I Want an MX-5 Miata

02.06.2013

I can't keep thinking about having a tidy Miata in my garage. Is this a mid-life crisis, or what? At least they're a practical choice compared to, say, a Lotus Elan.

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Chinese Acquisition of Federally Subsidized A123 Batteries Seems Likely

01.30.2013

Supporting the American battery industry against foreign competition makes sense, but here's one $249 million grant that didn't go well. The grants were designed to help U.S. firms be competitive against Asian battery giants, but it's one of the latter that's walking away with A123's assets.

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What Americans Want in a New Car: Everything

01.22.2013

What do Americans want in a new car in 2013... and what do they say they want? They're not always the same. Jim Motavalli explains.

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Detroit 2013: It's Not Always Easy Being Green

01.16.2013

Electric cars were in short supply in the Motor City this year, but even the gas guzzlers had green features, and there was plenty of action around the edges.

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Automated Cars Are Coming, but in Las Vegas It's Safety First

01.09.2013

Automakers love to show off self-driving cars, but few think they'll be on the road in the next 10 years. Instead, the cars--bristling with sensors, cameras and lasers--are rolling test beds for advanced (and lifesaving) safety systems.  

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The Highway Death Toll Rises: Here's Why

01.04.2013

After many years of declining numbers, fatal accidents are suddenly on the upswing again. Here's why.

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The Open-Source Car: An Audacious Bid to Transform the Auto Industry

12.19.2012

Jay Rogers' Local Motors has produced 60 off-road rally cars. The really interesting part is how they were built--with a crowdsourced design and many suggestions from the Internet, which changed everything from the engine (goodbye BMW, hello Corvette) to the door fit.

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Hurricane Sandy, Solar Power, and an "Aw Shucks" Moment

12.12.2012

Rob and Garrett's 6.5-kilowatt portable solar array--built for a zero emission trip across the U.S.--was in the right place at the right time to turn on the lights and help the relief effort in hard-hit Far Rockaway, Queens.

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The Battle Over Biofuels

12.06.2012

It's war! Big Oil is bringing out the big guns, lawsuits are flying, and biofuels are under attack as never before. Not all the charges stick.

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Winding Down: The Last Days of American Suzuki

12.03.2012

What's happening behind the scenes, as Suzuki winds down its business? Jim Motavalli found out.

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Crime Watch: Buying Protection with Radar Detectors and LoJack

11.20.2012

It's not just phones that have gotten smart. Also showing signs of intelligence are the once humble radar detector and the lojack system that will help you find the laptop you left in your car.

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Making the Case for Propane: From Gas Grills to Cars and Trucks

11.15.2012

Propane, the same stuff in our gas grills, also powers our cars? Southern cops are saying yes. Propane is an interesting fuel--liquid at near-room temperature, with relatively cheap refueling. The alternative--CNG and LNG--also have a case to make.

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All About Algae: Danforth's Quest to Turn Pond Scum Into Gasoline

11.08.2012

The Danforth Plant Science Center in Missouri is a cutting-edge lab for developing tomorrow's biofuels.

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How Not to Buy a Storm-Damaged Used Car

11.02.2012

Vehicles that have been through Hurricane Sandy may look fine, but they're ticking time bombs, waiting to bury you in bills.

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My Buick: A Post-Sandy Parable

11.01.2012

I did the right thing by my father-in-law's Regal. Now I don't get the insurance payout, but I can sleep at night.

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