Category Archives: Green

Volkswagen Nearing Fixes for Engines Affected by Dieselgate


Volkswagen has been hard at work trying to right its wrongs in the wake of being exposed for engineering “cheats” on emissions for its various diesel engines. Now there is word that VW has come up with a solution, though, what that means for U.S. versus European owners may vary.

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Can Autocrossing a 2016 Toyota Prius and RAV4 Hybrid Actually be Fun? First Drive

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For the longest time, the term ‘hybrid’ was reserved for box-like economy cars taking up the left lane of the highway, going 15 mph under the speed limit, and usually donning a bumper sticker wishing harm to meat-eaters. Or so the old stereotype goes… Continue Reading »

Keeping Current in the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron Plug-In Hybrid: First Drive


It’s a hatchback, but that’s not the point. It’s a hybrid, but that’s not the point, either. Audi’s A3 “Sportback” e-tron plug-in hybrid is the tip of an electrified iceberg for the German luxury brand with a wave of electrics coming our way. And they cannot come soon enough to wipe clean the stain caused by the larger VW Group’s emissions cheating scandal, still generating news as this is written. Some 11,000 prior-generation A3 Sportbacks were also powered by offending 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines. You therefore might think of the little A3 as both the dark and the light bookends to the VW Group’s emissions saga.

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Autonomous Racing: Would You Watch a Race Series without Drivers?


In addition to making the cars faster, one of the great pursuits in auto racing is making the cars safer for drivers. We’ve made many strides in this respect but there will always be the chance of injury or even death. The only way to truly guarantee the driver’s safety is to remove him or her from the car completely, and that is exactly what one race series plans to do.

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Roadtrek RS Adventurous Is a Luxurious Mercedes RV


For many Americans, the open road is home. My family went on countless road trips across the U.S. throughout my life and they are some of the most special memories I have. One memory that I could have done without is the cramped space that both my brother and I (both of us over 6’4”) were subjected to.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt is Your Green Car of the Year

2016 Chevrolet Volt Profile

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt was named the 2016 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, pulling off a feat no other car has managed. This is the first time a vehicle has ever won this award in two successive model generations.

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Tesla Recalls Literally Every Model S


Tesla stock took a hit last week over news that the company was issuing a recall covering all of its Model S cars. That’s a total of 90,000 vehicles that will need to come in for a service check to be sure that the seat belts in every single Model S out there are properly connected.

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Star Wars Fans, Your Stormtrooper Fiat 500e Awaits


Need a reason to hightail it to the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show? If you’re a fan of Star Wars and plan on seeing The Force Awakens, let this be reason enough.  Continue Reading »

Local Motors To Recycle 3D-Printed Cars to Make New Ones

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Over the past few years, Local Motors has made huge strides in manufacturing processes. Last year, the company unveiled an almost completely 3D-printed car, fully functional we’d like to add. Local Motors then set a target of building and driving off in a 3D-printed car in just two short days, and at the end, the team did just that.

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LA Auto Show: 4 Green Cars to Watch, and One Absentee


The 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show is right around the corner, kicking off the domestic major auto show season. It is a chance for folks in the LA area to see the latest debuts from automakers. There will be vehicles that have debuted abroad making their American premiere, and there will be outright international unveilings. It is an exciting time for car fans.

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