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2003 Lincoln LS: Do I Have to Use Premium Gas?

2003 Lincoln LS: Do I Have to Use Premium Gas?

Q--I have a 2003 Lincoln LS that is mainly used for occasional vacation trips and some drives around town. My owner's guide recommends using gas with an "octane rating of 91 or higher for optimum performance." (Why do they say to use 91 octane when most gas pumps have 87, 89, and 93 octane? Does...

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2009 Ford Fiesta

Ford Drops New N.A. Plant Plans

Ford is shelving plans to build a new assembly plant in northernMexico. Instead, Ford has promised the United Auto Workers in its new labor pact to build a small car in the... read more November 19, 2007 by 0

2008 smart fortwo

Smart Ramping Up Fast

As it gets ready to roll its first car into U.S. showrooms, smart is quickly building up its early order bank, noted the carmaker’s boss, Dave Schembri. In an unusual... read more November 19, 2007 by 0

Alan Mulally Los Angeles 2007

Ford Lays Out “Blueprint to Sustainability”

Ford plans to take aggressive steps to create “safer, more fuel-efficient, quality products,” declared the embattled automaker’s CEO, Alan Mulally, during his keynote... read more November 15, 2007 by 0

Chevrolet Equinox fuel-cell vehicle and David Shelton

GM Bringing Fuel Cells Home

Power to the people. Hydrogen power, that is. Starting in January, General Motors will begin to deliver the first of 100 road-ready fuel cell vehicles, to motorists in... read more November 15, 2007 by 0

2007 Mercedes-Benz S400 Bluetec concept

Hybrids, AMG Coexist Peacefully at Benz

The Mercedes stand at theLos Angeles auto show was a study in contrasts: on the one hand, a diesel-powered S-Class hybrid concept, and on the other, the blazing-fast C63 AMG... read more November 15, 2007 by 0

2007 Honda FCX Clarity

Honda Sets Fuel-Cell Plans in L.A.

Honda plans to lease a fuel-cell-powered vehicle directly to consumers inSouthern California for around $600 per month, beginning in the summer of 2008. The leasing of the... read more November 14, 2007 by 0

2008 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, Los Angeles Auto Show

Cargirl: GM Goes a Generation Ahead

Trust is probably the single most important factor in any relationship. I thought about trust as Gary White, GM Vice President and vehicle line executive for full-size... read more November 13, 2007 by 0

2007 HUMMER H2 Victory Red Edition

Poll: Americans Want Less Foreign Oil

American voters now consider the nation's dependence on foreign oil, the nation's top national security issue and favor tougher fuel economy standards by an overwhelming... read more November 11, 2007 by 0

2008 Chevrolet Malibu

Can GM Keep Momentum Up?

How quickly things can change. Little more than a year ago, the mood was one of gloom and doom at General Motors headquarters, along theDetroit River. Sales and share were... read more November 5, 2007 by 0

2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab

At Witz’ End: CAFE, the 0.2% Solution

If CO2 causes global warming, why are critics attacking cars alone? The man-made global warming theory touted by technologically challenged alarmists, agenda-driven... read more November 5, 2007 by 0

Mazda SISS

Mazda: Zoom-Zoom Going Green

Pressing the red “Start” button, the Mazda RX-8 fires up, the pint-sized rotary engine under its hood buzzing as I modulate the throttle, shift into gear and launch down... read more October 29, 2007 by 0

Carlos Ghosn

Ghosn: CO2 Is Opportunity

Carlos Ghosn, the top executive in the Renault/Nissan alliance, says he considers the call for tougher regulations of CO2 emissions and better fuel economy not only a... read more October 25, 2007 by 0

2008 Toyota Highlander

Is Toyota in Trouble?

Like millions of Americans, Suzanne Oshry is a loyalToyota owner. Or at least she has been. Earlier this year, Oshry purchased the latest in a string of Camry sedans from... read more October 21, 2007 by 1

2008 Chevrolet Corvette

GM: Eight-Speeds on the Way

General Motors isn't giving away any of the specifics just yet, but it does have a seven- and even an eight-speed automatic transmission tucked away in its product... read more October 15, 2007 by 0

2008 Mazda2

We Drive Mazda’s 2

Several car manufacturers have been living by the maxim “bigger is better” when replacing their European B-segment superminis. But instead of following the trend and... read more October 12, 2007 by 0


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