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OPEC thinks the electric car revolution is upon us, too
OPEC thinks the electric car revolution is upon us, too

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which suggested that the electric car revolution may happen far more quickly than anyone expects. In 2016, BNEF's team of analysts thought that by 2040, 35 percent of the world's new cars would run on electricity...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Our renewed love for SUVs is all part of OPEC's cheap oil strategy

If you're like most car-owners, you're of two minds when it comes to gasoline. Obviously, part of you is happy about today's low fuel costs. However, another part of you--perhaps the pessimistic part--wonders why gas is so cheap these days. Consciously or subconsciously, you're waiting for the...Read More»

Oil well (photo by John Hill)
OPEC Laughs In The Face Of Electric Cars

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has issued its annual World Oil Outlook report, and to absolutely no one's surprise, it's pretty optimistic about the future of fossil fuels. Among OPEC's big predictions: 1. By the year 2040, 94 percent of vehicles that roam the world's...Read More»

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$2 Gas Is Back! Is That Good?

If you've been to a gas station in recent weeks, you know that fuel prices are low -- crazy low. That seems like a good thing, but is it? Yes and no. ALSO SEE: 2015 Nissan Murano: First Drive According to AAA, today's price for a gallon of unleaded regular averages $2.67. In some parts of the...Read More»

Gas shortage in the Pacific Northwest, December 1973
Happy 40th Birthday, 1973 Oil Crisis!

Last week, Israeli Defense Forces commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War with a series of tweets (one of which was misread by investors, causing a brief spike in oil prices). Most Americans don't remember the details of the war, but many remember its aftermath: the OAPEC oil...Read More»

Oil well (photo by John Hill)
Oil Traders Misread Tweet, Spike In Oil Prices Follows

Look before you leap, our grandmothers used to say. That calm, orderly, sage advice could've come in handy yesterday, when traders panicked about the price of oil after misreading a tweet. Yes, a tweet. The tweet in question came from the Israeli Defense Forces: Oct. 10 #YomKippur73: Israel Air...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
Demand For Gas Plummets, Oil Prices Sink: Is This Good News?

Today, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.45 -- 18 cents below last year, and 23 cents lower than May. That's good news for commuters, road-trippers, and other folks who depend on gas to get from here to there. But wait, there's more: according to the Detroit Free...Read More»

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Gas Is Cheaper Than It Was A Year Ago: Are We Out Of The Woods?

In America today, the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.84. Last year at this time, it was $3.86. And the difference in those prices could be worth more than just two cents. According to BusinessWeek, the last time Americans saw a dip in year-over-year gas prices was in 2009 --...Read More»

2011 Suzuki Equator 4WD Ext Cab V6 Auto Sport Angular Front Exterior View
2011 - 2012 Suzuki Equator Recalled -- All 73 Of Them

Suzuki fans, we have good news and bad news. First the bad news: Suzuki has recalled 2011 and 2012 models of the Equator pickup. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Some of the bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the...Read More»

'Oil Barrels, 2008' (detail) by Chris Jordan
OPEC Says Production To Remain Steady; Gas Prices Too?

There’s bad news this morning for drivers awaiting cheaper gas: the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has reached a decision to maintain current output levels, not increase them as had been hoped. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors had pushed for increased output, largely...Read More»

Chevy Volt components made from recycled BP oil spill booms
Chevy Volt Gets Even Greener, Uses Parts From Recycled BP Oil Spill Booms

We've spilled a lot of ink on the Chevrolet Volt, its intriguing powertrain, and its potential sales stats. But today, a different spill is fueling buzz about the newest hybrid on the block -- namely, the BP oil spill. In a story that's part head-scratcher, part publicity stunt, General Motors has...Read More»

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Gas Prices To Climb Before Thanksgiving Travel Time

Gas prices have been remarkably stable through this past summer and into the fall. But it looks like that might be due to change. According to experts, it's likely that pump prices could rise significantly—up to 15 cents per gallon—before the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend. For those...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
2011 Model Year Brings New Oils, Longer Change Intervals

The first time you take your new car in for an oil change, beware: Many 2011 models don't use the same oil as the equivalent 2010 models--even if they look virtually identical otherwise. And accidentally refilling with another oil that costs less could end up costing you big; using a different oil...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" LT w/1LT Engine
The DIY Driver: How To Change Your Oil, Perfectly

Let’s start out by making some assumptions. You know how to safely access the underneath of your vehicle. You are amply equipped with tools and auto parts and your heart is in the right place because you would like to do right by the environment and your neighbors as you change the oil in your...Read More»

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Car Insurance: It's Funnier Than You Think

Hey everybody! Let's play anger-inducing, blood pressure-spiking word association. So when I say the word "insurance" what do you think of? Corporate pimps who wear suits, shaking you down for a monthly premium that really is a ripoff when you actually have to make a claim? You think of serious...Read More»

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Time For A Road Trip? Gas Prices Fall As Summer Approaches

Folks driving to the beach or amusement park this Memorial Day weekend should be in for a pleasant surprise: lower prices at the pump. And although the holiday itself is all-American, Europe deserves credit for the gas price plunge. The slide began a couple of months ago, as the cost of crude oil...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door Sedan LTZ Angular Rear Exterior View
Handling a Comeback Can Be a Repair Shop's Litmus Test

There is abundant coverage of how to select a car service facility. Most of the suggestions include soliciting opinions of neighbors and friends, checking with the Better Business Bureau and trying the business out with a small job like an oil change. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a litmus...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto LX-S Engine
Cooling System Related Engine Overheating

Overheating engines happen. To be able to determine the source of the problem is the first step toward a successful repair whether you turn the wrenches or you defer to a professional technician. First make sure the car is actually overheating. Steam wafting from under the hood does not mean the...Read More»

Natural Gas Hybrid Camry
Two Tales Of Texas Tell Different Stories About Big Oil

We all know that oil is a limited resource. We also know that America is hugely dependent on the stuff, and that much of it comes from foreign sources, which puts the U.S. in some awkward positions, politically, economically, and strategically. Most of us also know that emissions from gas-powered...Read More»

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