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Who Needs EcoGuide When You've Got DriveGain On Your iPhone?
Who Needs EcoGuide When You've Got DriveGain On Your iPhone?

If you're serious about fuel efficiency, there are plenty of tools to help you wring more mileage out of the gas tank -- or the battery, if you swing that way. Some come standard, like the power display found on the Toyota Prius. Others are a little fancier, like the SmartGauge-EcoGuide combo on...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Want To Save Thousands? Skip The Nav System

If you're trying to pinch pennies with your next vehicle purchase and not sure about the extra cost of a factory-option in-car nav system, don't get it. Especially if you don’t intend to splurge and get a completely loaded vehicle, skipping a nav system makes sense. Cross off the requirement that...Read More»

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Security Alert: Could Hackers Break Into Your Car—Virtually?

More expensive, more technologically advanced vehicles offer better all-around security, right? Well, maybe, but as new research to be unveiled this week looks poised to suggest, you might be opening yourself up to another type of break-in and presenting a challenge to hackers instead of mere...Read More»

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Coming Soon: Smart Key Fobs And Corresponding Smartphone Apps

Key fobs—those little remotes that typically just lock and unlock our car doors—are about to become a lot smarter. Although there have been glimpses of innovation—incorporating remote start, for instance—they haven't changed much in more than a decade. For several years, Volvo has offered...Read More»

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Better In-Car Integration Coming To The iPhone With OS 4.0?

It's been a glaring omission with the iPhone from the start: Users of the much-loved Apple device have no way of tapping into its full potential while in the car and behind the wheel—except by picking it up and operating it by hand, which is now, in most places, illegal. Yet the temptation...Read More»

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General Motors May Skip TV Ads For Youth-Oriented Vehicles

In case you hadn't noticed, General Motors has been pretty quiet on the advertising front lately. The company hasn't launched any snazzy new-media campaigns like the highly successful one Ford put together for the Fiesta -- but then again, neither has GM opted for any controversial, full-scale...Read More»

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Bluetooth Pairing: Getting Better, Still Sometimes Maddening

If you drive several different vehicles, or have several cellphone or smartphone handsets to juggle, you're likely familiar with the frustration: Not every phone will pair with every new-vehicle system. Whether you're shopping for a new handset or a new vehicle, you should keep this in mind, and...Read More»

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Chevrolet Volt To Feature 24 Hour Connection Via OnStar Mobile App

Chevrolet doesn’t want owners of its upcoming Volt plug-in hybrid to just have a car to get them from A to B. For Chevrolet, owning a Volt is all about the experience of having one of the most advanced cars on the road, a feeling the automaker wants owners to be able to take away with them once...Read More»

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2011 Nissan LEAF: Smartphone Integration, Coming At Launch

Just a few weeks ago, we reported that smartphone vehicle control isn't as far away as you might think. Five to seven years ago, more than a quarter of all new vehicles are anticipated to have some remote capabilities. Now it's looking like Nissan might be one of the first automakers to offer it in...Read More»

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