From Chevrolet in Detroit: Bolt or Volt, Your Choice

01.12.2015

GM has freshened the 2016 Volt with 50 miles of all-electric range, and set off a buzz with the Bolt, an all-electric car, with 200 miles of range at $30,000. 

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Wacky Concept Cars at the Great BIG CES Show

01.07.2015

As rolling boomboxes and the ultimate mobile devices, cars at CES are deliciously over the top. It is Vegas, after all. 

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A Sneak Peek at the New Chevy Volt

01.05.2015

In Las Vegas, General Motors rolled back the curtain on a sleeker, more aerodynamic Volt that also features more electric range and a simplified dash design. Oh, and they jazzed up OnStar, too.

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2014: The Year in Greenwashing

12.31.2014

For heaven's sake, "hybrid" is not a magic word. Automakers embrace the environment and sustainability, but don't believe all the hype they dish out. Check the claims, the fuel-economy numbers and the bottom line carefully.

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Driving Costa Rica's Wild and Wooly Dirt Roads

12.29.2014

On Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, you're bouncing in the ruts as you dodge dogs, iguanas, suicidal birds, ATVs and dust clouds. Relief arrives in the form of the sticky molasses that gets sprayed on the roads. 
 

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Classic Cars Are Better Investments Than Art, Real Estate and Wine

12.18.2014

Don't buy an Andy Warhol drawing for a nest egg, buy an old Porsche instead. The collector car market is in something of a bubble right now, but you can take advantage of it.

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Ford's Better Ideas: Improved SYNC, a New Focus RS and a Museum Tour

12.12.2014

Jim Motavalli heads to Ford country, and finds a new pocket-rocket Focus, improved (thankfully!) SYNC, and a not-half-bad tour of the company museum.

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Tesla's Model X Will Have Lots of German Competition

12.10.2014

It's getting crowded at the expensive end of the market! The Model S had the field to itself, but the Model X will have to duke it out with a bunch of similar models, many of them from Europe.

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Racer Ray Evernham Tells Auto History Lessons

12.07.2014

Americarna heads into its second season with Elvis' last car, fiberglass sportsters, woody wagons and other vehicles that tell our country's story.

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What Drives Owner Loyalty?

12.03.2014

Tesla's Model S, despite some reliability issues, tops a new Consumer Reports survey. It seems people don't love their cars because they're reliable, but because they're exotic, cool and maybe a bit dangerous.

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Toyota's Big Bet on the Fuel-Cell Mirai

11.18.2014

The zero-emission car can travel 300 miles on a five-minute fill-up, so the big challenge isn't the cars but the expensive refueling stations. But how does three years of free fuel sound?

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On the Horn: VW's CEO on the Company's Golf-Flavored Future

11.16.2014

Michael Horn is charged with resuscitating Volkswagen's fortunes in the U.S., and he's leading with the new Golf, plus SUVs and compact/mid-sized cars.

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The Art of Bugatti: A Family Saga with Stories Attached

11.12.2014

Works from four generations of the unusually talented Bugatti family, brought together at Peter Mullin's California auto museum.

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Fiat's Car-Sharing Deal

11.03.2014

Why would an automaker partner with a company that takes between 9 and 13 cars off the road? Is Fiat making a huge mistake, or is there more to this story? 

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The Fast Track From Propane Grills to Propane Cars

11.02.2014

Can you run your car with the same stuff you use to grill that T-bone steak? Absolutely! Right now 150,000 American police cars, trucks and school buses run on propane, and that's just the beginning. Here's why.

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