Car Tunes on Car Talk: The Envelope Please for the "Jimmys"

12.23.2010

Is there anything better on a long drive than a good set of car tunes? Thanks to iPod connectors, I now can listen to my whole library from behind the wheel, and I do. Here are my choices for some of the best driving songs.

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A Car for Christmas: "Oh My God!!!"

12.22.2010

Bow-tied presents on wheels, Christmas cars represent one form of the ultimate gift in our auto-obsessed culture. Here are a few moments of truth, when the garage door is rolled up to reveal...

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The Tata Nano Hasn't Set the World on Fire, But It Has Burst into Flames a Few Times

12.10.2010

Very small cars have had a tough time in the marketplace recently, from the Tata Nano (six fires reported amid slumping sales) and the Smart fortwo, which is declining in market share and owner satisfaction. Bring back the Beetle, I say. Small can be beautiful, so let's do it right.

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Five Auto Repair Mishaps: True Stories from My Garage

12.02.2010

Here is documented evidence I should never be let near any car pointing the business end of a wrench. Tom and Ray, don't hire me to do anything mechanical--not even if you're desperate. I can only write about cars, not work on them.

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Lessons from the Los Angeles Auto Show: Bring a Wetsuit for the Mermaids

11.24.2010

Deep thoughts from the floor of LA's greenest auto conclave: fast charging is important, startups have visibility problems, flashy isn't always best, we're finally saving gas, letter grades for 39 cars, and LA swimming pools can be cold in November.

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Americans Like EVs, But Don't Want to Pay Extra for Them

11.17.2010

A new Consumer Reports poll of American car owners show they are increasingly friendly toward electric and hybrid cars, but don't want to pay more for them. That's a problem, because high battery costs means they are indeed more expensive. A small compact EV? $30,000.

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Turnabout Is Fair Play: Car Talk's Auto-Related Practical Jokes

11.12.2010

What is life without a few good-natured practical jokes? Here's a few from the Car Talk collection, all of them involving automobiles. Note that the best ones go back 60 years or more. A good joke never dies, it just gets played on someone else.

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Fast Times in New Jersey: Driving Mercedes' Hydrogen F-Cell

10.29.2010

The F-Cell is the end result of $2 billion and 15 years of hydrogen research from Mercedes-Benz. The car I piloted around woodsy New Jersey (yes, it's green!) is nearing production.

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Car Sharing is an Idea Whose Time has Come, and it's Getting Personal

10.25.2010

Car sharing is growing rapidly in the U.S. and Europe, where it began. The next step is sharing personal cars, which sit idle more than 90 percent of the time. And California just made personal car sharing easier by taking away the insurance barriers.

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Guerrilla Marketing: Start-up EVs are Game Changers

10.15.2010

Electric vehicles will change the way we shop for and buy cars, especially for the small start-up companies that need work-arounds the traditional dealer network. Are you ready to buy a car at a mall? At a big-box store?

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Jay Leno on EVs: Hurray for No-Compromise Chevy Volts and Porsche Spyders

10.01.2010

Jay Leno has more than 100 cars in his garage, including vintage electrics. He likes EVs, especially the ones that ace the gas cars with good performance and a cure for "range anxiety."

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Iceland: From Financial Ruin to Green Car Oasis

09.24.2010

Nobody's buying cars in Iceland, where the auto sector fell 80 to 90 percent this year. But despite that the country is moving forward to have the first all-electric transportation sector in the world.

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More Pit Stops on the Highway to Hell: Road Trip Horror Stories, Part One

09.10.2010

You've seen the original Highway to Hell: Well, here are more unbelievable tales from our overflowing in box. Stay tuned for the second installment.

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Hydrogen Heats Up, and the Car Talk Blogger Gets a Long-Term Fuel-Cell Ride

08.31.2010

I will be the proud recipient of a long-term test fuel-cell Toyota, just one in a fleet of 10 coming to Connecticut as part of an ambitious effort to build a "hydrogen highway" from Maine to Florida.

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Whoppers: The Cars That Got Away

08.23.2010

We've all got regrets, and some of them involve the cars we didn't buy. They seemed expensive at the time, or weren't running, or our parents said no. And they're all worth kazillions now. Send me your sob stories, too.

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