Plugging In: The First Electric Cars

02.12.2014

The electric car was launched around the same time as the internal-combustion engine, and the early history is just as wild and wonderful.

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Cars Talking to Each Other Will Save Lives, the Feds Say

02.06.2014

It's called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. And NHTSA says requiring it on all new cars can reduce accidents 70 to 80 percent.

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Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

02.03.2014

Steel is still the number one material for making cars, but by scoring the Ford F-150 aluminum is gaining sharply. Automakers expect the aluminum share to nearly double by 2025 as fuel economy becomes critical, and that's got the steel industry fighting back with lightweight products of its own.

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Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

01.22.2014

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

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Detroit Auto Show 2014: The View From the Floor

01.16.2014

With input from Car Talk listeners, here are some of the highlights of the North American International Auto Show in the Motor City.

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Ford Rolls Out Aluminum-Bodied F-150

01.14.2014

The F-150 has been the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for 32 years, so cutting 700 pounds of dead weight out of it is a really big deal. Couple it with an EcoBoost engine, and 30 mpg could be the result.

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Chevy's Detroit Balance: Green Cars and 620-Horsepower 'Vettes

01.13.2014

Volt versus 'Vette: Chevrolet's Corvette Z06 will grab the headlines at Detroit's auto show next week, but did you know that Chevy actually sold more Volts in 2013? In trying to save weight and increase fuel economy, rip-roaring performance cars and plug-in hybrids actually have more in common than you'd think.

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Elio's $6,800 Car Edges Closer to Production

01.08.2014

Would you drive a three-wheeled car? You're about to get the chance. The Elio is coming to a dealer near you -- and for only $6,800, to boot. Here's the low down.

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Audi and Google: High-Tech Collaboration in the Car

01.03.2014

Your next car might include Apple, Android and Microsoft in the dash. Here's a look at what's coming.

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Five Big Auto-Centric Trends for 2014

12.31.2013

The auto industry will continue its greening trend in the new year, but expect other surprises.

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Futurist's New Year's Prediction: Gas Cars Will "Decline Massively" in 2016

12.30.2013

Electric cars definitely are a "disruptive technology," but plugging-in cars will take a while. How long did it take to put horses out to pasture?

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5 Oddball Car Moments in 2013

12.23.2013

If 2013 was this weird, what should we expect from 2014?

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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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