Pedaling the ELF to Cambridge (Our Fair City)

08.01.2013

Mark Stewart bought his electric commuter vehicle in North Carolina. Then he decided to drive the thing back home to Massachusetts.

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BMW's i3 Electric Has Gala Global Launch Party

07.30.2013

BMW is making a big show of launching its first-ever electric car (in New York, London and Beijing), and it promises to be hugely fun to drive. But is $41,000 a competitive price? 

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Hyundai's Equus: Gunning for the Luxury Kingpins

07.26.2013

Hyundai is currently selling only about 4,000 of its top model in special showrooms across America, but it's aggressively pushing the car as an affordable alternative to the top models from Germany and Japan. The Equus got a high-tech makeover for 2014.

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Who'll Buy the Land Speed Record Jaguar?

07.24.2013

British buyers might get more excited by this historic car, raced by Norman Dewis, that achieved 172 mph in 1953, but it's headed for the American auction circuit. 

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The Hybrid Wars: Toyota vs. Ford

07.19.2013

Toyota has been the undisputed king of hybrid sales in the U.S., but now Ford is hitting back hard with new models, fuel economy improvements and aggressive sales tactics.

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Buick and BMW: Very Big in China

07.17.2013

It was unthinkable until recently, but in 2013 two of the world's iconic automakers are selling more cars in China than anywhere else. Looking forward, Asia is the growth market.

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Rich Salmon: The Man With the 100,000th Electric Car

07.10.2013

This Grand Bay, Alabama resident won the milestone Plug In America contest, which tracked EVs sold between May 15 and June 15. The counter is still going, and now 114,000 electric cars have been sold nationwide. Are you the next sale?

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Stellar Car Sales in June: It's Back to 2007

07.04.2013

The auto industry is on track to sell 16 million cars in 2013, which is quite a comeback from the dark days of 2008, when high gas prices and a banking crisis conspired to keep people off the lots.

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"Little Tokyo": Japanese Honda Familes Adjust to Life in Ohio

06.28.2013

Nearly 4,000 Japanese nationals live in Ohio – many working at Honda or the hundreds of suppliers that sell it seats, headlights and other parts. The culture shock might be total, if Columbus didn't work so hard at being neighborly.

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Thin Skins in the Classic Car World: Can Irreverence Get You Blacklisted?

06.21.2013

Craig  Fitzgerald said what he thought about white-glove concours events, and the backlash was big. Whatever happened to the First Amendment?

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Losing Winter: Climate Change Will Hit New England Hard

06.18.2013

Skiing and maple syrup production are already hard it by a warming world. Boston University Professor Pam Templer is a modern alchemist — simulating the effects of what happens when it gets even worse. 

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On Father's Day: My Dad's Cheap Cars

06.14.2013

My father didn't care about keeping up with the Joneses. He went for "practical" economy cars, no matter what I had to say on the matter--and believe me, I had plenty to say.

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Honda Cuts the Fit EV Lease Price by $130. What Am I Waiting For?

05.30.2013

Honda has leased only 174 Fit EVs to date, so it bit the bullet and cut the lease price to $259 a month. With zero down, a free charger and unlimited miles. It's part of a fire sale going on industry-wide as automakers look to get these babies off the lot. 

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Code Breakers: How Access to Mysterious Repair Data Can Help (and Hurt) You

05.22.2013

A new Massachusetts law makes arcane repair coding accessible to all, but does it also give car thieves a leg up?

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Dropping Wrenches at EcoCAR as the Auto Industry Courts Student Engineers

05.16.2013

Students from fifteen universities are in the middle of a three-year green car competition that, win or lose, often leads them to jobs with the Big Three.

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