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Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!
Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!

It's been a busy week in the auto industry -- especially for European automakers. The big theme of Frankfurt has clearly been green technology, and most manufacturers in attendance claim to have some sort of electric vehicle in the works. The majority of those EV announcements have been vague, but...Read More»

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Drew Barrymore First Driver In Leno's Green Car Challenge

We've mentioned that Jay Leno will use a specially built all-electric Ford Focus during his new show's "Green Car Challenge" segment. We've mentioned that Tom Cruise has already taken a spin in that vehicle and asked for a second lap. And now we're happy to announce that the show's first featured...Read More»

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WTF: Giant Monkey Is Gibbon Phoenix Police The Runaround

We don't mean to alarm anyone, but we have it on good authority that there's a giant monkey zipping around Phoenix in a Subaru Outback. The police have taken dozens of radar photos of this chump breaking speed limits, and they've ticketed the car's owner, Dave Vontesmar, but as anyone can plainly...Read More»

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Laguna Seca Raceway -- Now On Google Street View

If you're a frequent surfer of the interweb (and we're going to assume you are), you already know how awesome Google Street View can be. We use it all the time to peek at hotels, restaurants, the Playboy Mansion, and so on. But now, you can do even more with Google's technology -- namely, run the...Read More»

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Video: New Zealanders Build Amphibious Van

We know a lot of you are tinkerers -- the sort of  people who prefer to spend long holiday weekends leaning over engines instead taking the boat out for a spin. Well, here's a video clip from some guys who've found a way to do both. For about $2500 NZ ($1709 U.S.), two aeronautic machinists...Read More»

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WTF Friday: Artists Makes Statements With Crosswalk Signs

Remember a few months ago when every hacker worth his salt was doing a number on the nation's emergency road signage? Well, artists like Jason Eppink and Ryan Laughlin have upped the ante with their surprisingly well-designed crosswalk signage fakes. Of course, TCC would never openly condone what...Read More»

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Sony Releases Screenshots For Gran Turismo 5

Video gamers who love racing titles have been abuzz about Forza Motorsport 3 for the Xbox 360 -- and with good reason. (Have you seen the screenshots? They're pretty amazing.) Well as it turns out, Sony is finally prepping to launch its competing title, Gran Turismo 5, exclusively for the even...Read More»

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On A Lighter Note: French Mayors Duel With Traffic Signs

Proving once again that juvenile governmental feuds aren't solely the province of the New York state legislature or the South Korean parliament, the mayors of two Parisian suburbs have installed contradictory street signage just make a point -- and to make drivers furious. In a nutshell: the...Read More»

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WTF Humpday Press Release: 'Alfa MiTo DNA Is In Your Jeans'

If TCC doled out awards for bizarre press releases -- and believe us, we've thought about it -- the latest missive from Alfa Romeo would be the hands-down winner for 2009. It's impossible to summarize, but we'll do our best. The focus of the press release seems to be a limited-edition series of...Read More»

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Department Of Transportation Funds Solar Roadways Project

The Department of Energy may be getting a lot of press these days for its big-dollar loans to EV automakers, but the Department of Transportation is doing its own small part to brighten the future, too. The DOT recently awarded Solar Roadways (warning: crappy website ahead) a $100,000 contract to...Read More»

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New Mustang Site Lets You Tweak It Yourself

  You've always wanted to play dress-up with the 2010 Ford Mustang--but until now you've done it in the secrecy of your own man cave, doodling over Mustang pictures like you did on your detention-hall notebook. Ford knows you really want to do this stuff online, while you're Facebooking and...Read More»

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WTF Tuesday: Traffic Noise Kills Frogs' Sex Life

  If you've seen fewer frogs out at the clubs, fewer frog-sized prophylactics flying off the shelves at Target, and heard pissed-off frogs sharing their dating woes over a Starbucks, there could be a reason why: you humans and your cars. An Australian researcher at Melbourne University says...Read More»

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Friday Flashback: Relive The Fun Of Your Driving Exam!

For some of us, it's hard to recall the specifics of our driving exams. They were the cause of so much excitement and nervousness, and so much hung in the balance -- our teenage cool cred! -- that memories begin to blur. But, of course, we all remember the written rules of the road...right? Just to...Read More»

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iPhone App Du Jour: Avis Rent-A-Car

Taking a cue from innovative thinkers who've learned to monetize farting, belching, yodeling, and other profit-rich activities, Avis has finally entered the iPhone app arena. The company's new free application (link opens in iTunes) allows you to search for and rent vehicles in a variety of...Read More»

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Transformer Auctioned: 2005 Saleen Mustang 'Barricade'

If you're a fan of the 2007 Transformers movie, you might be interested to know that the 2005 Saleen Mustang "Barricade" featured in the film was recently put up for auction. (You might have been even more interested if you'd known about this before the auction took place, but sometimes we're slow...Read More»

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Orange County Choppers Gets Siemens-ized, Electrified

Yes, as strange as that headline may seem, the mad, bad, and dangerous to know Orange County Choppers was commissioned by Siemens to build an electric motorcycle. The result: a fairly badass looking bike, even though the 60-mile range and 100 mph top speed seem a little meager to our jaundiced...Read More»

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Video: Retractable Fifth Wheel For Urban Parking

For drivers in congested urban areas, nothing is quite as frustrating as finding a parking spot. Yes, traffic is a hassle, and the countless construction detours inspire unprecedented levels of road-rage, but finding that elusive spot on your block or just around the corner is by far the biggest...Read More»

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Off-Topic Friday: Detroit Draws Artists

We can't say for sure, but many analysts are predicting sunnier skies for Detroit's auto industry. Chrysler and GM got new leases on life, Ford's doing fine on its own, and car buyers have gone cuckoo for Cash-for-Clunkers. As for the city itself, the forecast is a little cloudier, but there's at...Read More»

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WTF Friday: Mountain Dew Is Magic Car Fuel?

Maybe you, like so many other budding inventors, have sought a way to replace expensive gasoline with something cheaper and more plentiful. Nail clippings. Unaired episodes of Guiding Light. Or soda--hey, it's only $1 a liter, right? You've been outpaced. New Mexico entrepreneur and possible victim...Read More»

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