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Every year, famous Italian design houses, like Pininfarina and Bertone, scramble to build sporty concept cars for auto shows and events throughout the year. They all seem to rally particularly strong for the annual Geneva Motor Show. This year, one of those design houses, Italdesign, went beyond the obvious sports coupes and roadsters, designing something truly unique—an off-road supercar. The aptly named Parcour concept, envisioned as both a coupe and roadster, brings luscious, red curves to the off-road segment, or is that brute utility to the supercar segment? Italdesign vice chairman Fabrizio Giugiaro clues us in in a new video.
Tags: Italdesign, concept cars, concepts, design studies, off-road, super cars
Many people are drawn to the prospect of buying an electric plug-in car and getting a federal tax credit. Indeed, income tax credits offered by the federal government can help to make these models more cost effective—they do tend to have a much higher ticket price than their gasoline-powered predecessors. However, shoppers who want to take advantage these money savings tax credits need to pay attention, as they might change or expire before they make their purchase.
Whatever you think of automaker Volkswagen, one thing is for sure: its leaders aren’t likely to shrink from a challenge. Most car companies chafed when Uncle Sam released its updated fuel economy standards in August of 2012. The new guidelines mandate that vehicles sold in the United States must achieve an average of 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025. VW, on the other hand, decided to not only meet the requirement but to exceed it, and do so 12 years ahead of time. The result is the XL1.
Scheduled to go into production at the end of this year, it will be the first vehicle available to the general public able to go 200+ miles on a single gallon of fuel. Consumers can almost hear oil company executives quaking in their $1,200 patent leather shoes.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Exotics, Technology
Tags: fuel economy, hypercars, gas savers, VW
The great truck debate rages on year after year as auto makers constantly compete to have the consumers' most loved truck. There’s no one clear truck that remains to be the public’s favorite across a long timeline, but, yearly, there’s always a favorite. This year, Consumer Reports (CR) is recommending the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 to it’s readers.
For much of the car-buying public, the news was shocking. To the thousands of Kia and Hyundai owners who had filed complaints for well over two years, however, it came as a long-awaited relief. In November of 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the two automakers had long been misrepresenting fuel economy results for most of its models, in some cases by as much as six miles a gallon.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Reports, Technology
Tags: fuel economy, gas savers, EPA, driving habits, fuel saving, Hyundai, Kia
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.
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Technology
Tags: technology, new cars, options, Edmunds
It seemed like development of the Infiniti LE was coming along swimmingly. Not a month ago, Nissan global planning chief Andy Palmer was talking optimistically about wireless charging technology. Now it seems that technology is taking a little longer to develop than Infiniti expected. Palmer said last week that the car will be delayed from the 2015 launch window that it had been working toward.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Infiniti, LE, electric cars, EVs, green
Summer is in full swing and it is prime season for convertible owners to be out in full force with their tops let back—so where are they? The truth is, there are fewer convertibles on the road now than ever and recent nose dives in sales are to blame. Over the last decade, sales of convertible models have dropped by an astounding 50%. Could this be the end of the convertible? Or are we just in a holding pattern until new models spark the interest of drivers again?
While the dust settles after the battle between the Chrysler Group and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), David Strickland, head of the NHTSA, has made statements which signal a more aggressive approach when reviewing the qualifications for furture recalls.
Posted In: Car News, Recalls, Safety
Tags: NHTSA, Chrysler, Automotive Safety
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.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Reports, Technology
Tags: GM, Honda, fuel cells, green, electric vehicles, EVs,
Back when I first got my Pontiac Formula, it was in showroom condition—despite already being six-years old at the time. The car was very well taken care of and it showed; it had obviously been babied those first 20,000 miles. When the 17-year-old version of myself got it ten years ago, that all changed; within three months I started racing it at the track. It got rough, and quick! I was ashamed when I took a minute to notice that I had aged this car 10 years in a little less than six months. So that’s when I started spending six hours a week dedicated to fully detailing my car, and soon moved on to helping friends beautify their muscle cars as well. Here’s what I learned about waxing that eventually allowed me to cut that time in half and still produce the same results as a professional.