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Diesel Urea Injection: Fact and Fiction
Diesel Urea Injection: Fact and Fiction

Myths abound about the new generation of clean diesels set to sweep the marketplace this fall (Mercedes E, R, ML, and GL, BMW 3 Series and X5, Audi Q7, Q5, A4, A3, VW Jetta TDI). In an attention-getting headline, our sometimes cynical peers over at Jalopnik blasted this one today: "New Benz BlueTec...Read More»

2009 Acura RL
Honda's Fukui Confirms V-8, Gives Vocal Support to U.S. Fed Loans

Long the automaker that has stuck resolutely to its frugal fours and sixes, Honda surprised some today by announcing the impending launch of a V-8 according to Automotive News. The upcoming engine, which CEO Takeo Fukui claimed is sorely needed under the hood of its flagship Acura RL sedan, is...Read More»

Cell Phone Safety
Cell Phone Software Reduces "Driving While Distracted"

There is mounting pressure against using that mobile phone while driving, even if you go the safe route of hands-free, Bluetooth talking. From the AP Wire, a new mobile phone technology developed by Canadian software firm Aegis Mobility was announced Monday. The software, called DriveAssist, works...Read More»

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Mazda Hydrogen RX-8 Program Is a Go for Norway

Oh, those Europeans. With their miserly diesels, minuscule four-cylinders, and stringent air-quality standards, it would seem they're a couple of decades ahead in critical efficiency/air-quality measures compared to us here in the United States. They get most of the cool, experimental technology...Read More»

Subaru Boxer Diesel pistons/crankshaft
AutoWeek: Day of the Diesel

Somebody must've spilled a drum of ULSD at AutoWeek's headquarters this morning, because we were graced by not one, not two, but three back-to-back articles singing the praises of Rudolf Diesel's oil burner. All well written and quite pointed, there was a stinging criticism of Ford's refusal to...Read More»

Podcars: Death to the Automobile?

If a group of urban planners, activists, and students has its way, the college town of Ithaca in upstate New York could be the first  community in the United States to ditch cars in favor of automatically controlled "podcars." As reported by CNN, podcars are "driverless, computer-guided" cars...Read More»

Veggie Tales: Prepping for a Gas-Free Cross-Country Ride

A few weeks ago, I told you about my plans to turn my vintage (that's what we call old and in need of help) Benz diesel into a vegan--an organically powered machine that'll run on oily Chick-Fil-A leftovers (or Chinese or McDonald's or whatever) and do it with a sweet-smelling exhaust. But before I...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Hyundai Massages Lambda V-6 for '09 Genesis Coupe

For sporting duty in its upcoming '09 Genesis Coupe, Hyundai has made internal and external changes to its 3.8-liter Lambda V-6, reports World Car Fans. Dubbed the RS edition, power output is barely changed, but packaging efficiency is increased to fit under the Coupe's lower hood, and mechanical...Read More»

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GM's OnStar Debuts Stolen Vehicle Slowdown

Beware auto thieves--you might want to think twice before lifting that '09 Caddy CTS. Or at least hire a 13-year-old computer hacker to ride along with. Today, GM's OnStar announces Stolen Vehicle Slowdown on '09 OnStar-equipped vehicles sold in the United States and Canada, and we can only imagine...Read More»

Gas Pumps
Cellulosic Ethanol Company Receives $50M in Federal, State Aid

Startup Mascoma Corp. of Lansing, Michigan, secured $26 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and received another $23.5 million from the state of Michigan yesterday, reported the Detroit News. Mascoma will begin constructing its cellulosic ethanol plant in Michigan's Upper...Read More»

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Hyundai Launches Santa Fe Blue Hybrid in Paris

News from Hyundai has the hybrid world talking--or at least those on The Korean automaker claims it will sell 500,000 hybrids annually by 2018; this from a company that does not currently have any hybrids on the road. The Santa Fe Blue Hybrid is the catalyst of this announcement...Read More»

Tire pressure
Tire Pressures Drop as Fall Marches On

Fall is upon us, and for most of the country that means dropping temperatures. The air--or even nitrogen for some of you Sam's Club geeks--in your tires shrinks as it gets colder outside. As morning temps dip lower and lower, checking your tires weekly before setting off, which of course you always...Read More»

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Ford's MyKey Limits Speed, Adds Alerts for Teen Drivers

Ford's MyKey system, says the Detroit News, will be available on select 2010 models and limits vehicle speed to 80 mph for teen drivers. It also has the capability to limit maximum radio volume, sound speed warning chimes, and sound extra warning chimes if drivers do not wear safety belts. Whether...Read More»

2008 Audi A4 TDI concept e
Automotive Hall of Fame Adds Eight Inductees

The Automotive Hall of Fame, located in Dearborn, Michigan, yesterday inducted eight new individuals (five posthumously) into its ranks. These individuals are being honored for their contributions to racing, design, manufacturing, the aftermarket, or management. The list of inductees is as follows...Read More»

Smart fortwo "ed" Is Lithium-Ion Electric Testbed

Marking the 10th anniversary of adorable (if slow) little smart cars roaming the streets, Daimler AG has teamed with NASA and equipped the fortwo with solid rocket boosters enabling the vehicle to launch into space and orbit the earth. A moon landing is planned for 2011. In another zinger, Dr...Read More»

2008 Kia Soul Hybrid Concept
Kia Soul Hybrid: 48 mpg, 0-62 in 12.3

We already told you about the Kia Soul Hybrid's "transparent acrylic bonnet and floor," all the better to show off its gas/electric propulsion system and battery packs. But the official view from Paris also shows a panoramic powered folding fabric roof, a rare-but-cool feature seen on the likes of...Read More»

2008 BMW 7-Series Active Hybrid Concept
BMW 7 Series Goes ActiveHybrid at Paris Show

BMW's 7 Series ActiveHybrid Concept is on display this week at the Paris auto show. The ActiveHybrid relies on a 20-horsepower, 155 pound-foot electric motor integrated with an automatic transmission to enable fuel efficiency gains of up to 15 percent over a new nonhybrid 750i. Motivated primarily...Read More»

Nissan Connect
Nissan Connect Sounds Like Ford's SYNC

Believing that buyers of compact cars shouldn't have to deal with economy-sounding radios and the lack of affordbale nav and in-car communication systems, automaker giant Nissan is rolling out its new Connect System. Described as an "integrated audio, navigation and communication system," the...Read More»

2009 Audi A4
"Near-Production" A4 TDI Concept e Boasts 58.95 mpg

In another "near-production" study (read: soon to be released) from VW/Audi, the firm makes an economical splash at the Paris Auto Show with its A4 TDI concept e. Using an efficiency-tuned version of the 2.0-liter diesel engine found in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel that's been wowing...Read More»

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