Pedestrian Deaths Down (But the Toll's Still Too Damned High)

03.07.2014

The number of fatalities fell by nearly nine percent in the first half of 2013, but that's still nearly 2,000 deaths. A combination of smart urban design and safety-conscious cars could bring that number to zero.

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Tesla's Gigafactory: Meeting Today's Big Battery Demand

03.06.2014

Elon Musk is betting big (up to $5 billion) on a gigantic battery plant. It definitely makes sense in the short term, but will lithium-ion eventually be replaced with hugely efficient solid-state technology? Whatever Tesla builds should be ready for a retrofit.

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Exploring Oregon...In an Electric Car

02.27.2014

Ready to visit the EV future? Jim Motavalli heads to Oregon, where 100 fast chargers are strategically located around the state, and no remote corner, pie shop, or brew pub is off limits.

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5 Annoying Things About Today's Car Stereos

02.25.2014

Modern infotainment has some peculiar quirks and exasperations, which I've gathered together here from recent test-drive experiences.

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A Remedy for Discriminatory Auto Loans? That Will Have to Wait

02.18.2014

Women and minorities sometimes pay higher interest rates for car loans, and the federal consumer agency wants auto loan companies to change their ways. But it was only a recommendation (auto dealers are powerful) and the biggest lender just said, "No, thanks."

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About that Corvette Sinkhole...

02.13.2014

Catch that photo of the Corvettes in the sinkhole... aka, The World's Most Expensive Hole? Here's how it happened.

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Plugging In: The First Electric Cars

02.12.2014

The electric car was launched around the same time as the internal-combustion engine, and the early history is just as wild and wonderful.

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Cars Talking to Each Other Will Save Lives, the Feds Say

02.06.2014

It's called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. And NHTSA says requiring it on all new cars can reduce accidents 70 to 80 percent.

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Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

02.03.2014

Steel is still the number one material for making cars, but by scoring the Ford F-150 aluminum is gaining sharply. Automakers expect the aluminum share to nearly double by 2025 as fuel economy becomes critical, and that's got the steel industry fighting back with lightweight products of its own.

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Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

01.22.2014

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

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Detroit Auto Show 2014: The View From the Floor

01.16.2014

With input from Car Talk listeners, here are some of the highlights of the North American International Auto Show in the Motor City.

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Ford Rolls Out Aluminum-Bodied F-150

01.14.2014

The F-150 has been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for 32 years, so cutting 700 pounds of dead weight out of it is a really big deal. Couple it with an EcoBoost engine, and 30 mpg could be the result.

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Chevy's Detroit Balance: Green Cars and 620-Horsepower 'Vettes

01.13.2014

Volt versus 'Vette: Chevrolet's Corvette Z06 will grab the headlines at Detroit's auto show next week, but did you know that Chevy actually sold more Volts in 2013? In trying to save weight and increase fuel economy, rip-roaring performance cars and plug-in hybrids actually have more in common than you'd think.

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Elio's $6,800 Car Edges Closer to Production

01.08.2014

Would you drive a three-wheeled car? You're about to get the chance. The Elio is coming to a dealer near you -- and for only $6,800, to boot. Here's the low down.

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Audi and Google: High-Tech Collaboration in the Car

01.03.2014

Your next car might include Apple, Android and Microsoft in the dash. Here's a look at what's coming.

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