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2012 Volkswagen Passat Priced Under $20,000
2012 Volkswagen Passat Priced Under $20,000

Volkswagen's released pricing for the 2012 Passat, which we gave a rating of 7.7. out of 10 just this week as the first drive embargoes disappeared. The new Passat carries a base price of $19,995, a fairly astonishing number when you consider the 2010 Passat stickered nearly $7,000 higher. The...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat: German Enough, Or A Case Of Bless Their Hearts?

Volkswagen has new neighbors at its new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And in the usual Southern style, it's gently calling out the flaws it sees in the Alabama-built Hyundai Sonata and the Georgia-made Kia Optima, leaving out only the usual "bless their hearts" punctuation...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In
Study: For Shoppers, Vehicle Cost Matters More Than The Environment

One of the hard realities of considering some of the greenest advance-technology vehicles like hybrids or electric cars is that they almost always come with higher price tags. And, as J.D. Power and Associates found in its 2011 Green Automotive Study, now that worries about hybrid performance and...Read More»

2011 Honda Insight
Analysis: Hybrids, Diesels, Small Cars Surge Ahead In Vehicle Market

If you're thinking of downsizing or getting a vehicle that's more fuel-efficient, you're not the only one, unfortunately. It's the timing that's unfortunate; hybrids and small cars are hot, and you're not bound to find as good of a deal on them as just a few months ago. As an analysis from the firm...Read More»

2012 Honda Civic launch, New York Auto Show, April 2011
2012 Honda Civic: First Drive Impressions

By this point, the Honda Civic compact is an American institution. The newest generation, all new for 2012, builds on the car's traditional strengths--sporty roadholding, good gas mileage--but faces increasingly stringent competition from new entries like the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The 2012 Honda...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
Survey: Shoppers Very Confused About Hybrids, Plug-Ins, And EVs

Combined, hybrids, plug-in electrics, and electric vehicles still only account for a very small percentage of the car market. And outside of the iconic Prius—which Toyota is now developing into a separate green brand with at least two models—there aren't any big hybrid sales successes...Read More»

Author and commentator Tom Friedman, of The New York Times
NY Times Columnist Wants To Raise Gas Taxes, Pay Down Deficit

Thomas Friedman, an op-ed columnist at The New York Times, often fancies himself an expert on the auto industry. He was a huge Toyota fan, lauding the company as the model for the entire industry, and openly contemptuous of pre-bankruptcy General Motors. He does, however, have interesting ideas...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Electric
Best Buy, Not Dealerships, To Oversee Ford Focus Electric Home Chargers

The 220-volt home-charging stations that make electric-car ownership a lot easier—and possible, for heavy commuters—are admittedly more like home appliances than traditional auto accessories. But it's still a bit surprising that Ford [NYSE: F] has chosen Best Buy, rather than its...Read More»

Chevy Volt components made from recycled BP oil spill booms
Chevy Volt Gets Even Greener, Uses Parts From Recycled BP Oil Spill Booms

We've spilled a lot of ink on the Chevrolet Volt, its intriguing powertrain, and its potential sales stats. But today, a different spill is fueling buzz about the newest hybrid on the block -- namely, the BP oil spill. In a story that's part head-scratcher, part publicity stunt, General Motors has...Read More»

Charitable giving
'Tis The Season: General Motors, Mercedes-Benz Announce Major Grants

While many of us cruise the interweb (and, less enjoyably, the malls) for perfect holiday presents, two automakers have announced great giving plans of their own: General Motors and Mercedes-Benz USA have launched new philanthropic initiatives, and both earn big points in our book. The General...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Today at High Gear Media: Hyundai Goes Green, Leaf Wins Big

Is Hyundai about to overtake Honda as the world's greenest carmaker? [GreenCarReports] As we did, European journalists have named the 2011 Nissan Leaf their Car of the Year. [AllCarsElectric] Safer roads are great for cars--but have you seen the stats for pedestrians and other forms of...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Frugal Shopper: No, Hybrids Don't Cost More To Repair And Maintain

Hybrids like the 2011 Toyota Prius cost more to repair and maintain, right? It would seem, given all the additional technical complexity and computational wizardry in hybrids, that they would. And it's a myth that's certainly made the rounds among backyard mechanics. But it hasn't proven true. With...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»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Best Highway MPG Of Any Non-Hybrid

GM just dropped a very pleasant surprise for green-minded shoppers this morning. Up till now we've been anticipating that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco will return a very respectable 40 mpg on the highway. Turns out the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is even greener than we were led to think: 42 mpg. That...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011: Green Cars

Whatever your color of politics might be, red or blue, there's little doubt you've been teased by the notion of green cars. Environmentally concerned drivers want the same thing as security hawks: to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Though they get to the same place from different starting...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Survey: More Would Take A Free 2011 Chevy Volt Over A Free HUMMER

According to a new survey, if given the choice between a new 2011 Chevrolet Volt or a new HUMMER H3, 55 percent would choose the Volt. But you couldn't give Volt away to 45 percent. The survey results, from the market-research firm Synovate, suggest that more Americans are interested in the new...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: First Drive

Remember the Lexus HS 250h that was introduced last year? Yes? Well kindly forget about it for the moment and reboot. Actually, consider it a full-on system crash and reinstall; all is well again and Lexus is back on track with what hybrid shoppers want. That's how we felt after spending part of a...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Prius Is Dirtier To Build Than Corolla...But Greener Than A Hummer

Which is greener: a Toyota Prius or a Toyota Corolla? They're both roughly the same size, and when you think quick, it seems that the Prius would be the no-brainer choice for greenies. The Prius, after all, gets an EPA Combined 50 mpg, while the Corolla gets (an EPA Combined) 30 at best. But if you...Read More»

Seal of California
Decriminalized Pot: How California Cured Road Rage, Cut The Gas Tax And Changed A Nation

LOS ANGELES, California, October 8, 2016 -- It's been a whirlwind six years since California Senate Bill 1449 was signed into law by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, followed soon after by passage of Proposition 19. In that brief time, California has undergone radical change. Not plunging, as...Read More»

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