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

Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car
Mitsubishi and Subaru Electric Cars Go On Sale in Japan Next Month

Friday is World Environment Day, and Mitsubishi used the occasion to unveil the final production version of its i-MiEV electric car, which goes on sale in Japan in about six weeks. The company expects to distribute about 1,400 Mitsubishi i-MiEV models to companies and municipal bodies through March...Read More»

Coda electric sedan
Take Car, Add Batteries: Tesla's Latest Sedan? Nope, It's The Coda

So here's an idea: Take an existing car, re-engineer it with a large lithium-ion battery pack, rebrand it, and sell it in the US as the first all-electric car of its kind. Aha, you say! The 2009 Tesla Roadster! Errrrr ... well ... no. It's the Coda, a new four-door, five-passenger electric sedan...Read More»

Honda FCX Clarity
Driven: 2009 Honda FCX Clarity

Early on an unseasonably warm morning this past weekend I was already getting some good seat time behind the wheel of a hydrogen-fueled 2009 Honda FCX Clarity. By the way, just remembering that there are only three of these fuel-cell sedans in existence, other than the seven that have already been...Read More»

2009 MINI E
Rare BMW Screwup: Mini E Electric Vehicle Is Unpleasant To Drive

Like their owners and pretty much every auto journalist, we love BMWs. And we especially love driving them. It's a cliche now, but especially their sedans are perfectly balanced, instantly responsive, and raring for the open road. They are, to overuse the decades-old tagline, pretty close to the...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»

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell with mobile refueler
As Federal Government Holds Back on Hydrogen, California Remains Buoyant

To much of the general public, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles remain a novelty from a distant future. And hydrogen advocates haven’t done a very good job in demonstrating fuel-cell vehicles to those outside of Los Angeles or Sacramento. It might pique the interest of more than a few gearheads to see...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus HS 250h Pricing—Will It Be Low Enough?

A couple of weeks ago as we got our first drive of the upcoming 2010 Lexus HS 250h—and a first up-close look at its many tech-savvy features—Lexus officials were still guarded about pricing. It makes sense that even just before launch the company is cautious about pricing for this accessible...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
GM Announces New Small Car Production In U.S. Union Facility

General Motors announced today that they're going to utilize and retool idled assembly and stamping facility for future production for new small cars. GM didn't announce which new cars, but we're betting one of them will be the new 2011 Chevrolet Spark. (above photo) The re-tooled plant will be...Read More»

2009 Toyota Yaris 5-door
2009 Toyota Yaris: No Hybrid, No Diesel, No Hypermiling, Yet 41 MPG!

With all the talk about hybrid systems and clean-diesel powertrains as the current be-all and end-all for green-car shoppers, it’s easy to forget that there are a few simple small cars out there that are nearly as frugal—without paying thousands more. You still can get a basic, lightweight...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect - media event in NYC, May 2009
Driven: 2010 Ford Transit Connect

We don't usually break much automotive news here in New York City, unless it's in bankruptcy court (where Chrysler is now, and GM may be next week). So we took great pleasure at driving a 2010 Ford Transit Connect before our colleagues in Detroit and Los Angeles, which are the more usual venues for...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus Rendering
2011 Ford Focus Preview

If you know where to look, Ford Motor Company has told the world plenty about the upcoming 2011 Ford Focus. According to Ford, the Focus we'll get is based on the model currently sold in Europe. Auto journalists over there like it plenty. The current 2009 Ford Focus — really quite a good small...Read More»

Lexus Enform Screen
Enform Infotainment Features Launch In 2010 Lexus HS 250h

Yesterday TheCarConnection.com brought you a first drive of the new 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid. To give you a brief recap, we’re positively impressed but not completely thrilled with the HS. The exterior styling is a little awkward, and its interior and cargo space feel a bit more restricted than...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

Electric 2009 HUMMER H3 by Raser Technologies and FEV
Electric HUMMER H3 In Washington: Any Impact?

  I first saw the 2009 HUMMER H3 by Raser Technologies at the SAE World Congress held last month in Detroit. The vehicle uses a powertrain similar to vehicles from Fisker Automotive; an electric drive motor that takes power from a large battery pack. The batteries are charged via a plug-in source...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
First Drive: 2010 Lexus HS 250h

TheCarConnection.com recently spent a day driving the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, which won’t arrive to dealerships until later this summer. We don’t yet know what the HS will cost (around $35k to start, we predict), but we can already say that this little hybrid sedan is much more than the dressed-up...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Compared: 2010 Toyota Prius Vs. 2010 Honda Insight

In the race to dominate the hybrid market, there really are only two players--Toyota and Honda. While Ford and General Motors ramp up to speed with gas-electric vehicles, it's the Japanese duo that's been selling hybrids in the U.S. for more than ten years and has captured the most buyers. This...Read More»

Euro-spec Volkswagen Golf TDI - 5/09
We Drive The 2010 VW Golf…Sort Of

It’s certainly not often that we get to sample the European-spec version of a vehicle on this continent, but that’s what we got from Volkswagen just over a week ago in Seattle—months before the U.S. version of the new sixth-generation Golf goes on sale. The current fifth-generation Golf saw a...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
So What Will Those 42-MPG Cars Actually Look Like? (Hint: Not Golf Carts)

No, we won't all be driving golf carts. We won't all have to drive a truncated 2009 Toyota Yaris either. Relax and chill, folks. Let's do a little reality-based projecting on what 2016 might look like. In 2016, the new mileage and emissions rules announced today by the Obama administration require...Read More»

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