• Maxion Wheels

    Two German companies plan to market carbon-aluminum hybrid wheels.

  • 2015 Audi A8 / S8  -  2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
    Lighter Composite Wheels Cut Weight Of New 2015 Audi A8

    Lighter wheels could help improve this big luxury sedan's fuel economy.

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Porsche Plans Electric Boxster, Testing Begins 2011

    Porsche have already stunned their sports car fans during the past decade by offering diesel and hybrid versions of their Cayenne sports utility vehicle. More recently, they've had success in racing with their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which provides up to 160 extra horsepower via a Kinetic Energy Recovery...

  • How Green Is My Plug-In, illustration by Holly Lindem
    Electric Vehicles: As Clean As The Grid Powering Them

    Electric vehicles are zero emissions, right? That's a rhetorical question. As I'm sure most of you are aware, that statement is only correct up to a point. Most electric vehicle manufacturers, such as Nissan with their 2011 Leaf, are keen to point out that their vehicles produce zero tailpipe...

  • Smart ForTwo stripped by thieves, photo from +Motores
    Ring of Smart Parts Thieves Broken Up in Portugal

    Police in Oporto, Portugal, have announced the arrest of a gang of not-very-smart Smart thieves, along with the seizure of thousands of separate parts and four stolen Smart cars found in a garage near the Bonfim area. That workshop, which was dedicated to sales of parts, repairs, and used Smart...

  • 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...

  • 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5

    Weary of supporting all the ex-wives of the world's Sheiks, Emirs and Pashas in the manner to which they are accustomed, when my old Chrysler started crying for another transmission I decided to opt for a more economical vehicle. I drove every car sold in California for under $30,000 and on that basis bought a brand new 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 LT, under the "Cash for Clunkers" program. The "5" designates the hatchback, and with the back seat down, the storage is remarkable. I have carried two guitar amplifiers, three guitars in their cases, two mike stands, a full-sized suitcase and an electric...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Hertz Wants To Rent You A Leaf

    Hertz is adding the Nissan Leaf battery electric vehicle to its rental fleets in the U.S. and Europe beginning early next year, after it becomes readily available. Hertz is in the process of deciding which cities will get the Leaf, and how many. California is likely to get the Leaf first. When...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at 2010 New York Auto Show at CEO John Krafcik
    The Latest Hybrid and EV Reality Show: The New York Auto Show

    "OK, let's get you signed in here. The car brand you're representing would be? Uh-huh. And the lineup your company will be showing this year will be...? And your plug-in eco-hybrid diesel electric model is...?" "Oh?!?" "Your brand has no alternative fuel solution to show?" "Thanks very much for...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S
    Forecast For The Future of Small Plug-In Car Companies: Bleak

    Last month was was a pretty great one for mainstream automakers planning to deliver plug-in vehicles. Publicity a-plenty, state and Federal grants announced, pricing revealed. The message from Detroit and Japan is clear: If you like it then you shoulda put a plug on it ... But with so many of the...

  • Aptera 2e development prototype at company offices in Vista, California
    Wait A Month For Details of 2e Electric Car, Aptera Says

    On Friday, Aptera held its first online Town Hall Meeting--a chat among eager followers and some of the Aptera marketing team. Their intent, according to the opening spiel,  was to "reduce some of the mystery around the company and open our supporters and depositors up to some of the great things...

  • 2010 Honda Insight
    2010 Honda Insight May Be the Best Bang for Your Hybrid Buck

    Honda gets a lot of slack for their second-generation Honda Insight. It's not as fuel-efficient as its first generation model or its competitor, the Toyota Prius. Nonetheless, at $23,000, it is still the most economical hybrid on the market today. I test drove this vehicle last week as part of my...

  • 2010 nissan cube 012

    (Kia Soul: Starting at $13,300) (Nissan Cube: Starting at $13,990) Gee, it's hard not to notice the similar pricing of these two cubes on wheels. They are especially impressive considering the Scion XB starts at 3 grand more. How that is possible when the Scion XB is the only boxy car styled to the point of frumpiness that even Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life would tell it that it needs a serious makeover. If you are a fan of bizarre styling and standing out in a crowd the Cube is really an excellent choice. If you like your uniqueness to have a hint of tailored stylishness about it then...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth
    Fiat Bringing 500 Abarth To America

    Editor's note: High Gear Media wants you to write for us. Here's what happens when you do--you get published alongside the pros, if your post is smart, well-written, and (for GreenCarReports.com) has the goods on the greenest of wheels. Want to be our next contributor? Check us out, sign up, and...

  • 2005 Toyota Echo
    Top 5 Best Used Small/Compact Cars

    Looking for an affordable, yet reliable small or compact used car? Get ready to do some research on your own, but first take a look at the results from Consumer Reports. The magazine analyzed data from their Annual Auto Survey, Reliable Used Cars and Used Cars to Avoid to come up with their Best of...

  • Aptera 2e Production Design
    Final Aptera 2e Styling Leaked, We Drive the Electric 3-Wheeler

    To green-car fans, the idea of an ultra-aerodynamic electric two-seater sounds pretty familiar, right? Think the late, lamented EV1 from General Motors, subject of the controversial documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car? But for more than 4,000 people who've put down deposits on the 2011 Aptera...

  • 2008 Suzuki SX4 4-door Sedan Man Convenience Pkg Side Exterior View
    The Suzuki SX4 Crossover - An Obscure but Wise Choice

    Price: starting at $16,099 In what is possibly the least known automotive bargain on the face of the Earth, the Suzuki SX4 is the least expensive car with AWD or navigation for sale today. And contrary to its sole competition (the hunchbacked monster known as the Subaru Impreza) it is also pretty...

  • Naturmobil 1-horse-power vehicle
    Naturmobil Gives a New Meaning To Green Horsepower

    Six wheels. Two seats. One horsepower. Rear-mounted hybrid powertrain. Top speed: 28 miles per hour. It's the future of green transport. Maybe. In April 2006, Iranian engineer Hadi Mirhejazi began working on what he calls the Naturmobil, a vehicle powered by a single horse trotting on a treadmill...

  • Bullitts wheel weights, by Flickr user Nude Spider Monkey

    Citing the toxic hazard of 3.5 million pounds of lead annually dropped on roads, environmental groups renew a request to ban lead wheel weights