Natural Disasters

Toyota To Offer AC Outlets On Prius, Starting In Japan
Toyota To Offer AC Outlets On Prius, Starting In Japan

One lesson learned from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan was this: hybrid or battery-powered vehicles can provide essential electricity in the event of a natural disaster. Owners of Toyota’s hybrid Estima vans, which come with AC power outlets, used their vehicles as a source of...Read More»

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
2011 Nissan CrossCabriolet Arriving Late For Convertible Season

Supply and production interruptions due to the March earthquake in Japan (and the resulting tsunami) have left the new 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet in short supply—and from the sound of it, some shoppers might not even see Nissan's quirky new soft top crossover in showrooms until after...Read More»

Springfield, Massachusetts tornado from car
Springfield Tornado Video: Brought To You By The Letters "F" And "S"

Trending on Twitter--and brought to you by the letters "F" and "S" in a torrent of curse words--is this video clip of the tornado that just touched down near Springfield, Massachusetts. It's one profanity-spiked YouTube clip, and it shows why amateurs shouldn't take on the real storm chasers...Read More»

Mitsubishi 'i' Emergency Power Supply
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Becomes A Tool For Surviving Disaster

There's nothing like a brief power outage to make us realize how thoroughly dependent we are on electricity. The fact is made even more obvious during a natural disaster, when power supplies can be cut off for days or weeks, but a new add-on for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle aims to soften...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
May Auto Sales: Hyundai And Kia Take Third Place, Ahead Of Toyota

Hyundai and Kia are this month expected to pull ahead of Toyota and Honda, to be the third top-selling brands in the U.S. market after only GM and Ford. Even more to the point, Hyundai and Kia are expected to be the only major brands with sales up versus April. According to the pricing-intelligence...Read More»

Phil Berg, tornado chaser
Phil Berg, The Tornado Chaser Among Us

Car writers who don't use exclamation points as a crutch will do dumb stuff to get out of the office. If I said a certain HGM editor once rode the hood of an Oldsmobile through a wall of fire--twice--for a feature story, would you believe me him? Broken thumbs would have been the worst of that...Read More»

Hail damage
Texas Tornado Defines "Baseball-Sized Hail" Better Than We Can

Maybe 1974 or 1953 could rightly claim it too, but 2011 has been another dreadful, violent year of the tornado. Last night's outbreak of storms across Texas followed on the devastation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo., with a new round of twisters that added dozens to the record-breaking death...Read More»

Akio Toyoda
Worried About Natural Disasters? Akio Toyoda Says Buy A Prius

Toyota president Akio Toyoda -- scion of the Toyoda family for which the company is named -- recently held a press conference on the subject of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan on March 11. And in the middle of it all, in response to what could've been a pre-arranged...Read More»

Kylie Minogue and the Lexus CT 200h
Another Effect Of The Disaster In Japan: Lexus To Lose #1 Spot In Luxury Market

On Friday, we told you about the ways that automakers have suffered following the recent Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. From imaginary problems with Korean companies to very real parts shortages, the disaster has had a direct impact on the way that U.S. consumers view Asian brands. Now, the world's...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Toyota Production In Japan--Including Prius--To Resume At Half-Speed

In the aftermath of the devastating March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami, Japan's automakers are just starting to formulate plans to get rolling once again—at least in part. After being shut down for more than a month, several of Toyota's plants will begin limited production between...Read More»

2011 Acura TL
Honda Cuts U.S., Canadian Output By Up To 50% Due To Parts Shortages In Japan

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11 has affected millions of Japanese citizens, their families, and businesses. The country's auto industry was hard-hit -- both directly and indirectly -- and most Japanese automakers halted operations to grieve for lost workers...Read More»

gas pump
Gas Prices Fueling Price Spike On High-Mileage Hybrids, Small Cars

Gasoline prices are on the rise. And as surely as we can say that more Americans will start putting half-tanks into their cars and complaining loudly about the extra $20 or so a month they'll need to shell out—and schemes like drilling into fuel tanks emerge—let the rush on small cars...Read More»

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