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Let The Predictions Begin: How Will New CAFE Rules Affect Cars?
Let The Predictions Begin: How Will New CAFE Rules Affect Cars?

  While the details of President Obama's new CAFE and emissions regulations aren't yet known, TCC has been studying potential outcomes for some time. That search turned up testimony presented to the EPA by Eric Fedewa, VP, Global Powertrain Forecasts, from CMS Worldwide (a privately held company...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Daimler Takes Stock in Tesla

Tesla Motors, and its ineffable founder Elon Musk, may have found the tether to long-term viability that they've been seeking. No, not the Federal government--though Tesla's application for federal bailout money is still in process. The tether comes in the form of Daimler AG; sister sites...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
Engines Will Shrink For Fuel Efficiency, But You'll Pay More For Less

It's long been tradition that big cars have big engines. But fuel-economy standards (in the US) and carbon emissions limits (in Europe) mean that even the big cars of tomorrow will have to use far less gasoline than they do today. One way they'll get there is by radically downsizing the engines...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Spy Shots: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

There's a new 2012 Volkswagen Passat in the works, and early spy shots of prototypes hint that it'll be longer and wider than today's car. The giveaways, according to our colleagues at Motor Authority, are the wheel arches on their spy-shot car, as well as a wider B-pillar on the test mule. The...Read More»

Better Place battery-swap demonstration
Better Place Video Of EV Battery-Pack Quick Swap: Nope, STILL Not Convinced

Yesterday, we laid out in some detail why we're not sold on the idea that the Better Place electric-vehicle startup or Renault, its first vehicle partner, will be able to design a car that lets a battery pack be swapped out in mere minutes. The spur for our piece was a video (below) that Better...Read More»

Better Place battery-swap demonstration
The Questions About Better Place

The venture-funded Better Place consortium has ambitious plans to remake transportation for the 21st century. And they've gotten a lot of press, including more today for their release of a PR video demonstrating a two-minute battery pack swap. We weighed in on our skepticism over that one already...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype grille
Nissan's Audacious Claim: Our EV Will Cost No More Than a Regular Compact Car

It seems to be electric vehicle season out there, with Ford, Chevrolet, and now Nissan giving rides in their development prototypes. In each case, a close-to-final drivetrain was mounted in a development "mule" far from the final production vehicle. Of the three, Nissan has by far the most...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid
Driven: 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

In TheCarConnection.com’s Bottom Line review of the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, Rex Roy points out that the Hybrid is nearly as capable as its gasoline-only counterparts, able to tow a powerboat (up to 6,100 pounds). Though we didn’t have anything to tow, testing the Silverado Hybrid’s...Read More»

2009 Honda FCX Clarity, being delivered to 19-year-old actress Q’orianka Kilcher
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»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler-Fiat: We Predict The 2012 Lineup

It's official--Chrysler has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the long task of sorting out the good from the bad at the storied automaker, with the added task of joining hand in hand with Italy's Fiat Group to build a new Chrysler with a new range of small cars. You might have...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Coming This Fall: 2010 Hyundai Tucson, 2011 Sonata Hybrid, and Maybe Equus?

It's shaping up to be a banner fall, if you work at one of the automakers that will still be in business in its current shape come September. That's the case at Hyundai, where the ambitious product strategy has two and maybe three new vehicles in the bullpen for 2009 and early 2010. The first? A...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»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Driven: 2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

Last weekend we drove VW's brand-spanking new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 powered Touareg TDI. It's VW's second vehicle in its diesel onslaught for 2009, made possible by the German obsession with the oil burner, and it's the first time they've put their new clean diesel in the big SUV. So is "Clean...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
BMW for 2010: 5-Series GT, X1, and Two Hybrids

BMW has a busy year ahead, with introductions of four important new models throughout the rest of 2009 and into 2010. Earlier this year, we showed you the first photos of the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT. BMW labeled it as a concept--but our sources confirm the first production cars will emerge this fall...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI
Audi A3 Going Hybrid

Audi's been sporting a diesel-powered A3 hatchback around the U.S., as it looks at pushing its oil-burning powerplant deeper into the American driving public's hands. Will a hybrid Audi A3 also be in the cards for the growing luxury brand? Autocar says a gas-electric A3 is indeed in the works...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus 1-Series: Europe-Only, Hybrid Only?

Lexus has repeatedly refused to market a model below the $30,000 price point in the U.S., effectively saying it's beneath the brand. But in Europe, where luxury knows no bounds, extending well into the compact segment, a small and somewhat less-expensive model may be a key element in becoming...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 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Gets Price Cut

Mercedes-Benz hopes that an attractive new pricetag on its new 2010 E-Class will help you forget the recession, the bankruptcy of its old pal Chrysler, and will open your wallet. The new E-Class gets a significant price cut for 2010. The base rear-drive E-Class will sticker for $48,600 when it goes...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrid In the Works

Mercedes-Benz is new to the hybrid gas-electric movement, but it's going full-bore in the 2010 model year with hybrid versions of its ML450 sport-utility vehicle and its S-Class sedan. The two vehicles use different hybrid systems--the ML450 a version of the two-mode system shared with GM's big...Read More»

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