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Kawasaki Changes the 250cc Game

Kawasaki introduced its smallest Ninja in 1983, and utterly dominated America’s 250 cc sportbike market for over twenty years … until the 2011 model year, that is. That was when Honda introduced the CBR250, which was worlds ahead of Kawi’s vintage-spec. sporty bike. Kawasaki acted quickly, however, and its latest contender for the welterweight sportbike […]

August 5th

New CAFE Standards Could Save US Consumers $68Bil

Sixty-eight BILLION US-American dollars. That’s approximately equal to a metric s***ton of money (even in 100s and 50s), and it’s the amount of 2012 dollars that American consumers could save on gas each year if Barack Obama’s 2030 fuel standards get implemented, according to the NRDC. That savings, by the way, would mean reduced transportation […]

April 22nd

Washington State Passes $100 EV Tax

In what could be a preview of the future, Washington has become the first U.S. state to impose an annual tax on EV drivers to make up for lost tax revenue. This is because electric vehicles don’t need gas, which is taxed to to provide for road repairs and infrastructure improvements. This move has some […]

February 17th

Is This the Best Green Car Commercial? (w/ video)

This is the latest commercial spot for Mazda’s new line of Skyactiv cars and SUVs … and, with its great music, thrilling visuals, and a surprisingly non-preachy green/sustainability message, it’s pretty awesome. I didn’t see this ad on TV, though. Or on Hulu. Instead, I caught it on Jalopnik, where Matt Hardigree said it better […]

February 12th

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

Yamaha Y125 Concept Bike Gets 220 MPG (!)

When Yamaha announced it had stopped developing Japanese-market motorcycles over 250 cc back in August, everyone (myself included) thought it was the beginning of the end for the company’s sexy motorcycle designers. We needn’t have worried; Yamaha’s latest (revealed at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show) is this 220 mpg (188 mpg US), 80 kg, 125 […]

December 4th

Baby Got Back! New Aero Trailers Save Gas, Haul … Stuff

Mercedes-Benz introduced a new “Aero-Trailer” earlier this week, which the company claims will reduce wind resistance by 18% and improve truckers’ fuel consumption by 5%, cutting harmful C02 emissions by several tons and reducing overall fuel use (and overall fuel costs!) by millions of gallons (and dollars!) each year. The Devil Is in the Details, […]

December 3rd

When Does 90 MPG Seem Low?

That right there is the 50 cc Honda Metropolitan that’s been carrying me across Chicago these past few months. With only 50 cc pushing the little scooter along, I can’t say it’s fast – but in rush hour traffic, with big-engine pickups and ultra-fast turbocharged Porsches dicing for position among stop-and-go city trucks? It’s plenty […]

October 23rd

Awesome 80's Thing: 40 mpg, 130 mph, VW Scooter

What you see here is the 1986 VW “Scooter” concept car, first seen at that year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. This little car – I think you’ll agree – is something really special, and (unless you share an apartment with David Hasselhoff or drive a gold Porsche 924) it is surely the most awesomely 80’s German […]

October 15th