New York Auto Show: Boy-Genius Designs 48-MPG Chevy Malibu, and More

04.02.2015

Credit the new Malibu to one Jaymer Starbody, who's barely started shaving. Other notable vehicles at the New York International Auto Show? A redesigned Smart car, a Mercedes plug-in, and a Honda Civic unlike any other.

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Alcoa's $259 Million Windfall for Lightweight Cars

03.27.2015

Alcoa is the big winner in the federal government's loan program supporting clean cars, and it will expand an aluminum plant in Tennessee to supply cars like the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and the new Cadillac CT6. Alcoa's no startup, though, so did it really need the money?

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EVs Could Be Cheaper than Gas Cars by 2020

03.24.2015

Is 2020 the magic year, for electric cars becoming cheaper than gas-powered models? One study says yes. 

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Big Daddy (and Mommy) Are Watching: The 2016 Malibu Offers Built-In Teen Safety

03.23.2015

Debuting at the New York Auto Show, the new Chevrolet Malibu turns off the radio if young drivers don't buckle up, keeps stats on on-road behavior, and all but slaps the cuffs on, for speeding.

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Will Formula Racing Make EVs Cool?

03.17.2015

Wait a minute. Those hot shot Formula One- looking race cars are entirely electric? Uh huh.

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Why Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson Is the Teflon Man

03.13.2015

Despite having ignored a "final warning," Clarkson will likely be back. Top Gear is an enormous cash cow for the BBC.

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Street Racing Kills, but TV (and Youtube Videos) Glorify It

03.10.2015

No doubt about it, high-speed dueling in fast cars on crowded streets is a rush, but despite video soft-pedalling, it has fatal consequences.

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How to Buy a Really, Really Cheap Car

03.09.2015

I'm an expert in what used to be $50 cars. Now you'd pay $1,000 or so, but you can still get a solid, reliable, long-lasting car for the price--as I did.

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Automotive "Firsts." (And Here Come the Arguments!)

03.04.2015

Who was first with the license plate, the automatic transmission, the disc brakes, the turn signal, and more? Here's what we found. (And feel free to challenge us!)  

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Gone in 60 Seconds: Using High-Tech DNA Coding to Stop Car Theft

03.03.2015

Will your next car be sprayed with DNA, to catch the bad guys? See how the next generation of security systems will work. 

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Apple Builds a Car: The Evidence Mounts

02.24.2015

The tech giant is said to be secretly developing an electric minivan. The latest smoking gun? A lawsuit charging Apple with stealing employees from an embattled battery pioneer.

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A Green Choice for Suburbia: Volvo's Seven-Seat, 59 MPGe Plug-in Hybrid

02.19.2015

The XC90 is the world's first seven-seat PHEV, and unless the price turns out to be crazy it should be a big hit as an environmentally friendly family hauler

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Apple and Google: Tomorrow's Carmakers?

02.17.2015

Is Apple jealous of Google's self-driving cars? Cupertino seems to be plotting its own minivan. Here's why it just might make sense. 

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Oddities and Crazy Moments at the Chicago Auto Show

02.12.2015

There was plenty of serious stuff, but here's what was fun at the Chicago's 100-year-old auto show.

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Mid-Life Crisis Cars: Make Mine a Miata (But Americans Vote for Mustangs and Corvettes)

02.06.2015

According to a new CarMax survey a quarter of Americans think they might buy a flashy car to get them through middle age. Women are into it, too. But, really, an SUV for a midlife crisis?

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