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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