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EPA Approves Higher Ethanol Content: What Does It Mean At The Pump?
EPA Approves Higher Ethanol Content: What Does It Mean At The Pump?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given limited approval to a plan that will allow normal pump gasoline to contain up to 15 percent ethanol. Retailers are already allowed to sell a blend with ten-percent ethanol (sometimes called E10) at the pump. Ethanol is currently blended into...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
From 97 Ford Cars and Trucks...to 20?

With a brace of new products arriving in the 2011 model years--the Fiesta, the F-150 and a Focus lineup coming soon--Ford is planning more new vehicles for its namesake and Lincoln brands. In the future, though, the number of models the company sells could fall dramatically, according to CEO Alan...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Today at High Gear Media: Fireball Run, Camaro and Eddie Bauer

It's on: starting tomorrow, our trio of editors takes on Valentino Balboni et al in the 2010 Fireball Run in a 2011 Chevy Camaro SS! [SocialCarNews] Meanwhile, us schlubs stuck at the desk get to fill out the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro full review, and tease ourselves with a score of 9 for handling...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
General Motors Makes Campaign Donations As IPO Nears

During its bankruptcy and restructuring last year, General Motors suspended all giving to political campaigns. It was the right thing to do for a number of reasons, but perhaps most importantly, it was a PR move: GM needed to show the world that it was using every dollar at its disposal to improve...Read More»

2011 Ford Flex
Today at High Gear Media: Big Discounts, 3G and Darth Vader

If you bought one of these five cars in July, you got a better deal than usual. What's at the root of it all? Model changeover. [TheCarConnection] Five safe cars for families: it sounds like a great way to research before hitting showrooms this weekend. [FamilyCarGuide] In-car 3G audio sounds...Read More»

World Trade Center, 2010
9/11: The Auto Aftermath

This story ran for the first time on TheCarConnection on November 28, 2001, and was written by Mike Davis. For a rolling memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, see John Holmgren's 18-wheeler. The world is still reeling from the unthinkable terrorist attacks September 11 on the World Trade...Read More»

John Holmgren's rolling 9/11 memorial
A Rolling Tribute: 9/11 Remembered on the Road

With the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks coming tomorrow, High Gear Media's editors have been wondering how to commemorate the anniversary--to simply push it off our desks, turn off all electronic media and have another 366 days of peace before gearing up for the somber 10th...Read More»

Gas pump
Ethanol Blends Increasingly Common: Want Pure Gasoline?

The next time you fill up, think about this: What you think of as gasoline might not be gasoline. At least not entirely. Take a close look at the pump you're filling from; there will be a label with fuel details, and odds are you're probably filling up with E10, a blend of 90 percent gasoline and...Read More»

seatbelt wearer
New Backseat Seatbelt Rules Close A Loophole In Some States

Most states now require adults, as well as kids in back, to be buckled up. But it's a little-known fact, to some motorists, that some of these laws don't apply to adults in the backseat. And one worrisome trend, USA Today reports, is that in some states—such as New Jersey—rear seatbelt use is...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Silverado
Today at High Gear Media: Cheap Trucks, Wrecked Ferraris and Snooki

The crystal ball for car sales is cloudy, my friends. This year's estimates of 11.6 million sales could be topped slightly--or could be the good old days by next year. Sigh. [TheCarConnection] If you're looking for a deal on a new car, though, the 2010 Chevy Silverado wears the most discounts on...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Feds Ramp Up Funding For Riskier Renewable Fuel Projects

How will we be fueling our cars 20 or 30 years from now? Will we plug in, as some of us soon will with EVs such as the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but not have to worry about battery life? Or will we be gassing up, much like we do today, but with home-grown cellulosic ethanol that's far more sustainable than...Read More»

2010 Prius vs. 2007 Prius
Today at High Gear Media: Toyota, Electric Cars and 300

Toyota recalls, the electric-car race, and the 2012 Chrysler 300 -- it's all here today at High Gear Media: The 2011 Ford F-150 gains four new engine options, everything from a base V-6 to a turbo EcoBoost six and a pair of V-8s. Pickups are back...and better than ever. [TheCarConnection] Can one...Read More»

2011 Scion tC
Today in Car News: Corvettes, Porsches, and Mustang II

It's Wednesday--the less glamorous middle sister to fabulous Friday--and High Gear Media is settling down in the Bay Area, ready for this weekend's Pebble Beach Concours and classics weekend. While we're putting up the tents and setting up the wireless connections, here's what we're browsing from...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
General Motors Goes Public About Going Public

A little over a year ago, General Motors was split in two: stockholders were left with shares in "Old GM", known officially as "Motors Liquidation Company" -- currently trading around $.41 -- while "New GM", now known as "General Motors Company" became a privately held enterprise owned by a range...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Seattle Looking For New Way To Tax Solo Car Commuters

As long as we're still driving fossil-fuel vehicles, the way we pay for our roads is pretty straightforward: We fill up at the pump, and for the most part, a big chunk of the gasoline tax we pay goes toward building and maintaining roads. What isn't nearly as transparent is how we fund rail...Read More»

1993 Nissan Pathfinder
Times Square Pathfinder Bomb: Worst Craigslist Connection Ever

  We won't go as far as one public-relations professional, who called it the "worst product placement ever"--but surely the Nissan Pathfinder converted into a bomb this weekend, the one that fizzled out before it detonated, has been plunked down front and center in the news world. And funny...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
Automakers Request More Subsidies For Plug-Ins, EVs, And Infrastructure

And here we are: Tax Day. The day that Uncle Sam kindly requests the presence of your cash in his coffers so that he can continue running programs -- some good, some less so -- that, put together, make the U.S. our country of choice. What more appropriate time of year for automakers to pay a visit...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»

Natural Gas Hybrid Camry
Two Tales Of Texas Tell Different Stories About Big Oil

We all know that oil is a limited resource. We also know that America is hugely dependent on the stuff, and that much of it comes from foreign sources, which puts the U.S. in some awkward positions, politically, economically, and strategically. Most of us also know that emissions from gas-powered...Read More»

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