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Senate Passes Cash-for-Clunkers Bill, President To Sign Soon
Senate Passes Cash-for-Clunkers Bill, President To Sign Soon

It's a done deal now. Yesterday evening, the US Senate passed a $106 billion war spending bill that includes $1 billion in funds for roughly three and a half months' worth of "Cash for Clunkers" tax credits. The goal is to assist automakers by boosting US car sales, at the same time encouraging...Read More»

Pile of junk cars
Cash For Clunkers: Junk Legislation?

As our own Richard Read reported this morning, there's news from Capitol Hill that the "Cash For Clunkers" legislation is moving forward. Who could be against a program that speeds up the elimination of bad, evil vehicles, helping bunnies and wild flowers to breath more easily across the globe? As...Read More»

2008 Prius Plug-in Hybrid prototype
Toyota Hit Hardest By New California Emissions Standards

Yesterday, Toyota announced that it will launch a fleet of plug-in hybrids later in 2009. The company's timing couldn't have been better. California's new emissions legislation set to take effect in 2012 has a special requirement for automakers that sell over 60,000 vehicles per year in the state...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
Volvo Piles Into Plug-In Parade With First Vehicles Due in 2012

With its divorce from parent Ford Motor Company imminent, Volvo Cars is fast relearning how to develop its own technologies. Not that it ever lost its engineering skills; many safety technologies used across the Ford portfolio were pioneered by the Swedish firm. Volvo's latest foray is an...Read More»

Prowler limo
Link Love From The Car Connection: Tesla Roadster Recall, U.K.'s Cash-For-Clunkers, And New Zealand's Goats-For-Pickups

♦ Someone smarter than us once said that nothing succeeds like excess. If that's true, the converted ragtop, scissor-doored, six-person Prowler limo up for auction on eBay is America's next Bill Gates. It didn't make the reserve bid this go-round, but we're guessing the pimper/owner will find...Read More»

2010 Subaru Forester with green-roof option
2010 Subaru Forester Gets Revolutionary 'Green Roof' Option

Nature-loving lesbians everywhere will surely rejoice at the introduction of Subaru's new environmentally-friendly, CO2 reducing, organic rooftop carpeting just announced for its award-winning 2010 Forester model. Subaru announced today it will soon be offering this new Green Roof option to its...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Europe)
European Golf GTI Blends 6.9-second 0-60 With Average 32 mpg

While a release date has not yet been announced for the sixth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI, we wanted to bring you the specs on the European version that VW recently released. The hi-po version of the Golf sports a number of incremental improvements in engine, chassis, exhaust, and electronics to take...Read More»

Barack Obama
Obama Administration Raises Fuel Economy Standards For 2011

Facing an April 1 deadline for auto fuel economy standard improvements, the Obama Administration today announced that 2011 model year standards for all U.S. light vehicles will increase by 8 percent to land at 27.3 average mpg. Broken down, this means 30.2 mpg (up from 27.5) for cars, 24.1 mpg (up...Read More»

Carmen Electra and the Camaro Convertible
Link Love From The Car Connection: Hyundai's Bet Pays Off, A Lambo Goes Blammo, And Camaro Drops Top After All

No squares for the Cube -- Nissan has recruited marketing students from ten American universities to draft campaigns for the company's new Cube. Apparently, the company's concerned that old fuddy-duddies on Mad Ave won't be able to speak the hip, new jive required to reach today's 20something...Read More»

Tata Nano
Tata Nano Hits The Market, Environmentalists Sound Alarm

Many have hailed Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, for doing what seemed the impossible; designing, engineering, and building a incredibly cheap vehicle (approximately $2,000), The Tata Nano, which promises to both reduce traffic fatalities and extend the freedom of personal transportation to...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
MPG vs GPM: Should America Make The Switch?

Apart from eating mayo with their french fries, driving a bunch of tiny little diesels, and idolizing Abba and David Hasselhoff, what's the big difference between a European and an American? Over at Green Car Reports, Editor-in-chief John Voelcker outlines the GPM vs MPG debate. As in Gallons Per...Read More»

toilet paper
Toilet Paper Even Less Eco-Friendly Than Hummer H2?

Tender U.S. backsides are, so say environmentalists, wreaking more environmental devastation than their owners' thirsty gas-guzzling cars, sprawling McMansions, or penchant for fast food. But why - and how - are American derrieres causing more destruction than foreign fannies? The U.K.'s Guardian...Read More»

2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, 2014 Paris Auto Show
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid To Deliver V-8 Power, 26+ mpg

Pure electric propulsion is the name of the game for cutting gas/electric hybrid fuel consumption, and Porsche claims to have taken it to a whole new level with the upcoming 2010 Cayenne S Hybrid. Capable of traveling at speeds up to 86 mph solely on electric propulsion, the 5,000-some-odd pound...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord
U.S. Honda Plants Snag EPA Energy Star Awards

By curbing the energy used in its manufacturing operations at plants in Ohio and Alabama, Honda announces today that it's the recipient of U.S. EPA Energy Star awards. Honda of America Manufacturing's Marysville, Ohio plant as well as their East Liberty, Ohio plant, earned the EPA's top energy...Read More»

2010 Hyundai i-20 3-door
45 mpg Hyundai i-20 Three-Door To Make Geneva Debut

We told you yesterday that Hyundai's set to roll out the concept form of its Tucson replacement, the HED-6 ix-onic, in Geneva. Today we learn that a spunky little three-door hatch, the i-20, will be joining in Geneva, itself the bite-size version of the i-20 five-door that was launched last year at...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Hyundai 2010 Tucson Tease, HED-6 ix-onic, Shows In Geneva

Today Hyundai showed off a concept that most are saying will morph into the 2010 Tucson. Called the HED-6 ix-onic, it is one of the concept vehicles that will be on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. What can the HED-6 ix-onic tell us about the new Hyundai Tucson, set to bow later in 2009?...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox
GM Responds Thoughtfully To California Waiver

Falling short of praise for the Obama Administration's dedication to carefully review California's requested waiver to go around - and exceed - the EPA's emissions and consumption mandates, GM issued a statement yesterday claiming it is "ready to engage" the administration and Congress in the...Read More»

sunset in L.A.
A Range Of Reactions To Obama's EPA Directive

As everyone knows by now, President Obama gave the wheels of change a big ol' spin yesterday when he directed the EPA to review California's request to pass auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards tougher than those of the feds. And as everyone also knows, reaction to the announcement has been...Read More»

Fuel gauge
What Will California Waiver Mean To Automakers and Engines?

As Richard Read just reported, President Obama's administration is pushing forward with plans to allow California and other states to pursue their own emissions regulations and fuel economy standards. Just how tough will these new standards be, and will they damage already struggling automakers by...Read More»

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