R.I.P. to Station Wagons: The Death of a Noble Breed

03.18.2011

The station wagon isn't really dead--like that Monty Python parrot, it's just resting, or maybe pining for the fjords.

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This Volt Owner was Texaco's Production Chief...And he Thinks Peak Oil is Imminent

03.04.2011

The oldest Chevy Volt owner is Texaco's former head of worldwide oil production, and he thinks peak oil is very, very close.

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A Million Electric Cars: A Big Load, but Manageable

02.23.2011

President Obama has called for a million plug-in cars by 2015, which sounds like a grid-buster, but we can handle it without adding a lot of new power plants.

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The President's Big Plan for Green Cars

02.18.2011

The Obama budget is a door stop at more than 2,400 pages, and nobody reads all of it--but it makes some hard choices with energy--downplaying hydrogen and launching a big push on electric car deployment. Much of it will fall by the wayside, but it's an interesting place to start.

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Oh My Aching Feet: Two Days on the Floor at the Detroit Auto Show

01.13.2011

Tramping around Cobo Hall is sure to wear out shoe leather, but it also offers a chance to uncover some green nuggets. And here it is, my highlight reel with just the good parts.

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The Consumer Electronics Show: Fancy Hardware, Driver Distraction...and Artichokes

01.06.2011

The Consumer Electronics Show includes the latest in sophisticated in-car electronics. It's wonderful, cutting-edge stuff, but driver distraction remains an issue (despite voice commands and other innovations). And what's with those artichokes?

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Five New Year's Resolutions: Rubber on the Road

12.31.2010

Five auto-themed New Year's resolutions: All about Miatas, hydrogen cars, trains, High Voltage and the elusive Fisker Karma.

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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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