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Today in Car News: Buick Verano, Ford Focus Electric, Raptor
Today in Car News: Buick Verano, Ford Focus Electric, Raptor

Ford's Alan Mulally makes it a three-peat with a scheduled speech at January's Consumer Electronics Show, which ironically is open to the press only. [Detroit Free Press] GM says its Orion plant will build new Buick Veranos, but the UAW's disaffected say it'll build bad blood instead. [Detroit Free...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell battery electric vehicle (Europe only)
Nearly Half Of America Interested In Alt Fuel Vehicles, 71% Don't Know What They're Looking For

If you're an American, odds are pretty good that your car runs on gasoline. The chance that your next car will be gas-powered, however, isn't such a sure thing. According to a new study commissioned by Mercedes-Benz, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. are interested in alternative fuel vehicles...Read More»

The Cube  -  Birmingham, England
Automated Parking Garage Does Away With Valets--And Is Greener

You've probably heard plenty about valet parking attendants gone wild. But a new high-end parking structure that's part of a development in England has it solved: Automate the whole operation. Parking structures, as well as being an eyesore, are an inconvenience that many of us have to face on the...Read More»

Paris
Today at High Gear Media: Paris Show, Ford F-150 and Texting

Today's the day: we're prepped, penned and all charged up for the rollercoaster that is the 2010 Paris Auto Show. [MotorAuthority] Some of the embargoes seem to have leaked already, anyway. [AllExoticCars] A big part of the Paris show will include electric and green car reveals from some surprising...Read More»

Camaro Convertible
Today in Car News: Camaro Convertible, Regal GS and Spoilers

Before the first one's even seen live, Chevrolet is auctioning off a 2012 Camaro Convertible at Barrett-Jackson. [Inside Line] High Gear Media will be there live when Buick shows off the production Regal GS in Miami in November. [eGMCarTech] Lance Armstrong, you are the first celebrity to get a...Read More»

North American Car of the Year
North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Short List

The North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees were named earlier this year--and now, the short list of contenders have been culled from the long list. The NACOTY organizing committee reports that General Motors and Nissan dominate the car list with three models each. Four European models...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Today in Car News: Subaru, Land Yachts, Electric Cars and MJ

The other New York newspaper thinks land yachts have hit a new sales stride--but does an S-Class really count? [Wall Street Journal] The EPA wants to give cars a letter grade for fuel economy, but a survey suggests people won't understand how to compare cars any better with new grades. [PRNewswire]...Read More»

Saab grille
Today at High Gear Media: Electric Saab, New Lamborghinis

If you've ever wanted to stalk the hottie in the car next to you, the iPhone and its Bump app put you one step closer to a restraining order. [SocialCarNews] Saab's first-ever electric car comes to Paris' auto show with a promise of 124 miles of driving range. Fore! [AllCarsElectric] The 2011...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 Honda Odyssey EX
Today at High Gear Media: Honda Odyssey! Subaru Forester WRX?

What's to know about the 2011 Honda Odyssey? The lightning bolt works--and so does the interior. [TheCarConnection] Subaru's gone nuts with the WRX STI, but will it be certifiable enough to apply the same formula to the Forester? [MotorAuthority] The Hyundai Sonata is set to get a wagon companion...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
Today in Car News: Sonata Vs. Accord, Sebring and Corvette

It's been rising on the sales charts quickly--and now, it looks like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata just might overtake the Honda Accord in family-sedan sales. [Inside Line] There's a revamped 2011 Chrysler Sebring on the way. In fact, it's lapping Detroit already. A bounty on the first uncloaked shot to...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
2011 Honda CR-Z: Three Test Drives, Three Editors' Opinions, Five Questions

It's not all that often that three different High Gear Media editors test-drive the same model within a few weeks of each other, but that's what happened with the 2011 Honda CR-Z two-seat hybrid sports coupe. First, editorial director Marty Padgett got our first drive in June and wrote it up for...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
Driven: 2011 Honda CR-Z

Take a look at the rumblings from critics and pundits, and it's apparent that Honda has been burned a bit by expectations with its new CR-Z coupe. Old-school CRX fans don't think the CR-Z is sporty enough and say it's missing the old CRX's light, nimble, autocross-ready feel, while green geeks...Read More»

2010 Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept
Today in Car News: Mahindra, Evora, and 2012 Honda Civic

Hyundai's loss is once again GM's gain, as Chris Perry moves from southern California to Detroit to be Chevrolet's new brand marketing guru. Somehow we're familiar with this kind of poaching. [Detroit Free Press] GM faces a rocky road as it tries to sell investors on its IPO, but it's courting...Read More»

Jay Leno gets a tour of the Porsche 918 spyder
Video: Jay Leno's Guided Tour Of The Porsche 918 Spyder

Here at High Gear Media, we've talked a lot about the stunning Porsche 918 spyder. Most recently, we learned that it's officially making the leap from concept to production, and it's going to be more powerful than expected. Yesterday, we saw Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger smitten by the...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Today at High Gear Media: GM's IPO, Aston V12 Vantage

General Motors has filed with the SEC for its IPO. Who will save the acronyms? [TheCarConnection] There's a new electric car headed for the 2010 Paris auto show--the Kia Pop EV gives us a charge with that rectangular window, what about you? [AllCarsElectric] The 2011 Kia Sportage has been named a...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
Today in Car News: Whitacre, Ferrari Minivans, and Saab

Will Ed Whitacre's retirement from General Motors hurt or help its plans to go public this year? Does Wall Streeet care if the company's on its fourth CEO in 18 months? These and many questions...won't be answered today. [CNNMoney] Fewer car dealerships are closing this year, a sign of light at the...Read More»

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Today at High Gear Media: Fastest Cars Ever, MINI and Corvette Hype

Maybe you missed it -- we're not quite sure how -- but this week at High Gear Media, we're wedging ourselves into the newest MINI before a big trip out to the Wet Coast (minus the "S," yes) for the Pebble Beach Concours classic. Today's news from around the empire of 106 HGM sites runs the gamut...Read More»

2011 Scion iQ
2011 Scion iQ Coming in March, Staying a While

When the Smart-like 2011 Scion iQ shows up in dealers next year, it's likely to give the Daimler-built two-seat city car some heartburn. The vice president of Scion, Toyota's brand-within-a-brand, confirmed this week at the press launch of the 2011 Scion tC that the new iQ will arrive in the U.S...Read More»

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