Snow Patrol: All-Wheel Drive Won't Help Without Winter-Friendly Tires

12.17.2013

My 2014 BMW has AWD and traction control, but it slipped all over the road during the recent winter storm. Why? Blame the performance tires.

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Driving VW's Astonishing 200 MPG XL1

12.13.2013

It's the most aerodynamic, fuel-efficient car in the world, and $145,000 buys you bragging rights. But only in Europe, alas.

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Interview: GM's New CEO, Mary Barra

12.10.2013

Barra is the first woman not only to lead GM, but the first woman heading any of the Big Three. In fact, she's the first woman to head any global automaker. Car Talk's Jim Motavalli interviewed her, prior to the announcement. 

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Ford's 2015 Mustang Debuts, Goes Global

12.05.2013

The Mustang has always been an American icon, but now Ford wants to spread its appeal to Europe and Asia (where it has long had cult status).

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Buying a Used Prius? It Pays to Shop Around.

12.04.2013

Given the ironclad law of supply and demand, it pays to buy pre-owned hybrids and EVs in cities where they're not on everyone's shopping list.

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Driving the High-End Auction Cars

11.27.2013

Recent prices are going nuts, with a Ferrari Spider fetching $27.5 million--the most ever paid for a road car at auction. The upcoming Dragone event will test the market for top-end collector cars.

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Electric Cars on the Move: The View From Europe

11.25.2013

The big EVS 27 offers a very encouraging vision of an electric car movement getting traction and establishing a real global presence.

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Norway Is Electric Car Heaven

11.20.2013

Norway, yes Norway, is where they're lining up to buy electric cars. The Nissan Leaf is the number one bestselling car in the country. The subsidies are huge, but there's more to it. This is a country in love with zero emission.

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A Zero Emission Fuel-Cell Future....For Japan

11.18.2013

Thanks to government subsidies, Japan has put 40,000 residential fuel cells into Tokyo-area homes in the past few years, and now it's poised to add hydrogen cars, too.

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Ed Begley, Jr., America's Favorite Environmentalist, is Moving

11.13.2013

Reluctantly, the star of Life With Ed is moving with wife Rachelle to a bigger house only a mile from the old one. But with solar panels and a huge rainwater collection system, it will be even greener.

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Big Brother Video Camera Can Improve Your Driving

11.11.2013

This video monitoring system makes teens and fleet drivers behave better. It certainly caught me when I drove like an idiot.

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Why Are We Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels?

11.05.2013

Every year, governments around the world pay out more than $500 billion to support oil, gas and coal production. Do they really need those subsidies, and aren't we trying to fight global warming by phasing out those fuels?

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The Big Auto Loan Debt is in Tea Party States

11.01.2013

I thought the whole Red State goal was to not get into debt. But the biggest car-related debts are in the redder-than-red southern tier.

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Cutting Weight with Aluminum Cars: Is the Ford F-150 Next?

10.28.2013

Novelis opens a huge new auto aluminum plant in upstate New York. As carmakers try to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, they're shedding pounds with the metal -- check out the Audi A8 and Tesla Model S. Is the very mainstream Ford F-150 the next all-aluminum vehicle?

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Electric Shoot-Out: BMW vs. Mercedes

10.24.2013

Mercedes-Benz has quietly prepared a BMW i3 fighter in the new B-Class Electric Drive, which will be fast, practical and on sale in the spring. "It will be at least as competitive as our competitors' models," says the company's R&D chief.

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