Day: November 18, 2021

Lexus has most reliable car of 2022, Tesla has ‘problems’

Too much of a good thing can translate into unreliability on the road.

Several luxury automotive brands that stuffed a lot of budding technology into their vehicles – including Tesla, Lincoln, Genesis and Mercedes-Benz – rank toward the bottom of the Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Report for 2022.

The annual ranking, which is closely followed as an index for quality, uses data from more than 300,000 vehicles to project reliability scores for the major brands and individual vehicles. It assesses the past three years of each model’s performance unless that vehicle has been redesigned during the period, in which case it uses data from the latest generation.

For the 2022 model year, Toyota luxury brand Lexus returned to the top spot among the 28 ranked brands. Mazda, which dethroned Lexus in 2021, ranks second, and the Toyota brand ranks third. Infiniti is fourth, and Buick is fifth.

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Rohrman Automotive group donates to hospital’s Child Life Program

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Rohrman Automotive Group recently presented a check for $19,500 to the Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital Child Life Program as part of the automotive group’s charity pledge.

Back in September, Rohrman Automotive Group pledged to donate $50 to the Child Life program for every car it sold that month. The combined total of cars from the Indianapolis, Lafayette and Fort Wayne dealerships sold 390 vehicles, amounting to nearly $20,000 for the program.

“It’s important to us to support local charities with the funds that we have because of local support from our customers,” Trey Rohrman, director of Indiana Operations at Rohrman Automotive Group, said in a statement.

According to its website, “Certified Child Life Specialists help infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss and bereavement.”

The Child Life program supports children going through care

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Barbie Extra Car is an over-the-top LA Auto Show debut for kids

This sparkly roadster should provide an extra thrill for little ones attending this week’s LA Auto Show.


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Auto shows might just be the best way to get a sense of what you might want to park in your driveway next, but they’re also excellent family outings, in part because there are always things to catch a child’s eye and capture their imagination. At this week’s LA Auto Show, there’s a good chance one of those things will be the Barbie Extra Car, a full-size two-seat convertible designed to promote Mattel’s range of fashion dolls and accessories.

While the Extra Car’s over-the-top exterior won’t give you many hints as to this roadster’s underlying chassis, the dashboard and seats in the cabin just might. This is a Fiat 500e — Barbie’s keeping it eco-friendly, fam. That means the underlying all-electric powertrain is good for 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet

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