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Tesla 100D models, VW diesel owners, '1,000-MPG' BMW, CAFE denial: The Week in Reverse

Tesla 100D models, VW diesel owners, '1,000-MPG' BMW, CAFE denial: The Week in Reverse

Why did some analysts and commentators grumble about Tesla's new, even-faster, even-longer-range 100D models? And what horrible, awful, dreadful things do carmaker lobbyists say will happen if regulators dare to keep current fuel-economy standards in place? This is our look back at the Week In... read more

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2016 Tesla Model S

Why NASA thinks the Tesla Autopilot is a bad idea

Since news broke last month that the driver of a Tesla Model S running on the Autopilot driver-assistance system died in a crash, the technology has inspired intense debate... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
Semi trailer

When will the last diesel truck be sold in the U.S.? Our poll results

Diesel now has a dim future at best among U.S. passenger-car buyers, though its prospects continue to look strong for a minority of pickup truck buyers. Heavy-duty commercial... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
Proterra electric bus

Who makes electric buses? BYD, Mercedes, Proterra...and Tesla says it will

Electric cars get lots of attention from advocates and policymakers, but private passenger vehicles are hardly the only ones on the road. In most cities, for example, they... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2015 Audi Q7 TDI

Audi, VW, Porsche 3.0-liter diesel owners won't hear a thing until November

Owners of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche 3.0-liter V-6 TDI diesel models will remain in limbo for at least a few more months, it seems. While a settlement covering 2.0-liter... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2014 BMW i3 REx, scenic New Jersey, Apr 2015  [photo by owner Tom Moloughney]

The '1,000-MPG' BMW i3: 56,000 miles on 50 gallons of gas

The few available range-extended electric car models give drivers added flexibility by using gasoline engines as onboard backup generators. But using the range extender too... read more August 26, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW X5

2017 Opel Ampera-e, California carpool stickers, Kia Rio: Today's Car News

Today, we preview two new cars debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show: the 2017 Opel Ampera-e and Kia Rio. We also look at a vote to increase availability of carpool-lane... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S owner tests Autopilot system from back seat

How do you view Tesla's "beta" Autopilot system? Our poll results

So-called self-driving or autonomous cars still aren't on the market as of today, but you might not know that from a lot of the press coverage. One of the most prominent... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Kia Rio, 2016 Paris auto show

New Kia Rio to debut at Paris Motor Show next month

Subcompact hatchbacks and sedans may be a minor part of the U.S. market, but they're hugely important in the rest of the world. So the launch of a new generation of Kia Rio... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt

Who leads, who lags in electric cars in U.S.? New survey names them

A major obstacle to widespread adoption of electric cars is that they're not offered for sale everywhere. Collectively, automakers offer a significant number of all-electric... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

Gas is cheap; U.S. drivers use it to log more miles than ever

With the summer travel season more than halfway over and gas prices still quite low, U.S drivers have already logged a record-breaking number of miles traveled. The nation's... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Green HOV-Lane Sticker

CA plug-in carpool-lane access bill up for vote; here's why some oppose it

Several months ago, the allocated supply of "green stickers" that give buyers of new plug-in hybrid cars access to California carpool lanes expired. So you think that a... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test

VW customer satisfaction plummeted, now near the bottom

The ongoing diesel-emissions scandal undoubtedly did damage to Volkswagen's reputation in the U.S. But how does one quantify the scandal's impact on consumer perception of... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
Opel Ampera-e

2017 Opel Ampera-e (nee Bolt EV) to debut at Paris Motor Show

We already knew that at some point, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car would get a European-market twin, to be called the 2017 Opel Ampera-e. The Ampera-e project was... read more August 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

Tesla 100D versions, Faraday Future crossover, CAFE fight: Today's Car News

Today, Tesla launches longer-range 100D versions of the Model S and Model X, a vehicle that could be Faraday Future's first production electric car appears in Los Angeles... read more August 24, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Reactions to Tesla 100D versions less than ecstatic: here's why

Generally, when Tesla Motors makes an announcement about a new product or a future plan, its fans and advocates cheer lustily. The rest of the industry grunts, takes quiet... read more August 24, 2016 by


 

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