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NADA Clarifies Position On California Ruling
NADA Clarifies Position On California Ruling

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has clarified their position to TheCarConnection concerning a recent court ruling that allows California to continue to pass air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law. The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that NADA and the U.S...Read More»

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
California Planning To Retire Cars Earlier

The California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) is planning to up the ante on its vehicle retirement program. There are over three million vehicles in California that are 15 years old or older. This is the vehicle population that the BAR regulatory action is targeting. Since older vehicles were...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Blue Oval Gets A Little Greener

We talk a lot about green rides here at TCC -- in fact, the HighGearMedia family boasts several sites that rank eco-friendliness among their top priorities. But as interested as consumers may be in hybrids and EVs and fuel-economy, many also want to see that the companies themselves are operating...Read More»

Natural Gas Hybrid Camry
Two Tales Of Texas Tell Different Stories About Big Oil

We all know that oil is a limited resource. We also know that America is hugely dependent on the stuff, and that much of it comes from foreign sources, which puts the U.S. in some awkward positions, politically, economically, and strategically. Most of us also know that emissions from gas-powered...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe rendering
2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe (Formerly Known As The CL)

Major automakers spend a lot of time and energy developing product lines to fit every nook and cranny of their client base. Nowhere is that more evident than at Mercedes-Benz, where the nomenclature shell game is expected to transform the beloved CL into the new S-Class Coupe for the 2011 model...Read More»

2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley Launches New, Possibly Hybrid Powertrain In 2011

Bentley isn't known for making gas-sippers. In fact, some of its current models rank among the least fuel-efficient in the country (down to the single digits). But that reputation may change a bit when Bentley launches its new, top-secret powertrain in 2011. There's speculation that the engine may...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
German Luxury Brands Face Uncertain Future In U.S.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, new fuel efficiency and emissions regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation could have a serious impact on gas-guzzling luxury vehicles. If approved as they stand in draft form, the regulations provide very...Read More»

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Automakers: More Ethanol In Gas Might Lead To More Problems

Fill up at almost any pump today and you're likely to see a reminder that what you think of as gasoline can contain up to 10 percent ethanol. The effect of that much ethanol on your car is relatively benign; it's been allowed since 1978 and over more than three decades the ethanol, mostly sourced...Read More»

Barack Obama
New Regs Seek 5% Annual Boost In Efficiency Through 2016

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled the new auto emissions and efficiency standards that we've been expecting since last week. Those regulations, which kick in during the 2012 model year, require an annual boost in fuel efficiency of around 5%, with a target of reaching 35.5 mpg by calendar year...Read More»

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Chamber Of Commerce, NADA Oppose EPA's California Ruling

Earlier this week, we mentioned that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency were preparing to release their first-ever joint regulations -- specifically, regulations on fuel efficiency and emissions. The document is intended to create a consistent, nationwide...Read More»

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Nationwide Emissions Regulations May Be Released This Week

Environmentalists and bureaucrats have reason to celebrate: the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are preparing to issue their first-ever joint regulations. The topic at hand will be automobile emissions levels and fuel-efficiency, the latter of which is...Read More»

'Please Stop the Idling' rap, sponsored by Livable Streets Initiative
Not-So-Idle Kids Rap About Idling In Traffic

We're all about education here at TCC, and we think programs like the Livable Streets Initiative's "Street Films" project are pretty gosh darned awesome -- especially when they encourage kids to think about transportation, the environment, pollution, and anything else besides MySpace and the...Read More»

PZEV badge on Ford Focus
The Long Wait Is Over—EPA Upholds California Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today granted California a long-anticipated Clean Air Act Waiver. Under it, California—along with 13 other states—will enforce its own emissions standards until the 2012 model year, when the federal government will begin phasing in new national standards...Read More»

1994 Buick Park Avenue, by Flickr user Rienk Mebius
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»

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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»

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