Slow Summer Sales for Convertibles

07.09.2014

All but two of the Top Ten cars stuck on dealer lots this month are convertibles or coupes. What's it say? My guess is that the summer-car buying season is over.

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The 5 Greatest Classic Car Radio Songs

07.09.2014

Back in the day, chart-toppers had to make it through the static and terrible sound of AM radio.

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The Beetle and the Mouse That Roared

06.30.2014

Fiat's 500 Abarth is a noisy little beast, and the Beetle GSR is--despite wild graphics--a more refined affair.

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Tesla Wrecks the Curve. Volvo: See Me After Class

06.24.2014

Volvo gets a big, fat, zero for meeting new federal fuel economy ratings. Others are doing better-- though not by much, in some cases. Jim Motavalli explains why. 

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Chevy and Google: Two Votes for Self-Driving City Cars

06.20.2014

The companies couldn't be more different, but both are working on tiny urban cars that could be completely autonomous. And the technology is here today.

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NHTSA Goes After the Phones in Drivers' Pockets

06.16.2014

Should the Feds govern mobile apps in your car? Right now, it's one big, huge gray area. Some states fine you for navigating with your phone. Do you agree?

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American Car Fleet Hits a Record 252 Million

06.13.2014

We're keeping cars longer, and buying a lot of new ones. It's a formula for crowded roads.

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All Aboard! Reno's Electric Shuttle Bus (Tomorrow's Answer Today)

06.09.2014

Reno operates a 25-cent downtown loop, joining cities like Louisville, Stockton, Worcester and San Antonio in advocating plug-in corridors. Bus maker Proterra points to its forthcoming "Telsa Model S of buses" as evidence that its going to conquer the world sooner rather than later.

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Ready, Set, Innovate: The College Car Challenge That Leads to a Job

06.06.2014

Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.

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Way, Way Back: The '60s Through the Back of a Station Wagon

06.03.2014

The sight of a tri-colored Buick Caballero kid hauler sends the author back in time, like Proust's madeleines. The 50s and 60s were all about wood-paneled wagons for Americansof a certain age. 

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Dart vs. Dart: Our '63 Dodge Against a '14 GT

05.30.2014

The 1963 Dodge Dart is an iconic vehicle at the Car Talk garage, so how does it stack up against the modern competition?

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Crowd Pleaser: The $6,800, 84-mpg Elio is Getting Closer

05.28.2014

I test drove the latest version of the three-wheeled, two-seat Elio in Manhattan, and was mobbed by people who wanted to know what it was and when they could get one. Late next year, they're saying, if all goes well.

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Recycling Windshields: It's the Right Thing to Do

05.23.2014

Most windshields, made from a glass and plastic sandwich, end up in landfills. But Safelite recycled more than a million of them last year.

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Breakthrough Batteries: Fighting to be the Next Big Thing

05.21.2014

Today's standard lithium-ion cells are today's standard, but disruptive technology that's cheaper, lasts longer and charges faster may be around the corner. Here's what's in the works.

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Wheeler Dealers: British TV Show Restores Cars for Fun and Profit

05.16.2014

In their colorful reality show on Discovery, a car trader and a mechanic team up to restore and flip cars, telling you just how they did it.

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