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Jim Motavalli

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A sobering afternoon at the Stasi museum

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:10:00 +0000

The East German secret police, the Ministry of State Security, may be no more, but their artifacts live on in a museum in Leipzig.

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The key to standing desks? Easy does it

Mon, 23 May 2016 19:15:58 +0000

A growing backlash against working upright may be due to over-enthusiasm. Moderation is key to using standing desks, so vary your routine.

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Dubai, home to far too many fatal Ferrari crashes, wants to go driverless

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:36:21 +0000

Accidents involving supercars are common in Dubai, but the government wants 25 percent of trips to be autonomous by 2030.

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Can Volkswagen reinvent itself?

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:07:05 +0000

VW is poised to reinvent itself as an EV-friendly treehugger.

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Americans are trading in EVs ... for SUVs

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:49:30 +0000

Low gas prices, and crossovers with 30 mpg, mean that only a quarter of hybrid and electric buyers are getting another one.

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4 sporty cars that will keep their value

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:24:48 +0000

Which current sporty cars are likely to appreciate — or at least hold their own?

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The outcry over EPA's proposed racing ban

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:17:40 +0000

A new federal rule would prohibit tampering with emissions equipment to build race cars.

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Car collecting is hot, but you can get burned

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:21:41 +0000

Restoration specialist Kent Bain talks about the hot classic car market today. Forget real estate, art or vintage wine, cars are the real collectibles.

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Which is cooler? Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevrolet Bolt

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:17:54 +0000

Millennials and lower-income consumers are in a buying mood. They think that brand matters, and Tesla is the ultimate brand.

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The Tesla Model 3 rolls out in California

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:52:29 +0000

The deal with the Tesla Model 3: 215 miles of range, zero to 60 under 6 seconds, $35,000 — but read the fine print.

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Say goodbye to traffic lights

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 19:02:03 +0000

Four-way stops will be one of the biggest challenges for self-driving cars, because of possible sensory overload.

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The cars people want aren't the ones that are good for them

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:19:28 +0000

With big sales numbers, the manufacturers are rolling out a record number of new models at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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3 'miracle' car concepts that will never happen

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:19:26 +0000

Running cars on air or water? Solar roadways? They're all cool concepts, but either hugely expensive or plain unworkable.

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In-car movies? They're coming soon

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:38:39 +0000

New autonomous technology from Ford and BMW imagines a very cool viewing experiences on the road.

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Yes, Israel and Spain used to make cars, too

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:22:33 +0000

Neither Israel or Spain is known as an automobile capital, but they did produce cars, and cool ones at that. I saw them at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

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Goodyear's spherical 3-D tires look like they're straight out of 'Blade Runner'

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:56:05 +0000

These Goodyear tireas are straight out of 'Blade Runner,' with sponge-action biomimicry tread borrowed from brain corals.

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Super-fast and electric are words of the week at Geneva Motor Show

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 13:43:22 +0000

Electric cars are really shooting off into the stratosphere, and it’s all Elon Musk can do to keep up.

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31-mpg Chevy Malibu or (the pricier) 47-mpg Malibu Hybrid: I know which one I want

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 20:18:06 +0000

The only thing better than a nice, roomy 2016 Chevy Malibu that gets 31 mpg combined is one that adds hybrid efficiency for 47 mpg combined.

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Australian hacks a Nissan Leaf — in England

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:00:56 +0000

Automaker networks are vulnerable to guys with laptops, and it's not an isolated problem.

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Rimac's electric really isn't a Tesla-killer

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:51:35 +0000

Rimac's Concept One is a $936,000 supercar made in Croatia, and only 8 will be built.

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Carnegie study on EV charging gets it all wrong

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:43:15 +0000

Most electric cars plug into much cleaner grids, especially in California.

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Despite $2 gas, Kia shows off 3 new hybrids at Chicago Auto Show

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:06:00 +0000

The all-new Niro is joined by revamped versions of the Optima.

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Cheap gas translates into dumb car-buying decisions

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:06:10 +0000

Going for the guzzlers when oil prices are cyclical simply isn't smart.

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5 spectacular auto flops

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:54:52 +0000

Here are five good, even spectacular, cars, but they were ahead of their time, too expensive, wrongly timed, or all of the above.

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What's NASCAR without the noise?

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:47:01 +0000

Science Guy Bill Nye wants battery-powered stock car racers. But fans go for the noise.

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The key to winter driving: Be prepared, and don't act like an idiot!

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:28:48 +0000

Your car will cheerfully conquer snow and ice if you follow a few commonsense rules.

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Washington Auto Show: Making policy for the car of the future

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:39:00 +0000

The Detroit and New York auto shows may have the new car introductions, but Washington has the politicians.

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Classic car collection helps kids study the life of an entrepreneur

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:38:02 +0000

Malcolm Pray lived large in auto-centric Greenwich, Connecticut. Now his cars are putting young entrepreneurs in the driver's seat.

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Ted Cruz's half-baked position on ethanol

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:05:15 +0000

In an attempt to appease Iowa corn farmers, the sometime-frontrunner mires himself in controversy.

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Big cars rule at the Detroit Auto Show

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:55:16 +0000

The auto industry is soaring, and luxury is back in style. But some are hybrid or fuel cell.

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2 ways out of the Volkswagen diesel mess

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:59 +0000

The latest dispatches from the Volkswagen diesel scandal would be shocking, if we hadn’t already lost our capacity to be shocked.

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Forget horsepower, Americans buy cars for the technology

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:20:54 +0000

As CES proves, the gadgets are more important than the color and the trim package.

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Why NextEV is taking on Tesla

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:25:45 +0000

Tesla is a tempting target, and NextEV has deep pockets.

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9 auto-centric predictions for 2016

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:00:09 +0000

Cars will sell like crazy, be safer and drive themselves (at least some of the time)

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How the mysterious, Tesla-like Faraday Future has dazzled Nevada

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:06:17 +0000

Faraday Future says and shares little about the new vehicle, but it grabs the headlines anyway.

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I know what women want: Practical cars

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0000

Men go straight for big macho trucks and performance muscle, but women shop for practical cars.

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Dashing through the snow in Christmas cars

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:24:07 +0000

For true car guys and gals, Christmas is just another season to celebrate their fabulous rides.

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The double-edged sword of cheap gas

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:07:00 +0000

Cheap gas may bolster spending, but it also drivers consumers to buy less fuel-efficient vehicles.

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Range Rover's big gamble on diesels

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:06:57 +0000

VW's scandal looms, but an impressive new engine makes the case with fuel economy, range and quiet power.

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There's a growing market for armored cars

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 20:50:47 +0000

If stopping automatic weapons and hand grenades aren't enough, you can get smoke and nail dischargers.

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$1 a gallon gas? Sure, but there are consequences

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:17:15 +0000

Effects include people traveling more, in bigger cars (EV sales are flat), and a dip in public transit.

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5 celebrity crashes that shook the world

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:33:23 +0000

Not all of them were fatal, but these collisions changed history nonetheless.

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When will EVs get sounds to warn pedestrians? It's coming, but expect delays

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:49:50 +0000

And no, we won't be able to use ringtones. (There will likely be standardized noises.)

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Why ride-sharing makes sense for millennials and baby boomers

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:05:51 +0000

A new report from KPMG sees 500 billion annual miles from people who might have otherwise stayed home.

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Italian flair returns to the Los Angeles Auto Show

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:52:23 +0000

Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne wants to sell 180,000 Alfa-Romeos in the U.S. by 2018. That's an ambitious goal.

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Why can't you work on your own car anymore?

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:35:19 +0000

Blame complexity, inaccessible parts and the need to own — and understand! — fancy electronic gizmos.

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The age of the cheap electric car has arrived

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:25:53 +0000

EV prices are falling, range is rising, and there's free fuel to sweeten the pot.

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Chevy's new Nova: Big power from a small engine

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:03:24 +0000

Through the magic of turbocharging and lightweighting, an aluminum two-liter four outperforms a beefy cast-iron 5.3-liter V-8.

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R.I.P. George Barris, King of the Kustomizers

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 22:36:14 +0000

George Barris, who virtually invented customizing, is dead at 89. He made memorable cars for all the classic TV shows.

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Not just bike messengers, Compost Pedallers!

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:52:54 +0000

A thriving Texas business serving local farms and the planet may go international.

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In Tokyo, the future of cars is electric!

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:51:46 +0000

The big Japanese auto show is all about plug-in and hydrogen cars — and some even drive themselves.

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The electric supercar race is heating up

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:45:00 +0000

Tesla Motors gets some high-powered competition.

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Why I'm betting against Ferrari

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000

Ferraris are outdated toys for millionaires, and its stock isn't something to be excited about.

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Peer pressure works better than celebrity ads in reducing teen driving deaths

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:47:16 +0000

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, kids need to get away from 'Fast and Furious' media images and realize how vulnerable they are.

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Tesla unveils the self-driving Model S

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:14:19 +0000

A $2,500 download gets you a car that steers, brakes, accelerates and changes lanes.

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How VW's diesel scam was discovered

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:30:47 +0000

The automaker had a chance to contain the damage, but chose not to take it.

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15 cars that we keep forever

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:38:06 +0000

Is it surprising that all 15 are Japanese family cars, mostly minivans and crossovers?

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VW has nowhere to go but up

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:12:44 +0000

With the VW diesel scandal, the phrase 'German engineering' seems to have lost its luster.

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Here's how VW's diesel 'defeat devices' worked

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:19:10 +0000

VW's emissions deception was clever — but extremely risky.

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Why the VW diesel scandal happened

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:36:54 +0000

It was a combination of hubris, professional rivalry and a desperate bid for success in the American market.

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Everyone is going after Tesla now

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:13:59 +0000

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Elon Musk is likely blushing.

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Sneak peek from Frankfurt: VW Group plugs in

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:34:11 +0000

The German giant is embracing electrification, and new electric cars from Audi and Porsche point the way.

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Cadillac continues to change minds with 2016 CTS

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:24:17 +0000

The new car bristles with technology and German-level performance.

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Toyota's 2016 Prius puts on a show in Vegas

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:18:05 +0000

55 mpg would be great, but an Eco model would be even better.

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You can afford one of the new Jaguars

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:36:49 +0000

Jaguar is lowering prices, adding mass-market models, and offering free servicing.

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You should get paid to park your car at the airport

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:38:42 +0000

FlightCar leverages all those idle vehicles in the long-term lots, and it's a lifeline for frequent flyers.

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An electric car faster than Tesla?

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:34:42 +0000

Even under poor conditions, Venturi's 240 mph shakes things up at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Fuel economy hasn't improved in 100 years

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:33:03 +0000

Study shows fuel efficiency hasn't changed much since 1923, but emissions are way down.

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