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Golly, Elio Motors has built ... a car! One test car, in fact

Golly, Elio Motors has built ... a car! One test car, in fact

Increasingly sophisticated computer modeling software has cut the number of prototypes and test cars that carmakers build. But they must still make dozens of vehicles that will never be sold, to test assembly, evaluate features, conduct durability tests, and wreck them to assess crash-safety... read more

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Gas pump

Gas mileage ratings for some 2017 cars to fall as EPA tweaks tests

The steady rise of corporate average fuel economy rules through 2025 puts increasing pressure on manufacturers to boost the gas mileage of all vehicles. Lately, carmakers are... read more June 20, 2016 by


 
Screenshot from Elio Motors ad "Comfortable Seating for Two"

Elio Motors' new marketing partner is...The Onion ?!?!? Yep.

Is it possible to use political satire to sell a car? In the age of social media and viral marketing, carmakers have tried some pretty unusual stunts in order to sell their... read more June 16, 2016 by


 
Chevrolet Beat Activ

Can Chevy Spark Activ 'soft-roader' SUV-like version boost appeal?

Sometimes, all it takes to turn a car into an "SUV" is a little extra body cladding and a slightly higher ride height. Subaru has relied on this formula for years with its... read more June 13, 2016 by


 
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Fuel-Efficient Cars For June 2016

Planning a summer road trip? Why not do it in a brand-new car? Once again, it's time to review the month's best deals on green cars—and there are quite a few of them... read more June 9, 2016 by


 
Ford Mustang in France

Europe's carbon goals could make cars unaffordable: Ford exec

Stricter emissions standards may raise the average cost of new vehicles, but will that make them "elitist?" The increasingly sophisticated technology required to improve the... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
Cardboard 1959 Morris Mini Minor fits in Mini Countryman (Photo by 'Practical Classics')

How big is a new Mini? Big enough to fit the old one inside

They may still be smaller than most other new cars, but today's lineup of Mini models aren't really all that "mini" these days. They're quite generously sized, in fact, when... read more June 3, 2016 by


 
Citroen 2CV

Pre-1997 cars forbidden in central Paris to cut emissions

A fairly direct way to eliminate air pollution from car exhaust emissions is to simply get rid of the cars themselves. Next month, Paris officials will attempt to do just... read more June 2, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

Consumer Reports confirms 2016 Toyota Prius 52-mpg rating

Consumer Reports has confirmed the 52-mpg combined EPA fuel-economy rating of the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, although its ratings in city and highway testing differed... read more May 31, 2016 by


 
2016 Buick Verano Turbo

Buick Verano to die as yet another small sedan gives way to SUVs

As General Motors' Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, gains a new model to build, it will also lose one. The Buick Verano compact sedan currently built at the... read more May 27, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Start-stop systems to be offered on all GM vehicles by 2020

General Motors is about to commit to engine start-stop systems in a big way. Start-stop systems—which shut off the engine while a car is stationary to save... read more May 26, 2016 by


 
54.5 MPG CAFE standard for 2025

How CAFE works: 5 things you should know about gas-mileage standards

As automakers and policy wonks fret and fuss over future fuel economy standards, interested spectators may be lost in the fumes. What exactly are Corporate Average Fuel... read more May 24, 2016 by


 
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, Bear Mountain State Park, NY, May 2016

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT quick first drive

The Mitsubishi Mirage small car has been an unexpected sales success. Over the past couple of years, the subcompact Mitsubishi managed to outsell some hybrid models, and... read more May 24, 2016 by


 
Fuel gauge

48-volt mild hybrid systems: what they do, how they change the car

To meet stricter fuel-economy standards, carmakers will have to rely more on all varieties of electrification in the coming years. That means more battery-electric and... read more May 23, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Traverse

GM big SUV buyers to get gift cards or protection plan for fuel-economy errors (updated)

General Motors will compensate owners of three large crossover SUV models for misstated fuel economy on window stickers with a choice of a debit card or an expanded... read more May 23, 2016 by


 
Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki says wrong fuel-economy tests used in Japan, joining Mitsubishi

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to increased scrutiny on all carmakers' compliance with emission and related fuel-economy rules. Last month, Mitsubishi admitted to... read more May 19, 2016 by


 

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