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Carfellas: Discovery's New Show About Ex-Cons, Cars & Cannoli
Carfellas: Discovery's New Show About Ex-Cons, Cars & Cannoli

If you're the sort of TV fanatic who dreams about a mash-up between the brashness of The Sopranos and the waistbands of Pawn Stars, we've got good news: the Discovery Channel has just ordered 12 episodes of a reality show called Carfellas, and the first two are set to air on Monday night. Carfellas...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
NYC To Get Red-Light Cameras 'On Every Corner' If Mayor Gets His Way

New York City has a reputation for danger and lawlessness that's utterly undeserved these days, being one of the safer large cities in the country. In fact, it's hard to find illicit substances, misbehavior, and sexual perversity for sale even if you go looking for it--which is hardly the Big Apple...Read More»

Chevy, Buick, and GMC 'Main Street in Motion' drive event, CitiField, NYC, June 2011
Chevy, Buick, GMC Get 'Butts In Seats' Via Stadium Drive Days

Let's say you're the largest U.S. automaker, and you have a little problem. You're building cars that get good reviews for features, fit, finish, and fuel economy, but half the world still thinks you build lousy cars like you used to, and the other half shuns you as "Government Motors" due to a...Read More»

cigarettes, taken by Flickr user Schnella Schnyder
Butt Out: New York Bans Smoking In Cars When Kids Are Present

Secondhand smoke kills – so it should come as no surprise that lawmakers would introduce a bill to ban smoking in cars where children are present. In fact, a New York lawmaker, Assemblyman David Weprin, has done just that. In the proposed New York legislation, the smoking ban would apply to...Read More»

Nissan NV200 Taxi
Nissan NV Selected To Ply NYC Streets As Next Taxi Fleet

New Yorkers, your next taxi cab is here--and it's a van. We can imagine the epithets spewing from the South Bronx to Staten Island, as the venerable Ford Crown Victoria will eventually be replaced by a Nissan van based on the NV200, which Nissan recently introduced to the American market. Nissan...Read More»

BMW ActiveE
BMW ActiveE: Important Proving Ground For BMW’s First All-Electric Vehicle, The i3

BMW, eager to get in the electric-car arena, announced this week in New York that it will lease 700 of its BMW ActiveE cars beginning this fall in select markets for a $499 per month, 24-month lease with $2,250 down. The ActiveE, a four-seater, is based on the 1 Series Coupe. The company will begin...Read More»

All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric
Electric Cars Lead Cities To Amp Up

Better get ready for electric vehicles – if you want to stay with the times. That seems to be the message that some two dozen U.S. cities have gotten and are responding to with ambitious plans. On Wednesday, Ford Motor Company released its list of the top 25 most electric-vehicle ready...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Tale of 10 Cities: Worst Traffic Congestion In U.S.

Stewing and fuming, stuck in gridlock on American highways and wondering if there’s any way out of this mess? If you’re in the top 10 U.S. cities for traffic congestion, better learn some Zen meditation, choose different commute times, telecommute – or move to less congested...Read More»

Quick Response code used in a magazine
New Yorkers: Win A 2011 Ford Fiesta In Next Week's City-Wide Scavenger Hunt

If you happen to live in New York City -- or if you're going to be there next Tuesday, December 21 -- you might want to pay attention, because two of the web's hipper lifestyle magazines have put together a city-wide scavenger hunt, and the winner will receive a new 2011 Ford Fiesta. The contest is...Read More»

FDNY Ambulance
New York City To Institute 'Crash Tax' For First Responder Costs

We all hope we're never involved in a serious car accident, but every day, some of us are. Those of us unfortunate enough to have an accident in New York City will soon face not only injury, the loss of our transportation, and the expense of medical treatment, but a bill from the city. Say what?...Read More»

Taxi accident
Video: New York City Wants To Remind You (And Your Children) That Speed Kills, Yo

If you're a member of the National Motorists Association, we have some bad news: New York City is teaching young people about the dangers of speeding. Them's the breaks. (Or "brakes". Take your pick.) On a recent fall day, New York City's Department of Transportation Commissioner, Janette...Read More»

Pedestrians: Small children walking across an intersection
Wrong Place, Wrong Time: NYC Data Provides Tips For Pedestrians

Don't take the sidewalk on the left side of the street; be especially careful in the evening hours; and you might want to skip the intersection entirely. Those are among the most noteworthy tips for pedestrians gleaned by study findings released by NYC transportation planners and commissioned by...Read More»

Detroit
Where Do Americans Spend The Least On Cars? You'll Be Surprised

Where do people spend the least on their cars, gasoline, and getting around? Surprisingly, among major cities, it's Detroit. Those in the Motor City know how to keep automotive costs down; Detroit residents spent a total of $2,124 on average in vehicle-related costs, including gas, topping even...Read More»

VIN tag of 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, by Flickr user Ingue86
Times Square Bomber Unaware: Your Car Has VINs in Many Places

It appears that Faisal Shahzad, who allegedly attempted to set off an incendiary or explosive device inside a Nissan Pathfinder in New York City's Times Square last week, didn't know a lot about cars. He (or perhaps someone else) had filed off the rusty 1993 Pathfinder's 17-digit vehicle...Read More»

Artist Jeremy Dean with half a Hummer H2 for his work, "Back to the Futurama," January 2010
HUMMER-Hating Artist Hacks H2 Into Horse Cart, Cites Hoover

Ah, conceptual art. Clearly our country would be less colorful were it not for the efforts of, say, New York artist Jeremy Dean, who got inspired reading about horse-drawn "Hoover carts" made during the Depression from old car bodies. From there, it was just a short leap to buying a used HUMMER...Read More»

Smart ForTwo envisioned as NYPD traffic enforcement car
Smart Sales Solution: Hey, NYPD, Ditch Those Cushmans For ForTwos!

It's tough being Smart these days. After selling a stunning 24,622 Smart ForTwo models in 2008, its first year on the market, sales sank 41 percent last year. Now Smart has started leasing, launched a car-share service in Austin, Texas, and even hired well-respected ex-Saturn president Jill...Read More»

2010 Detroit Auto Show, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inspecting a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Surprise: Auto Shows Really Do Sell Cars, Says NY Auto Show Owner

Sometimes we get a press release that makes us scratch our heads. Take this morning's little epistle from the 2010 New York Auto Show, the nation's largest, which opens to the public on April 2. According to the findings of a "third-party research group," 72 percent of last year's New York Auto...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz flagship dealership in Manhattan [via NewYorkTimes]
Mercedes-Benz To Launch Top-Of-The-Heap Showroom In Manhattan

For the few Manhattanites that can afford to own cars, and for those visiting from less-cramped spaces, Mercedes-Benz is opening a 333,000 square-foot flagship store on 11th Avenue between 53rd and 54th. Its light, airy look -- with tones of light blue, yellow and apricot "to convey the qualities...Read More»

New license plate design to be issued by New York State in 2010
New York State Backs Down, New License Plates May Be Free

Last week we wrote about New York State's plan to issue new license plates, ostensibly to replace old ones whose reflective material may have worn off. The new and clearly retro design was meant to evoke the bright yellow plates used from 1973 to 1986. But in reality, the sole purpose of the $25...Read More»

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