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Staff Blog | Aug 18, 2017

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The Volvo SX90 Plug-In Hybrid
Jul 07, 2017

Volvo’s Bombshell: All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid by 2019

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is plugging in its entire fleet over the next two years, and France is banning gas/diesel cars by 2040.

electric vehicles auto industry regulation

Chevy Bolt at a charging station
Jul 06, 2017

The Big Battery Breakthrough? It's Here (Maybe)

Jim Motavalli

Ninety-four-year-old John Bannister Goodenough, a Texas scientist with an impressive track record, says he's made low-cost solid-state batteries--with five to 10 times the energy storage of today's lithium-ion liquid cells--work in the lab. But is his technology for real?

electric vehicles auto industry

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test
Jul 06, 2017

A Pricey AC Fix Might Become Cheaper with an Easy Test

Dear Car Talk

The dealership said Cynthia needed $1500 in repairs to make her VW's AC work again. Additional testing might save her some serious bucks.

air conditioning Volkswagen Jetta 2010

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First
Jul 04, 2017

Reader Should Try Less Expensive Fix First

Dear Car Talk

Greg's bills for his Silverado's brake system won't stop, and neither will the truck. Before he dumps more money into parts, there's a simple fix that may do the trick.

brakes Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2004

Independence Day parades
Jul 03, 2017

A Curmudgeon's Guide to Surviving the 4th of July

Tim Cotton

Leading a rural New England parade also gives you an opportunity to use all the modes of the siren intermittently. Dogs hate you, kids love you, and parents put up with it because it’s the 4th of July.

law enforcement

Rubbing Sound Only Happens on Hot Days
Jun 29, 2017

Rubbing Sound Only Happens on Hot Days

Dear Car Talk

Laura's Escape makes rubbing noises when she turns the steering wheel--but only on hot days. How can she fix it before it drives her nuts?

steering noises Ford Escape 2002

Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge
Jun 27, 2017

Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

Dear Car Talk

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

VW ID Buzz Concept Van
Jun 22, 2017

The VW Microbus is Happening (Maybe) --and it's Electric

Jim Motavalli

VW isn't confirming it, but there's growing evidence that a battery Microbus along the lines of the ID Buzz shown in Detroit in January is headed for production.

electric vehicles concept vehicles

1958 BMW Isetta 300
Jun 22, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Bets on a New England Casino

Jim Motavalli

Barrett-Jackson sponsored a Concours D'Elegance and brought hundreds of collector cars into the Connecticut's Mohegan Sun for its second annual auction. Muscle cars were featured, but there plenty of oddities, too.

auctions