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December 12, 2013
2014 Smart ForTwo Elecric Drive

2014 Smart ForTwo Elecric Drive

From The Car Connection:

2014 Smart ForTwo Review

The two-seat 2014 Smart ForTwo minicar remains the shortest and least powerful car sold in the U.S. It's offered with two completely different powertrains--one gasoline and one electric. Although the electric version is almost twice as pricey, tax credits and other incentives bring the effective price considerably closer to the gasoline version for what we think is a much more pleasant car.

2013-2014 Toyota Tacoma Pickup Recalled For Engine Flaw

Toyota has issued a recall for select 2013 and 2014 models of its popular Tacoma pickup. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an engine flaw that could cause the Tacoma to stall in traffic -- or worse.

NHTSA May Launch Investigation Of 2009-2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

In May of 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan. The agency had received a complaint from an Elantra owner who suffered a severe laceration to his ear after the vehicle's side-curtain airbag deployed. A graphic photo accompanied the complaint.

2015 BMW M3

2015 BMW M3

From Motor Authority:

2015 BMW M3 Sedan & M4 Coupe Preview

Getting the M3 right is critical for BMW, because it's a sort of bellwether for the industry and enthusiasts alike--if a car is quick, it will inevitably be compared to the M3. Getting the M4 right is even more critical for BMW, because it wears an all-new name over the bones and history of the M3 coupe. Committing any sins against its ancestors will be judged doubly for the M4.

Toyota’s New Vision Gran Turismo Concept Looks Like A Supra Successor

When the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo concept made its debut at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, it was revealed that the stunning supercar was just one of a handful of concepts commissioned by the creators of Gran Turismo for the sixth instalment of the popular video game. Another is believed to be this concept from Toyota, whose profile looks very much like that of a modern-day Supra.

2014 Corvette C7.R To Debut In Detroit Before Heading To Daytona

The racing version of the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette will make its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in mid-January before heading out to Florida that same month for its first competition outing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The new race car, which will be called the C7.R in Corvette tradition, made a surprise appearance at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it took to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca--in camouflaged form--for a few hot laps, with Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner behind the wheel.

2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

From Green Car Reports:

2014 BMW i3: Cheaper To Repair, Insure Than You'd Expect

Carbon fiber is not a cheap material. If it was, we'd all be driving around in cars made from it--rather than it being limited to a few supercars and high-end sports cars. And the BMW i3, of course. The expense of its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) chassis might lead you to assume repairing it would be a wallet-draining nightmare--but apparently, that isn't the case.

Tesla Model S Road Trip: 1,200 West Coast Electric-Car Miles

Once Tesla Motors built out its Supercharger network of quick-charging stations along Interstate 5, my wife and I decided to drive from our home in Sacramento to Portland in our new 2013 Tesla Model S. We make frequent trips from to Portland, as we really like the general "feel" of the city--and she is, by now, all but addicted to the pastries from their gourmet bakeries.  In mid-November, we finally made it a road trip instead of flying.

Ethanol A Victim Of Change As Gasoline Sales Have Flatlined?

Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security. How much have you heard about those themes lately? Not much, we'd wager.


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