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2015 New Cars, Trucks And Crossovers To Avoid – Forbes

Friday, September 19, 2014

15 New Cars To Avoid New cars just aren’t what they used to be. No, we’re not getting all crotchety and decrying the evolution in styling and technological breakthroughs that have literally reinvented the automobile during the last quarter millennium. Rather, we’re bemoaning the fact that, unlike as in past model years, there’s a dearth of truly wretched cars on the market for us to openly and readily ridicule. Despite…

The 10 sexiest exhaust pipes on new cars today – Detroit Free Press

Friday, September 19, 2014

Last SlideNext Slide The editors of Cars.com are among those folks who find the exhaust pipes one of the more alluring parts of car design and here are what they picked as the 10 best designs on the market now. Their pick for No. 1: The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder.(Photo: Porsche) Aesthetically, there is a lot to consider when analyzing a car’s design. Most people probably focus on a car’s…

BMW’s baby cousin MINI grows up – Fortune

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More than a few skeptical voices were raised in 1994 when BMW bought the failed assets of British Motor Corporation. BMW left the Brits mostly alone until 2000, disposing of Rover and Land Rover when that strategy failed. BMW decided to hang on to MINI and fix it. Since 2000, BMW has infused a healthy dose of engineering and manufacturing in the brand, creating vehicles with the taut feel and…

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car – WBUR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen) The town of Wolfsburg is one of Germany’s several “motor cities.” Specifically, it’s the headquarters of Volkswagen, the largest carmaker in Europe, and the producer of vehicles such as the Golf, the Passat, and the fabulously successful Beetle. I’m here to check out VW’s XL1. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid, and so…

BMW’s baby cousin MINI grows up – Fortune

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More than a few skeptical voices were raised in 1994 when BMW bought the failed assets of British Motor Corporation. BMW left the Brits mostly alone until 2000, disposing of Rover and Land Rover when that strategy failed. BMW decided to hang on to MINI and fix it. Since 2000, BMW has infused a healthy dose of engineering and manufacturing in the brand, creating vehicles with the taut feel and…

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car – WBUR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen) The town of Wolfsburg is one of Germany’s several “motor cities.” Specifically, it’s the headquarters of Volkswagen, the largest carmaker in Europe, and the producer of vehicles such as the Golf, the Passat, and the fabulously successful Beetle. I’m here to check out VW’s XL1. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid, and so…

BMW’s baby cousin MINI grows up – Fortune

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More than a few skeptical voices were raised in 1994 when BMW bought the failed assets of British Motor Corporation. BMW left the Brits mostly alone until 2000, disposing of Rover and Land Rover when that strategy failed. BMW decided to hang on to MINI and fix it. Since 2000, BMW has infused a healthy dose of engineering and manufacturing in the brand, creating vehicles with the taut feel and…

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car – WBUR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen) The town of Wolfsburg is one of Germany’s several “motor cities.” Specifically, it’s the headquarters of Volkswagen, the largest carmaker in Europe, and the producer of vehicles such as the Golf, the Passat, and the fabulously successful Beetle. I’m here to check out VW’s XL1. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid, and so…

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car – WBUR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen) The town of Wolfsburg is one of Germany’s several “motor cities.” Specifically, it’s the headquarters of Volkswagen, the largest carmaker in Europe, and the producer of vehicles such as the Golf, the Passat, and the fabulously successful Beetle. I’m here to check out VW’s XL1. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid, and so…

BMW’s baby cousin MINI grows up – Fortune

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More than a few skeptical voices were raised in 1994 when BMW bought the failed assets of British Motor Corporation. BMW left the Brits mostly alone until 2000, disposing of Rover and Land Rover when that strategy failed. BMW decided to hang on to MINI and fix it. Since 2000, BMW has infused a healthy dose of engineering and manufacturing in the brand, creating vehicles with the taut feel and…

UAW Plans Another Push at Volkswagen – Wall Street Journal

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The United Auto Workers union proposes to negotiate on behalf of some manufacturing workers at Volkswagen AG’s auto assembly plant in Tennessee despite being rejected in a February organizing vote, citing the support of about half the factory’s production workforce. Gary Casteel, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, said roughly 750 Volkswagen workers have joined a recently formed union local in Chattanooga, Tenn. The drive comes just…

BMW’s baby cousin MINI grows up – Fortune

Thursday, September 18, 2014

More than a few skeptical voices were raised in 1994 when BMW bought the failed assets of British Motor Corporation. BMW left the Brits mostly alone until 2000, disposing of Rover and Land Rover when that strategy failed. BMW decided to hang on to MINI and fix it. Since 2000, BMW has infused a healthy dose of engineering and manufacturing in the brand, creating vehicles with the taut feel and…

MIT-bred technology would let cars help each other avoid traffic jams – PCWorld

Thursday, September 18, 2014

If you get stuck in traffic a lot, your next car may be able to talk to other vehicles and help keep you off jammed roads. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used virtual tokens, cellphones and vehicle-to-vehicle wireless LANs to build a system for allocating the limited space available on major thoroughfares. It doesn’t require any physical infrastructure, such as tollbooths, so it could be implemented quickly almost…

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car – WBUR

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen) The town of Wolfsburg is one of Germany’s several “motor cities.” Specifically, it’s the headquarters of Volkswagen, the largest carmaker in Europe, and the producer of vehicles such as the Golf, the Passat, and the fabulously successful Beetle. I’m here to check out VW’s XL1. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid, and so…

BMW’s baby cousin MINI grows up – Fortune

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More than a few skeptical voices were raised in 1994 when BMW bought the failed assets of British Motor Corporation. BMW left the Brits mostly alone until 2000, disposing of Rover and Land Rover when that strategy failed. BMW decided to hang on to MINI and fix it. Since 2000, BMW has infused a healthy dose of engineering and manufacturing in the brand, creating vehicles with the taut feel and…

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car – WBUR

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen) The town of Wolfsburg is one of Germany’s several “motor cities.” Specifically, it’s the headquarters of Volkswagen, the largest carmaker in Europe, and the producer of vehicles such as the Golf, the Passat, and the fabulously successful Beetle. I’m here to check out VW’s XL1. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid, and so…

Self-Driving Cars Now Need a Permit in California – ABC News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years — but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency required self-driving cars to be registered and issued testing permits that let three companies dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the…

Audi gets first permit to test self-driving cars on California roads – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Think twice next time you tailgate that new Audi in front of you; there might not be a human driving it. Audi announced Tuesday that it is the first automaker to get a permit from the state of California to test self-driving cars on public roads. New state regulations took effect the same day specifically allowing such testing for the first time in California, per a law signed by Gov….

Electric Vehicles Are Cleaner, but Still Not a Magic Bullet – New York Times

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Buick winning sales by poking a little fun in ads – USA TODAY

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A still image from a new Buick ad for the Encore small crossover.(Photo: GM) Buick is proving that when brands poke a little fun at themselves, they can generate marketing buzz. Once known as “the doctor’s car” (to look prosperous, but not ostentatious) and then for its elderly customer base, Buick is enjoying a surprisingly solid year despite no new products. And the biggest reason is a fresh marketing campaign…