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When you think October in Michigan, you probably think about the fall colors, decorating pumpkins, and a Detroit Lions season that’s over before it really started. But if you’re in the automotive biz, you also think about the upcoming North American International Auto Show and the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards.

You see, October is when the independent journalists who ultimately select the North American Car and Truck of the Year release their short list of vehicles that are under consideration for these awards.

2016 North American Car Truck of the YearSo without further ado, here are the vehicles that made the list:

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If you haven’t heard Nissan just released the all-new, totally redesigned 2016 Maxima. With a bold exterior and premium interior, the new Maxima is certainly a thing of beauty.

We received our first batch of the Maxima’s last week, and I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas. But after spending ample time getting to know the new Maxima inside and out, I got to thinking…

2016 Nissan Maxima at LaFontaine Nissan

The 2016 Nissan Maxima has arrived at LaFontaine Nissan

Infiniti is the luxury brand for Nissan, so for the longest time whenever people have been looking for high-end, top-quality vehicles, Infiniti has been one of the names that gets brought up; and rightly so! From the Q40 to the QX80, there is nothing but luxury and style pulsing from these cars.

But let me ask you a question.

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A vehicle is usually the second most expensive item we’ll ever purchase in our lifetime. While getting The Family Deal on a new car is great, sometimes we tend to forget about the other costs associated with owning a new vehicle.

Things like financing, insurance, gas, state fees, regular maintenance and vehicle depreciation add to the overall cost of ownership of a vehicle.

And if you’re like me and not a fan of the math, the vast amount of numbers to crunch can become overwhelming.

That’s where Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards come in to play. KBB has done all the legwork and calculated the cost-to-own on all vehicle models for 2015.

Now that the hard work is done, you can take your time and browse the list of vehicles with the lowest 5-year cost of ownership listed below.

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Let’s face it, probably more than half of us who tuned in to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 were doing so primarily to be entertained by the commercials.

In years past, automakers gobbled up advertising slots like Malcom Butler gobbles up ill-advised passes from Russel Wilson – often times accounting for 25% or more of all commercials that air during the game.

Super Bowl XLIX 49 Car Commercials

This year however, only a handful of automakers shelled out the big bucks to reach Super Bowl viewers – with big names like Ford, General Motors, Honda and Volkswagen sitting this one out.

But for those automakers who did air commercials during the game, it seems they spent their 4.5 million dollars for 30 seconds of air time wisely.

If you missed the spots during the game or want to watch them again, here are the Super Bowl Commercials that aired from BMW, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota.

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Last week I introduced a new series for Throwback Thursday featuring automotive advertising from my personal vintage magazine collection.

For today’s edition, I picked out an ad for the 1985 Nissan King Cab 2+2 pickup truck.

1985 Nissan King Cab Vintage Magazine Ads\

I like how Nissan uses a large visual to focus on the interior utility of the vehicle as a way to distinguish themselves from the competition.

Then in the ad copy, they get into the cold hard facts when you compare their truck to the offerings of the time from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

So wind back the clock 30 years, and let’s take a look at this Nissan King Cab vintage magazine ad from 1985.

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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show (known as the Detroit Auto Show in these parts) opens to the public on January 17th, attendees will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicles that will be on display.

With so many cars, trucks and SUVs vying to capture your attention, it’s almost impossible to see them all in one day.

The last thing we want to happen is for you to go to the Auto Show and miss out on some of the coolest production and concept vehicles that are on display.

The FamilyDealBlog.com team was lucky enough to be invited to see the vehicles firsthand during the Auto Show Press Preview. After taking it all in, we’ve highlighted these nine vehicles that you’ll definitely want to check out when you head to Cobo for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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By now you may have heard about the massive Takata Airbag Recall that is affecting millions of vehicles in the U.S. from over a dozen manufacturers.

When the news hit, our customers started calling and stopping by our service departments to see if their vehicle was affected by this recall.

Takata Airbag Recall

Because of the increased awareness, I put this FAQ together to help you determine if your vehicle is affected by the recall and also let you know what next steps, if any, you should take.

Let’s start by taking a look of the vehicles known to be a part of the Takata Airbag Recall according to the NHTSA:

Vehicles Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall

If you own one of the vehicls on this list, the NHTSA recommends you take action immediately to address your recall (see next steps below)

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Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags – both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000’s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

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For those automotive enthusiasts that have a need for speed but aren’t overly fond of tickets, racing video games are a great outlet to let off some high-flying steam.

Besides having a guilt-free driving experience that your driver’s ed instructor would frown upon, you have the option of driving the most garish and bold looking vehicles imaginable; literally, imaginable.

Some of these vehicles have to stay in the realm of fiction since they look positively Batmobile-esque….but what if one of these became reality?

Enter the 2020 Nissan Concept Vision Gran Turismo.

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We’re living in a world where technology is rapidly evolving and converging every single day.

New ground-breaking technologies are being released and our lives are irrevocably changed, even if we don’t realize it at the time.

On June 25, 2014 at Google’s annual developers conference, Android Auto was announced, promising to connect our phones and our cars for a seamless user experience.

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It’s certainly an exciting time as technology converges, especially for enthusiasts of Android smartphones and the auto makers who will support the platform (full list below).

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