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Next Gen Honda Ridgeline Lighter, More Efficient and Aerodynamic
Next Gen Honda Ridgeline Lighter, More Efficient and Aerodynamic

“The (current) Ridgeline was the right thing to do at the time,” said Dave Marek, chief designer and senior manager of the automotive styling group at Honda Research and Development. “But now that the truck market is a moving target, our opportunity is to make it more fuel-efficient --...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 Spied; Powered By New 6.2-liter Boss V-8

According to Detroit News, Ford will be fitting its upcoming large displacement 6.2-liter V-8 to a greater variety of 2011 F-150s than originally planned. Their spy pic reveals twin pipes supposedly unique to this new engine; not known is whether this is a true dual exhaust setup or simply twin...Read More»

Caddy goes high-tech
Cadillac Hits The Info Superhighway With Wi-Fi

The party in the back of your pink Cadillac is about to get a lot more crowded. As of April 2009, Caddy buyers will have the option of tacking on a wi-fi adapter, allowing gramps, grandma, and all the kids to cruise the streets with their pals from Facebook, Twitter, and, of course...Read More»

Skull and crossbones
OnStar Partners With Poison Control To Help Kids, Pets

We all know that OnStar can indeed be handy for making a last-minute reservation, that it's proved invaluable in helping police track stolen vehicles (or stop thieves in their tracks as operators remotely shut down engine function), and that it's saved lives by alerting authorities when airbags...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Driven: 2009 Infiniti G37S. Great Panache With Drivetrain Lash.

Ever trying to capture the BMW 3-series magic, for 2009 Infiniti has blessed its G37S with the same hi-po 3.7-liter V-6 found under the hood of the angry Nissan 370Z Coupe. Continuously-variable valve timing and trick VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift, wherein the intake valves self-regulate...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
MPG vs GPM: Should America Make The Switch?

Apart from eating mayo with their french fries, driving a bunch of tiny little diesels, and idolizing Abba and David Hasselhoff, what's the big difference between a European and an American? Over at Green Car Reports, Editor-in-chief John Voelcker outlines the GPM vs MPG debate. As in Gallons Per...Read More»

2007 TH!NK
TH!NK Thinks 112-Mile Range, 62 mph Max Will Resonate in U.S.

Sister site All Cars Electric today announced that Norwegian automaker TH!NK, purveyor of the TH!NK city electric car, is planning an aggressive move into the U.S. market. Recently the company nearly went bankrupt, but nonetheless they've sold many of their two-seat all-electrics throughout Europe...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen
Driven: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Achieved: 52.4 Mpg

Volkswagen has pumped huge time, effort, and money into its latest diesel offering, a 2.0-liter common rail, piezo-electric-direct-injected four. They call it good, clean diesel fun, but anyone with a memory that stretches back to the early 80s will immediately laugh hysterically at such a claim. I...Read More»

Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley Continental GT Supersports Goes Green; Wait, What?

So here you have it, folks - even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. We showed you a tease of this new supercar a few weeks back, and speculated on just what Bentley would be doing underhood to arrive claims of greenness, but now we know...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
Driven: 2010 Honda Insight

Climbing into the Clear Sky Blue (think Papa Smurf) 2010 Honda Insight, the first thing I noticed was the enthusiast-oriented gauge cluster, very similar to that found in the Honda Civic. The huge arc that circumscribes the entire affair is simple to read; despite the mass of eco-info presented in...Read More»

2010 Volvo DRIVe lineup
Volvo DRIVe Lineup Adds XC60, XC70, and S80 for Geneva

Following on its Paris Motor Show intro of a trio of highly efficient diesels dubbed DRIVe, Volvo adds more technology, one engine, and four models to the DRIVe portfolio. The point of these 1.6- and 2.4-liter diesel fuel sippers is economy and exceedingly low CO2 emissions; the smallest vehicle in...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT500
10 Millionth ROMEO V-8 Headed For 2010 Ford Mustang

Ford announces production of the 10 millionth V-8 engine produced at its ROMEO plant in Michigan. It will be installed - in 4.6-liter, three-valve-per-cylinder variety - in a 2010 Mustang produced at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. Romeo Engine Plant  produces V-8 engines at...Read More»

2009 BMW 328i Coupe
Driven: BMW 328i Coupe

BMW horses are thoroughbreds. Racehorses, even. I say this because each one residing under the sculpted merlot hood of our test 328i Coupe seemed so eager to blur the scenery with every prod of the accelerator. And yet they press forward with a grace and seamlessness befitting Churchill Downs. For...Read More»

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
Driven: 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX

Rabid fans of the segment-defining Subaru Impreza WRX, which popped up around the turn of the millennium, were pretty bummed out last year when their favorite turbocharged rally-bred bad boy went all soft on them. While the interior was vastly upgraded, materials improved, and driving refinement...Read More»

Audi TT RS
Audi TT RS: Sonorous Turbo Five Spits Out 300+ Hp

Audi, the biggest defender of the oddball five-cylinder powerplant back in the 80s, plops a healthy one into its upcoming TT RS coupe that debuts at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2.5-liter unit presumably shares architecture with the VW five of the same size and powering the Rabbit/Golf and Jetta. But...Read More»

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid To Deliver V-8 Power, 26+ mpg

Pure electric propulsion is the name of the game for cutting gas/electric hybrid fuel consumption, and Porsche claims to have taken it to a whole new level with the upcoming 2010 Cayenne S Hybrid. Capable of traveling at speeds up to 86 mph solely on electric propulsion, the 5,000-some-odd pound...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Hyundai 2010 Tucson Tease, HED-6 ix-onic, Shows In Geneva

Today Hyundai showed off a concept that most are saying will morph into the 2010 Tucson. Called the HED-6 ix-onic, it is one of the concept vehicles that will be on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. What can the HED-6 ix-onic tell us about the new Hyundai Tucson, set to bow later in 2009?...Read More»

2009 Ford Focus
Fours Reign At Ford; 4-Cyl Production Doubles With EcoBoost

Ford plans not only to double production volume of four-cylinder engines but also to offer a four-cylinder in every one of its cars and crossovers by 2013. Helping make that plan a reality is Ford's EcoBoost system, which combines direct injection and turbocharging to yield an engine with small...Read More»

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VW and Toshiba To Partner On Electric Drive Systems

On Thursday, VW signed a letter of intent with the Toshiba Corporation with the objective of jointly developing electric drive units for VW's proposed New Small Family of vehicles. In addition to electric drive units, the companies will also be working on high specific energy density batteries...Read More»

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