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33 Posts

Aug 03, 2017

The Tesla Model 3 Arrives, With Elon's Superlatives

Jim Motavalli

The Tesla Model 3, just unveiled, will be the best car in its class by a mile, sport batteries made in the second-largest free-standing structure in the world, and built in a factory that will be pumping out 20,000 cars a month by the end of 2017. Or so says Mr. Musk.

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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.

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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?

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Volvo XC60
Jun 08, 2017

Volvo's New XC60 is an Ultra-Safe Luxury Package

Jim Motavalli

Volvo is staying competitive with a brand-new product line--including the refreshed XC60, aimed straight at the luxury crossover buyer.

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Convertibles
Apr 14, 2017

There are Only 27 Convertibles Left in the United States (For Under $85K)

BestRide

Everybody should own a convertible at least once in their life. Only now, they're getting harder and harder to come by unless you're a one-percenter. At no point since the 1970s have convertibles been more rare.

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Lady Norah Docker's Golden Daimler
Feb 28, 2017

Lady Norah Docker of Daimler: The Car World's Own Marie Antoinette

Jim Motavalli

How one flamboyant, free-spending couple managed to destroy a staid old auto company.

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Mcity: A test track for self-driving cars
Jan 18, 2017

Appearances Are Deceiving at Michigan's Self-Driving Car Test Tracks

Jim Motavalli

Remember the Truman Show? Michigan's fake towns serve a purpose--testing autonomous and connected vehicles, without having to be on public roads. Global automakers are paying attention. 

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FCA's diesel fraud charge
Jan 13, 2017

What does The Donald think about FCA and the EPA's diesel fraud charge?

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

What does The Donald think about FCA and the EPA's diesel fraud charge?
 

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Will fuel economy regulations change
Dec 01, 2016

CAFE Regs Upheld; Cue the Whining

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

The EPA announced yesterday that it would hold firm on its 54.5 mile per gallon corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirement for 2025. 

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are there any good small trucks left
Nov 22, 2016

Where Have the Small Pickups Gone?

Dear Car Talk

Gary needs a truck that's not a behemoth. He asks if smaller, more basic trucks are even made anymore?

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