Mercury News

  • Westfield iRacer

    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 Mans Series as well as Formula One British champion Damon Hill and former BBC Top Gear Stig Ben Collins the first year of races have now been confirmed. Starting in August this year, the EV Cup will hold with five races in Europe before finishing in the U.S., cumulating in a race at the California...

  • 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...

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    Dead Before Arrival: Mercury Killed, Compact Tracer Vanishes

    To the long list of dead U.S. car brands, you can now add one more: Mercury. The Ford Motor Company announced today that Mercury production would cease by the end of this year. That means that the widely anticipated compact Mercury version of the 2012 Ford Focus--named "Tracer" after the...

  • Ford Escape Hybrid Cargo Space (Seats Up)
    Roundup: Hybrid SUVs and Crossovers from Ford, Toyota, Chevy

    Our reader Celeste wrote to ask us about available hybrid SUVs and crossovers, and we thought our answer might be useful for the site. At the moment, there are three main hybrid SUVs sold in the U.S. Each of them also has variations sold under other brands. All are likely to be durable, as their...

  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

    Hybrids originally came from mass-market brands--Toyota, Honda, then Ford--before they ascended into loftier realms (Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche). Now Ford is taking its well-received hybrid sedans upscale, by adding a hybrid model to the 2011 Lincoln MKZ lineup. The MKZ, although it shares a...

  • 2010 Mercury Milan 4-door Sedan Premier FWD Grille
    New Green Compact Car Coming In 2011 From ... Mercury ?!?!?

    Despite the appealing 2010 Milan Hybrid, the Mercury brand hardly springs to mind when you think "green car". In fact, it hardly springs to mind, period; Ford's upmarket brand has languished for years with little product and even less attention. Now that's going to change. Ford confirmed yesterday...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Another day, another hybrid braking problem. Only this time, it's not Toyota. It's Ford. Late yesterday, Ford announced a "customer satisfaction program" that will ask that owners of 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid models built before October 17 to bring the cars to their dealer for a free software upgrade. The fix is meant to reduce the chance that drivers will experience what feels like a loss of braking; it updates the software that controls the interplay among the cars' anti-lock brakes, regenerative brakes, and conventional friction brakes. "Different brake feel" In...

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    New Hybrid Scorecard Slams Carmakers For Loading On Luxury

    It's long been known that hybrid buyers often choose them over luxury cars, and aren't buying them solely for the payback in gasoline savings. But a new Hybrid Scorecard, launched by the Union of Concerned Scientists, slams carmakers for inflating their prices by loading luxury into fuel-efficient...

  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI named Green Car of the Year, 2009 LA Auto Show
    Green Car Sales: Winners and Losers of 2009

    It's beginning to look as if the worst is over for U.S. auto sales. The year that just closed was, in the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth II, an annus horribilis, with only 10.4 million vehicles sold, down 21 percent on 2008 and the lowest total since 1982. But some light seems to be appearing on...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius rolls onto the Detroit stage at its global debut in January 2009
    EPA's Most Climate-Friendly Cars: All About Fuel Efficiency

    The dirty little secrets of Top 10 lists are in the methodology, as Forbes found out with its weirdly inaccurate "10 Dirtiest Cars" list. (It's the end of the year, so it's time for a lot of Top 10s.) But we see no such problems in the EPA Green Vehicle Guide, which rates vehicles not only on...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    Best Fuel Efficiency in the U.S.: 2010 Toyota Prius, at 50 MPG

    Well, now it's official. The 2010 Toyota Prius offers the best gas mileage of any new car sold in the U.S. for the upcoming 2010 model year, with a blended EPA rating of 50 miles per gallon. The 2010 Prius had actually been rated at 50 mpg back in March, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    2010 Fusion Hybrid Takes Credit For 73-Percent Ford Hybrid Sales Rise

    With record unemployment numbers and an active global recession, it's not news that vehicle sales have been lousy, falling by more than one-third from the record levels of a few years ago. But at least one maker's green cars are doing better than ever: Ford's U.S. sales of its hybrid-electric...

  • 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

    The five finalists for the 2010 Green Car of the Year Award include three hybrid models--two Japanese hatchbacks and one U.S. sedan--and a pair of German clean-diesel cars. The nominations were announced today by Green Car Journal, which has presented the award at the Los Angeles Auto Show for five years. The winner will be announced at the 2009 LA Auto Show on December 3. The hybrid models include the two highest-volume dedicated hybrids sold by Toyota and Honda. The midsize hatchback 2010 Toyota Prius is the latest generation of the world's most successful hybrid-electric vehicle, with more...

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    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...

  • 2010 Ford Fusion
    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Claims 41 MPG Title

    Ford says Fusion, Milan hybrids best Toyota and GM hybrids at the pump.

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    Ford CEO: The Future is Electric

    Ford invited AllCarsElectric.com and a select group of journalists to Dearborn yesterday to preview some of the secrets that will be released at the 2009 NAIAS. President and CEO Alan Mulally took a minute to talk one-on-one with us about the future of electric cars at Ford. The Ford boss wasn't...