Our Roads and Bridges are Crumbling, and Nobody Wants to Pay to Fix Them

07.26.2016

The sensible thing, given a $14 billion deficit annually, would be to either raise gas taxes or impose a mileage tax. But politicians are allergic to the word "tax."

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America's Oddest Highway Attractions

07.21.2016

The Old Weird US of A still lives, out there on Route 66, the old Lincoln Highway, and byways across the country. 

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Infiniti's Entry-Level Crossover: The Brexit Problem

07.19.2016

Great Britain's exit from the European Union "complicates" the debut of the made-in-England QX30. At issue is how much the car will cost in a major market--Europe.

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Is the End in Sight for Gas Engines?

07.15.2016

Internal combustion won't disappear overnight, but it's making more and more sense to switch to simpler electric drivetrains--and automakers are thinking the unthinkable.

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Bye-Bye Blind Spots: Japan Green Lights Cameras Replacing Outside Mirrors

07.12.2016

It won't be long before the outside rearview mirror--primitive tech that's noisy, heavy and an aerodynamic nightmare--is history around the world. 

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First Fender Benders: Tales From the Car Talk Community

07.11.2016

Everybody has a first accident, and with luck we emerge sadder but wiser. Here are some first-person accounts from the Car Talk Community.

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One-Percenters: Electric Cars Hit a Big Sales Milestone

07.11.2016

Make no mistake, at one percent of national sales, EVs aren't ruling the road--that role goes to crossover SUVs. But a modest upward trend is encouraging.

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Animal Survivors: Tangling With Cars and Living to Tell About It

07.01.2016

The odds are against furry creatures hit by cars, but miracles do happen! Meet koalas, coyotes and kittens who lived to tell about their encounters on the Big Road.

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The Big Brexit Vote Could Spell Curtains for Britain's Auto Industry

06.27.2016

Britain's already expensive cars (built with foreign partners) face extinction because of new European tariffs.

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Tesla and SolarCity: For Elon Musk, it's Personal (and a Family Affair)

06.23.2016

Elon Musk wants Tesla Motors to merge with his cousin's photovoltaic company. It's a decision made from the heart, not the head, but it may be a good idea anyway. 

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Back to the Future: The Cars of Tomorrow, Today

06.20.2016

The futurists from BMW are at it again, imagining what cars we're going to drive in 2030 and beyond. Science-fiction cars also had a field day in the 50s, but most of the visions turned out to be spectacularly wrong.

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He Can't Drive 55: Sammy Hagar and His Real-Life Fast Cars

06.17.2016

Sammy Hagar says  "I Can't Drive 55" is the reason he never gets a ticket from traffic cops when he's out airing his performance car collection--which includes seven Ferraris. 

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Want an SUV or Crossover? At Least Make It Green

06.14.2016

There are some great crossover choices that come in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery flavors. Maybe not the best ride for the Oscars or a Greenpeace rally, but at least not embarrassing.  

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"Calling All Electric Cars! Time for Police Duty!"

06.09.2016

BMW is leasing 100 plug-in i3s to the LAPD. Cop squads these days are using Bugattis, Ferraris, Teslas, Chevy Volts and electric motorcycles.

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Cheap Gas + Collective Amnesia = Big SUVs

06.07.2016

We forget that fuel prices are cyclical, and when they go up again we'll regret all those new gas guzzlers now in driveways everywhere.

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