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Stuff I Want: Scion Pit Boss Cartel iQ

As you may recall from my thrilling and engrossing commentary a year ago, the then-new Scion iQ was my favorite car of the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. After spending several hours listening to GM flaks, checking out new Hyundais and Dodge Darts, and driving around in a Fiat 500, however, it looked like the year-old […]

February 11th

2012 Chicago Auto Show

2012’s Chicago auto show was, in many ways, very similar to 2011’s Chicago auto show. For instance, GM is still pushing CNG commercial vans, the boys and girls at Scion found just the right mix of clever and whimsy to steal my heart, there was a new (boring) Honda that got upstaged by its super-slick […]

February 9th

Plug in, Hit the Road: Toyota Prius Camper

There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something […]

January 16th

Suzie Q, Baby I Love You … in Tokyo!

I can’t prove it, but I just know that Suzuki’s marketers were listening to Creedence when they christened the company’s Renault Twizy-fighter they’re set to debut in Tokyo at this year’s 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.  Like the Twizy (and VW’s Nils, for that matter), Suzuki’s Q seats 2 in tandem, with an adjustable rear seating […]

November 12th

Live From New York, it's Suzuki's Kizashi EcoCharge Hybrid

Suzuki’s new EcoCharge Hybrid “concept” made a quiet debut at last week’s New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), slotting itself in as an (arguably) more stylish rival to Ford’s hot-selling Fusion hybrid. Suzuki’s hybrid is powered by a 2.0 L gasoline engine, which is “boosted” by a 15 kw belt-driven electric motor to deliver a […]

April 23rd

Hyundai Unveils Fuel-cell EV in Seoul

Hyundai unveiled its new Blue2 fuel-cell electric sedan at this week’s Seoul Motor Show, further establishing the brand as a serious rival to “traditional” green-tech leaders Honda and Toyota. The Blue2 concept itself is powered by a 120 hp electric motor that Hyundai promises will deliver fuel efficiency equivalent to more than 80 mpg. Seriously […]

April 8th

New Mercedes A Class set to Shock Shanghai (video)

The styling of Mercedes’ previous A class effort was – generously speaking – forgettable. If this new A Class BlueEFFICIENCY concept is an accurate look at next year’s A200, though, the 2013 A will go straight to the head of the class with radical curves, sweeping surface, and sporting proportions that Mercedes’ press materials call […]

April 8th

Ever Monaco Electric Auto Show (video)

Our friends at PluginCars.com recently visited Ever Monaco, an all-electric car show  which takes place in the heart of the tiny municipality, itself probably best known for its numerous appearances in James Bond movies and the classic Super Monaco GP game on Sega Genesis.  Also, there’s a race there.  Prince Albert in a can.  Lots […]

April 7th

First Fisker Karma Built, Many More (Hopefully) To Come

It seems like its been a decade since Fisker first introduced the world to its super-sexy plug-in hybrid, the Karma (though it’s only just over three years.) Finally though, the first Karma is complete, with more to come. The Fisker Karma was first introduced in January of 2008 at the Detroit Auto Show. We’ve seen countless images, […]

March 25th