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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid To Go On Sale in 2011
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid To Go On Sale in 2011

Toyota has been a late and cautious entrant into the field of plug-in vehicles, gradually rolling out a small fleet of Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid versions of the third-generation Prius. But for the first time, the company has announced that it will put the car on sale to regular consumers. The...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
You Too Can Test-Drive a Very, Very Fast 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport!

We write a lot about Tesla, certainly more than their share of the sports car market, given that they're just coming up on 1,000 cars delivered. But the 2009 Tesla Roadster that we reviewed last spring is one amazing electric vehicle. And now you too can have the chance to road-test a Tesla. In...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»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Green-Car Disconnect: Unrealistic Expectations, Tight Wallets

If you've been following news about the latest green cars—either here at TheCarConnection.com or at our companion site http://www.greencarreports.com/—you're likely aware that the technology doesn't come cheap. Plug-in electric vehicles, EVs, and even clean-diesel vehicles are all likely to...Read More»

Patrick Dempsey with 2011 Mazda2
2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Best In Show

The 2009 Los Angeles auto show is over--for the press, at least. In the shadow of continual turmoil at GM, the show fielded a few important new production vehicle introductions, but not a lot more. The lightweight proof? The second press day, where more than half of the gathered journalists had...Read More»

Audi A3 TDI
L.A. Auto Show: 2010 Audi A3 TDI Earns Green Car Of The Year

The 2010 Audi A3 TDI has been dubbed Green Car of the Year, making it the second time in a row that a clean diesel vehicle has taken the honor. (Last year's winner? The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.) Ron Cogan -- editor of Green Car Journal, which presented the award yesterday at the L.A. Auto Show --...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta interior
Ford Wows With 2011 Fiesta Interior; Can’t Compare Mazda2 Yet

Whether it was an odd coincidence or a calculated move, the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Mazda2 were both introduced at the LA Auto Show, on the same day. What makes it significant is that they’re closely related. While we’ve heard varying figures, it’s fair to say that they share more than just...Read More»

2011 Mazda Mazda2
Mazda Emphasizes Zoom-Zoom Qualities To Cast Wide With Mazda2

After seeing the three Mazda2 models that Mazda was showing at its LA auto show stand—one plain, one with a tuner look and snowboards mounted on top, the other with a strong motorsports tone—we couldn’t help but wonder whether Mazda is planning to go a little Scion with its ‘2’. According...Read More»

Mitsubishi - Best Buy
Mitsubishi, Best Buy Test MiEV; U.S. Electric Car Due In 2011

Mitsubishi today announced a new partnership with electronics retailing giant Best Buy, to place four vehicles initially with Best Buy’s Geek Squad computer-tech team. Through the agreement, the companies hope to study real-life vehicle range and any issues that might arise in a hard-use fleet...Read More»

Fisker Karma
Fisker: No Special Favors from VP Biden in Delaware

Last month, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made car news when he inadvertently revealed plans for a range of vehicles to come from Fisker, the new car company setting up shop in Biden's home state of Delaware. Biden's gaffe came off as "vintage Joe" to Washington watchers, but raised questions in...Read More»

2009 Los Angeles Auto Show GM Car Hero
2009 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

It's not quite the glamorous Staples Center--home to the Grammys and a certain celebrity endpoint this year--but just next door to the tabernacle of music sits the Los Angeles Convention Center. The convention center's the next roosting spot for the car world, as the industry sets down next month...Read More»

Patrick Dempsey with 2011 Mazda2
LA Show: Patrick Dempsey On Hand For 2011 Mazda2 Debut

Though the two curtained-off stages at the Mazda stand here at the first press day at the Los Angeles auto show were merely ceremonial—everyone knew they covered the new 2011 Mazda2—there were still some surprises. For one, Mazda brought out a couple of Mazda2 models tricked out with lifestyle...Read More»

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models
Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed an all-new concept car, called the Up! Lite, that demonstrates a new focus on fuel-efficiency and hybrids by getting straight to numbers; its carbon-dioxide emissions are just 65 grams per mile and at 70 mpg, it's the most fuel-efficient...Read More»

Mitsubishi MiEV
Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi MiEV

Over the past year, the little Mitsubishi MiEV electric minicar has been making the rounds in the U.S. and abroad, with test fleets in the works in a number of countries. And although Mitsubishi hasn't yet announced how the MiEV might be sold or leased to the public in the U.S., it hasn't hesitated...Read More»

Mitsubishi i minicar
Driven: Mitsubishi i Minicar

Would you buy a K-Car? It's probably not what you might think. So-called kei cars (or K-cars) are popular in Japan because of their tax exemptions and parking advantages. In this segment created more by regulation more than demand, they're limited to about 134 inches in length (more than two feet...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt - testing on Pike's Peak, October 2009
GM To Work With National Federation of the Blind on 2011 Chevy Volt Sounds

Since at least 2007, advocates for the blind have been concerned about the lack of noise from hybrids running in electric mode. The imminent arrival of all-electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2012 Nissan Leaf has only raised their level of alarm. Now General Motors has announced that...Read More»

Tesla Model S Sedan
Tesla To Choose Downey For Model S Electric Sedan Plant

Two adjacent Southern California cities have been competing for the factory where Tesla Motors will build its all-electric 2012 Model S luxury sports sedan. Now, a pair of local papers have scooped the automotive press and broken the news: Downey beats Long Beach. Downey Mayor Mario Guerra told the...Read More»

Honda CR-Z grille
Honda Prepping Personal-Neo Urban Transport Concept For L.A. Auto Show

The future is a common theme at most auto shows, and the future most carmakers have seen lately is a highly compact, enviro-friendly urban environment. To remain relevant in such a market, cars will have to shrink, adapt and go very high-tech, at least if the concepts are to be believed. Honda's...Read More»

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