Ads on Wheels: Meet the Goldfish Car, the Big Banana and the Kissmobile

04.15.2015

The first product-themed vehicles were horsedrawn, and the concept has been going gangbusters ever since. The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile and its many imitators are coming soon to a community near you.

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For the One-Percenter Who Has Everything. A $2.9 Million McLaren You Can Drive Only on the Track

04.12.2015

The bespoke British automaker has a two-tier strategy--million-dollar cars on the top end, and a new 570S whose $184,000 price makes it the "affordable" choice.

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3,000 MPG: Student Teams Innovate to Save Fuel at Shell's Eco Marathon

04.11.2015

In tiny pods and mock Microbuses with surfboards on the roof, 112 student teams compete in cars they built to be fuel economy champs.

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Audi President Scott Keogh on "Piloted Driving"

04.06.2015

Audi is moving fast with self-driving cars on the racetrack and the road, and it's introducing that tech on the cars coming next year. But sitting in the back with your cellphone? That's going to take a while.

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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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