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  • BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    To stand out, or not to stand out. That is the question many electric automakers are asking as electric cars transition from being something new and different to being just another drive system for all types of cars. Among the most recognizable electric-car designs are those that stand out from the crowd: The original Nissan Leaf, the Toyota Prius Prime, the BMW i3. CHECK OUT: 2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range Now electric cars are going more mainstream, according to an October interview with BMW styling director Adrian van Hooydonk in the British publication Autocar, so...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    2019 Toyota Prius will be restyled to look more like Prime: report

    Global sales of compact hatchbacks are hardly surging, and fuel economy for all types of vehicles is steadily improving. Even given those factors, though, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid has had an especially rough road since its launch as a 2016 model. At just 108,661 deliveries across...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
    Electric I-Pace may lead Jaguar design, style into the future

    In January 2007, Jaguar dropped a bombshell, in the form of the C-XF concept sedan it unveiled at that year's Detroit auto show. The sleek, fastback shape, simple rectangular grille with recessed mesh, and swept-back cat's-eye headlights yanked Jaguar design out of its fusty retro-traditional...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius design, popular in Japan, not a hit in U.S.

    The Toyota Prius' design may be a disadvantage in the U.S., analysts say.

  • 2015 Toyota Prius V
    2016 Toyota Prius Was Delayed Due To Redesign For Sportier Style

    Toyota executives reportedly rejected the first finished 2016 Prius design.

  • Excerpt of rendering by Auto Express of possible design for 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car
    2018 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

    It's long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won't consider the Leaf...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL

    There are people around who'll tell you that "all cars look the same". They are of course talking baloney. We aren't living in the 1980s any more, where cars were differentiated largely by the badge on the front, their lines dictated by ruler and set-square. Today's automotive tapestry is a rich one. But where are all the beautiful electric cars? What happened to the concept of automotive aesthetics, and why does it seem to have deserted the electric car industry? We've had enough, which is why we've come up with a list of themes we no longer want to see variations on. It's certainly not a...

  • 2012 Hyundai Accent at 2011 New York Auto Show with High Gear Media's Joel Feder
    2012 Hyundai Accent Subcompact: Video Tour From NY Auto Show

    Hyundai is on a roll, hammering its 40-mpg highway gas mileage advantage and launching new cars left and right. We covered the new 2012 Hyundai Accent a few days ago when it was launched at last week's New York Auto Show--focusing on its 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine, which is...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    Is The 2011 Nissan Leaf The Truly Invisible Electric Car?

    After three weeks of using our new 2011 Nissan Leaf for most of our local commuting, it has a valued and important place in our two-car family. We appreciate the driving economy and features of the car. But it has been shocking how little notice the car has received. As one of the first half-dozen...

  • Jay Leno
    2011 Chevy Volt Doesn't Impress Leno; World Yawns, Ignores Him

    Talk-show host and comedian Jay Leno has long been known as a car fan and collector. And car companies often play nice with him to get their products onto his show. While GM worked with Leno on his EcoJet green sports car in 2006, the company is hardly a patsy. Leno told the Detroit News that the...

  • Tesla Roadster 2.5
    2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5: New Looks, Wheels, Seats, Less Noise

    Tesla's on a roll, it seems. Two days after its successful public stock offering, the company has released details of the latest updates to its Roadster electric sports car--known as "Roadster 2.5" after software-release numbering. The 2.5 version sports some new styling at front and rear...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius side
    2010 Toyota Prius: Reviewing the Reviews

    As we've noted before, our sister site TheCarConnection.com offers deep, comprehensive car reviews, with both our own impressions from driving the car (in this case, the all-new 2010 Toyota Prius) and summaries of comments from all the other reviews done. Completely redesigned for 2010, the third...

  • 2012 Nissan EV - teaser image

    This Sunday, August 2, Nissan will unveil the first of several electric cars it plans to offer globally at a ceremony held at its Yokohama plant. Meanwhile, it is now teasing expectant EV fans with ghostly glimpses of the car on a new website: Nissan-ZeroEmission.com. The 2012 Nissan EV will be a five-seat, five-door hatchback. It will be a dedicated design, meaning it won't share body panels with any gasoline vehicles. Like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV, it will be highly aerodynamic for maximum battery range. The lithium-ion battery pack uses cells from Automotive Electric...

  • 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
    Chrysler PT Cruiser Survives Through 2011

    We're all irrationally fond of some cars, and one of ours is the 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Technically, it's a small minivan, but the retro-styled gangster look has always disguised that fact completely. And, it's a remarkably practical car. Now comes the news that Chrysler reversed its previous...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    NY Times Blogger Likes New 2010 Toyota Prius (With Video!)

    Continuing our sporadic series on other writers' reviews of the 2010 Toyota Prius, today we move to the hallowed grey pages of The New York Times. Yesterday, reporter and blogger Micheline Maynard wrote a detailed post on her impressions of the new 2010 Prius compared to her current 2009 model...

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