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Electric Cars Are Coming! Hydrogen...Maybe Not So Much
Electric Cars Are Coming! Hydrogen...Maybe Not So Much

We get asked a lot of questions by friends and colleagues looking to buy cars and trucks, as we noted elsewhere this morning. But we also get asked a lot about future cars, especially hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The standard question is either, "When should we expect...Read More»

2009 Audi R8 Le Mans
RIP Rip-Snorting Audi R8 V12 TDI Diesel

TDI, we hardly knew ye. Dispensed before birth, now merely a dream of the clean, high-mileage supercar, how should we mourn the death of the Audi R8 V12 TDI diesel--which Audi now says it won't build after all? First revealed at the 2008 Detroit auto show as the Audi R8 TDI Concept, then updated as...Read More»

Bill Ford 2006
Who Wants Higher Gas Taxes? That's Ford. Bill Ford.

Ask most energy analysts how to cut US petroleum usage, and they'll point to Europe, where gasoline costs more than double the price in the States. For decades, European countries have taxed gasoline heavily, and the laws of economics work: Consumption per capita is much lower. Now Ford Motor Co...Read More»

2010 Subaru Outback
Subaru Gives 2010 Outback World Premiere At NYC Show

Subaru's one of the few automakers who enjoyed sales increases for 2008. Today at the New York International Auto Show they introduced their new 2010 Outback, which is based on the completely redesigned 2010 Legacy chassis. It's fitting Subaru chose the U.S. for the 2010 Outback's release; many of...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»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Mercedes Announces 2010 E-Class Coupe Engine Lineup

Today Mercedes-Benz announces its European range of engines for the 2010 E-Class Coupe. U.S. offerings likely won't include four-cylinders or diesels (unless diesel popularity undergoes a sea change or fuel prices double). But significant changes to even the uplevel V-6 signals the greater power...Read More»

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 engine
New Type Of Re-Gen Braking To Yield Air/Gasoline Hybrid Car?

The concept of re-generative braking is not new; gasoline/electric hybrids have been using the concept for some time to turn deceleration of mass into electron storage. But a team from the Institute of Engineering and Design at Brunel University in west London claim to have found a clever way to...Read More»

2009 Honda Ridgeline
Next Gen Honda Ridgeline Lighter, More Efficient and Aerodynamic

“The (current) Ridgeline was the right thing to do at the time,” said Dave Marek, chief designer and senior manager of the automotive styling group at Honda Research and Development. “But now that the truck market is a moving target, our opportunity is to make it more fuel-efficient --...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»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen
Driven: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Achieved: 52.4 Mpg

Volkswagen has pumped huge time, effort, and money into its latest diesel offering, a 2.0-liter common rail, piezo-electric-direct-injected four. They call it good, clean diesel fun, but anyone with a memory that stretches back to the early 80s will immediately laugh hysterically at such a claim. I...Read More»

Dodge Circuit EV
80 Journalists Drive Dodge EV During Geneva Motor Show

Chrysler reports a "phenomenal amount of interest" in their ENVI electric vehicles, on display at the Geneva Motor Show. 80 journalists apparently took the chance to drive the Dodge Circuit EV on a test track in close proximity to the show's exhibition hall. They made a Dodge Circuit EV available...Read More»

Corn Ethanol Pump
Ethanol Might Be Sinful Suggests Islamic Scholar al-Najimi

Looks like Bentley Motors can eliminate staunch Islamists from the list of potential buyers for its "greenest car ever," the E85-powered Continental Supersports that debuts at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Green Car Reports’ Editor-in-Chief John Voelcker reported yesterday that Sheikh Mohamed...Read More»

Daniel Sperling on The Daily Show, 2-11-09
In The News: Daniel Sperling And Two Billion Cars On The Daily Show

  Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had a sit-down with Daniel Sperling, co-author of  Two Billion Cars. (The other authors: policy consultant Deborah Gordon and governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wrote the foreward.) As with most talk shows, the segment was too short to generate truly...Read More»

1976 Chrysler Cordoba Sport Coupe
Cash For Clunkers Part Deux: Yield Cordoba, Get 10K From Uncle Sam

Richard Read just reported that the Senate passed car buyer-friendy legistlation yesterday, aimed at easing the financial burden of getting into a new car. Well, if Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow gets her way, the deal will get even sweeter for owners of aging autos; they will be able to get up...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
2009 Honda Fit Rises To The Top In Consumer Reports Comparo

Consumer Reports' March issue rated the 2009 Honda Fit tops in a test of five subcompact hatchbacks and sedans. Against the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa, Suzuki SX4, and Toyota Yaris, CR found the Honda presented the most compelling mix of practicality, efficiency, enjoyable driving, impressive...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda3 i-stop To Debut At Geneva Motor Show

We now know that Mazda's trick engine start/stop function will be dubbed "i-stop," and its world debut will be this March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will first be fitted to the compay's Mazda3 compact equipped with a 2.0-liter DISI (direct-injected) four-cylinder. Mazda will also be displaying...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 Pricing Starts At $37,200

Volvo announced yesterday its new premium crossover, the 2010 XC60, will be at dealerships this March with a base price of $37,200. This puts it right in line with its competitors that include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. Alas, its potent 3.0-liter...Read More»

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell spy shots
Alabama-Built Accord-based Crossover To Compete With Venza

Sources close to TheCarConnection.com report that a new Toyota Venza-fighter, a mid-sized crossover, will soon be coming from Honda. They say the vehicle is proposed for manufacture at Honda's Lincoln, Ala. plant that current employs over 4,000 Americans. Hmm...more jobs for Americans from a...Read More»

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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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