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7 Worst Automotive Gifts
7 Worst Automotive Gifts

'Tis the season for holiday cheer, and all that. But for car-crazy people, it's also the season for a heap of seemingly useless automotive gifts, most of which will be stowed away until your next white elephant exchange or passed along to the novice driver in the family. Well-intentioned relatives...Read More»

2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe
Trending In Social Media This Week: BMW Unveils 1-Series M Coupe, Ford And Chrysler

Social Car News has partnered with real-time online buzz tracker OneRiot to bring you a weekly report on what's trending in the automotive social media world. Each week we monitor discussions across all platforms, including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Digg, MySpace, and blogs, to bring...Read More»

Smart ForTwo display team
Jingle Bells In The Key Of Smart ForTwo

It’s that time of year again and music is in the air. Well, something’s in the air and Smart decided it should be its rendition of Jingle Bells. Played in the tune of ForTwo, this version of Jingle Bells was created (almost) entirely with sounds from actual Smart Fortwo minicars...Read More»

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Smart Fortwo Car Sharing Program Car2go Reaches Milestone

In its first year, the pilot program on the car2go Smart Fortwo car sharing program in Austin has registered 15,000 members and logged 100,000 rentals and more than 300,000 miles. That’s pretty impressive for a city where most people own and drive their own cars. The program is so successful...Read More»

Smart Fortwo Hello Kitty
Smart Launches All-Out Assault On Dumb

Smart has published a manifesto on its Facebook page -- a manifesto against "dumb". The headline spells out the concept pretty clearly: "smart is against dumb, mindless consumption. Are you?" The manifesto goes on to list examples of the "dumb" that smart seeks to eradicate: • Dumb is Venti...Read More»

Smart Fortwo Hello Kitty
Customize Your Smart Car With Hello Kitty Graphics

Hello Kitty just got her driver's license. The cute little feline cartoon is now driving a cute little Smart car. Okay, not driving -- decorating. Sanrio, Inc., the company behind the popular little global icon is partnering with the U.S. distributors of the Smart ForTwo. Hello Kitty lovers can can...Read More»

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New Five-Seat Smart Subcompact To Be Sold in U.S. Next Year

Smart dealers are reportedly excited by the announcement that they’ll get another vehicle to sell alongside the two-seat Smart ForTwo minicar sometime next year. GreenCarReports confirms that Smart has reached a deal with Nissan Motor Company to sell a new five-door, five-seat...Read More»

Today at High Gear Media: Volt Charging, Smart USA Calling

The new car from Smart USA will come from Nissan, in the form of a five-door rebadged Micra. Daimler gives its blessing, in case you were worried. [GreenCarReports] The 2011 Chevy Volt's 240V charger costs the same as five AppleTVs...but they don't cost $1475 to install. [GreenCarReports] Oh, so...Read More»

No hitchhiking
Daimler Becomes A Yenta For Carpoolers With Car2gether

Zimride. eRideShare. Match.com. Every few months, it seems like someone new is trying to arrange hook-ups between carpoolers. Now, it's Daimler's turn. Daimler has announced plans to launch a new social media service called Car2gether. Much like those other ride-sharing services, Car2gether relies...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo
Smart Sales Sputter, But Upcoming Products Will Broaden Appeal

Smart's newness in the U.S. is wearing off, and demand for its only U.S. model, the Fortwo two-seater is, falling. According to Automotive News, the Smart brand will likely sell fewer than 100,000 vehicles worldwide, down from 114,000 in 2009. Citing a report from the German paper Der Spiegel, it...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Video: Fiat Launching This Year With 165 Dealerships In 119 U.S. Markets

A week ago, we told you that Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne was planning to meet potential Fiat dealers and explain his vision of the American Fiat network. Yesterday, the CEO did just that, and he seems to have generated lots of enthusiasm among attendees -- even though other dealers are clearly...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
Today at High Gear Media: Mazda Shinari, Regal and Post-Grad Cars

In today's morning mail, the Mazda Shinari--a gorgeous four-door coupe that we can't help but think would kick the RX-8 to the curb. Agreed? [MotorAuthority] The 2011 Buick Regal is one of the IIHS' Top Safety Picks this year, meaning it's earned top scores, has stability control, and meets new...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat, Alfa Romeo Rollout Gives Some Chrysler Dealers Agita

Next Monday, August 30, Chrysler will bring 600 dealers to the Detroit Institute of Arts, where CEO Sergio Marchionne will share his vision for the U.S. rollout of the Fiat brand, and subsequently, Alfa Romeo. He will have a lot of 'splainin' to do. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
Today in Car News: Corvettes, Porsches, and Mustang II

It's Wednesday--the less glamorous middle sister to fabulous Friday--and High Gear Media is settling down in the Bay Area, ready for this weekend's Pebble Beach Concours and classics weekend. While we're putting up the tents and setting up the wireless connections, here's what we're browsing from...Read More»

Screencap from Porsche's YouTube channel
Battle Of The Brands: Which European Automakers Bare All On YouTube?

Yesterday, we launched a little friendly competition: a comparison of automakers' YouTube channels. We were curious to see which qualify as must-see web TV and which ought to be canceled ASAP. Monday was devoted to U.S. brands, and today, we're moving across the pond for a look at their "European"...Read More»

Smart ForTwo tank
Want To Eradicate Any Smart ED Worries? Just Say Tanks

Like the Nash Metropolitan 50 years ago, the 2010 Smart ForTwo generates its share of cracks, stares, and guffaws. People who drive the tiny two-seat Smart minicar just have to get used to it. And Smarts suffer their share of slights, from a rash of 'Smart dunking' incidents in the canals of...Read More»

2011 Smart electric drive
Smart Co-Founder Hayek Dies

One of the founders of the Smart brand has died. Nicolas Hayek, the chairman and founder of Swatch Group, passed away in Switzerland at 82, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hayek led the company that reinvented the Swiss watch (conflated into "Swatch") with an inexpensive, stylish range of plastic...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle information iPhone app
Video: New iPhone App Has Chrysler Feeling Social

Yesterday saw the launch of two auto-related iPhone apps -- one from Daimler, the other from Chrysler. And if you think you know which was more impressive, you might be in for a surprise. Daimler's app was designed specifically for owners of the new Smart EV, though anyone can download it if they...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Electric Drive, Renault Engines, CVT All Part Of Smart Five-Year Outlook

Business isn’t exactly strong for Smart in the U.S. The niche minicar brand sold 24,000 vehicles in 2008, then just 14,000 units last year. The reason for the decline, insists Smart USA president Jill Lajdziak, isn't so much that demand for the smart has been exhausted, or that the smart has lost...Read More»

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