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End of the Free Ride: California Nixes Hybrid Access to Carpool Lanes – For Now
End of the Free Ride: California Nixes Hybrid Access to Carpool Lanes – For Now

If you’re one of the lucky 85,000 California drivers of hybrids with yellow decals permitting access to carpool lanes, the free ride is over – for now. The state officially ends this program June 30 and will replace it with a new sticker program for electric and plug-in cars in the near...Read More»

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Bentley Shows Continental GT Supersports In New York

Even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. The Bentley Continental Supersports you see here is powered by E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), thus Bentley Motors' one and only claim to eco-friendliness thus far. Here...Read More»

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Germans Have Arrived in Chattanooga

A delegation of the big wigs from Germany, a delegation of Lower Saxony including the former Minister of Economics, Labor and Transport, Walter Hirche, have dropped in to take a quick peek at the progress made so far at the new Volkswagen factory going up in Tennessee.  That's a pretty high-brow...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan Komfort
Fuel-Cell-Powered Volkswagen Passats Invade California

Volkswagen announced today that they are bringing over 16 more fuel cell vehicles to join the California Fuel Cell Partnership demonstrations in Sacramento, Calif. The vehicle in question is the Passat Lingyu prototype sedan, which made its debut at the Olympic Games in Bejing last year. The...Read More»

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Volvo Bans Chromium From Leather, Car Interiors

Erin Brockovich would be pleased to hear that going forward, all Volvo interior materials will be chromium-free. Chromium is commonly used in the leather tanning process, and hexavalent chromium (the cancerous stuff that caused class-action lawsuits and gave Julia Roberts a juicy movie role) is...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Equinox LS
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Vehicle At NAIAS GM/SAE Conference

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and General Motors are teaming up to present a press conference about development of the fuel cell at the Detroit Auto Show Wednesday. The presentation will be a part of the show's Education Day this Wednesday, January 21, and will kick off at 10:00 a.m. at...Read More»

2007 Kia KND-4 Concept
2007 Kia KND-4 Concept

Kia’s newest concept car is kinda this, kinda that. Or as chief designer Peter Schreyer would prefer, it “eliminates the boundary between the indoors and outdoors,” and the lines between SUVs and sports cars — a surprisingly common theme at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. This is...Read More»

2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT
2007 Mitsubishi Concept ZT

Mitsubishi may have walked away from its Diamante sedan and wagon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping the company from showing a concept at this year’s Tokyo show patterned very much after the departed four-door. The Concept ZT sports the dimensions of a big front-drive sedan, like the old...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept
2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept

Audi’s big news for this week’s Shanghai auto show comes in the form of the Cross Coupé quattro, which it dubs a blend of sports car and crossover. The four-seat concept clearly tells you what it is capable of and whose engineering matches this standard — on all roads, under all...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz VISION C 220 Concept
Benz C-Class Gets Diesel in Geneva

Mercedes-Benz is experimenting with a new four-cylinder diesel engine, which will make its way into the new C-Class as a concept at next week’s Geneva auto show. The new diesel engine, Mercedes says, will be clean enough to pass coming European diesel emissions rules for the year 2015. Those EURO...Read More»

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