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Auto News for Wednesday, March 2

03.02.2016

Toyota cars slip, trucks rise. Because Americans have chosen to spend the money they're saving on gas... on gas.

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Meet the World's First Hybrid Car--Built in 1896

03.02.2016

An American genius named Harry Dey introduced the Armstrong Phaeton hybrid car to an indifferent world before the turn of the century. It had a self-starter, a semi-automatic transmission, and could...

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Is It Safe To Drive Car With Slipping Transmission?

03.01.2016

The transmission on Bill's 2000 Volvo V70 is slipping. Is it safe to keep driving it? Car Talk's take, right here.

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Choosing a Reliable Car: Two Lists

02.26.2016

J.D. Power and Consumer Reports agree: Lexus, Porsche and Buick (yes, Buick) make cars you can depend on.

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Should Kids Learn to Drive on a Manual or an Automatic?

02.25.2016

Karen learned to drive on a manual transmission and thinks it made her a better driver. But is it safer to teach kids on an automatic? Car Talk's advice, here.

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Father vs. Son: Who's Right About Tire Pressure?

02.23.2016

Larry thinks 50 psi is too full for a tire; his son says he prefers the ride that way. Who's right?

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Does Your Car Predict Your Vote? In a Word, Yes

02.23.2016

“Politics,” observed the late composer and social critic, Frank Zappa, “is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.”

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Koch Brothers' Anti-EV Group will Fail--Big Time

02.22.2016

It's peanuts to them, but $10 million annually from billionaires David and Charles Koch will fund a big PR push against electric car subsidies. Expect it to crash and burn.

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James Bond's Car Reborn, Thanks to David Brown (No, Not THAT David Brown)

02.19.2016

A Saudi prince just bought the first Speedback GT--for $795,000. It's a Jaguar XKR under the skin, but with the looks of an Aston-Martin DB5 or DB6. In the 1960s, the company was headed by David...

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Five Dumb Car Ideas

02.18.2016

To keep up with the Joneses, people will make amazing car buying decisions--including choosing fake convertibles, fake Cadillacs, fake classics, fake accessories and even fake 427 Cobras.

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