The Latest News And Reviews
Throughout The Car Industry
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.
Posted In: Classics, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous, Technology
Tags: Alternative fuels
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.
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.
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.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Special / Limited Edition
Tags: Jeep, Wrangler, SUVs, off road, Polar Edition, special edition, packages
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.
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.
Posted In: Aftermarket, Miscellaneous
Tags: how-to, car maintenance
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.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: Volkswagen, XL1, pricing, new cars, green, technology
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.
Posted In: Reports, Technology
Tags: Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, technology, new cars, Google, Google Glass
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.
Posted In: Racing
Tags: f1, formula, 1, india, grand, prix, red, bull, ferrari, mclaren, mercedes, lotus, GP, sebastian, vettel, RBR,
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.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Hybrid / Green
Tags: fuel, economy, mpg, guide, hypermiling, prius, gas, eco, green, electric, car, ev, guide, tips
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.