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

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

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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... read more August 30, 2010 by  1


 
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... read more August 24, 2010 by 


 
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... read more August 11, 2010 by 


 
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... read more August 10, 2010 by 


 
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... read more July 16, 2010 by  6


 
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... read more June 28, 2010 by  1


 
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... read more June 18, 2010 by 


 
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... read more June 11, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Smart electric drive

Driven: 2011 Smart Electric Drive

With a jolt of electricity, the Smart Fortwo can become relevant—and refreshingly different. Further to the point, our surprising conclusion after a couple of hours behind... read more June 10, 2010 by 


 
IIHS crash images from LSV and minitruck tests

IIHS Report: Low-Speed Vehicles & Public Roads Are A Dangerous Combination

At first, you'd see them scooting around college campuses or large factories. Then retirees and the gated-community set hopped onboard. Now, low-speed vehicles and their more... read more May 20, 2010 by  1


 
2009 Nissan Versa 5dr HB Auto S Front Exterior View

Frugal Shopper: Five Most Miserly Models

Run all the numbers for overall ownership costs—including depreciation, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and the like—and you'll almost always find that holding on to... read more March 19, 2010 by  10


 
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... read more January 19, 2010 by  11


 
2010 Smart fortwo Passion Coupe

Smart Offers Its First Lease Incentive Program

Jill Lajdziak has only been on the job a couple of weeks, but already Smart's new CEO is shaking things up with the company's first-ever lease-incentive program. Shoppers can... read more January 18, 2010 by 


 
Think City electric vehicle

Official: Think To Build Electric Cars In U.S.

Think Global is a Norwegian based manufacturer of electric vehicles and is the same company behind the original ‘Th!nk’ electric car that went on sale in the U.S... read more January 5, 2010 by  1


 
Jill Lajdziak

Former Saturn Chief Gets Top Job At Smart

On January 1, 2010, Saturn's former general manager, Jill Lajdziak, joined smart's American team as vice president of marketing and sales. Three days later, she was named the... read more January 5, 2010 by 


 
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