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Lotus EV Minicar Looks Vaguely Familiar
Lotus EV Minicar Looks Vaguely Familiar

Automotive Engineer magazine wanted to know how far Lotus could push the design envelope on a fully electric minicar. Judging from the sketches the company cranked out, the answer is: not very far at all. To be sure, there's some innovation at play, like the rooftop solar panels and the...Read More»

2009 Smart fortwo Passion
Trade In Your Clunker, Get Smart

There's been lots and lots of discussion of the merits of 'Cash for Clunkers' legislation, but it's now here. Or at least, it will be next month--which means carmakers are already rolling out programs to take advantage of it. One of the first is Smart, which points out that the 2009 Smart ForTwo is...Read More»

2009 WheeGo Whip
Review: 2009 WheeGo Whip NEV -- Challenge To Smart ForTwo?

So why is TheCarConnection.com (emphasis on CAR) reviewing a neighborhood electric vehicle? Valid question. Answer: Because WheeGo has told us that their 2009 Whip NEV will make the transition into a fully highway capable model sometime next year, so this could be an up-and-coming competitor to the...Read More»

Shuanghuan Noble vs. Smart fortwo
Link Love From The Car Connection: Smart Fortwo Loses In Court, Police Love Lambo Gallardos, And Please, No More Hipster Videos

♦ At left, you see the Smart fortwo and its lower-priced doppelganger (i.e. Chinese knock-off), the Shuanghuan Noble. But which is which? To Daimler's dismay, a Greek court has ruled that informed buyers totally know the difference, so Shuanghuan is clear for takeoff. But let's see Shuanghuan...Read More»

Tata Nano
Want a Tata Nano? Get In Line Behind 200,000 Indian Buyers

The Tata Nano, India's equivalent of the Ford Model T a century later, finally went on sale on April 9th. And while it may not seem like much of a car to US buyers, more than 200,000 eager Indian buyers put down deposits for cars that won't be delivered for as long as two years. And that should be...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
16 Cars for $16,000---Or Less

If you’re looking for a new set of wheels despite the recession, you’re in for a surprise. New cars can be far more expensive than you recall from your last trip to the showroom. According to figures from Comerica Bank, which compiles an annual study on affordability, the average new car sold...Read More»

Heidi Montag atop a Camaro
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes Gullwing FAIL, GM's Aim Is Off, And Who Is This Heidi Montag Person Anyway?

Thursday is like an amuse-bouche: not quite Friday, but tantalizingly close. Here are some links to keep you occupied while we finish watching Top Chef on TIVO. Cue the sad trombone -- We don't often play the schadenfreude game around here, but it's hard not to go a little "Nelson Muntz" when we...Read More»

SEMA 2008: The Best of the Worst

If you've never been to SEMA, it may take the entire show's entire four-day run to recover from the shock and awe associated with being assaulted by so much automotive eye candy. SEMA veterans like your author are less affected. Having survived 15 years of the November ritual, there's not much...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz CL Class 5.5L V12
Mercedes-Benz CL550: Your Fin de Siecle Moment

If it's the end of an era of excess, the Mercedes-Benz CL550 sure doesn't know it. This week, while the market is pole-dancing for Hugo Chavez' entertainment, while Palin and Biden and Obama and McCain are all trying to convince you a cure is on the way and really offering no evidence to support...Read More»

Smart fortwo "ed" Is Lithium-Ion Electric Testbed

Marking the 10th anniversary of adorable (if slow) little smart cars roaming the streets, Daimler AG has teamed with NASA and equipped the fortwo with solid rocket boosters enabling the vehicle to launch into space and orbit the earth. A moon landing is planned for 2011. In another zinger, Dr...Read More»

2005 HUMMER H2 SUT
Last HUMMER Dealer in Vegas Shuttered

Towbin HUMMER is history--and in its death throes are a larger lesson on GM's HUMMER experiment. Towbin was one of HUMMER's largest retailers in the nation. It's the eighth HUMMER dealer closure in 2008, and eliminates any retail outlets for the brand in notoriously spendy and splashy Las...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Smart and the City

My personal tale of two cities started last week in Dusseldorf, where I spent a couple of days driving the new Benz GLK, and is concluding this week at the wheel of the 2008 smart fortwo in San Francisco. The smart's a funny car, one that inspires a Euro ecstasy in some drivers, and mortal loathing...Read More»

2000 Mazda Miata
Eight Cars to Drive Before You Die

Your everyday car may be special to you, what with its nice rims, a cool satellite radio system, enough room in the console to hide evidence of trips to Carvel. Chances are, though, it's a Camry, Accord, Fusion, or Malibu--all fine cars, but not really epic examples of the history of carmaking...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Is It Smart to Put Premium in Your Little Fortwo?

Among the cars I am test-driving this week is a BMW M3 Coupe. It is, as you might expect, a joy to drive. But it is painful to refill, averaging barely 17 mpg and demanding nothing less than the choicest of premium gas. OK, when you’re spending $53,800 on a high-performance two-door, I guess you...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Are Small Cars Safe? Surprisingly So!

There was a lot of attention given a recent federal test of the new Smart fortwo. The little coupe received what was, on the whole, the highest possible kudos following a series of crash tests. The microcar also was rated “good” last week by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Toyota and Subaru are so much in love, they're getting together to build a new rear-drive coupe. Because, you know, the world didn't get enough of the Corolla GT-S the first time around. Honda Pilot pics swept the Web this week, days before all the reviewers posted their opinions. Well, you checked...Read More»

NHTSA Warns on Smart Crash Tests

Smart's fortwo city car is on sale -- and playing hard to get, if our informal poll of dealers is holding true nationwide. But the government's car safety agency is sounding a warning over the fortwo's crash-test performance, the Associated Press reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

When Small Gets Big, Bigger, Biggest

When the automotive bean-counters weigh in with their latest numbers, on Tuesday, you can be all but certain that the sales reports will trigger panic across the industry. With few exceptions, the analysts are predicting sharp declines, with the industry as a whole likely to barely nudge the 15...Read More»

Smart Charging Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Test Fleet

The smart brand is still getting started in the United States but David Schembri, smart USA president, told TheCarConnection, during a New York Auto Show interview, that the company hopes to have a small fleet of electric-powered smart fortwo coupes in the U.S. for tests in about one year. Parent...Read More»

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