Flying is Better for the Environment Than Driving. Really?


Not only are planes like the 787 more fuel efficient than the gas guzzlers of the past, but airlines are flying them full of people. The car fleet would have to average 45 mpg to equal the carbon footprint of an airplane mile, and its actual performance is far from that.


Will Car Sales Go Online? The Kicking Tires Factor Says Not Yet.


When buying vehicles, women are often disrespected, and everyone gets bamboozled by slick sales tactics and trade-in woes. But people still like to see, touch and drive cars before spending boatloads of money on them.


On Earth Day: Automakers--Except Chrysler--Clap for the Tough Fuel Economy Rules


As Ford, GM, BMW, Audi and others make bets on cars that will ultimately get 54.5 MPG, Fiat-Chrysler--which hasn't-- wants the new federal standards standards rolled back.


Ads on Wheels: Meet the Goldfish Car, the Big Banana and the Kissmobile


The first product-themed vehicles were horsedrawn, and the concept has been going gangbusters ever since. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and its many imitators are coming soon to a community near you.


For the One-Percenter Who Has Everything. A $2.9 Million McLaren You Can Drive Only on the Track


The bespoke British automaker has a two-tier strategy--million-dollar cars on the top end, and a new 570S whose $184,000 price makes it the "affordable" choice.


3,000 MPG: Student Teams Innovate to Save Fuel at Shell's Eco Marathon


In tiny pods and mock Microbuses with surfboards on the roof, 112 student teams compete in cars they built to be fuel economy champs.


Audi President Scott Keogh on "Piloted Driving"


Audi is moving fast with self-driving cars on the racetrack and the road, and it's introducing that tech on the cars coming next year. But sitting in the back with your cellphone? That's going to take a while.


New York Auto Show: Boy-Genius Designs 48-MPG Chevy Malibu, and More


Credit the new Malibu to one Jaymer Starbody, who's barely started shaving. Other notable vehicles at the New York International Auto Show? A redesigned Smart car, a Mercedes plug-in, and a Honda Civic unlike any other.


Alcoa's $259 Million Windfall for Lightweight Cars


Alcoa is the big winner in the federal government's loan program supporting clean cars, and it will expand an aluminum plant in Tennessee to supply cars like the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and the new Cadillac CT6. Alcoa's no startup, though, so did it really need the money?


EVs Could Be Cheaper than Gas Cars by 2020


Is 2020 the magic year, for electric cars becoming cheaper than gas-powered models? One study says yes. 


Big Daddy (and Mommy) Are Watching: The 2016 Malibu Offers Built-In Teen Safety


Debuting at the New York Auto Show, the new Chevrolet Malibu turns off the radio if young drivers don't buckle up, keeps stats on on-road behavior, and all but slaps the cuffs on, for speeding.


Will Formula Racing Make EVs Cool?


Wait a minute. Those hot shot Formula One- looking race cars are entirely electric? Uh huh.


Why Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson Is the Teflon Man


Despite having ignored a "final warning," Clarkson will likely be back. Top Gear is an enormous cash cow for the BBC.


Street Racing Kills, but TV (and Youtube Videos) Glorify It


No doubt about it, high-speed dueling in fast cars on crowded streets is a rush, but despite video soft-pedalling, it has fatal consequences.


How to Buy a Really, Really Cheap Car


I'm an expert in what used to be $50 cars. Now you'd pay $1,000 or so, but you can still get a solid, reliable, long-lasting car for the price--as I did.