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For $3 Billion, Could We End Traffic Deaths? Should We?
For $3 Billion, Could We End Traffic Deaths? Should We?

Traffic accidents were responsible for 32,788 deaths in the U.S. last year (not to mention $41 billion in medical costs and lost work). If we could eliminate those fatalities with new regulations that cost the private sector $3 billion, would we? Should we? Unless you're an elected official, your...Read More»

Stop Subaru in Saudi Facebook Ad
Saudi Women Drivers Create Stop-Subaru Facebook Ad

A week ago, a group called Saudi Women for Driving asked Subaru to stop selling cars in Saudi Arabia until women are allowed to drive. Today the group launched a Facebook ad campaign to put pressure on Subaru. Three weeks ago, women drove in circles around the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., to...Read More»

2011 Subaru Forester
Supporters Of Saudi Women Drivers Ask Subaru To Leave Kingdom

Imagine you're a small company that makes quirky but highly functional cars, beloved by niche buyers and increasingly successful in the broader market. Twenty years ago, you'd have been Saab. These days, you're Subaru. Now imagine that your strong progressive image--and more than a decade of...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott
Should The Electric-Car Tax Credit Be A Rebate? #YouTellUs

Did you know that when you buy a qualifying electric car, that the hefty $7,500 federal subsidy is a tax credit, not a tax rebate? The current electric-car credit is quite a messy affair. You must owe X amount in taxes to fully utilize the credit. This fine little detail isn't really advertised...Read More»

2011 MINI Rocketman Concept live photos
Gas Prices, Gas Taxes, MINI Rocketman and Taco Bell: Today's Car News

A production version of the MINI Rocketman concept is coming by 2014, by which time we hope MINI learns how to stage its show cars effectively. [MotorAuthority] Need a family crossover with 30-mpg fuel economy? We've found four of them for you. [FamilyCarGuide] Three things need to be settled...Read More»

Dan Akerson
Gas Tax: Should We Pay $1 More? #YouTellUs

Gas taxes are a sore subject this week, whether you're the president of the United States or the CEO of GM. The economy is staggering, and gas prices are fluctuating near $4 a gallon. And still, this past week, GM CEO Dan Akerson said he thinks we should raise the gas tax so people will buy more...Read More»

Dan Akerson, GM CEO as of September 1, 2010
GM CEO Akerson: Raise Taxes On Gasoline

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson would like to see a federal gas tax of as much as $1.00 per gallon, as it would drive consumers to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles. Akerson believes that such a move would be more effective than raising corporate average fuel economy standards, as the government...Read More»

Scales of Justice. Image: Clyde Robinson
Kill Two Pedestrians, Go To Jail? Not In Florida

On February 13, 2010, millionaire Ryan LeVin was racing his Porsche 911 Turbo against a friend’s BMW in the Fort Lauderdale area when he lost control of the car. A nearby security camera caught his Porsche jumping the curb and striking two British tourists, killing both. LeVin fled the scene...Read More»

Sarah Palin speaking about Subaru drivers in Searchlight, Nevada, on March 27, 2010
Paul Revere's New Ride: What Would He Drive Today To Warn Them British? #YouTellUs

Last week Sarah Palin brought Paul Revere into the spotlight with a brief history lesson that left some critics puzzled. While her American history may be a bit off, Palin did make us wonder--what would Paul Revere drive today to warn them British? We know there's already a vehicle perfect for the...Read More»

T. Boone Pickens with President Barack Obama
Mississippi’s Barbour Accuses Obama Of Inflating Gas Prices

Back in January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, the price of gas wasn't much over $2 a gallon. Now, the national average is around the $4 mark (though settling gradually downward). But are gas prices higher because of the Obama administration? That's what Republican Mississippi Governor...Read More»

1978 AMC AMX showdown
Volt Versus Leaf, Snooki, Romney and Weiner: The Week In Reverse

Ford has a lot of homework to finish before next year: it's engineering a new three-cylinder engine, a hybrid transmission and an eight-speed automatic. [TheCarConnection] While Ford tries its hand at a three-cylinder, it's worth pointing out the mostly sad recent history of that kind...Read More»

Audi R8 GT Spyder
C7 Corvette, R8 GT Spyder, Weiner on Cars: Today's Car News

Two years and counting until there's a new Corvette--which means speculation season is in full gear with a twin-turbo V-8 rumor. [MotorAuthority] Distinctly true is this new Audi R8 GT Spyder, heading for a four-ringed showroom near you. [MotorAuthority] Down the fuel food chain, the lowly...Read More»

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney, Are You Listening? For 2012, Dust Off The AMX

Republicans right and right are tossing their hats into the ring for the 2012 presidential election, but none are more intimately connected with the auto industry than Willard Mitt Romney. Given his family history in the auto industry and in Michigan, it's almost shocking that Romney stands almost...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec
Chevy Volt Tiff Exposes Potential Abuse Of EV Tax Credit?

The federal government's $7,500 tax credit—applying to the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S—has become a hot topic over the past couple of days, as a Washington, D.C. (read: politically motivated) 'watchdog' group sounded an alert over dealerships that were allegedly...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
UPDATE: Dealers Pocketing $7,500 Chevy Volt Tax Credit?

UPDATE: Several sources have reported that the practice described below appears to be confined to a few isolated incidents, if at all, and a General Motors spokesman called the NLPC 'confused.' The NLPC meanwhile in a follow-up cried foul on GM's claim that there's "high demand" for the Volt and...Read More»

Hertz Counter
Ban Rental of Recalled Cars, Says N.Y. Senator Schumer

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling for legislation that would ban rental car agencies from releasing cars recalled for safety reasons. That goes counter to a system proposed by the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), which would allow rental car agencies to determine the seriousness of...Read More»

Georgia license plate
Should Deadbeat Parents Lose Their Car License Plates, Too?

Deadbeat parents can be jailed, have their wages garnered, can lose their business licenses and even their passports--but should they lose their car tags, too? In metro Atlanta, the DeKalb County District Attorney's office has decided that license plates are fair game when it comes to getting...Read More»

2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package
Bush, Obama and Electric Cars, Lexus LFA: Today's Car News

Haters gonna hate, but George Dubya Bush is the father of the modern electric car. [TheCarConnection] President Obama's taking the charge now, mandating EVs for federal use and directing funds to more charging stations. [AllCarsElectric] While tornadoes are in today's forecast, we're tapping a...Read More»

President Bush 2007
George W. Bush, Father of the Modern Electric Car

While we're basking in the short spring between presidential elections--sort of--it's time to acknowledge the debt owed by electric cars, not to today's crop of bureaucrats, but to the bête noire of progressives everywhere, President George W. Bush. Some critics think the electric-car...Read More»

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