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Ultra-Efficient VW XL1: Now An Urban Legend, Debunked By Snopes

Ultra-Efficient VW XL1: Now An Urban Legend, Debunked By Snopes

Ah, conspiracy theories and urban legends. They lure us in with the promise of dark plots and amazing events--even as our rational minds suggest they're likely not true. Now the ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 economy car, the highly aerodynamic two-seat diesel plug-in hybrid we drove last fall, has... read more

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2013 Smart Electric Drive outside New York Auto Show, March 2013

2013 Smart Electric Drive: Drive Video From NY Auto Show

We didn't expect the fluorescent green, that's for sure. But it probably helped us on our half-hour drive around crowded midtown Manhattan in the new 2013 Smart ForTwo... read more April 3, 2013 by  9


 
2014 Volkswagen XL1, 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen XL1 Diesel Plug-In Hybrid: Live Photos From Geneva

Will this be the car that finally makes the ultra-aerodynamic and futuristic GM EV1 electric car look old-fashioned? Today, VW Group took the wraps off the production version... read more March 5, 2013 by  15


 
2011 Scion iQ at 2010 New York Auto Show, with Scion's Jack Hollis

Now We Know: U.S. Buyers Don't Much Want Tiny Two-Seat Cars

It was always a big question whether Americans would buy very, very small cars. When the Smart ForTwo launched in 2008, right into the teeth of gas prices that soared to $4 a... read more January 4, 2013 by  29


 
2013 Honda CR-Z (European spec)

2013 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Updates: Paris Auto Show Preview

Today seems to be the day when Paris Motor Show previews are coming thick and fast. Honda announced today that it will show an updated 2013 CR-Z two-seat hybrid hatchback at... read more September 14, 2012 by  4


 
Audi Urban Concept launch, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Audi To Sell Electric Urban Concept, Join The Not-Quite-Car Parade?

If one is a fluke and two is coincidence, then three makes a trend for sure. Audi is close to approving plans to build a limited number of the all-electric two-seat Urban... read more November 4, 2011 by  8


 
Audi Urban Concept launch, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Audi Urban Concept: Live Photos Of Electric Two-Seater Launch

The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show officially opens to the press tomorrow, but already the private parties and launch events have started. Sunday night, Audi officially unveiled... read more September 12, 2011 by  4


 
Vauxhall/Opel electric car concept for 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

GM's European Arm, Opel, Shows Two-Seat Electric Urban Concept

With the Frankfurt Motor Show launching in less than a week, the concept cars are starting to come thick and fast. The latest is a small two-seat electric urban car from... read more September 8, 2011 by  16


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

Think Went Thunk: What Does Electric-Car Bankruptcy Teach Us?

A little more than three weeks ago, Norwegian electric-car maker Think Global declared bankruptcy--for the fourth time, actually. In a pithy piece published a week later... read more July 8, 2011 by  9


 
2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

Here Wheego Again: Another China-Made Car To Arrive Late

Here Wheego again. Pardon the pun, but another China-made car is late to the starting gate. Wheego Electric Cars Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia, aimed to introduce its tiny... read more January 12, 2011 by  3


 
2011 Wheego Whip LiFe electric car

Can U.S. Buyers Warm To Two-Seat Battery Electric City Cars?

Is small the new large? In the next few months we’ll see three different electric vehicles hit the market from automakers keen to break into the city car market. But... read more December 7, 2010 by  4


 
2011 Wheego Whip LiFe at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

2011 Wheego Whip LiFe Electric Car: First Drive Report

The 2011 Wheego Whip LiFe is a small, two-seat electric car from a startup company you've never heard of with an unusual name. It doesn't have the fit, finish, or driving... read more November 23, 2010 by  2


 
2011 Honda CR-Z

GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2011 Nominee: Honda CR-Z

As we noted yesterday, we'll be giving one brand-new 2011 model the GreenCarReports 2011 Best Car To Buy Award in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. We'll... read more November 11, 2010 by 


 
2011 Wheego Whip LiFe electric car

Will the 2011 Wheego LiFe Be the First Electric Car On Sale?

Sometimes we avoid covering certain cars, for good reasons or not. One of those cars is the 2011 Wheego LiFe, a derivative of the 2009 Wheego Whip. Never heard of it? Not... read more September 27, 2010 by  3


 
2011 Smart Fortwo

More Smart ForTwo Trouble: Owners Least Likely To Buy Another

As regular readers know, we've never been big fans of the Smart ForTwo minicar. It's not that we dislike small two-seaters; in fact, we think they're cool (unlike most U.S... read more August 27, 2010 by 


 
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