2009

  • Mini E electric vehicle

    One of the earliest electric-car prototype test fleets of the modern day was made up of several hundred MINI E two-seaters, which hit U.S. roads on two-year leases from 2008 through 2010. MINI E drivers who loved driving electric--which is to say, many of them--were offered replacement BMW ActiveE electric cars, and the electric MINIs were taken back by BMW. DON'T MISS: First Drive: Mini E Electric Vehicle Is Far From Ready For Primetime Now, however, a few Delaware residents can have the chance to lease a piece of electric-car history. The University of Delaware is offering a "small number"...

  • 2009 BMW X5
    Recall: 2009-2010 BMW X5 Diesel Crossovers Fuel Heater Issue

    BMW has announced the recall of more than 1,500 2009-2010 BMW X5 diesel models to correct a fuel filter heater issue. The xDrive35d models, manufactured from June 13, 2009 through November 9, 2009, could be affected by an issue that causes the filter heater to remain on and overheat. The fuel...

  • 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
    Honda Civic Hybrid: Battery Unreliable, Consumer Reports Says

    Automaker Honda used to be the darling of Consumer Reports, with its models perpetually scoring better than average in CR testing. The 2012 Honda Civic dampened the publication’s enthusiasm for the Honda brand; it was the first Honda Civic we can recall that wasn’t recommended by CR...

  • Mini E and BMW ActiveE electric cars, New Jersey, Dec 2011 (photos: Tom Moloughney)
    After 30 Months In A Mini E Electric Car, BMW ActiveE Coming Up

    I took possession of my 2009 Mini E electric car (serial number 250) on June 12, 2009. At the time, I signed up for a one year lease, which is all BMW was offering. It was made perfectly clear that after 12 months, we would have to give the car back and that there would be no exceptions. One...

  • 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 own set of issues, too, including recalls specific to some of the diesel engine components. The NHTSA has issued a recall...

  • John and Helen Taylor depart on the Smarter Driving Tour. Image: Shell
    Aussie Hypermiling Couple Hit 64mpg In 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco

    You might remember a few weeks ago we brought you news of Australian couple John and Helen Taylor. Rather than enjoying the usual trappings of tourism, the Taylors wanted to break their own 48-U.S.-state hypermiling record, previously set in a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI at 67 mpg over 9,505 miles...

  • 2010 mini e electric vehicle ev la auto show 022

    A few months after BMW and MINI's electric car study ended in the United States, a similar scheme run in the U.K. has also come to a close, and the results are in... ...and if you've read the results of the American tests, the figures coming from the U.K. will all look very familiar. Basically, all the drivers loved driving the MINI E, as you might expect from a small, fun, 204 horsepower electric hot hatchback. The results are about more than just whether people enjoy driving EVs though, and for BMW the focus is on collecting data for its current and future EV projects, the 2011 BMW ActiveE...

  • 2009 VW Passat wagon test car w/Bosch-Mahle turbocharged 1.2-liter, 3-cyl engine, from WardsAuto.com
    Smaller, More Efficient: VW Passat With 1.2-Liter 3-Cylinder Engine

    How large an engine do you need in a mid-size car? Just a few years ago, the answer would have been a V-6 of 2.8 to 3.5 liters, perhaps with a base model offering a four of 2.4 to 2.8 liters. Then Hyundai announced in late 2009 that it would abandon V-6 engines altogether for its 2010 Sonata...

  • 2010 mini e electric vehicle ev la auto show 022
    Mini E Driver Study: Some Caveats On Electric-Car Happy News

    The recent study of Mini E drivers may need to be taken with a few grains of salt.

  • MINI E
    Should BMW Have Made the Mini E a Production Car? #YouTellUs

    BMW can’t be accused of rushing into the electric car market. After nearly two years of BMW Mini E testing and countless hours of feedback sessions from test participants, BMW is just about to start its second round of electric car testing with its 1-series based Active-E. But if you want to...

  • Traffic Jam
    Bill Uses California Traffic To Fuel EVs Instead Of Road Rage

    It's ironic that as the world becomes more interconnected, America is trying to become more independent. Nowhere is that more obvious than in our energy policy, where we talk a lot about the dangers of depending on foreign oil and the importance of generating our own energy. A new bill moving...

  • 2011 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept live photos
    We 4C Alfa Romeo Coming Back to the U.S.

    If you love Alfa Romeo and the cars they build then the news that the adorable and diminutive Fiat 500 is coming to the U.S. probably set you on edge as an indicator that Alfa Romeo might come back too. Now with the 2011 Geneva Motor Show behind us we have learned that the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car...

  • 2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

    Don't believe everything you read on the web. From the Department of Dangerously Wrong Information comes a horrifying piece on Yahoo's open content network, entitled "What New Prius Batteries Cost and How You Can Save Thousands." It looks like one of many articles that respond to consumer worries over the cost of replacing the high-voltage battery pack in a hybrid car. This one, though, is something entirely different. It's actually shilling a website that encourages people to buy parts to rebuild their own batteries. And it's riddled with errors, some of them potentially expensive or...

  • Sergio Marchionne at Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant
    Sergio Marchionne: Hybrid Minivan Will Join Chrysler 300 Hybrid In 2013

    Earlier this week we heard from Sergio Marchionne, the demanding CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, that a hybrid version of the new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan would arrive sometime in 2013. Now, at Chrysler’s Windsor plant in Canada, Marchionne has revealed that the hybrid 300 will be joined in 2013 by a...

  • David Peilow Drives Tesla Roadster on Long-Distance Challenge
    Tesla Fan Drives Epic Electric Car Trip To Prove BBC Wrong

    The British Broadcasting Corporation, considered to be the center-pin of television and radio in the U.K., has always had a cautious view of the benefits of electric vehicles, often choosing to illustrate the limited range of electric cars in articles rather than the positive benefits. In typical...

  • MINI E at MTTS 2010 in Denver, Colo.
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for August 2010

    As people on the other side of the globe ring in their New Year, we continue to roll towards our own celebrations here in the States. In just under seven hours the eastern seaboard will ring in the New Year, so we better get a move on for the second half of our count down to 2011—the best of...

  • 2009 Smart Passion Cabriolet: Great Smart Car Road Trip First Fill Up
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for July 2010

    July is a good time in the U.S. Generally it is warm as summer is in full swing and it bring the celebration of our Independence Day. In fact, on July 4th we ran an article on the 2011 Honda CR-Z, Honda’s first sports hybrid. Other headlines that posted during the month included the start of...

  • 2009 Nissan Cube
    Revisiting the 2009 Nissan Cube After a Year of Service

    The 2009 Nissan Cube made quite a statement when it came on the auto scene. It was a car that pushed the comfort zone of some consumers with its odd shape, Jacuzzi inspired interior, picture frame windows and square of shag carpeting on the dash. In fact, it still does. However, time has passed...

  • 2009 Toyota Prius

    Toyota plans to service approximately 650,000 of the more than 2 million Prius hybrids it has built to date, to correct a potential flaw in a cooling pump that could cause overheating. About 390,000 of the affected models are in the U.S. While the company hasn't yet released details on what it calls a "service action," the number of vehicles suggests that the repair applies to the second-generation Prius. Those cars were built from models years 2004 through 2009. Toyota says it's not being compelled to recall the vehicles, but will do so under a new initiative to be more proactive in keeping...

  • Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
    First Hydrogen Filling Station In U.S. Opens For Fuel-Cell Cars

    Did you notice? Us either. Nonetheless, last week, the first commercial hydrogen filling station in the country was opened in Wallingford, Connecticut, by startup firm SunHydro. The company generates hydrogen onsite using electricity from an array of photovoltaic solar cells that splits apart water...

  • 2009 Toyota Corolla
    2009 Toyota Corolla Makes Top 10 Most Stolen Cars

    Finding out that your car has been stolen is probably one of the worst feelings you can have as a car owner, especially if it gets stolen while you our out and about. The good news is that some cars just aren’t popular cars to steal. The bad news is that the cars that are popular to steal...

  • 2009 Tesla Roadster
    Tesla Fined $275,000 Over Emissions Regulations

    With electricity not always generated through renewable methods, it can be hard to claim that an EV is truly zero-emissions. It's generally accepted that you aren't pumping any gasses out the back as you drive along, though. Well, the car shouldn't be anyway... Despite this, electric vehicle...

  • 2009 Smart fortwo Brabus
    Smart Car Ownership Looking Like a Fad In the U.S.

    Research Shows Urban Dwellers In the U.S. Won’t Be Return Buyers

  • MINI E at MTTS 2010 in Denver, Colo.
    DRIVEN: MINI E On An Autocross Course At MTTS2010 (Video)

    MINI May Have Cornered the Market On Affordable and Fun EVs

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