The Shell Eco-Marathon: On the Path to 3,587 MPG

04.10.2013

High school and college competitors race not to go fast, but to achieve super-impressive fuel economy. The ultra-aerodynamic cars definitely look weird, but boy, do they save gas. 

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Lessons from the New York International Auto Show

04.02.2013

The New York International Auto Show continues until April 7. Is it the greenest show ever? Nah, but there's lots to like.

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Jeep, McDonald’s Team Up for Biodiesel Win-Win

04.01.2013

Chrysler's Jeep Division partners with McDonald's, for a remarkable new automotive foray that just might change driving everywhere. Details, this way.

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Fisker Loses Fisker: Can the Company Survive?

03.14.2013

Henrik Fisker has resigned from Fisker Automotive, his namesake company, citing irreconcilable differences. Without its charismatic founder, Fisker has few choices.

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The Check Engine Light: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

03.07.2013

The most common response to a glowing dashboard warning is...using any means necessary to turn the light off. That's human nature. But the check engine and airbag warnings actually come on for a reason.

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Consumers Having Trouble Affording New Cars

02.28.2013

The average new car costs more than $30,000-- out of reach for median-income people in nearly every major city, in a recent survey. The good news? Under-$15,000 sub-compacts are offering great value and fuel economy. Electrics are looking better, too.

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Honda and SolarCity Offer Cut-Rate Electricity from the Sun--for Car Customers Only

02.19.2013

Honda partners with SolarCity for a unique project, subsidizing solar power for car owners and dealers.

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The Connected Car: Here Tomorrow, If Not Today

02.13.2013

Automakers are getting excited about wi-fi and other tech services at your fingertips from the driver's seat. Should we worry about hackers?

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I Want an MX-5 Miata

02.06.2013

I can't keep thinking about having a tidy Miata in my garage. Is this a mid-life crisis, or what? At least they're a practical choice compared to, say, a Lotus Elan.

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Chinese Acquisition of Federally Subsidized A123 Batteries Seems Likely

01.30.2013

Supporting the American battery industry against foreign competition makes sense, but here's one $249 million grant that didn't go well. The grants were designed to help U.S. firms be competitive against Asian battery giants, but it's one of the latter that's walking away with A123's assets.

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What Americans Want in a New Car: Everything

01.22.2013

What do Americans want in a new car in 2013... and what do they say they want? They're not always the same. Jim Motavalli explains.

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Detroit 2013: It's Not Always Easy Being Green

01.16.2013

Electric cars were in short supply in the Motor City this year, but even the gas guzzlers had green features, and there was plenty of action around the edges.

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Automated Cars Are Coming, but in Las Vegas It's Safety First

01.09.2013

Automakers love to show off self-driving cars, but few think they'll be on the road in the next 10 years. Instead, the cars--bristling with sensors, cameras and lasers--are rolling test beds for advanced (and lifesaving) safety systems.  

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The Highway Death Toll Rises: Here's Why

01.04.2013

After many years of declining numbers, fatal accidents are suddenly on the upswing again. Here's why.

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The Open-Source Car: An Audacious Bid to Transform the Auto Industry

12.19.2012

Jay Rogers' Local Motors has produced 60 off-road rally cars. The really interesting part is how they were built--with a crowdsourced design and many suggestions from the Internet, which changed everything from the engine (goodbye BMW, hello Corvette) to the door fit.

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