BMW is entering the premium compact segment with the 2 series, a hatchback that will break with the German brand’s rear-wheel drive tradition. BMW stated it has given the 2 Series Active Tourer a sophisticated front-wheel-drive system capable of delivering the degree of driver engagement expected of the brand’s models. The company said combining a […]

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While Europe and arguably Canada have embraced the Smart experiment, the company’s fortunes in the U.S. have been painful at best. For many would-be buyers, the current Fortwo just doesn’t make sense, even in the tightest most congested cities around – especially with relatively more space and fuel prices still low. In contrast to the […]

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This week from South Korea, BMW said it is open to helping its competitors work with its battery supplier, Samsung SDI. Not unlike Tesla, which recently made a far broader gesture in opening its patents to competitors, BMW’s motivation is enlightened self-interest, as more EV makers will increase economies of scale. “If Mercedes called us, […]

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Have you, or has anyone you know ever bought a car hoping to enjoy high mpg claims and then had a hard time meeting the exalted numbers? If a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal has its way, this may become less likely as it will require automakers to road test and prove their presently self-certified […]

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Toyota has pushed back its 2016 Prius production to December 2015 but it may be worth the wait with potentially all-wheel drive and li-ion battery options available. When the fourth-generation Prius is launched, it will offer a nickel metal-hydride pack as before, and a lithium-ion pack on upline trim levels, said a senior manager in […]

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Some of the most desirable ultimate cars on the planet are now hybrids, and not least among these is the LaFerrari which will get two variant stable mates. The basic seven-figure priced LaFerrari, if it can be called that, nets around 950-horsepower, but its Italian maker will bring out a 1,050-horsepower track-only FXX version, and […]

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Smart is transplanting the DNA of its existing design language and engineering into the next-generation ForTwo and For Four and a teaser video gives lots of hints. It’s possible the new cars will be fully revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but in the interim – based on past precedent of smart’s tendency to […]

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On Friday, July 4, the day of an early morning Model S theft and accident, another Model S accident took place outside Los Angeles resulting in the death of three people. Ric Garrson, 58, was named as the driver of a 2013 Model S that around 10:45 p.m. slammed the rear of a 2004 Corolla […]

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Last month Ford may have cut back the EPA rating of some of its cars including the plug-in Fusion Energi, but that did not hurt its sales one iota as the car trounced its previous best monthly sales with 1,939 units sold. By contrast, the Chevrolet Volt sold 1,777 units in June, and the Prius […]

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On Sunday a driver of a white Chevy Volt in Santa Clarita Valley, Calif. survived a 100-foot plunge down a ravine. At the bottom of the ravine below a precipice near the intersection of Davenport Road and Summit Knoll Road, firefighters found an unidentified motorist OK, and the car – we have no photo – […]

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