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Compared: 2010 Kia Forte Vs. Honda Civic Vs. Ford Focus
Compared: 2010 Kia Forte Vs. Honda Civic Vs. Ford Focus

Fuel-sipping sedans are in vogue--and no, we don't mean that glossy magazine with 73 pages of ads for every real article with real words. Fashionable, sure. And when it comes to compact sedans with a light touch at the gas pumps, a few labels stand out above all the rest. The all-time champion of...Read More»

Clunkers
BREAKING: House Adds $2 Billion To Cash-For-Clunkers, Senate Is Next

Well, that was quick. Just four days after the launch of the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers," it appears that it may be suspended due to its own success. Apparently eager buyers have blown through the $1 billion allocation, and dealers are worrying...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic GX
Honda Brings Squeaky-Clean Civic GX To A Third State—Utah!

Honda’s natural-gas-powered Civic GX is only offered to the general car-buying public in two states—California and New York. But today the automaker announced a third state where it’s available: Utah. Why Utah? According to Honda, the Great Salt Lake state leads the nation in per capita...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Viva, to be sold in South America as Chevrolet Agile
First Sketches: 2011 Chevrolet Viva, or Agile, formerly Aveo

We've known for a while that the Chevrolet Aveo would be replaced by the 2011 Chevrolet Viva, which will be sold in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, courtesy of GM's new global product development process. Now the first official renderings have landed from GM, and if the production car...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Driven: 2010 Toyota Prius…77 mpg!

Early this year TheCarConnection.com brought you first driving impressions for the redesigned 2010 Toyota Prius, and in the months following the Prius has been covered in exhaustive detail by companion High Gear Media site AllAboutPrius.com. In his first drive report of the 2010 Prius, editor Marty...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight - 57 mpg
Driven: 2010 Honda Insight

When TheCarConnection.com took our first drive of the 2010 Honda Insight late last year, we predicted that despite the Insight's relatively simple mild hybrid system, "In the real world, nearly all owners are likely to see results above 40 mpg, no matter what type of driving." After a follow-up...Read More»

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
Driven: 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Diesel

“We get squat.” That was the pronouncement of a journalist and car-nut friend of mine named James who I bumped into on the streets of a northern Italian town this past spring. His pronouncement came when he spied a gen-VI 4Motion Golf TDI. “We” Americans don’t get the new Golf (ne Rabbit)...Read More»

Manhattan traffic, by Flickr ruser JamesH2008
Economics 101: How Driving Into Manhattan Costs $160

It's Friday, which is our day for more esoteric items. Today's offering: A dense economics blog post, which covers an even more frighteningly complex model for assessing the costs of traffic in New York City. The punch line: If you drive your car into Manhattan, adding to the traffic there causes...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
BMW, Daimler Bailing on Hybrid Team-Up?

BMW and Daimler have spent the past few years developing hybrid vehicles together, along with GM and Chrysler. That four-way partnership is in doubt as a BMW spokesman questioned whether the companies would be better served working on new hybrid solutions--alone. Mercedes officials have hinted to...Read More»

2010 Kia Sorento
Kia on the Move with Optima, Sorento and Amanti

With the 2010 Kia Forte sedan headed to showrooms, and the 2010 Forte Koup coming later this summer, what's up next for Hyundai's sister division Kia? Motor Trend reports Kia will have a busy 2011 model year ahead, with the first vehicle on its launch list coming from the U.S. The new Kia factory...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series
Spy Shots: 2010 BMW 5-Series

This week's multi-car ride-and-drive in the 2010 BMW X6 M and the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT leaves us wondering, when the sedan version of the new BMW 5-Series might finally break cover? With the latest spy shots making the round at Motor Authority, it seems a 2009 Frankfurt auto show appearance for the...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: First Photo, Going Electric Too?

Who says the new age of electric vehicles won't be any fun? According to AutoWeek, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gullwing supercar will get in on the green action with a plug-in version due in 2015. The new electric SLS eDrive, AutoWeek says, will carry the same body and high-flying doors as the...Read More»

GM E85 presentation
Frugal Shopper: Will E85 Save You Money?

Ford, GM, and Chrysler now have a wide range of vehicles that are E85-compatible—meaning they can run on a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline—plus Nissan and Toyota have outfitted some of their largest trucks for it and it's now offered in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300. There...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
Hyundai Gas Lock Delivers $1.49 Gas For New Buyers

In case you've been trapped in a cubicle for the past few months, it's summer again, and that means gas prices are making their march back up toward their peak. While fears of $4 per gallon gas aren't prominent - yet - Hyundai is pre-empting the rise with a promise of $1.49 gas for a full year, or...Read More»

Beer bike in Amsterdam by Flickr user dutchamsterdam.nl
Beer Bike To Be Banned In Anxious Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city of many and remarkably diverse joys and entertainments. But the Dutch are also an extremely practical people. Enter: The Beer Bike, or bierfiets. It's a way for 14 people, at least some of them presumably inebriated (and the video mentions "stoned" as well), to travel through...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
Spy Shots: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been on the drawing boards for a while--and now, the German automaker is running tests on prototypes spotted by the spy photographers over at Motor Authority. The new ML-Class sport-ute is due to arrive in 2011 as a 2012 model. These first photos of test mules...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»

2011 Chevrolet Viva
GM Picks Michigan Plant Off Closure List; 2011 Chevrolet Viva Heading There?

The smallest Chevy, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, is a Korean design that's built in that country and exported to the United States. But now it looks like the Aveo's replacement, the 2011 Chevrolet Viva, could be built at a General Motors plant in Orion Township, Michigan. At the start of June, GM chief...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype at speed
Nissan EV Electric Car To Launch at Frankfurt or Tokyo

Nissan may have the most aggressive plans of any major automaker to produce fully electric cars. The company has said it expects to sell up to 100,000 EVs globally by 2012, using lithium-ion cells from its joint venture with electronics powerhouse NEC Corp. While Nissan provided us with a first...Read More»

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