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Experts Shocked: 2014 ‘Least Stolen Car’ an EV Sedan


New data from law enforcement sources has revealed that the Tesla Model S, an all-electric sedan, is the nation’s least stolen car. In 2013, the trendy EV was unranked, even in a year when there was an 8-way tie for the top spot. Experts attribute the car’s 2014 ranking to its theft-deterrent system, which allows [...]

NEVS Unveils Saab 9-3 EV


National Electric Vehicle Sweden, formerly known as Saab, this week unveiled a prototype of its new EV, the Saab 9-3. The company’s facility in Trollhattan is in full production mode now, and the model being shown is actually an earlier, test version. The fresh-faced EV resembles the classic Aero 9-3 in many ways. Cargo space [...]

Experts Reveal ‘Biggest Maintenance Mistakes’


With summer coming to an end, it is a good time to see what industry experts have to say about seasonal maintenance. Most of the nation’s major insurers warn about “maintenance mistakes” that drivers typically make. In no particular order, here is the list of maintenance-related tasks that tend to get overlooked: Wiper Blade Replacement: [...]

GM Finally ‘Commits’ to Diesel


GM executives announced this week that they would bring out several more clean diesel models in the near future, noting that the clean burning fuel could power 10 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2020. Steve Kiefer, VP of Global Powertrain for GM, told a recent industry audience, “The Chevrolet Cruze [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big


GM’s plug-in, extended-range EV, Chevy Volt, was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in Canada during the month of July with 132 units sold. That edged out archrival Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, by just 15 units. Leaf Canada sales totaled 104 in June and 117 in July. With a full five months left in the year, Chevy [...]

Prius News: ‘Special Edition’ and Wireless Charging


Toyota announced this week that the company would offer a new version of the very popular Prius hybrid in 2015. Officially called Prius Persona Series Special Edition, the sleek Prius has an upgraded exterior and additional equipment. Expected to land in U.S. showrooms this September, it carries a starting sticker price of $27,810. Elegant touches [...]

Porsche: “Cayenne Plug-In Ready by Nov. 1″


Officials for Porsche have announced that the company’s new plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid crossover will carry a starting price of $77,395 and will arrive in U.S. showrooms in November. The car replaces the Cayenne S Hybrid, which is being discontinued. The V6 reaches 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds and features a top speed of [...]

Classic VW Bug Goes Electric


A California man has become the state’s self-appointed expert for converting classic Volkswagen Beetles into snazzy-looking electric cars. David Bernardo specializes in models that came off the assembly line between 1958 and 1966. After removing the original motors and substituting electric ones, he places battery packs in two separate locations on each vehicle. To retain [...]

Pre-Paree: Paris Motor Show Set for Oct. 4


Alternative-fuel vehicles will be front and center at this year’s Paris Motor Show, which opens Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 19 at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles. In addition to the Volvo XC90, major debuts are scheduled by the likes of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes AMG GT, and the Jaguar [...]

Nissan Leaf News: 2015 Specs, Tiny Price Increase


Nissan Motor officials announced this week that the 2015 Leaf’s price will rise slightly and that the new models will include some design changes inside and out. For starters, the color choice known as Glacier Blue is gone, replaced by Morning Sky Blue. The 2015 Leaf features a sticker price for the base model just [...]

June: Big Month for Ford Fusion Energi


Final sales figures for June delivered a surprise in the hybrid plug-in segment, with Ford’s Fusion Energi outselling major competitors Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in. Ford reported that its flagship plug-in sold 1,939 units during June, marking the car’s best month ever. Video: FFEnergi’s Competitor View a detailed review of Ford Fusion Energi’s primary [...]

Most Popular Car Color is …


For the eighth year in a row, the most popular color for new cars is white, according to statistics compiled by companies that sell automotive paint. For the past two decades, in fact, the top three car colors have shifted among white, black, silver, gray, red and green. The overall best-selling color has been green, [...]

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