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First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

What is it?: Mild hybrid version of the big Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan The basics: Teutonic solidity, impeccable equipment, better fuel economy On sale: This fall Price: $87,950 Exactly one year ago, our editor Marty Padgett wrote about the European launch of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Mercedes-Benz S500 Concept for Frankfurt: Plug-In Hybrid S-Class

The Frankfurt Auto Show this year is all about green cars: highly fuel efficient clean diesels, electric cars, and plug-in hybrids. It's where the German automakers offer up their sexiest concept cars. So the photos of the eagerly awaited Mercedes-Benz "Vision" concept car are a bit of a shock: It...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber R/T
2010 Dodge Caliber: Better Interior, Fewer Engines, More MPG

For 2010, Chrysler has slimmed down the choices on its Dodge Caliber hatchback and spiffed up the interior, to make the car more competitive with the best of its class. It now offers just two engines and two transmissions, slightly improving the gas mileage. We've never rated the Caliber...Read More»

Cash for Clunkers banner with Mercury Sable, Albany, New York
Want Clunker Cash? Stop Reading, Call Your Dealer, It Ends Today

If you've got a clunker you've been meaning to trade in, you'd better take the rest of the day off, 'cause the whole Cash-for-Clunkers program winds up at 8 pm tonight. Here's our checklist of steps for anyone who's still hoping to get those $3,500 or $4,500 rebates for a new car that gets at least...Read More»

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Chevrolet Astro Cargo Van Owners: Your 2010 Ford Transit Connect Is Here

Over at our sister site GreenCarReports.com, we've been following the launch of the 2010 Ford Transit Connect van with keen interest. It's a vehicle that has very few direct competitors in the US, though in Europe, there are more than a dozen small urban delivery vans like it. Rated by the EPA at...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'
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»

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UPDATE: GOP Will Oppose Cash-For-Clunkers in Senate

Last week, we reported that the US House of Representatives voted 316 to 109 to pass HR 3445, which allocates another $2 billion to Cash-for-Clunkers from an energy-loan guarantee program. A backlog of dealer paperwork and unexpectedly high consumer interest means the program may already have run...Read More»

1994 Buick Park Avenue, by Flickr user Rienk Mebius
Senate Passes Cash-for-Clunkers Bill, President To Sign Soon

It's a done deal now. Yesterday evening, the US Senate passed a $106 billion war spending bill that includes $1 billion in funds for roughly three and a half months' worth of "Cash for Clunkers" tax credits. The goal is to assist automakers by boosting US car sales, at the same time encouraging...Read More»

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid logo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: The World's Priciest Hybrid?

  When Porsche introduces the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid late next year, its first-ever hybrid-electric vehicle may be the priciest hybrid on earth. While a Porsche executive said pricing hasn't been finalized, according to the German Automobilwoche, the expected European price will be in the...Read More»

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Is A Higher Gas Tax The Way To Pay For Road Repair?

Every now and then, one of our posts sparks a nice online discussion. Typical topics: the fate of General Motors after the government bailout, whether hybrid cars are for conscientious citizens or effete wimps ... and, of course, taxes. Yesterday, we asked GreenCarReports.com readers to weigh in on...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»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
Driven: 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible

The 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible we had for a few joyous days in California was a grin-inducing machine. Everyone who saw it couldn't help but crack a smile, even the most tattooed and grizzled of Harley riders. But perhaps they're just responding in kind to the driver's cheshire cat impression;...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
GMC Terrain Debuts In New York: But Can It Trump CR-V?

We wrote last weekend about GMC's 2010 Terrain small crossover, meant to do battle with the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. At 30 mpg highway with its base 2.4-liter four-cylinder, the Terrain trumps the former by 3 mpg highway, the latter by 2. We're especially interested to see how this...Read More»

2009 Fisker Karma
Fisker Set For $85 Million More In Venture Capital Funding

_GA_googleAdEngine.createDOMIframe('google_ads_div_Article_Bottom' ,'Article_Bottom'); Today Fisker Automotive announced they're inches away from receiving $85 million in venture capital funding to help complete development and bring to production the 2009 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
2010 GMC Terrain Bows In New York With Class-Leading MPG

Today GMC announces the arrival of its new small crossover, the 2010 Terrain, which is debuting this week at the New York Auto Show. Using a platform shared with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, the Terrain is set to slot into GMC’s lineup as the little brother to the successful Acadia full-size...Read More»

2009 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

Ford Motor Company, whose livery includes more IIHS "Top Safety Picks" than any other automaker, adds two more to the fold with its 2010 Ford Fusion and platform-mate 2010 Mercury Milan. To earn a Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must score top "good" ratings in the IIHS' offset frontal and side...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Europe)
European Golf GTI Blends 6.9-second 0-60 With Average 32 mpg

While a release date has not yet been announced for the sixth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI, we wanted to bring you the specs on the European version that VW recently released. The hi-po version of the Golf sports a number of incremental improvements in engine, chassis, exhaust, and electronics to take...Read More»

Barack Obama
Obama Administration Raises Fuel Economy Standards For 2011

Facing an April 1 deadline for auto fuel economy standard improvements, the Obama Administration today announced that 2011 model year standards for all U.S. light vehicles will increase by 8 percent to land at 27.3 average mpg. Broken down, this means 30.2 mpg (up from 27.5) for cars, 24.1 mpg (up...Read More»

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