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2010 Michelin Challenge Bibendum: Kids Predict the Future of the Car
2010 Michelin Challenge Bibendum: Kids Predict the Future of the Car

Art Linkletter isn't around anymore--and apparently he had the power to take a bunch of the 1980s' best sitcom talent with him--but his legacy still lives to give kids a chance to out-think adults on a regular basis. So, what happens when you ask kids about the future of cars? For this year's...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M37
Infiniti M35 Hybrid Due at L.A. Show; Essence M Coupe A No-Show?

It's been promised for the near future, but now the Infiniti M35 Hybrid has a firm launch date for eager U.S. hybrid watchers--this November, at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, to be precise. Infiniti vice president Ben Poore confirmed the L.A. debut at this week's media drives of the new QX56...Read More»

2004 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Floor-Mat Recall: My Repair Letter

Toyota's unintended-acceleration drama hasn't totally subsided--now, other automakers being faulted for sticky accelerator pedals alongside it--but this week the Japanese automaker's attention will turn a bit to the big floor-mat recall it initiated last fall. The floor-mat recall, separate from...Read More»

minivan - AAA roadside assistance
TCC Tip: Be Safe And Green—Round Up And Recycle Used Batteries

If you swapped out your car battery some cold morning this winter, and for some reason you kept the old one, recycle it now. Don't even think about setting it aside somewhere, perhaps at the back of the garage, in the basement, or on a tool bench, where it might corrode or leak. Thankfully, there...Read More»

2008 HUMMER HX Concept - Jabonski
A Chevy Volt-Like H3--And H5--If HUMMER Lives

Raser Technologies remains interested in acquiring GM's HUMMER brand--and plans a new model range including extended-range electric HUMMER H3 models as well as a new compact H5 off-roader if it convinces the automaker to sell it the brand and associated factories and contracts for manufacturing. GM...Read More»

2010 Hummer H3
HUMMER Still Has American Bidder Interested

  General Motors (NYSE: GM) says it will proceed with the shutdown of the HUMMER brand, but TheCarConnection has confirmed that an American company has twice expressed interest in a HUMMER deal--both before and after a failed bid from a Chinese company. Raser Technologies (NYSE: RZ) is a...Read More»

Screencap from Green Calgary's 'Unacceptable' ad
Video: Canadian Anti-Idling Campaign Is 'Unacceptable', Geddy Lee Possibly To Blame

In the U.S., we often think of Canadians as our kinder, gentler, older, wiser siblings: the designated drivers of the Northern Hemisphere. They're friendly enough and pleasant to be around, but a tad reserved for our brash, American tastes. Then we stumbled across a commercial full of Canadians...Read More»

Mazda SKY-D diesel four-cylinder engine
Next-Gen Mazda6 Will Get 43-MPG Diesel Model

Mazda is going diesel in the U.S. after all, with a new-generation diesel four-cylinder engine capable of achieving up to 43 mpg. The new diesel engine (SKY-D) and an all-new six-speed automatic transmission will be launched in the U.S. in 2012, in the automaker's "next-generation mid-sized"...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
Video: 2011 Honda CR-Z Selling Strong, Could Redeem Honda's Hybrid Hopes

One year ago, Honda was ramping up for the roll-out of its 2010 Honda Insight hybrid. The company made big predictions about the Insight, boasting that it would outsell the 2010 Toyota Prius in showrooms around the globe. Sadly for Honda, those dreams didn't come true -- not by a longshot -- but if...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Frugal Shopper: The Ten Most Discounted Hybrid Models

If you're considering one of many hybrid models but think that there are no deals to be had on green vehicles, now would be the time to think again—and potentially head out shopping in the near future. Data from the pricing-intelligence firm TrueCar shows that a lot of hybrid models are selling...Read More»

Chevrolet Spark, as painted by British artist Ian Cook
Artist Uses Radio-Control Cars To Paint 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Artworks of cars aren't altogether unheard of. There's a big business in vanity portraits of classic cars, for example, commissioned by wealthy owners. But most car paintings are done the old-fashioned way: with paint brushes. British artist Ian Cook is having none of that. He tossed his brushes...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Video: Mercedes Knows Its Target Market, S400 Hybrid Debuts During Oscar Broadcast

Hyundai was the big kahuna sponsoring last night's Oscar broadcast, but in a shocking upset, Mercedes may have walked off with the trophy for best performance by an automaker. Sure, the ad announcing the debut of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid was bland, and it didn't say much of anything about...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Catch High Gear Media on BBC 5 Live Today!

The death of HUMMER and the rise of hybrids, electric vehicles and everything in between--what's the future of the automobile and the car industry? If you're near a computer or satellite radio today, you'll find out more during Richard Bacon's BBC 5 Live today. Along with other guests, I'll be...Read More»

2010 Hummer H3T
HUMMER Sale Nixed By China; GM Gets New Offers?

UPDATE:  GM has just confirmed the sale to Tengzhong will not take place and that it will begin wind-down operations for the HUMMER brand. More to come -- the entire release follows at the end of this post. UPDATE 2: The Wall Street Journal says that General Motors is evaluating two late offers...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»

Nissan LEAF
Nissan CEO: EVs Not A Competitor To Gasoline-Engine Cars

Renault-Nissan CEO and president Carlos Ghosn is standing behind his prediction that ten percent of all the vehicles sold worldwide will be electric. And contrary to how some people are seeing it now, he says that electric power for cars isn't at all a competitor to the gasoline engine in the...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta sedan
Gas Prices Are Up…But Small-Car And Hybrid Interest Down?

A continued rise in fuel prices means that people migrate to smaller vehicles and those that get higher fuel economy. Right? Well that's what common sense might lead us to think, but the Fuel Price Impact Survey from the Tustin, California-based market-research firm AutoPacific shows otherwise. The...Read More»

2011 Mazda2 interior
2011 Mazda2 Interior Revealed, Still Not As Snazzy As Ford Fiesta

The 2011 Ford Fiesta interior wowed 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show attendees, but the 2011 Mazda2, the corporate cousin of the Fiesta, couldn't be compared--Mazda hadn't finished it yet. Today Mazda let loose the final product, and though it looks to be a nice environment for a fun-to-drive and...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 450h
Driven: 2010 Lexus RX 450h

In addition to the new Lexus HS 250, Lexus has an entire line of hybrids that are almost indiscernible from a distance from their gasoline-only counterparts. Of those, the bestseller is by far the RX 450h, which brings a hybrid halo to this very popular luxury crossover. We've had a number of...Read More»

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