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2012 Fiat 500 Minicar Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Despite Size

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 recent years, the crash-test results and ratings from the IIHS have become as important to car buyers as those from the... read more

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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


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt in IIHS crash test

IIHS Changes View Of Small Cars With Six Top Safety Pick Awards

Twenty years ago small cars were generally seen as low cost transportation that would generally only get you from point A to point B. Small cars have come a long way from... read more May 27, 2011 by 


 
2011 Lexus CT 200h

40 MPG And Safe: IIHS Names Ten Top Picks

Good occupant safety can come in small packages—even those that get 40 mpg or more. That's one of the themes of the latest round of crash-test results and safety... read more May 25, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf electric car during IIHS crash testing

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Get Top IIHS Crash-Safety Ratings

Among the many things that confuse or worry potential buyers of plug-in electric cars is whether they'll be safe. One concern is car washes or even deep pools of water, but... read more April 25, 2011 by 


 
car batteries are highly recyclable - AAA

Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

A concern raised over upcoming electric-drive cars--the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--is what happens to... read more March 31, 2011 by  23


 
Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011

2011 Think City Two-Seat Electric Car Faces Third Recall

Dozens, even hundreds, of different models get recalled each year by their makers to address defects or potential problems. Most pass unnoticed, except to the owners who get... read more February 28, 2011 by  1


 
Early Reva G-Wiz

EXCLUSIVE: What Killed The Electric Car? For G-Wiz, Other Electric Cars

It’s been a mainstay of British eco-chic for nearly a decade, but the little Indian four-wheel ‘car’ which can be found buzzing around the streets of London... read more February 16, 2011 by  7


 
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