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Hyundai-Kia, Honda, Toyota Are America's Greenest Automakers, But All Are Improving
Hyundai-Kia, Honda, Toyota Are America's Greenest Automakers, But All Are Improving

A new study of America's top eight automakers finds Asian brands to be the greenest of the bunch, while Detroit brands earn the lowest marks. However, all eight companies have shown dramatic improvement, over the past decade and a half. ALSO SEE: Google Debuts Its First Autonomous Car: Is This The...Read More»

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It's Earth Day: Do You Know Where America's Greenest Car Shoppers Are?

In case you missed the memo, today is Earth Day -- a day that's meant to focus the world's attention on pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. Once upon a time, the auto industry was wary of being entangled in environmental discussions, afraid that it could never win arguments...Read More»

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Is 'Green' Your Top Car Criteria? Check Out The Mitsubishi i-MiEV

It's a fact: shoppers prioritize different things when looking for new cars. Today, people tend to rank fuel economy above all else, but other folks crave reliability, some need performance, and still others prefer rides that reflect their lifestyle. If you fall into that last category and...Read More»

2010 MINI Scooter E Concept
High Gas Prices Mean More Scooters On The Road -- But Are They Right For You?

There's been a lot of discussion the past few weeks about gas prices and the effect they're having on vehicle sales. One the one hand, we've seen studies indicating that fuel efficiency is now the leading factor in new car purchases -- data that jibes pretty well with the increased popularity of...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Ford Named 'Green Marketer Of The Year'

Earlier this week, we told you about Nielsen's first-ever "Green Marketer of the Year" award and about the five automakers the research firm had named as finalists: Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. The envelope has now been passed and opened, and -- drumroll, please -- the winner...Read More»

Zipcar
Starting Tomorrow: Zipcar Launches Month-Long 'Low-Car Diet' Challenge

If you live in an urban area, you've probably fantasized about ditching your car. It's to be expected, given all the traffic and construction detours and clueless pedestrians and parking hassles. But kicking the car habit is tough, and if you're serious about it, you may need help. To make the...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Blue Oval Gets A Little Greener

We talk a lot about green rides here at TCC -- in fact, the HighGearMedia family boasts several sites that rank eco-friendliness among their top priorities. But as interested as consumers may be in hybrids and EVs and fuel-economy, many also want to see that the companies themselves are operating...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford Encourages Dealers To Go Green, Offers To Tell Them How (For A Fee)

Like a lot of corporations, Ford Motor Company understands the value of going green, and the automaker is now encouraging its dealers to get onboard with energy conservation, too. The push comes via Ford's ‘Go Green’ Dealership Sustainability Program, which was unveiled over the weekend at the...Read More»

Ford Custom Graphics
Coming Soon: Ford's Custom Graphics For Cars & Trucks

Aftermarket customization is nothing new: for decades, proud car owners have made use of special accessories and paint jobs to distinguish their rides. But thanks to technological developments, it's now become easy to mass produce wraps for vehicles -- and to do so with remarkable consistency...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
China To Subsidize Green Rides For Consumers, Public Transit

China is in a curious position. Its auto market is very big, and it's positioned to get much, much bigger, but the Chinese government doesn't want the country's automakers to move down the traditional path of combustion-engine vehicles. Rather, it wants to grow an indigenous green vehicle industry...Read More»

2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
News In Brief: Tesla Plays Climate Change Card In Copenhagen

The international Convention on Climate Change is making headlines this week, so it's no surprise that EV startup Tesla and its spotlight-friendly CEO, Elon Musk, are taking their show to Copenhagen, offering test drives of the current Tesla Roadster and crowing about the car's eco-friendly...Read More»

2009 Honda Civic
Honda Retools New Product Lineup, Boosts Profit Estimates

Honda's reputation as a manufacturer of green automobiles is about to get a little greener: the company is retooling much of its product line, including the popular Honda Civic, to boost fuel economy and keep auto prices low. Given the lingering financial crisis plaguing most of the world and oil...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec)
Video: Volkswagen Launches 'The Fun Theory' Campaign

Speaking of marketing campaigns, DDB Stockholm recently launched an interesting one for Volkswagen called "The Fun Theory". The campaign encourages people to alter lazy behaviors by showing that acting responsibly can be -- yes -- fun. The best stunt so far involves a subway station, where DDB...Read More»

2009 Jaguar XJ Limo-Green Concept leak
Jaguar Debuts Plug-In Hybrid 'Limo-Green' Concept

Hot on the heels of Fisker's announcement about fuel efficiency for its Karma sedan comes word of a new luxury vehicle from Jaguar that bears a few technological similarities to the Karma. Based on the Jaguar XJ, the new plug-in hybrid/extended-range electric concept has been dubbed the Limo-Green...Read More»

Special BEV Ford Focus for Jay Leno
Ford Builds Special Focus EV For Jay Leno's New Show

The Jay Leno Comedy Show doesn't debut until next week, but details have already emerged about the program's "Green Car Challenge" (an eco-friendly version of Top Gear's "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment). Apparently, the vehicle that Tom Cruise and others will be driving is a very special...Read More»

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of a select few chosen to lease a Honda FCX Clarity.
Honda Still Hopes To Meet FCX Clarity Goals

Since the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle launched over a year ago, it's gotten a good bit of coverage here at TCC, even though there are only about 10 models on the highways of America and Japan. That's a long way from Honda's goal of leasing 200 units in the Clarity's first three...Read More»

I Drive Green racecar
Jean Paul Libert & Nelson Philippe Teach You To Drive Green

Hypermilers, eco-enthusiasts, and speed demons take note: racers Jean Paul Libert and Nelson Philippe are here to make your day a little brighter. They've devised a new program called I Drive Green that teaches motorists to burn less gas, emit less CO2, and get where they're going a little faster...Read More»

Parking lot
Free Parking Is Apparently Anything But Free

In The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup breaks down the real expense of free lots and garages (e.g. the kind at malls) and finds that they frequently run five figures per parking space. Developers may pay for it up front, but the public pays in terms of air quality, a rise in commercial...Read More»

'Please Stop the Idling' rap, sponsored by Livable Streets Initiative
Not-So-Idle Kids Rap About Idling In Traffic

We're all about education here at TCC, and we think programs like the Livable Streets Initiative's "Street Films" project are pretty gosh darned awesome -- especially when they encourage kids to think about transportation, the environment, pollution, and anything else besides MySpace and the...Read More»

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