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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.


How Did That Happen?

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:50AM | By: Karen Cook


How Did That Happen? test 1-1

Are you a good driver? Most of us think so, but traffic accidents accounted for 33,808 deaths in 2009. That number has risen since. Crashes cost Americans $200 billion a year according to the Department of Transportation. The question is, are these really “accidents” or could they have been prevented.


Hyundai Provides a First Look at the New Genesis

On: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


Hyundai Provides a First Look at the New Genesis test 1-1

Hyundais have been moving upmarket of late, and it looks like the next generation of Genesis will continue the trend. Hyundai previewed the model for Korean media at an event fittingly called All-New Genesis Media Preview. For those of us not able to attend, it also released a rendering on the Web, along with some basics.


Jeep Adds a Little Chill With 2014 Wrangler Polar Edition

On: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jeep Adds a Little Chill With 2014 Wrangler Polar Edition test 1-1

Winter is coming a little early, at least in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Jeep introduced a Polar Edition package for the 2013 Wrangler last week, following up on past packages with wintry themes like the Wrangler Arctic. The winter-ready package gets some traction enhancements, along with frosty styling cues.


 

Toyota Corollas Gets a Facelift

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


Toyota Corollas Gets a Facelift test 1-1

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.


How to Wash a Car Like The Pros

On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 2:30PM | By: Bill Wilson


How to Wash a Car Like The Pros test 1-1

An automobile is more than just a way to get somewhere. It’s also an expression of your personality and status in life. So it just makes sense to keep it looking as good as possible.

But that doesn’t mean you have to pay costly fees to detail shops. With a few dollars’ worth of supplies and some “sweat equity,” you can get the same results for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how to get professional results the next time your wash your car or truck.


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.


An Argument for Formula 1

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:14PM | By: Nick Bakewell


An Argument for Formula 1 test 1-1

This weekend marks the beginning of the end for 2013’s Formula 1 season. For those not in the know (forgivable, the sport isn’t especially popular in the US), F1 is the absolute top tier of motorsport. It’s an amalgam of superlative facts and figures: the fastest cars, the biggest budgets, the most advanced engineering, and the most extreme driving talent all come together to form what I consider to be the most exciting sport in the world. Even for those who know nothing about it, the names of some of the top teams might ring a bell: Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus, and so on.


Your Right Foot and Your Bank Balance: Driving Economically

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:29AM | By: Nick Bakewell


Your Right Foot and Your Bank Balance: Driving Economically test 1-1

These are trying times for those of us fortunate enough to be able to drive cars (it may be a necessity, but it’s not a right); the modern motorist is beset from all sides by inquisitions and assailants. We’re told that our cars are singularly responsible for the planet’s impending death by asphyxiation, that cars as a whole are more dangerous to the human populace than all world wars combined, that cars are the primary contributor to the proliferation of obesity, etc, etc. The list goes on, and while some of that may or may not be true, one issue plaguing the modern driver is readily apparent: the cost of fuel.


They Are Watching

On: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:22AM | By: Karen Cook


They Are Watching test 1-1

I have opinionated children. Everything from what I put on the table to which clothes they consent to wear. Children pay attention to friends, television, and parents to determine how they feel about things and how they choose to do things. Even things you don’t notice yourself are absorbed by your children and mold them into who they will be.