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Diesel-Hybrids, Fiat 500 EV, And Saab Dangles: Today At High Gear Media
Diesel-Hybrids, Fiat 500 EV, And Saab Dangles: Today At High Gear Media

The saga with Saab and Spyker continues--still--nearly a week after the original deadline for a deal or decision. Now it looks like Spyker is once again Saab's only hope, though it's not clear that the deal proposed will be accepted by GM. Expect a decision by tomorrow, as that's the new new...Read More»

Pirate
Ship Carrying 2,300 Hyundai Cars Seized By Somali Pirates

Seeing the humor in pirate attacks isn't always easy, but even the jaded have to crack a grin at Hyundai public relations man Dan Bedore's Twitter commentary on the hijacking of a cargo ship carrying 2,300 Hyundai and Kia cars: "Even Pirates seem to be switching to #Hyundai." According to a report...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Honda Concept: Today At High Gear Media

The headliner today is without doubt Cadillac's stylish and seriously sporting CTS-V Coupe. At $70,000 it's not an Everyman car, but it doesn't need to be. Unlike a lot of what's rolled out of Detroit--or Japan or Europe for that matter--lately, it's a purpose unto itself. Check out full stories...Read More»

2005 Nissan Quest 4-door Van SL Angular Front Exterior View
Mercedes Plug-in, No More Quest: Today At High Gear Media

Today's news is back into the swing of things after a quick holiday break, and there are a left over few gifts in the mix as well. Mercedes-Benz is expected to turn out a plug-in hybrid version of its S-Class, much like the concept shown last fall in Frankfurt. No precise details on date or pricing...Read More»

DrinkTracker iPhone app
Apps For Alkies: Track Your Tippling On New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a special night: a night for wary suburbanites to make their annual schlep to the city center, and for otherwise upright teetotalers to knock back the bubbly like barflies. Here at TCC, we fall somewhere in the middle -- right between "grandpa at the ice cream social" and "Gary...Read More»

Driving on ice in Paignton, England
Safety Video: Why Driving On Ice Is Generally A Bad Idea

Ice Road Truckers do it for a living. Even Jeremy Clarkson and James May did it -- all the way to the freakin' North Pole. So why shouldn't you or I drive on ice? Because as this clip demonstrates, it's dangerous and it'll ruin your pants (not in the way you'd think). Consider it a safety reminder...Read More»

GPS satellite
Cautionary Tale: GPS Strands Couple In Oregon

Here are a couple of words to the wise men (and wise women): be prepared for your holiday travels. For flyers, that means bring books to pass the time and wear slip-on shoes. For road-trippers it means bundle up, carry snacks, and don't always trust your GPS navigation system. A Nevada couple...Read More»

Volkswagen Park Assist spot
Study: Men Park Better Than Women (And VW Agrees)

Jokes about men's and women's driving abilities have fueled more stand-up routines than we care to remember, but a new study indicates that there may be some truth behind those yuks. Researchers in Germany put 65 men and women behind the wheel of an Audi A6 and tested them on head-on, reverse, and...Read More»

Great Drives: Christmas at Biltmore
Great Drives: A Pilgrimage, Of Sorts

This holiday season, High Gear Media wants to wish you the best possible end to a difficult year. We're reaching back into the archives and into our own lives for some memorable holiday moments. Tell us your own, and take with this our sincere hopes for a better 2010. We all make pilgrimages, and...Read More»

Mustang Pool Table
Last-Minute Shopper: 1965 Ford Mustang Pool Table

Okay, so technically, you can't get this 1965 Ford Mustang pool table in time for Christmas. In fact, so far as we can tell, nobody will find one of these babies under the tree tomorrow, since MustangPoolTable.com only seems to be "taking orders" for them. However, you'd be hard-pressed to find any...Read More»

Art Lebedev's Transparentius design
Transparent Trucks Show The Road Ahead

Art Lebedev might not be a household name in the U.S., but it's one of the leading design studios in Russia, and it has been known to turn out some pretty interesting ideas. The latest is a system of cameras and screens that lets the traffic behind a semi-truck see what's on the other side. By...Read More»

Aston Martin One-77
One-77 Hits 220 MPH, Saab Still In Limbo: Today At High Gear Media

There's a wide-ranging bunch of news today, from the first hybrid motorcycle being launched in India to the fight to keep Saab on life support. That fight has until December 31 to come to a positive result, or it will be lights out for the brand forever. Read up on what you can do to help save Saab...Read More»

Volvo C30 electric concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
Saab Saga Drags On, Subaru RWD In Doubt, Volvo EV: Today At High Gear Media

Winding our way toward the holidays this week, the struggle to save Saab from history's trash bin goes on at Spyker even after GM shut down the purchase process last Friday. Spyker's efforts may not be in vain, but we don't know yet if GM will be satisfied with the Dutch company's revisions to...Read More»

Screencap from GM's holiday OnStar promotion
Video: Santa Uses North Star And OnStar This Christmas

Not so long ago, kids were content just knowing that Santa was in the air. Eventually, NORAD got into the act, giving children and their anxious parents precise details of the big guy's whereabouts. Now, General Motors has joined the fray: this Christmas Eve, children of all ages can get updates on...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited
Saab Dead, Sienna Driven And Mustang 5.0 Returns: Today At High Gear Media

There's a mixture of good and sad news today. To start with the worst and attempt to move on: Saab is no more, as GM hasn't found a suitable buyer. Without disclosing any specifics, GM announced this morning that it would begin the winding-down process of the Swedish brand it has held for the last...Read More»

From the Toyota Yaris 'Clean Getaways' clip
Video: Racy Yaris Ad Vs. The Volt Dance. Which Is Worse?

Toyota's Clever Film Competition asked fledgling filmmakers to create ads for the Toyota Yaris. In the contest rules, Toyota stipulated that submissions couldn't "break the law", "portray the Toyota Yaris in a negative manner", "show reckless or careless driving", or "be immoral". After the...Read More»

Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley
Last-Minute Loot: Ten Days, Ten Gifts From HighGearMedia

A few weeks ago, we offered readers some great picks for holiday gifts.  And we know that some of you took our advice, but others...well, you've waited, haven't you? Don't worry, we're not here to judge. (Much.) No, we're here to help with ten great gifts -- one for each day remaining until...Read More»

The (terrible) Chevy Volt dance from the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
Chevy Volt Dance Video: Is ALL Publicity Good Publicity?

Yesterday, the Chevrolet Volt Dance hit the interwebs in a big way -- and rightly so. Because it is terrible. BIBLICALLY terrible. Like, no-wonder-Bob Lutz-got-moved-around terrible. We thought briefly about praising it as the best indie film in recent months and Avatar's stiffest competition for...Read More»

Tesla Roadster road-trip map from Los Angeles to Detroit, Dec 2009-Jan 2010
50 mpg MX-5, Tesla Road Trip And Renault Return: Today At High Gear Media

You say a 50-70 mpg sports car can't be done? Well, if the latest rumors are true, Mazda begs to differ. By dropping a high-efficiency SKY-G direct-injection gasoline engine into the next-gen Mazda MX-5, they plan to put a rear-driven sports car on the road with 50+ mpg. Read up on the full story...Read More»

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