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Next-Generation Technologies are Here and Affordable

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Cars are advancing more and more, from "dumb machines" that use basic mechanical components to propel you through space, to much smarter devices that monitor and interact with their environments and even chaffeur you around. Over the past few years, we've seen the introduction of automated technologies that will one day underpin the self-driving car. While some of these technologies are still in the prototype stages, and some only available on expensive luxury cars, a bulk have moved into mainstream territory. Edmunds reports that many car technologies are now affordable for the average car consumer.

GM and Honda Team Up on Fuel Cells

On: Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

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In an effort to get one of the most promising next-generation green driving technologies off the ground more quickly, General Motors and Honda announced a partnership recently. The two automakers will work together on developing a fuel cell system and hydrogen storage systems for supporting fuel cell electric vehicles. They have cited 2020 as a timeline.

Hertz Adds Lamborghinis and Ferraris to Its US Rental Fleet

On: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 9:40AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Hertz already flexed its muscles in an effort to increase its position in the standard rental car market; now it's going after a higher-end segment. The company announced that it plans to offer exotic cars like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Audi R8s for daily rental. It will compete against smaller exotic rental firms. The cars run a bit more than the subcompact that you may be used to on business trips and they're be available only in select locations.

Up Next: Subcompact Jeep

On: Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 2:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Chrysler is nothing these days if not a massive rumor target. Among other things, we've heard that Dodge may not be long for this world and Jeep may be bringing back the full-sized Wagoneer to replace the Durango. According to new rumor, Jeep may have something planned on the other end of the spectrum as well. Edmunds reports that Jeep will follow up the all-new Cherokee with a Fiat-platformed subcompact crossover about the size of a Ford Fiesta.


Window Sticker MPG Not Accurate on Some Models

On: Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 5:00PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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Fuel economy is a huge selling point when people are shopping for a new car. Most new car buyers rely exclusively on what the window sticker tells them about the vehicle when it comes to gas mileage; the window sticker displays the gas mileage estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shocking information from Consumer Reports, a consumer advocacy site, shows that real-world economy tests tell quite a different story about gas mileage—especially in some of the gas-powered cars advertised to be the most fuel efficient, and in hybrids.

Drayson Racing Sets 204 MPH Electric World Speed Record

On: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Weiss

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While it's still subject to FIA homologation, UK-based Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record. Leaving the bullet-shaped streamliners to other world record outfits, Drayson did it in the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype. Its 204.185 mph record topped the 40-year-old 175 mph standing record by nearly 30 mph.

Toyota to Introduce Fuel Cell Model This Year

On: Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Fuel cell vehicles have long offered one of the best solutions to greener commuting... on paper. The cars are powered by electric motors, but instead of relying on electricity stored in a battery that drops dead after 100 miles, the fuel cells create their own electricity from a chemical reaction between stored hydrogen and air. They emit only water vapor and heat, and offer the potential for longer driving ranges than battery-powered electrics.

Several manufacturers have developed and tested fuel cell technology, but no fuel cell vehicles have made it to the general consumer market. Though fuel cell technology still faces major challenges, Toyota appears ready to introduce the first. Bloomberg reports that the Japanese automaker that spearheaded the hybrid movement with the Prius will do the same for fuel cell technology, introducing its first fuel cell car at November's Tokyo Motor Show.

Are Hybrids or EVs Any Cheaper to Own?

On: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:54AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

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The US Department of Energy recently published an article about the consumption of energy by a hybrid or electric vehicle and how that stacks up against gasoline use. With the rising cost of both electricity and gasoline worrying consumers, many wonder if it is actually worth it to buy a hybrid or EV. After all, the cost of owning an electric car or hybrid does go beyond the savings of not having to buy gas.

10 Ways To Foil Car Thieves

On: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:45AM | By: Bill Wilson

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While auto theft rates are falling nationally, car thieves remain active throughout the country. The following statistics tell a sobering story:

• In 2011, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, 715, 373 motor vehicles were stolen.

• Less than 12% of those incidents resulted in an arrest, and only a tiny number of the vehicles taken were ever returned to their owners.

• The value of stolen autos in 2011 exceeded $4 billion.

• Car theft is a nationwide problem, with states like California, Georgia, Arizona, and New York all included in the FBI’s “top 10” places where vehicles are most likely to be stolen.

Five New Safety Features Your Car Will Have By 2020

On: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:55AM | By: Bill Wilson

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Imagine the following: you’ve been on the road since 6 a.m., and it’s now well past sunset. You’ve got three more hours to go before you’re home and the last thing you want to do is stop. So you drain the cup at your side of its last lukewarm drops of coffee and turn the radio up a little louder. You think you’re wide awake, but actually your eyelids are drooping. A moment later they shut… “ALERT! ALERT! DRIVER FALLING ASLEEP!”

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Expected to Average 47 MPG

On: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:25AM | By: Teddy Field

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It seems that 47 mpg is now the “magic number” for hybrid fuel economy, as car makers rush to meet Obama's lofty CAFE target by 2025. In his proposal, the cumulative average fuel economy for a given car company's entire product portfolio is expected to be 54.4 mpg by the 2025 model year. And that certainly sounds good on paper. But not all models are required to get 54 mpg. That number is merely a mathematical exercise, designed to force car companies to start building more fuel efficient vehicles.

Failure to comply with the government's fuel economy standards will result in steep fines that can amount to thousands per vehicle sold. In order to comply, the combined average fuel economy for most vehicles in a car company's lineup will need to be around 35 mpg, not 54 mpg. To protect their corporate average (CAFE actually stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy), vehicles that average less than 35 mpg, are offset by vehicles that exceed the average. Hence, the importance of 47 mpg hybrids like the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.