2008 Car Book "Best Bets"

Subcompact
Hyundai Accent
Kia Rio

Compact
Honda Civic
Honda Civic Coupe
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Spectra
Nissan Sentra

Intermediate
Acura TL
Acura TSX
Chrysler Sebring
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima

Large
Acura RL
Buick Lucerne
Cadillac GTS
Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
Lincoln Town Car

Minivan
Chrysler Town and Country

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2007 Car Book "Best Bets"

Subcompact
BMW Z4
Hyundai Accent
Kia Rio/Rio5
Volkswagen Beetle

Compact
Audi A4
BMW 3-Series
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Spectra
Nissan Sentra
Toyota Corolla
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Rabbit/GTI
Volvo S40/V50/C70

Intermediate

Acura TSX
Chevy Malibu/Maxx
Ford Fusion/Milan/MKZ
Honda Accord SDN/TL
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima

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Texan's Death Rekindles Ford Switch Issue

Family of retiree files suit blaming component linked with engine fires.
Ford expands recall.
David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau
March 6, 2007

WASHINGTON — Al Gavegan Sr.’s death in a house fire last summer left family
and friends in San Antonio searching for answers — and they say the
evidence leads straight to Ford Motor Co. and a faulty electrical switch.
The retired government contractor was well-known as the guy who operated the
time clock at high school football games and taught kids with special needs.

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CAS Petitions NHTSA for Stronger Fuel Integrity Standard

On January 15, 2004, CAS petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reconsider a final rule issued December 1, 2003, regarding Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 301, "Fuel Systems Integrity." The CAS petition cited a number of inadequacies in the new rule, and made recommendations for changes that would truly protect occupants from fire-related trauma. In the petition, CAS noted the following:

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2006 Car Book "Best Bets"

Subcompact
BMW Z4
Hyundai Accent
Kia Rio
VW Beetle
Mazda MX-5 Miata
MINI Cooper

Compact
BMW 3-Series Coupe/Convertible/M3
Mitsubishi Galant
BMW 3-Series Sedan/Sports Wagon
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Mitsubishi Eclipse
VW Golf

Intermediate
Acura TSX
Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Volvo 70 Series
Acura TL
Toyota Camry

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