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Range_e Plug-in Hybrid Prototype: First Drive Report

Range_e Plug-in Hybrid Prototype: First Drive Report

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover unveiled its first ever plug-in hybrid concept vehicle, the Land Rover Range_e Diesel Plug-in Hybrid. Then in October last year -- purely by chance -- we bumped into one of Land Rover’s five engineering test Range_e prototypes in a shopping mall... read more

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2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car First Drive Impressions: Video

After what feels like forever, the 2012 Fisker Karma electric car is finally about to go on sale. Last month, we showed you how to order a Fisker Karma. Now, we've been able... read more December 12, 2011 by  4


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011

2012 Chevy Sonic Test Drives: Carmaker Looks To Bloggers, Not Journalists

Normally, when an automaker brings a new car to the market, it invites automotive journalists to get behind the wheel to put the car through its paces and render their... read more December 5, 2011 by 


 
2012 Honda Civic HF, Palo Alto, California, October 2011

2012 Honda Civic HF: Quick Drive Of Higher-MPG Civic

Five months ago, we drove the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid--which gave us slightly more than 45 mpg using "Econ" mode. That's the best gas mileage of any Honda Civic in recent... read more October 24, 2011 by  3


 
BMW ActiveE electric car, Munich, October 2011; photo by Tom Moloughney

First Drive: BMW ActiveE Electric Car Prototype

A couple of weeks ago, BMW invited me to come to Munich and take part in the first drive of production versions of the BMW ActiveE, their second battery electric test... read more October 18, 2011 by  2


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic, road test, Catskills Mountains, October 2011

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Sedan: Weekend Test Drive

"Bracket creep" is the phenomenon where each successive generation of a car gets slightly bigger. It's what allowed the Honda Civic to evolve from the 1973 model, which today... read more October 14, 2011 by  3


 
2012 Hyundai Accent

2012 Hyundai Accent SE: Quick Drive Report--Commuter Car Test

Contrary to the practice in much of the rest of the world, subcompact cars are rarely the sole household vehicle in the U.S. They're more likely a second or third car, often... read more October 7, 2011 by 


 
2012 Mitsubishi i  -  First Drive, U.S.-spec MiEV

2012 Mitsubishi i: First Drive, U.S.-Spec MiEV

The Mitsubishi MiEV went on sale in Japan and Europe back in mid-2009, and it’s sold 11,000 of them in those markets combined, since then; and including those rebadged... read more October 4, 2011 by  6


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic  -  First Drive

2012 Chevrolet Sonic: First Drive

General Motors is no longer giving its fuel-efficient small cars short shrift. After much of a day behind the wheel of the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic earlier this week, in the... read more September 23, 2011 by  7


 
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: First Drive

This time around, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid isn't an afterthought. That's what a Toyota official circuitously said at a product presentation for the new Camry, and it was... read more August 23, 2011 by  2


 
2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype – Copyright High Gear Media

2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion First Drive

Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world's leading automaker by 2018 and that means being top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric cars. Previously, the... read more July 8, 2011 by  7


 
2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011

2011 Lexus CT 200h Compact Hybrid Hatch: First Drive Review

The 2011 Lexus CT 200h pretty much occupies a class of one. At the moment, it’s the sole luxury compact hybrid hatchback sold in the U.S. And it’s a dedicated... read more June 27, 2011 by 


 
V60 PHEV First Drive

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid Wagon Prototype: First Test Drive (Video)

A few weeks ago we were invited to the Challenge Bibendum - an auto-industry event devoted to fuel economy and green vehicles - in order to drive the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid... read more June 3, 2011 by  4


 
2011 Nissan LEAF in Boulder, Colo. for BolderBoulder

DRIVEN: 2011 Nissan LEAF Comes To Colorado For BOLDERBoulder

Memorial Day weekend is a time of year where we honor veterans, look forward to the three-day weekend and for some in Colorado run the BolderBoulder 10K. This year in a newly... read more May 30, 2011 by 


 
2012 Toyota Prius V media drive event, May 2011 - screen grab from drive report video

Behind The Wheel: 2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon (Video)

Sometimes we get nicely produced video, and sometimes we get our codriver to shoot it on the fly. For the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon we drove last week, it was very... read more May 23, 2011 by  6


 
2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon, Half Moon Bay, CA, May 2011

2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon: First Drive Review

Toyota executives will go to extraordinary, absurd lengths to avoid defining the body style of the new 2012 Toyota Prius V. Bob Carter, brand sales chief for Toyota Motors in... read more May 23, 2011 by  20


 
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