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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Cars are Safer Today, But Bigger Isn't Always Better

02.02.2015

A victory against carnage on the roads: A new insurance industry survey cites systems like ABS brakes, lane keeping and adaptive cruise control for protecting Americans from fatalities, and it also names some winners and losers. Nine cars have zero death rates, and the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa win the booby prize.

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Winter Tires: Here's Why You Need Them

01.30.2015

Remember when the first day of winter meant hauling out the snow tires? We've been fooled by "all-season radials" into thinking we don't need winter tires anymore, but who're we kidding?

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Back to the Future with the Futurliner!

01.26.2015

General Motors led the Parade of Progress with a dozen of these gorgeous streamliners from 1940 to 1956. Now they're worth millions, and the survivors are being restored.

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In a Global Economy, "Buying American" is Kind of Complicated

01.22.2015

Don't make assumptions: Sometimes it's U.S.-built cars from Japanese companies that have the most domestic content. And U.S. content means direct U.S. jobs--at least 1.5 million of them--from a resurgent auto industry.

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Despite $2 Gas, Consumers Still Buy Fuel Economy

01.19.2015

Bad gas mileage is the second-biggest reason car buyers reject cars they'd otherwise buy, says a new J.D. Power survey. So why is the Detroit show so enamored of huge horsepower?

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Fuel Cells in Detroit: Hydrogen's Moment in the Sun

01.15.2015

Four automakers--Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Mercedes--showed hydrogen-based cars at the North American International Auto Show. One even drives itself.

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From Chevrolet in Detroit: Bolt or Volt, Your Choice

01.12.2015

GM has freshened the 2016 Volt with 50 miles of all-electric range, and set off a buzz with the Bolt, an all-electric car, with 200 miles of range at $30,000. 

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Wacky Concept Cars at the Great BIG CES Show

01.07.2015

As rolling boomboxes and the ultimate mobile devices, cars at CES are deliciously over the top. It is Vegas, after all. 

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