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Self-Powered Toyota Plant Plugs Back Into The Grid

In 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, killing more than 20,000, destroying the power grid and bringing the Japanese auto industry to its knees. Toyota’s rebuilt production plant in the hard-hit Miyagi prefecture now has a gas-fired power plant on site, with enough juice to power the nearby town in case of another disaster.

October 23rd

Is The First World Hitting Peak Car?

When historians look back on this moment in history, will they see a turning point? It is possible, as new studies seem to confirm what many people have already assumed; the developing world has hit peak car saturation. Since the massive economic meltdown of 2007-08, car sales have shrunk, and continue to shrink, not just in the U.S. but also in Europe. But don’t celebrate yet.

January 29th

Chevy Volt Sales Triple In 2012, Nissan Leaf Sales Static

A year ago, it seemed like every major outlet was eagerly awaiting the final sales tally for two of the most-watched new cars in the industry, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. This year, the sales numbers are barely a blip on the radar. But something very important happened in 2012, as consumers overwhelmingly chose the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt to the pure electric Nissan Leaf.

January 7th

Chevy Volt Sales Soar As Nissan Leaf Sinks

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of silence coming from right-wing pundits and politicians who became very vocal critics of the Chevrolet Volt in the past year. What has them shutting their collective yappers? Sales of the Chevy Volt have consistently risen every month this year, with over 1,800 sold last month, and over 10,000 sold so far in 2012. It seems that despite the vitriol directed its way, customers are finding their way to the Volt.

The Nissan Leaf is a different story however, with sales falling off of a cliff. What exactly is happening here?

August 6th

New Honda Kei Car Gets Retro-Like Design

Americans have recently embraced a new wave of economical-yet-refined small cars, abandoning decades of obsession with supersized land yachts. Yet even our compact cars are huge compared to the kei cars of Japan, where government regulations have given rise to a new class of small cars that are light, small, and a whole lot of fun. Japanese automaker Honda is hoping to tug on some nostalgic heart strings with a new line of kei cars based on the popular classic design of the old Honda N-series, which was revealed in recent patent filings.

Video: Brammo Teases Empulse Reveal

First announced in July of 2010, the Brammo Empulse promises to be the fastest, longest-range production electric bike when it hits markets later this year. The official reveal for the production model is set for May 8th, but Brammo has released this teaser video a month early to drum up some excitement for this revolutionary […]

April 13th

Chrysler To Begin Selling CNG Pickups This Year

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama laid out his vision for America’s future energy destiny, citing shale gas formations as one of many potential fuels to reduce our oil dependency. Indeed, many pundits and economists talk about the natural gas economy. The only problem? The lack of CNG-powered cars in America. Honda was first out the […]

January 27th

Gas Prices Will Climb Even Higher In 2012

2011 was a bad year for gas prices, but a good year for Big Oil. 2012 is shaping up to be even worse, with a perfect storm of ending energy subsidies, uncertainty in the world’s busiest oil-shipping corridor, and growing demand from developing nations. Could this be the first year of $5 a gallon gasoline? […]

January 13th

EICMA 2011: BMW's C Maxi-scooters are Here!

We’ve covered BMW’s new maxi-scooters since they were drawings, on through the prototype stage, and now – finally! – they’re in production, coming to a BMW dealer near you early next year. It’s no wonder we’re excited about the new BMW maxis.  They’re fast, they’re refined, and – offering 50+ mpg fuel economy and more […]

November 13th

EICMA 2011: New Vespa 46 Wows the World

This week was EICMA, the motorcycle equivalent of the Tokyo, Geneva, and Detroit Auto Shows all rolled into one – and this little beauty was the star of the show. Officially, it’s called the Vespa 46, but they could have glued chrome badges reading “La Bella Macchina” to the side of the little blue 2-wheeler […]

November 12th

GM Lets Dealers Sell Volt Demos As Demand Surges

The Chevy Volt is a lightning rod for criticism, especially from the right-wing of American politics. The $40,000 plug-in hybrid has been lambasted as being too expensive, an “Obama-mobile” and most recently, as a sales failure. Unfortunately for these critics, Volt production and sales are picking up steam, to the point where GM is now allowing dealers to sell the over 2,000 demo cars sent to them this summer.

November 8th