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Peugeot Making Progress On Production Hybrid Air Concept

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Modern battery technology is both the reason that EVs and plug-in hybrids exist and the reason we don't see more of them. While batteries a're the life blood of EVs, allowing them to store the energy necessary to power their electric motors, they're also the downfall, possessing insufficient storage capacity to deliver anywhere near gas-vehicle range, slowing down the refueling (charging) process, and adding lots of weight and expense. 

Earlier this year, Peugeot revealed a concept that could replace batteries with an innovative alternative energy-storage system. Its Hybrid Air technology uses compressed air as a means of energy storage, replacing costly, insufficient batteries. It had the makings of a fanciful concept, but the company is reportedly progressing with the design. Auto Express reports that the Hybrid Air technology is on track for production and could debut as early as 2015. That confirms that the technology is still being prepped for production, and ups the possible launch from the 2016 date Peugeot gave when it first announced Hybrid Air in January.

Toyota's FV2: Mood Ring Meets Segway

On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:24PM | By: Karen Cook

Toyota's FV2: Mood Ring Meets Segway test 1-1

So, you’re waiting at a stop light and you glance into the car next to you. The guy in the other car is obviously angry. He’s got a grimace that goes on for days and the veins in his forehead are visibly pounding even from your vantage point. When the light turns green you drive slightly more defensively until he turns off the road. What if your car could read your mood? What if your car could read your mood and broadcast this information to other drivers? What if it changed color in response? It sounds like something from a movie but this is just the start of what a new vehicle from Toyota can do.

Toyota Upgrades Classics with New Technology

On: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Two already popular Toyotas should prove even more popular in 2014. Both the 2014 RAV4 and 2014 Camry are upgraded with new standard and available technologies, making them safer and more enjoyable to drive. If you're considering buying a 2014 Camry now, you may want to hold off a couple months. 

Toyota introduced the 2014 Camry a few weeks ago, adding a few updates - and higher base price - after launch, calling the model the 2014.5 Camry. We're gonna go ahead and stick with 2014 Camry, because 2014.5 just looks silly. This upgraded model, which will start at $23,235 after destination (up $190 from original 2014 pricing), will go into production in December.

Steam: The Original Alternative Fuel

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 1:38PM | By: Bill Wilson

Stanley Steamer at 2008 Great Dorset Steam Fair test 2

These days the news is filled with stories about alternative fuels. Whether it’s biodiesel, ethanol, electricity, or what-have-you, it seems that someone, somewhere has built a car that will run on it. But, long before the modern environmental movement, steam-driven vehicles were common sights on American roads.


Toyota Corollas Gets a Facelift

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 4:41PM | By: Karen Cook

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If a car manufacturer wants to sell cars it must produce cars that people want to buy. It seems a simple concept, but there have been more than a few auto makers which ignored this rule and went belly up as a result. Toyota seems determined to learn from these mistakes with the 2014 Corolla.

Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss

Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany test 1-1

The Volkswagen XL1 is the first in a new breed of supercars, a breed designed not for exotic looks, fast speeds and world records, but for driving clean and cutting your carbon footprint. Volkswagen stripped the cap off its R&D budget and threw money at designing a so-called one-liter car, reaching new heights in efficiency and design.

But such a supercar presents a dilemma: While it's easy enough to recoup supercar-level R&D investments by selling super-fast, exotic cars to multimillionaires, it might be less easy to recoup costs on a car that's cutting-edge technology is invested in low weight and light emissions. VW is going to try, however, announcing a six-figure price tag in its home market. 

Cool or Terrifying? Mercedes Working on Google Glass App

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 6:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Cool or Terrifying? Mercedes Working on Google Glass App test 1-1

The auto industry is still struggling with how to safely integrate smartphones and social media features into cars, and Mercedes is already looking to the next generation of consumer electronics. That next generation will include wearable technologies like smart watches and connected glasses. Instead of viewing this type of always-on technology strictly as a driving hazard, Mercedes is developing applications around it.

The "Auto" Mobile

On: Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 9:11AM | By: Karen Cook

The "Auto" Mobile test 1-1

You may have read my previous article on self-driving automobiles. The government is now getting involved in this new technology. As I’ve said before, this sort of progress was inevitable and the government agrees. There are far reaching benefits to computer-controlled vehicles.

Mazda3 Gets Compressed Natural Gas Concept

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 5:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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At the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda will showcase the flexibility of the new Mazda3, highlighting its multiple powertrain options. Headlining this display will be a compressed natural gas concept called the SKYACTIV-CNG Concept. Will the Mazda3 be the next vehicle to get a compressed natural gas option?

Car Rentals for the Modern Age

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:54PM | By: Karen Cook

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Most of us depend on our vehicles for daily transportation to and from work and to run errands. Most towns are not small enough to handle everyday tasks on foot or bicycle. What do you do if you don’t need a car every day? Maybe you work from home, have no children, and the expense of a personal vehicle is just not worth it. You could use public transportation, taxis, or impose on a friend. Or you could rent a Zipcar. This is not really a new concept. It’s been around for years, but recent mergers have now given the convenient automobiles nationwide availability.

Charging Made Easy

On: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:07AM | By: Karen Cook

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Electric vehicles have been on the market for years now. Eventually they will be a necessity rather than a choice. The main problems the industry must overcome are the relatively low travel distance compared with gasoline engines and the lack of charging stations nationwide. Gas is much more readily available and the benefits from it are instantaneous. You never have to wait to use the fuel you just put in your tank. These issues are being addressed as quickly as researchers can find new options.