Hybrids

2012 Buick: Is GM Building an American Lexus?
2012 Buick: Is GM Building an American Lexus?

If you're reading this article in 2012, congratulations. Thanks to the miracle of Google search, Web longevity and ultra-fast fiber-optics, you already know if the renaissance that started in the summer of 2009 at Buick was successful. From our perspective, here in the dark ages of 2009, Buick has...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Malibu Redesign Planned for 2012

One of America's strongest mainstream mid-size sedans, the Chevrolet Malibu, is confirmed to be getting ready for a revamp both inside and out for 2012. The updated car will feature new lines, new powertrains, and better fuel efficiency. The three are all related, however, and not just piecemeal...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt: 230 MPG City, 100 MPG And More Total

GM confirms that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will get 230 mpg city, and a composite fuel economy (city and highway) of more than 100 mpg according to draft regulations being developed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This morning, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson revealed that the...Read More»

BMW EfficientDynamics illustration
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW's Green Four-Door Coupe

  BMW's plans for the Frankfurt Auto Show are coming into clearer focus this week as prior reports of a green-themed Coupe have been shucked aside by the company's PR folks. While BMW plans a 50th-anniversary celebration for the MINI brand, a worldwide reveal of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, and a...Read More»

GM's eBay Motors Deal Goes Live Tomorrow

After a premature post-bankruptcy announcement in July, the real General Motors-eBay Motors deal is going live tomorrow, offering car buyers the chance to purchase a new car fresh off the lot straight from their living room sofa. GM hopes that tapping eBay Motors' 12 million monthly visits through...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Tweeted: GM Showing Buick Compact, New Cadillac Tomorrow

  Sometimes, General Motors is just a big tease. Last week, we had the first drive of the 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo--and later this week, we'll bring you something special on the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, too. Today, GM's giving some bloggers a look at future products in its design studio--an...Read More»

General Motors' mysterious 230 logo
GM's Mysterious '230' Ad Graphic Leads To Wild Speculation

It's fairly rare in these days of digital distribution that a secret stays secret until it's intended to be told, but General Motors appears to be doing a bang-up job with its mysterious '230' campaign. Speculation across the web on the meaning of the 230 number in the graphic - which uses a...Read More»

Clunkers
ALERT: $2B Cash-For-Clunkers Extension Passes Senate, Obama To Sign

Yesterday afternoon, the US Senate passed a $2 billion extension to the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program--better known as "Cash for Clunkers"--by a vote of 60 to 37. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it today. The vote approved a bill identical to the one passed last Friday by...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
Second Buick Crossover Based on the...Aveo?

Buick's adding two more crossovers to its lineup under the Enclave, and according to one source, a small ute based on the next Chevrolet Aveo is in the works. This morning, GM confirmed it's working on a future Buick plug-in hybrid and confirmed the presence of a second crossover vehicle...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Reveals New, Smaller 2011 Buick Crossover (Nee Saturn Vue)

General Motors announced today that Buick will launch a five-passenger crossover next year, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow in 2011. And it looks to us like the Saturn Vue is getting a three-shields makeover. GM released an image of the new Buick crossover's grille. Which looks a whole lot...Read More»

Jesse James with hydrogen land-speed record contender, by Spencer Weiner - Los Angeles Times
B-List Star-Mechanic Mouths Off: Jesse James On Green-Car Tech

We always liked watching Jesse James on "Monster Garage." He was quiet, and usually brought a needed touch of reality to the hype, jumpy editing, and quick-and-dirty projects his shop cranked out for Discovery Channel's cameras. Which is why we're disappointed that the mechanic /...Read More»

cadillac cts coupe 001
2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Comes Next May

The delayed two-door version of the Cadillac CTS is coming in May, and when it arrives, the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe will be joined right away by a V-8 CTS-V Coupe, too. A spokesman confirmed to TheCarConnection that the two-door would get the 2011 model year designation, and that it would share...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M
Preview: 2011 Infiniti M

  Inspired by the 2009 Essence concept car from the Geneva Motor Show, the 2011 Infiniti M sedan makes its world debut next week at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Today, Infiniti released this silhouette sketch of the new sedan, which arrives next year in showrooms and in production...Read More»

Alan Taub, General Motors head of Research and Development
GM's New Research Head: Our Five Favorite Quotes (Plus Bonus)

On October 1, Alan Taub will become VP of Research and Development at General Motors. It's a big job, not to mention that the company's historically independent R+D group was just made part of the Product Development group as GM starts to emerge from its recent bankruptcy with the aid of...Read More»

lamborghini gallardo spyder lp560 4 july 023
Winkelmann: First Lamborghini Hybrid On The Streets by 2015

Raging bulls, supermodels, ridiculous horsepower figures and outrageous styling - not your traditional recipe for hybrid success. But Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann is betting that his brand will be ripe for the transition to gasoline-electric power as early as 2015. The news comes from a...Read More»

2010 Kia Forte
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»

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»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Lexus HS 250h Priced

Lexus has just announced pricing for its 2010 HS 250h hybrid sedan, and there aren't any big surprises. The new luxury hybrid, which will reach dealerships in August, will start at $34,200, not counting a destination charge of $875 that will put it just over the $35k mark that TheCarConnection.com...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»

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