Silicon Valley Has the Stardust, but the Automakers Know Cars

04.28.2016

Google and Apple have the Big Three running scared, but they're not ready to build their own vehicles. Tesla? Well, that's another story.

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Can Automakers Be Trusted? Probably Not--And It Really Matters

04.27.2016

The scandals are mounting, and as we move toward self-driving cars its critical that carmakers play it straight. The software has to work.

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The Buick Woody That Needed a Lift

04.22.2016

The classic wood-paneled wagon went in the garage for a few repairs--and stayed for 40 years. But it was "Dad's car."

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Fast Times in Cuba: Racing Culture Returns

04.21.2016

Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt's new documentary, Havana Motor Club, counts down to Cuba's first sanctioned road racing in 50 years. Will it actually happen or not?

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"Barn Finds" Are Still Out There, Rusting in Peace

04.18.2016

Tom Cotter is an old car sleuth extraordinaire, and in his latest book he uncovers 1,000 collectible cars in two weeks. But don't expect bargains--owner/hoarders have unrealistic ideas about value.

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At One with the Rain in a Polaris Slingshot

04.07.2016

This three-wheeled motorcycle/sports car thingy is serious fun--until the skies open up.

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Americans Driving More, Having More Accidents--in Gas Guzzlers

04.06.2016

Cheap gas makes it easier to maintain the family budget, but it's propelling us into long road trips in our new SUVs.

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A Victory for Consumers! Online Safety Data Will Save You Money (and Maybe Your Life)

04.04.2016

The federal safety agency is going to post everything, including technical service bulletins with information that could get your car fixed free of charge.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Lives Again!

03.28.2016

Dick Van Dyke's flying car returns. A retired NYPD police sergeant (who doubles as John Lennon in a Beatles tribute band) spent five years building a replica of the movie car. Although it was an Ian Fleming kids' book, there was a real 1920s Chitty, and my daughter and I took it for a spin in 1999.

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Hot Cars (and Lotsa SUVs) Roll Out at the New York Auto Show

03.25.2016

Gas is cheap... so SUVs are hot. Even Maserati has one at the New York International Auto Show. But Hyundai's ultra-green Ioniq lineup is on display, as is the new Prius Prime-- a plug-in hybrid with 22 miles of electric range.

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Vintage Racing Is Not for the Faint of Heart (or Wallet)

03.22.2016

Old race cars are holes into which you pour money, and forget the prize money, but nothing else outside the bedroom offers comparable thrills and chills.

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We Volunteer: Automakers Agree to Make Auto Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

03.19.2016

Forget the slow "rulemaking," the feds say, lets start saving lives as soon as possible.

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Dreams Die Hard: Crazy Concept Cars at Amelia Island

03.14.2016

Remember the Fascination, the Exemplar I, the Mohs SafariKar? No? That's because these mad-genius ventures flopped. But the stories are fascinating. 

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Adventures With 'Ol Sparkie

03.11.2016

Are green cars, hybrids and electrics, complicated and unreliable? The evidence--like a trouble-free 300,000-mile Chevy Volt--proves otherwise.

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The Big Battery Breakthrough (or Maybe Not)

03.08.2016

The Feds' ARPA-E agency says it has achieved the "holy grail" of cell development. Unfortunately, we've been down this road before.

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