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Volkswagen up!: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

Volkswagen up!: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

We've been following the progress of Volkswagen's up! for quite some time. First, we saw the up! Lite concept. Then the up!, a rear-engined minicar. VW then teased some electric up! taxis, before we finally saw the production version - and several more concepts - at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show... read more

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BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

BMW ActiveE Electric Car First Drive: What's It Really Like?

The first BMW ActiveE electric car in North America was just delivered last Friday. Now, with only 600 miles on that car, we've driven it. Our first impressions of BMW's... read more January 18, 2012 by  33


 
2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport

2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car: Quick Drive Review [Video]

Price increases be damned, the 2012 Fisker Karma is finally here, and first examples are about to arrive in customers' driveways. Earlier in the week we posted our video... read more December 16, 2011 by  7


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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  0


 
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