Fiat's 500 Abarth is a noisy little beast, and the Beetle GSR is--despite wild graphics--a more refined affair.
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.
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.
Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.
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.