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2010 Chicago Auto Show: Ford's Green 2011 Transit Connects
2010 Chicago Auto Show: Ford's Green 2011 Transit Connects

At the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, which kicks off Wednesday morning, Ford will have several introductions. Among them are two green versions of its 2011 Ford Transit Connect small commercial van. All-electric van First, Ford launches its very first all-electric car, to be known as the Transit Connect...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Driven Again: 2010 Lexus HS 250h

After a follow-up drive with Lexus' compact hybrid luxury sedan, we're still a little underwhelmed. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h doesn't completely miss the mark in any single way; but it does fail to wow in any conventional sense like performance, comfort, or spaciousness. And that makes it a bit of an...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Piling On: Problems With Prius Brakes Are Toyota's Latest Worry

When it rains, it pours. And Toyota may find itself swimming a lot faster if new allegations of safety problems prove to be true. In Japan this morning, the Ministry of Transportation ordered the company to investigate complaints into brake problems in its new 2010 Toyota Prius. More than 100 U.S...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Dealership Goes Green—With More Than Prius And Recycling

Whether you're among the most eco-savvy customers considering the 2010 Toyota Prius or just a smart shopper who'd prefer to buy green, it's likely you haven't thought about this one: Just how green is the dealership itself? An Oregon new-car dealership—one that sells the Prius, of course—is...Read More»

New 2011 Mazda Mazda5 minivan, to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show, March 2010
Preview: 2011 Mazda Mazda5

The 2011 Mazda5 was unveiled today ahead of its upcoming debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The pint-sized family hauler gets a dramatic new design and updated powertrain to deliver more style and efficiency in a compact and useful package. The most immediately noticable feature of the 2011...Read More»

Smart ForTwo envisioned as NYPD traffic enforcement car
Smart Sales Solution: Hey, NYPD, Ditch Those Cushmans For ForTwos!

It's tough being Smart these days. After selling a stunning 24,622 Smart ForTwo models in 2008, its first year on the market, sales sank 41 percent last year. Now Smart has started leasing, launched a car-share service in Austin, Texas, and even hired well-respected ex-Saturn president Jill...Read More»

Guillotine, from Amnesty International's Flickr stream
Bailed-Out U.S. Automakers Give Thanks They're Not French

Lots of people, including Teamsters Union members and Tea Party protesters, seem to have a beef with last spring's bailout and restructuring of the two bankrupt U.S. automakers, General Motors and Chrysler. As our colleague Bengt Halvorson notes, the automakers themselves aren't complaining...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Honda CR-Z

What do you get when you take some of the inspiration of Honda’s much-loved CRX two-seater from the 1980s and cross it with the also-much-loved Insight coupe from the past decade, then give it the latest version of Honda’s hybrid system? The 2011 Honda CR-Z. After plenty of anticipation, the...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 engine
Ford Ramping Up Powertrain Revamp For 2010

Just ahead of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Ford has announced nine new engines and six new transmissions due to hit the market in 2010. Part of a five-year push to introduce 60 new powertrains, the new engines include a 2.0-liter direct-injection engine that will find its way into the 2012 Ford...Read More»

2010 scion iq concept 016
2010 Detroit Auto Show: Scion iQ To Debut As A Hybrid Hatch

The Toyota iQ is a popular minicar in many parts of the world, and we've known for a while that Toyota was planning to market it as a Scion in the U.S. The timeline for the iQ's launch, however, has been the subject of rumor and speculation: at first it was thought to be 2011, then it was bumped up...Read More»

Hybrid parking spot, by Flickr user rscottjones
2009's Best Green Posts: Urine! Muslims & Ethanol! Prius Perks!

G'wan, admit it. We say, "green car". You think, "Ugh, Toyota Prius," and look away. Oh, but there's so much more! And so much of it is just so darn ... weird. Consider, for example, the 10 most popular posts last year on our sister site GreenCarReports.com. The list includes a piece entitled...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Mercedes-Benz Bringing A Hybrid Option To The S-Class

Just a couple of weeks ago, we discussed Mercedes-Benz's plan to retool its popular CL model into a new S-Class coupe. Now we've gotten word that the next-gen S-Class will offer even more features, including a hybrid option on the S-Class sedan. The system will be similar to that shown at Frankfurt...Read More»

Bob Lutz and 50 Cent
Firestone, Clunkers and Chapter 11: The Decade in Car News

As 2009 draws to a close this week, the auto industry is waving goodbye to a decade--and in some corners, waving it good riddance. The "Naughties" might be the best neologism for this lost decade. It began with new alliances forming and new empires emerging, and ends on Friday in a multi-car pileup...Read More»

Ford Custom Graphics
Coming Soon: Ford's Custom Graphics For Cars & Trucks

Aftermarket customization is nothing new: for decades, proud car owners have made use of special accessories and paint jobs to distinguish their rides. But thanks to technological developments, it's now become easy to mass produce wraps for vehicles -- and to do so with remarkable consistency...Read More»

2011 BMW 7-Series
The Six Is Back: 2011 BMW 7-Series Adds 740i, 740iL

  The 2011 BMW 7-Series is bringing back six-cylinder engines. BMW confirms today that its range-topping 7-Series sedan will get two additions in 2011. The new 740i and 740iL sedans will join the existing ActiveHybrid, eight-cylinder, and twelve-cylinder models in the 7-Series lineup. The new...Read More»

Tesla Roadster as used by videogame designers
Seven Things You Didn't Know About the 2010 Tesla Roadster

High Gear Media has partnered with Tesla Motors on a new writing contest where YOU can win a tour and road test of the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. You can submit as many articles as you like and enter multiple times. Enter now! Well, maybe you actually knew some of these seven if you're a true Tesla...Read More»

Aston Martin Cygnet Concept
2010 Geneva Show Preview: Aston Martin Cygnet

Aston Martin says these photos of its petite Cygnet concept show the idea's still alive--and heading to reality. Six months ago, Aston Martin first showed the tiny four-seat city car. It's essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota iQ hatchback--which is headed to the U.S. as a Scion model in the...Read More»

Nissan LEAF
Preview: Cars Of The Future, Coming Sooner Than You Think

Grab any science magazine from the last century, and you'll see ideas and sketches for cars of the future, from atomic-powered to levitating. But the future is here already, and it's going on sale at a showroom near you over the next three model years. Here's our roundup of the most significant new...Read More»

2007 Toyota Yaris 3dr HB Man (Natl) Side Exterior View
Toyota Hybrid Concept Confirmed for 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Toyota has confirmed it will show a new hybrid car concept at the Detroit auto show next month. And hybrid followers are eagerly speculating what it might be: a two-door Prius? a hybrid Yaris? a 2011 Scion iQ hybrid? or a dedicated plug-in hybrid? The king of hybrids says you'll have to wait a...Read More»

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