The Second Chance Chevrolet Volt

Slow selling models rarely are given a second chance. When an automotive manufacturer has a dud on its hands, it usually cuts its losses and moves on to something else. 2016 Chevrolet Volt Well, the Chevrolet Volt is not a dud, but it is a slow seller. At least compared … Read more

Porsche Cayenne: Generation Next

The original Porsche Cayenne changed the way that we look at Porsche as well as at sport-utility vehicles in general. Where Jeep and Land Rover paved the way for the earliest off-road vehicles, Porsche came to the party late, but with its guns a-blazing. Porsche’s First Sport Utility Vehicle The … Read more

2014 Ford Fusion Energi SE: Green Dreams

You can make your green dreams a reality with the Fusion Energi. ===MPG figures updated June 12, 2014 per the Ford Motor Company.=== We’ve heard it all before: for just under $40,000 you can get behind the wheel of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and receive a sizable federal … Read more

Not Dead Yet: Fisker Automotive

Chinese company purchases Fisker with the intent to restart production. If you are a Fisker Karma fan cheer up: a Delaware bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Fisker Automotive to Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto-parts consortium. Wanxiang’s bid of $149.2 million was accepted, an amount that includes $126 million in … Read more

Cadillac ELR Pricing and Distribution Set

The all-new Cadillac ELR will go on sale in early Jan., a 2014 model based on the Cadillac Converj concept and underpinned by the platform supporting the Chevrolet Volt. This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will retail from $75,995, and has a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for eligible tax … Read more

Honda Accord Hybrid Aims for 49 MPG Rating

Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda is about to have its second go around with the Honda Accord Hybrid, but this time it has aimed higher. The new model, slated to go on sale in Oct., is expected to deliver 49 mpg around the city and 45 mpg on the highway. That’s far better than … Read more

About the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The automotive market is filled with compact crossover sport utility vehicles, a segment typically identified as five-passenger front- and all-wheel-drive models. Top models include the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox and the Nissan Rogue. The Mitsubishi Outlander also competes in this segment, bringing an all-new model to … Read more

Ford and Hybrids Are a Winning Combination

The Ford Motor Company has long operated as an also-ran to Toyota’s dominance of the hybrid electric vehicle market. Ford entered the hybrid market in 2006 with its Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids, the first hybrid SUVs from a domestic manufacturer. Ford Hybrids Ford later expanded its hybrid offerings to … Read more

Impressive: 5 Million Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Toyota Hybrid Sales Pass a Milestone Say what you want about hybrid electric vehicles, but there is one thing you cannot deny: Toyota’s leadership in this emerging segment. Indeed, Toyota sells more hybrids than all other competitors combined, just this week passing the 5 million HEV mark. Of those, nearly … Read more

About the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid is back and this time it comes in both plug-in and standard hybrid configurations. The standard hybrid will be produced in the United States and go on sale this fall, while the PHEV hybrid is already available, a 2014 model that went on sale at select … Read more

Chevrolet Volt Sales Surge, But Fall Short

Chevrolet Volt sales tripled in 2012, but that increase still fell far short of the 35,000 to 40,000 units GM had said that its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle would sell for the 2012 calendar year. Yet, in a market where EV demand is still anemic, the Chevy Volt managed to … Read more

5 Myths About Hybrid Cars

As auto manufacturers put forth a number of hybrid, alternative fuel, and full-electric options, the average motorist can be understandably confused by exactly what each of those labels means when it comes to actually getting out and driving. The word “hybrid” only means that a car can run on both … Read more

Why the Honda Insight Failed

For the second time in its brief history the Honda Insight is being pulled from the US market. And this time it may be gone for good. The Insight, like the Toyota Prius, is a dedicated hybrid. That means there is no gasoline version and the model’s success or failure … Read more