At One with the Rain in a Polaris Slingshot

04.07.2016

This three-wheeled motorcycle/sports car thingy is serious fun--until the skies open up.

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Americans Driving More, Having More Accidents--in Gas Guzzlers

04.06.2016

Cheap gas makes it easier to maintain the family budget, but it's propelling us into long road trips in our new SUVs.

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A Victory for Consumers! Online Safety Data Will Save You Money (and Maybe Your Life)

04.04.2016

The federal safety agency is going to post everything, including technical service bulletins with information that could get your car fixed free of charge.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Lives Again!

03.28.2016

Dick Van Dyke's flying car returns. A retired NYPD police sergeant (who doubles as John Lennon in a Beatles tribute band) spent five years building a replica of the movie car. Although it was an Ian Fleming kids' book, there was a real 1920s Chitty, and my daughter and I took it for a spin in 1999.

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Hot Cars (and Lotsa SUVs) Roll Out at the New York Auto Show

03.25.2016

Gas is cheap... so SUVs are hot. Even Maserati has one at the New York International Auto Show. But Hyundai's ultra-green Ioniq lineup is on display, as is the new Prius Prime-- a plug-in hybrid with 22 miles of electric range.

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Vintage Racing Is Not for the Faint of Heart (or Wallet)

03.22.2016

Old race cars are holes into which you pour money, and forget the prize money, but nothing else outside the bedroom offers comparable thrills and chills.

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We Volunteer: Automakers Agree to Make Auto Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

03.19.2016

Forget the slow "rulemaking," the feds say, lets start saving lives as soon as possible.

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Dreams Die Hard: Crazy Concept Cars at Amelia Island

03.14.2016

Remember the Fascination, the Exemplar I, the Mohs SafariKar? No? That's because these mad-genius ventures flopped. But the stories are fascinating. 

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Adventures With 'Ol Sparkie

03.11.2016

Are green cars, hybrids and electrics, complicated and unreliable? The evidence--like a trouble-free 300,000-mile Chevy Volt--proves otherwise.

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The Big Battery Breakthrough (or Maybe Not)

03.08.2016

The Feds' ARPA-E agency says it has achieved the "holy grail" of cell development. Unfortunately, we've been down this road before.

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Tire Pressure: Will We Soon Set It and Forget It?

03.04.2016

Michelin is coming out with Auto Inflate, which will maintain the correct pressure as the tire turns. Right now it's only for heavy-duty trucks, but that's likely to change soon.

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Meet the World's First Hybrid Car--Built in 1896

03.02.2016

An American genius named Harry Dey introduced the Armstrong Phaeton hybrid car to an indifferent world before the turn of the century. It had a self-starter, a semi-automatic transmission, and could run on gas, electric power, or both.

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Choosing a Reliable Car: Two Lists

02.26.2016

J.D. Power and Consumer Reports agree: Lexus, Porsche and Buick (yes, Buick) make cars you can depend on.

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Koch Brothers' Anti-EV Group will Fail--Big Time

02.22.2016

It's peanuts to them, but $10 million annually from billionaires David and Charles Koch will fund a big PR push against electric car subsidies. Expect it to crash and burn.

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James Bond's Car Reborn, Thanks to David Brown (No, Not THAT David Brown)

02.19.2016

A Saudi prince just bought the first Speedback GT--for $795,000. It's a Jaguar XKR under the skin, but with the looks of an Aston-Martin DB5 or DB6. In the 1960s, the company was headed by David Brown, and the new company is David Brown Automotive.

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