Archive for April, 2010

The biggest hurdle in making electric cars a viable alternative to gas-powered vehicles is the charging time for the batteries. Even with quick charging stations, an electric car’s battery cannot be refilled in anywhere near the time it takes to pump a tank of gas. We’re used to being able to stop on the way […]

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Chrysler has released teaser pics of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The Grand Cherokee will be all new for 2011, and it is still not clear whether the high performance SRT8 model will be available in the coming years. Chrysler’s decision to release sketches of the potential muscle-SUV bodes well for performance-hungry family men […]

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Toyota announced Wednesday that it is recalling 50,000 Sequoias from the 2003 model year for a problem with the stability control system. The stability control on the Toyota Sequoia activates at slower speeds than are necessary and could cause the SUV to accelerate poorly, according to Autoweek. Another recall was announced recently on the Lexus […]

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One of the selling points of a hybrid car is that it will pay for itself with gas savings. The logic is that gas is so expensive these days that the better gas mileage of a hybrid car like the Toyota Prius will save you so much money that you’ll quickly make up the extra […]

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Americans are impressed with the vehicles that domestic carmakers are building. According to a poll by the Associated Press, 38 percent of Americans say that domestic cars are the best available, while just 33 percent said that Asian cars are superior. That’s not a huge margin, but it is a huge improvement over past results […]

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Ford has announced that the 2011 Ford Transit Connect will have several new, greener powertrain options. An all-electric Transit Connect will be available later this year for fleet customers. Ford will also release a taxi that runs on compressed natural gas and  propane, which is both better for the environment and less expensive than gasoline. […]

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The Fisker car company has received a $528.7 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy. The American car company will use the loan to produce the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury car and a smaller family car called the NINA, according to Motor Authority. The first 2010 Fisker Karma hybrid cars will be built […]

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Days after the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar concept hit the Geneva Motor Show, 900 people have already promised to buy one. Porsche says that if 1,000 potential buyers show serious interest in the 918, it will approve the production of the hybrid supercar, according to Autoweek.  With just 100 pre-orders to go, things are […]

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BMW Reveals Four-Door Coupe Concept

BMW may be jumping on the four-door coupe bandwagon soon. At the Beijing Motor Show, BMW revealed its Gran Sport concept car, which combines the styling of a coupe with the functionality of a sedan, like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Volkswagen CC. Nobody is accusing the BMW Gran Sport of being groundbreaking, but it is […]

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Nissan is letting customers reserve the Leaf plug-in electric car for just $99. That may seem ridiculous to you, unless you were one of the people who sat on a waiting list for the Toyota Prius. For a long time, if you wanted to buy a Prius, you had to let a dealer know that […]

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