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Today's Volt Update: GM Buyback, Owners Rally, Sales Goal Unmet

Today's Volt Update: GM Buyback, Owners Rally, Sales Goal Unmet

Phew. Yesterday was quite a day indeed in Chevy Volt land. A bevy of news items hit the wires, following Monday's offer of loaner cars to Volt owners who weren't comfortable with their cars' safety until the NHTSA finishes its investigation into battery-pack fires in cars that had been wrecked in... read more

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car on fire

Fire Marshal Says NC Garage Fire Started Away From Chevy Volt: Exclusive

Preliminary conclusions from the investigation into a Mooresville, North Carolina, house fire that destroyed a Chevrolet Volt indicate the fire did not start in the vehicle... read more November 14, 2011 by  8


 
Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid safety

Plan On Crashing Your Plug-In Car? Volvo Will Keep You Safe

Cars of today are immeasurably safer than those even a decade ago, and manufacturers have been working very carefully to ensure that the different requirements of electric... read more October 25, 2011 by  2


 
2012 Fiat 500 IIHS crash testing

2012 Fiat 500 Minicar Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Despite Size

Yes, small can still be safe. Imagine! The diminutive 2012 Fiat 500 minicar was deemed a Top Safety Pick by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In... read more October 19, 2011 by  2


 
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Volkswagen, Audi Recall Clean-Diesel TDI Cars For Fuel Leak Problem

The Volkswagen Group 2.0-liter clean-diesel TDI engine has been fitted to quite a number of VW vehicles over the years, as well as the Audi A3 TDI. Now the company has... read more October 6, 2011 by 


 
Renault Twizy Z.E. electric vehicle

2012 Renault Twizy Price Announced -- But Will It Ever Come To The U.S.?

A few years ago the idea that mainstream european automakers would be focusing so much effort on minuscule electric urban runabouts would have been met with derision. But a... read more October 5, 2011 by  9


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Subcompact Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

It used to be that going green meant giving up something, whether it was size, safety, or features in a car. Well, smaller cars still get better gas mileage. That's just... read more September 28, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Honda CR-Z

2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Coupes With Manual Gearboxes Recalled

Owners of 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrids may soon be getting a recall notice in the mail. If, that is, their car is one of roughly 5,600 of the hybrid sports coupes fitted with the... read more September 6, 2011 by 


 
2009 BMW X5

2009 BMW X5 Diesel Recalled For Faulty Fuel-Filter Heater

Clean-diesel vehicles, a slowly growing segment of the market, unquestionably return higher fuel economy figures than their gasoline-engined counterparts. But they have their... read more September 1, 2011 by 


 
G-Wiz charging in the U.K.

Fatal G-Wiz Crash: Victim Was On Phone, Not Using Seatbelt

We brought you news last year of a horrific accident, in which a woman was killed when her G-Wiz neighborhood electric vehicle, a model not sold in the United States, was... read more September 1, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf Scores 5-Star NHTSA Crash Safety Rating

Given the relative youthfulness of electric car technology in the mainstream, it’s understandable that a lot of potential consumers of electric cars remain fearful that... read more July 26, 2011 by  11


 
Ultra-Capacitor Bus in Shanghai after fire; photo from Eastday

Chinese Electric Bus Catches Fire On Road, Not The First One

Chinese media are reporting that an electric bus caught fire in Shanghai at noon on Monday. And this is apparently not the first such incident. A Reuters report indicates... read more July 20, 2011 by  3


 
2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i First Drive

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Steering Recall For Clean-Diesel SUV

Almost 1,000 clean-diesel versions of the 2012 BMW X5 crossover will be recalled to replace a part that could cause the power steering to fail. Only the diesel model, known... read more June 27, 2011 by 


 
Pump handle

What Would You Give Up For Higher Gas Mileage? Cash? Features? Safety?

It happens every time. Gas prices go up sharply, and new car buyers suddenly decide that gas mileage is important--and shop accordingly. With gas around $4 a gallon in many... read more June 10, 2011 by  14


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011

2011 Chevy Volt Gets Five Stars For Overall Safety From NHTSA

Well, log another notch in the bedpost: One more safety myth--that electric cars will be more dangerous than regular ones in a crash--has now been slain. Five weeks ago, the... read more June 3, 2011 by  3


 
2001 Toyota Prius

2001-2003 Toyota Prius Recall: Steering Nut On Early Hybrids

Toyota has issued a recall notice for its very earliest hybrids, the 2001 through 2003 Prius sedan models. The company will replace the pinion-shaft attachment nuts in the... read more June 1, 2011 by  1


 
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