• 2007 Toyota Prius

    Believe it or not, the Toyota Prius has been available in the U.S. for over a decade. Aimed at a much more mainstream market than the first two generations of Prius Hybrid, the 2012 Toyota Prius Liftback, 2012 Toyota Prius V, 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and 2012 Toyota Prius C offer the best gas mileage of any Toyota hybrid to date. But if like us, you’ve got a soft spot for the slightly smaller, geekier Toyota Prius from 2004-2009, you’ll be pleased to know you might soon be able to buy one, brand new. The only catch? They’ve been sat in storage in Miami for the past...

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid MPGs Beat Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata

    The reviews of the 2012 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan are in now, and the consensus is that it's a competitively priced mild refresh with unadventurous styling. Which may be exactly what Camry buyers are looking for. But on one metric--gas mileage--the 2012 Camry line shines. The 2012 Toyota Camry...

  • John and Helen Taylor depart on the Smarter Driving Tour. Image: Shell
    Australian Couple Hopes To Break U.S. Hypermiling Record

    John and Helen Taylor are driving across the lower 48 United States in a Chevy Cruze Eco, hoping to beat their previous hypermiling record set in a Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

  • 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    2006-2007 Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander Hybrids: Recall

    Toyota will recall 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h hybrid crossovers to inspect and repair a component that could fail in the hybrid control system.

  • Greenpeace 'Dark Side' ad attacks Volkswagen
    Greenpeace Says VW Is Europe's Least Green Automaker: Video

    In the United States, we often think of Volkswagen as a moderately green company -- an automaker responsible for small vehicles like the popular Golf and New Beetle, and one of the few companies to make diesel rides for the American market. Across the pond, however, Greenpeace has singled out VW as...

  • BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China
    Can Small Electric Cars Cut It As Taxi Cabs? BYD Says Yes.

    When you think of a Taxi, especially if you live in the U.S., you probably think of a Ford Crown Victoria. That stereotype holds true, especially in urban settings like Chicago, San Francisco, L.A. and New York. The problem with that is the lack of economy from those vehicles and the impact on the...

  • 2007 Kia Spectra LX

    Recalls aren’t exactly most manufacturers favorite things, but they are necessary to make sure that consumers stay safe. The most recent recall news in the small car arena affects the Kia Spectra. Kia will be recalling some 58,000 Spectra compact cars in colder climates for an issue with the fuel tanks. The recall affects 2004-2007 Spectra LD models built from November 7, 2003 through March 6, 2007. The issue isn’t the fuel tanks themselves, but the straps that hold the tanks, which can cause the tanks to fall and cause a fire. You might have surmised at this point that the reason...

  • Westfield iRacer
    European Electric-Car Race Series Will Have 2 California Events In 2011

    If you love the thrill of motor racing but the carbon footprint of Nascar and Formula 1 is getting you down then the decidedly lower-emissions all-electric racing offered by the 2011 EV Cup may be for you. Conceived a few years ago and attracting entries from former competitors in The American Le...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
    2012 Volkswagen Beetle Revealed, Offers 40 MPG With Diesel Engine

    It’s been more than a decade since Volkswagen’s new-generation ‘New Beetle’ first hit showrooms but a successor is finally here, making its debut this week at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show before reappearing just a couple of days later at the 2011 New York Auto Show. It...

  • The 2011 Chevrolet Volt tackles the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca
    Laguna Seca ReFuels Electric Car Racing, Everyone Welcome (Video)

    There’s something really wonderful about hearing the wind rush past your electric car accompanied by only the whine of an electric motor pushed to its very limit, tires squealing on the blacktop. If you agree with us you’ll be pleased to hear that drivers of everything from production...

  • 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Honda Recalls 2006-2007 Civic Hybrids To Replace DC-DC Converter

    Honda said yesterday it would recall 36,700 of its 2006 and 2007 Civic Hybrid models to replace a key component of the Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system. The part to be replaced is the DC-to-DC converter, which adjusts the voltage of power moved among different components of the hybrid system...

  • 2005 Ford GT
    Rumor: Next Ford GT To Join The Hybrid Supercar Corral?

    And the hybrids just keep on coming. Earlier this morning we wrote that BMW will launch a line of front-wheel-drive hybrids in 2014. Now, the British magazine AutoExpress suggests that a new generation of the Ford GT supercar will also offer hybrid-electric drive. Competition for Porsche If so, it...

  • 2007 Honda Fit Sport

    Recalls aren’t something that we are used to reporting on when it comes to Honda’s subcompact and compact segment. That said, Honda is recalling some 143,083 2007-2008 Honda Fit models for a defect in the headlights. According to our sources, certain models have a defect in the wiring harness for the headlight control switch which can cause failure of the low-beam headlight circuit. The problem is cause by the routing of the wiring according Honda, who also claims that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to this issue. A bright spot of news, if you will, is that...

  • 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid
    NHTSA Investigating Honda Accord Hybrid For Unintended Acceleration

    Normally it’s Toyota that’s in the headlines whenever ‘unintended acceleration’ is concerned, however, this time ‘round it’s close rival Honda that’s in the spotlight. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is...

  • 2010 Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept (2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe)
    VW Will Differentiate Its Hybrids By Making Them Sporty

    Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 and that means being the top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric vehicles. Recently the automaker announced plans to start building its own electric powertrains, as well as confirming plans to expand its...

  • 2007 Honda Civic Si at Colorado Region RallyCross event
    Honda Civic Si Takes 1st Place At SCCA RallyCross Championships

    A Stock Honda Civic Si Wins the Modified Two-wheel Drive Class

  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta leak
    Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid On Track For 2012 Debut

    Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 and that means being the top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric vehicles. Recently the automaker announced plans to start building its own electric powertrains, and now, following the debut of the new 2011...

  • 2011 Revenge Verde
    2011 Revenge Verde: Hybrid Vaporware On Steroids

    Auto shows have always been the forum for unveiling the wildest, wackiest, most over-the-top drool-worthy vehicles. The shows have been more subdued over the past two years of economic turmoil, but this year, the folks at Revenge delivered something to smile about. The Revenge Verde takes its...

  • 2010 Honda Odyssey

    The Honda Accord Hybrid never really caught on.  Sales were low from the get go and Honda really had little choice but to cancel the vehicle.  Other Honda hybrids like the dedicated hybrid Insight and even the Civic Hybrid have fared much better, but the unloved Accord Hybrid came and went. Honda, not known for giving up on a product, is now hard at work again developing a hybrid powertrain for larger vehicles like the Accord.  The company is developing a proprietary Integrated Motor Assist hybrid platform for use in midsize vehicles and other large vehicle applications. This time around...

  • 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Mazda Confirms Company Has No Plans For An EV

    With recent announcements confirming that even Honda has entered into the EV bandwagon, it comes as a surprise that Mazda is still saying no to EVs. According to Robert Davis, Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Mazda, "Until battery technology can get there to meet a mass...

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z
    Honda May Release Sporty Hybrid as Replacement for S2000

    Honda has quietly entered the hybrid market by slowly adding additional models to their lineup of cars.  From the Insight, to the Civic, to the defunct Accord hybrid, they have covered most of the car segments.  Missing is a sporty hybrid.  They are set to release their CRZ Hybrid within a year...

  • 2010 Lincoln MKS with EcoBoost
    Almost Here: 2010 Lincoln MKS With EcoBoost For High Performance, Higher Mileage

    Ford will fit its powerful, fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine to the top model of the 2010 Lincoln MKS

  • 2011 Honda CR-Z
    2011 Honda CRZ Sports Hybrid: The Future of the Sports Car?

    Honda Brings Something Toyota Doesn’t Have to the Table

  • 2009 Volkswagen Polo
    VW Will Sell Polo, Smaller Than Rabbit, In US In 2011

    Confirming rumors, VW says it will sell the Polo--a model smaller than the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit--in the US, probably starting in 2011. Launched at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the subcompact Polo got good reviews for its fuel economy, features, and build quality. But in a surprise, the company...

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