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Customize Your Smart Car With Hello Kitty Graphics
Customize Your Smart Car With Hello Kitty Graphics

Hello Kitty just got her driver's license. The cute little feline cartoon is now driving a cute little Smart car. Okay, not driving -- decorating. Sanrio, Inc., the company behind the popular little global icon is partnering with the U.S. distributors of the Smart ForTwo. Hello Kitty lovers can can...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 Limited
Today at High Gear Media: iPhone App, F-150, Volt and Seth Rogen

Have you heard? Or has iTunes pinged you to update? TheCarConnection's iPhone/iPad/iPod app is faster, prettier, and easier to use. [TheCarConnection] The 2011 Ford F-150 is officially the most fuel-conscious big truck on the highway, with a 23-mpg EPA rating. [TheCarConnection] Volvo's adding a...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Today at High Gear Media: All About Volt, Chrysler 200, Audi A6

Not to beat this point into the ground any more, but the 2011 Chevy Volt is an electric car, not a hybrid. Ask an engineer--or ensnare one for video work. [TheCarConnection, GreenCarReports] Here's why we don't think the faux EV-versus-hybrid rage makes a difference to people who already knew the...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Today at High Gear Media: Tesla, SLK, Audi Quattro and RatCar

Tesla strutted its stuff for our jaded green-car reporters earlier this week. Do you think it's a startup, or not? [GreenCarReports] What's your best bet on a new-car deal this week? Could you believe...a MINI Cooper? [TheCarConnection] Sure, you're interested in alternative-fuel vehicles. But do...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus ST
Update: 2012 Ford Focus Wants You To Audition For A New 'Amazing Race' Reality Show

A few quick updates about the 2012 Ford Focus, which is set to be the centerpiece of another massive advertising blitz from Ford Motor Company: 1. That social media campaign for the Focus that we mentioned the other day -- the one called "Global Drive" that looks a lot like the Fiesta Movement, but...Read More»

Today at High Gear Media: Volt Charging, Smart USA Calling

The new car from Smart USA will come from Nissan, in the form of a five-door rebadged Micra. Daimler gives its blessing, in case you were worried. [GreenCarReports] The 2011 Chevy Volt's 240V charger costs the same as five AppleTVs...but they don't cost $1475 to install. [GreenCarReports] Oh, so...Read More»

2011 Porsche Panamera V-6
NYC Hotel Picks up Guests in a Porsche Panamera

While airlines work overtime to figure out new ways to add annoying fees that make tickets more expensive, hotels are working just as hard to give us freebies and perks. One example is The Hotel Gansevoort Group, which operates two trendy hotels in New York City, and now transports guests to and...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Today in Car News: Subaru, Land Yachts, Electric Cars and MJ

The other New York newspaper thinks land yachts have hit a new sales stride--but does an S-Class really count? [Wall Street Journal] The EPA wants to give cars a letter grade for fuel economy, but a survey suggests people won't understand how to compare cars any better with new grades. [PRNewswire]...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus ST
Today at High Gear Media: Focus ST, 911 GTS and SuperSnake

Topping the headlines today at High Gear Media: the hot 'n spicy version of the 2012 Ford Focus, the Paris Auto Show's own Focus ST. We can't wait until September 30. [MotorAuthority] We're also keen on seeing the new Porsche 911 GTS up close and personally, though we'll have to fend off the...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
Today at High Gear Media: Lincoln MKX, Oprah, and CT 200h

We've seen the 2011 Lincoln MKX, we've driven the 2011 Lincoln MKX. You, sir, are no Lincoln MKX. You might want to start with a stovepipe hat. [MotorAuthority] Oprah could be giving away dozens of Chevrolet Traverse crossovers as we speak, as she kicks off a long broadcast-TV farewell...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Today at High Gear Media: Big Discounts, 3G and Darth Vader

If you bought one of these five cars in July, you got a better deal than usual. What's at the root of it all? Model changeover. [TheCarConnection] Five safe cars for families: it sounds like a great way to research before hitting showrooms this weekend. [FamilyCarGuide] In-car 3G audio sounds...Read More»

TomTom Star Wars voices for GPS
Video: Darth Vader, Dark Side Get Voiced for GPS

While cleaning up my inbox, I came across one of my favorite ads for navigation systems--from TomTom, actually. My current vehicle doesn’t have a nav system, and I bought a portable TomTom competitor. And wished I hadn’t. TomTom has the best possible performance, and better yet, it...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
New Ads, Tim Allen Want to Woo You Into 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet has made quite a big deal about the upcoming 2011 Cruze--trotting it out at nearly every auto show for the last year and today, launching production in Lordstown, Ohio. Now that it's finally here (well, almost), the ad campaigns have begun. Last week we wrote about Tim Allen (you remember...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan S
Today in Car News: Economics 101, Stalling Jettas, and Diesels

Auto sales may have helped consumer spending in July, but were a small bright spot in some pretty dim economic news. [Detroit Free Press] What car would you lose your job over? We'd choose an XKR Convertible, but--hey, wait--we drive cars for a living! No need to steal! Whew. [Jalopnik] The 2009 VW...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
Today at High Gear Media: CR-Z, Tesla and Geek Squad

We've got a second opinion on the 2011 Honda CR-Z. Do you weigh in on "slow and not sporty enough," or "just plain green fun?" Read and reflect. [TheCarConnection] The upcoming Paris auto show is filling its dance card. Up today: the updated 2011 Lexus IS, with some light work around the eyebrows...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla
Today at High Gear Media: Recalls, Drunk Driving, and Charger

Toyota's latest recall involves more than a million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks. It's been long in the works--and Toyota says it's a "voluntary service action." [TheCarConnection] Stat of the day: we spend almost $100 billion on accidents, from repairing vehicles to repairing people...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Today at High Gear Media: 2011 Ford Edge, Benz CLS and Murano

We know the 2011 Ford Edge. We drove the 2011 Ford Edge. You, sir, are no 2011 Ford Edge. (It's made of metal, for one.) [TheCarConnection] We've also seen the 2011 Nissan Murano, and we're split: does the new grille insert relieve the toothy grin, or does it look like those weird Subarus hacked by...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Today at High Gear Media: Cheap Trucks, Wrecked Ferraris and Snooki

The crystal ball for car sales is cloudy, my friends. This year's estimates of 11.6 million sales could be topped slightly--or could be the good old days by next year. Sigh. [TheCarConnection] If you're looking for a deal on a new car, though, the 2010 Chevy Silverado wears the most discounts on...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Today at High Gear Media: GM's IPO, Aston V12 Vantage

General Motors has filed with the SEC for its IPO. Who will save the acronyms? [TheCarConnection] There's a new electric car headed for the 2010 Paris auto show--the Kia Pop EV gives us a charge with that rectangular window, what about you? [AllCarsElectric] The 2011 Kia Sportage has been named a...Read More»

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