If People Buy Tiny Houses, Will They Also Buy Tiny Cars? Futurist Trends for 2016.

12.28.2015

The 2016 Ford Trends Report is out, and it says we're very optimistic consumers these days. It also has predictions about self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, zero waste and more.

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Colorado's Great EV Deal: A $10K Leaf and Plug-In Pale Ale

12.23.2015

Fort Collins, Colorado and Orlando, Florida are "deployment communities" for electric cars, and that includes lots of public charging, EV rental cars, and cheap deals. How does a $24,000 BMW i3 sound?

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Big Cat Roars: Through Arizona in the Jaguar XF

12.18.2015

The XF is intended as a core vehicle in Jaguar's sedan lineup. It has BMW in its sights

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One More Time, the Return of VW's Microbus

12.15.2015

An electric Microbus-like concept vehicle will be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas next month, and some think it could turn into a full-fledged production vehicle, in multiple versions. But it may not be a minivan, and it might not happen at all.  

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Time for Tougher Car Safety Ratings

12.11.2015

The federal safety agency is making much-needed reforms to the rating system. Too many cars were getting five stars, and an update was badly needed.

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It's a Long Story: Buick's First U.S. Sales of a Chinese Car

12.08.2015

The last emperor of China drove a Buick, as did Sun Yat-sen and the man who partnered with Richard Nixon to open China to the West. In 1930, one in six cars in Shanghai was a Buick. Is it surprising that it's a big brand there now? Now GM is planning a Chinese-made Envision for the American market.

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"Bikes vs. Cars": A Film That Fights the Tyranny of the Tailpipe

12.07.2015

In Toronto, a biker or pedestrian is hit in traffic every three hours; someone is killed every seven hours. Los Angeles and São Paulo, Brazil are no better, but Copenhagen is paradise for two wheelers, the new movie says.

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A Short History of the Taxi

11.30.2015

Learn why taxis are yellow, why they're called "hacks," and why electric versions once ruled the roads. And who remembers the sedan chair?

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Are Luxury Drivers the Biggest Jerks on the Road?

11.30.2015

The public perceives that German and other high-end car owners act like selfish morons behind the wheel. And a University of California report backs up that impression.

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Columbo's Car: It was a Rare (and Ratty) 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet

11.24.2015

Poor Lieutenant Columbo took a lot of grief over his ill-painted convertible, but at least he got to keep his car--the Ferrari-driving murderers were hauled off to jail without their keys.

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Turning the Electric Corner at the LA Auto Show

11.20.2015

Plenty of SUVs debuted in LA, but the subtext was a big shift to electrics and plug-in hybrids. Audi, for one, says 25 percent of its sales will be electric by 2025.

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The 84-mpg, $6,800 Elio Coming to the LA Auto Show--With an Engine!

11.16.2015

The tiny two-seat Elio has been running around with a Geo Metro motor, but now it will have its own 0.9-liter, three-cylinder power plant. The Louisiana plant is set to produce cars in late 2016, but it's still tentative.

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6 Things Cars Don't Have Any More (Good and Bad)

11.13.2015

Remember vent windows? How about sidemount tires, generators, spare tires, bench seats and manual-transmission options. All are as dead as the dodo, for better or for worse.

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This Dune Buggy Is Electric, 3-D Printed and Crowd Sourced

11.09.2015

Local Motors has the Beach Boys on speed dial with its 3-D Swim, a lightweight carbon-fiber battery car with a built-in surfboard. And, yes, its body is 3-D printed atop a BMW i3 chassis.

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Rolling Sculptures: The Keno Brothers' Car Auction

11.06.2015

Best known for judging fine American furniture on Antiques Roadshow, the twins are branching out into a lifelong passion--classic automobiles.

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