, Colo., drivers were the safest behind the wheel. That got us to thinking: If certain drivers get in more crashes, which cars tend to incur the most damage?

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According to a 2014 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comparing different categories of cars and individual models by their relative "damage susceptibility," some cars are indeed more likely to incur damage or, at least, costly damage — some way more costly — while others are far less so. The report uses data compiled by the Highway Loss Data Institute in its December 2013 Insurance Collision Report, and it "reflects the collision loss experience of passenger cars, station wagons, passenger vans, pickups and utility vehicles sold in the United States in terms of the average loss payment per insured vehicle year for model years 2011-2013," NHTSA stated.

By Matt Schmitz | November 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Ferrari Italia F458, Spider

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Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 model-year 2010-14 Ferrari Italia F458 and F458 Spider sports cars manufactured between March 5, 2010, and May 20, 2013

The Problem: The secondary latch for the front trunk storage compartment may not release when the vehicle is stationary. If someone becomes trapped in the trunk, the latch system does not release the trunk lid, increasing the risk of injury or death.

The Fix: Ferrari will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will modify the existing front trunk latch system with a new component for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ferrari at 866-551-2828, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (3)

Fiat's Italian Brands Plan Massive Assault

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The first name in the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is, of course, Fiat, but that doesn't mean there will be much news for the Italian brand in the U.S. over the next five years.

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Only a couple of new Fiat models are coming to our market by 2018, but combined with the relaunch of the Alfa Romeo badge and the expansion of Maserati in the U.S., there will be some interesting new vehicles to see down at the Italian end of your FCA showroom:

By Aaron Bragman | May 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

Apple Unveils CarPlay for Volvo, Mercedes, Ferrari at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Having already revolutionized the way people around the world buy and listen to music, communicate with one another and generally manage their daily lives, Apple is taking its innovation on the road. The tech giant today at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show announced the rollout of its latest bid to dominate the in-car operating-system market: Apple CarPlay — touted as "the best iPhone experience on four wheels." Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will lead the way in offering CarPlay to their customers starting this week, to be followed later by BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota, according to Apple.

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The system allows iPhone users to access all of their content while in the car, with minimal distraction, Apple stated in a news release. CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including the 5s, 5c and 5 models.

"Once iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you easily access your contacts, make calls, return missed calls or listen to voicemails," Apple said in a statement. "When incoming messages or notifications arrive, Siri provides an eyes-free experience by responding to requests through voice commands, by reading drivers' messages and letting them dictate responses or simply make a call."

By Matt Schmitz | March 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

2013 Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Bugatti Veyron
  • Looks like: Ferrari's take on the Pagani Zonda
  • Drivetrain: 949-hp (combined) hybrid system with 6.3-liter V-12 and electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2014

Witness a hybrid supercar whose name literally translates "The Ferrari." To call it "the LaFerrari" — or, heaven forbid, "The Ferrari LaFerrari" — would be redundant. Ferrari says it's a 2013 model, and it doesn't arrive to the U.S. until early 2014. Its name apparently holds both singular and plural designations; multiple LaFerraris are, well, multiple LaFerrari. This is self-indulgence at its peak — an automotive Ochocinco or Metta World Peace, if you will.

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Strewn with mammoth air intakes and overlapping bodywork, the LaFerrari (redundancy accepted) is the same length as the Enzo it roughly succeeds. The LaFerrari is 3.3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the brand's current F12berlinetta flagship but more than 6 inches shorter in terms of height. The car uses Ferrari's new HY-KERS hybrid system we learned about at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, which couples a 120-kilowatt electric motor with a 789-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-12. Total output is 949 hp with at least 663 pounds-feet of torque to boot. And boot you it will: Ferrari says the LaFerrari hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. That would make it the quickest production Ferrari — excluding racecars — the brand offers. The next-quickest F12berlinetta takes about 3 seconds flat.

By Kelsey Mays | March 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011-12 Ferrari 458 Italia, 2012 Ferrari California

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Ferrari is recalling 74 model-year 2011-12 versions of two if its exotic cars, the 458 Italia and California, because of problems with the crankshaft, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Because of incorrect machining, the crankshaft may fail, possibly resulting in the engine seizing. This could lead to an accident.

Ferrari will notify owners later this month, and dealers will repair or replace the engine free of charge. Owners can call Ferrari at 201-816-2600 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 21, 2012 | Comments (2)

Ferrari Plans Hybrid Powertrain

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At the Beijing Auto Show, Ferrari announced that it plans to offer a hybrid powertrain in 2013. The exotic-car manufacturer showed off its gas/electric HY-KERS concept at the show and confirmed that the technology will be available in its yet-to-be-named Enzo replacement.

The concept's powertrain couples a 12-cylinder engine with two electric motors. The first is paired with the engine and a dual-clutch transmission; the second powers the auxiliary systems. A regenerative braking system helps capture and reuse the kinetic energy lost during braking. Samsung Electronics in South Korea will provide Ferrari’s lithium-ion battery cells.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 27, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta: First Look

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  • Competes with: Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin V12 Zagato
  • Looks like: You can almost make the FF grille attractive
  • Drivetrain: 730 hp V-12 engine, F1 dual-clutch transmission
  • Hits dealerships: TBD

A new Ferrari model is cause for celebration in the automotive world. Well, maybe except for the FF unveiled last year.

The F12berlinetta — yes all one word — will spark boyhood fantasies and adorn computer desktop backgrounds of working adults worldwide.

The design incorporates the grille from the FF, the headlights from the 458 Italia and the hood scoop of the California all into what is a rather cohesively drop-dead gorgeous look.

Ferrari, of course, isn't selling this front-engine machine — likely to cost upward of $300,000 — on looks. It can haul, too. Zero-to-62 mph speeds of 3.1 seconds are about as fast as you can get in any road-ready vehicle. To get that performance, Ferrari tuned its V-12 engine to produce 730 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque — the most powerful Ferrari of all time, as well as the fastest.

By David Thomas | February 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

Ferrari Offers Seven Years Free Maintenance

There is one itsy-bitsy downside to Ferrari ownership: the cost of maintenance. When the price of an oil change hits four digits even the most well-heeled car owner can blanch.

To assuage these fears, Ferrari has announced a new seven-year free maintenance program for new North American owners of the 2012 Ferrari California, 458 Italia or FF. Those cars come with starting prices around $200,000 and higher. The FF is already sold out for its first year and doesn’t even have an official price tag yet.

What does the free maintenance include?

All scheduled maintenance visits, which for Ferrari is every 12,500 miles or once per year. We’d doubt most Ferrari owners put 12,500 miles on their cars in a year. However, this is not capped at seven services. If the owner does drive the car more than 87,500 miles before the seven years is up — again, we doubt this will happen — they will get free service for every 12,500 miles until the timetable is up.

Ferrari doesn’t specify the types of service, but we imagine they include the same kinds of routine maintenance you get at your local Toyota, Scion, Lincoln, VW, BMW, Jaguar and Mini dealerships. All have free maintenance programs, but they don’t run as long as Ferrari’s program.

Ferrari’s free maintenance program is transferable to a new owner, which will help with the healthy collector market for the prancing horse.

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2012 Ferrari FF Shows Up in Chicago

By David Thomas | July 27, 2011 | Comments (6)

2012 Ferrari FF Shows Up in Chicago

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Ferrari brought its successor to the 612 Scaglietti, the all-wheel-drive FF hatchback, to Chicago last week as part of a national roadshow. Of Ferrari’s 36 U.S. retailers, the city has two — Lake Forest Sportscars and Continental AutoSports — and each will receive maybe two FFs to deliver at the tail end of the year, Lake Forest general manager Dan Carver said. The Italian brand’s flagship, the 660-horsepower FF will find perhaps 200 U.S. owners in 2012. Ferrari’s best-selling California sales “easily triple that,” Carver said.

Not far from Cars.com headquarters, we checked out the four-seat FF. When it debuted last January, the hatchback’s profile rankled enthusiasts, but Ferrari defends its practicality. A nine-year project, the car resulted from Ferrari wanting something that could accommodate four adults and their luggage for a weekend trip while still lapping the automaker’s Fiorano circuit in respectable time. In fact, the FF is “as fast around Fiorano as the 599” GTB, presenter Paul Gerrard said.

The car’s nose, whose headlights resemble the 458 Italia, gives way to a profile similar to BMW’s onetime Z4 coupe. The roofline hangs high until just ahead of the rear window, lending decent backseat headroom. Not that it’s spacious back there.

By Kelsey Mays | July 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

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