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Review: 2009 WheeGo Whip NEV -- Challenge To Smart ForTwo?
Review: 2009 WheeGo Whip NEV -- Challenge To Smart ForTwo?

So why is TheCarConnection.com (emphasis on CAR) reviewing a neighborhood electric vehicle? Valid question. Answer: Because WheeGo has told us that their 2009 Whip NEV will make the transition into a fully highway capable model sometime next year, so this could be an up-and-coming competitor to the...Read More»

2009 Tesla Roadster         Photo Credit: Rex Roy
Elon Musk Speaks About Three New EVs, Including Next-Gen Tesla Roadster and 2010 Smart EV

Tesla chairman Elon Musk is in the news again, making small talk about three upcoming EVs. Tesla is producing two of those in conjunction with its new lifepartner, Daimler; the other it'll handle on its own. The two Daimler projects include the already-discussed, already-seen Smart EV plug-in due...Read More»

Shuanghuan Noble vs. Smart fortwo
Link Love From The Car Connection: Smart Fortwo Loses In Court, Police Love Lambo Gallardos, And Please, No More Hipster Videos

♦ At left, you see the Smart fortwo and its lower-priced doppelganger (i.e. Chinese knock-off), the Shuanghuan Noble. But which is which? To Daimler's dismay, a Greek court has ruled that informed buyers totally know the difference, so Shuanghuan is clear for takeoff. But let's see Shuanghuan...Read More»

2009 BMW Z4 sDrive30i
BMW Opens the Bidding at $24 Billion?

Everything has its price--cars, politicians. And while a small pile of cash could make you the owner of car brands like Rover ($15, sold by BMW to Ford) or Chrysler (we think Fiat took them out for a steak dinner), BMW has a much higher sense of its own self-worth. So if you're considering a hot...Read More»

Tata Nano
Want a Tata Nano? Get In Line Behind 200,000 Indian Buyers

The Tata Nano, India's equivalent of the Ford Model T a century later, finally went on sale on April 9th. And while it may not seem like much of a car to US buyers, more than 200,000 eager Indian buyers put down deposits for cars that won't be delivered for as long as two years. And that should be...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
16 Cars for $16,000---Or Less

If you’re looking for a new set of wheels despite the recession, you’re in for a surprise. New cars can be far more expensive than you recall from your last trip to the showroom. According to figures from Comerica Bank, which compiles an annual study on affordability, the average new car sold...Read More»

Heidi Montag atop a Camaro
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes Gullwing FAIL, GM's Aim Is Off, And Who Is This Heidi Montag Person Anyway?

Thursday is like an amuse-bouche: not quite Friday, but tantalizingly close. Here are some links to keep you occupied while we finish watching Top Chef on TIVO. Cue the sad trombone -- We don't often play the schadenfreude game around here, but it's hard not to go a little "Nelson Muntz" when we...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Mercedes-Benz Invests $30 Million in Flagship NYC Store

While other companies struggle for their existence, fat cats like Mercedes are expanding their premiere dealerships in halo markets like New York City. Mercedes announced Sunday a new Manhattan store, to be located on 53rd Street, will replace the current 41st Street location and come online in...Read More»

SEMA 2008: The Best of the Worst

If you've never been to SEMA, it may take the entire show's entire four-day run to recover from the shock and awe associated with being assaulted by so much automotive eye candy. SEMA veterans like your author are less affected. Having survived 15 years of the November ritual, there's not much...Read More»

2009 BMW 335d
Green Car of the Year: The Finalists

The alt-electric-bio-fuel experts over at Green Car Journal have their finalists for the Green Car of the Year award, and a broad range of powertrains are represented in this year's talent pool. The finalists include: 2009 BMW 335d: The 335d is BMW's first diesel in the United States in a long...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz CL Class 5.5L V12
Mercedes-Benz CL550: Your Fin de Siecle Moment

If it's the end of an era of excess, the Mercedes-Benz CL550 sure doesn't know it. This week, while the market is pole-dancing for Hugo Chavez' entertainment, while Palin and Biden and Obama and McCain are all trying to convince you a cure is on the way and really offering no evidence to support...Read More»

Smart fortwo "ed" Is Lithium-Ion Electric Testbed

Marking the 10th anniversary of adorable (if slow) little smart cars roaming the streets, Daimler AG has teamed with NASA and equipped the fortwo with solid rocket boosters enabling the vehicle to launch into space and orbit the earth. A moon landing is planned for 2011. In another zinger, Dr...Read More»

2005 HUMMER H2 SUT
Last HUMMER Dealer in Vegas Shuttered

Towbin HUMMER is history--and in its death throes are a larger lesson on GM's HUMMER experiment. Towbin was one of HUMMER's largest retailers in the nation. It's the eighth HUMMER dealer closure in 2008, and eliminates any retail outlets for the brand in notoriously spendy and splashy Las...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Smart and the City

My personal tale of two cities started last week in Dusseldorf, where I spent a couple of days driving the new Benz GLK, and is concluding this week at the wheel of the 2008 smart fortwo in San Francisco. The smart's a funny car, one that inspires a Euro ecstasy in some drivers, and mortal loathing...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Daily Debate: Is Smart a Success?

It seems like only yesterday we took the 2008 smart fortwo for its inaugural road test here at TheCarConnection.com. Long before it arrived Stateside, though, the smart began rolling off an assembly line in Hambach, France, and joined the pop-culture lexicon as one more way to fight traffic and...Read More»

2000 Mazda Miata
Eight Cars to Drive Before You Die

Your everyday car may be special to you, what with its nice rims, a cool satellite radio system, enough room in the console to hide evidence of trips to Carvel. Chances are, though, it's a Camry, Accord, Fusion, or Malibu--all fine cars, but not really epic examples of the history of carmaking...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Is It Smart to Put Premium in Your Little Fortwo?

Among the cars I am test-driving this week is a BMW M3 Coupe. It is, as you might expect, a joy to drive. But it is painful to refill, averaging barely 17 mpg and demanding nothing less than the choicest of premium gas. OK, when you’re spending $53,800 on a high-performance two-door, I guess you...Read More»

Smart fortwo
Are Small Cars Safe? Surprisingly So!

There was a lot of attention given a recent federal test of the new Smart fortwo. The little coupe received what was, on the whole, the highest possible kudos following a series of crash tests. The microcar also was rated “good” last week by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway...Read More»

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