24th August 2013
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Wheelies: The Dealer’s Dilemma Edition

Tesla Motors A Tesla Motors store in Scottsdale, Ariz. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Dealer associations around the United States have lodged formal protests against Tesla Motors, claiming the company has violated state laws barring manufacturers from operating dealerships. Tesla has opened stores in 10 states as well as in the District of Columbia, without the involvement of franchisees. Some dealers fear the Tesla retail model, if successful, could set ...
19th August 2013
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MT Poll: Which 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender Will Win COTY?

It’s Car of the Year time again! Over the past two weeks we’ve been teasing new 2013 Car of the Year contenders every day. With the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year announcement coming Monday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST, we thought it’d be fun to ask which contender you think will take home the golden calipers. But since we get this question at each Of The Year event, we’d like to provide a ...
17th August 2013
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California’s low-emission vehicle rules enhancing market for ZEV credits

The California Air Resources Board's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate has already created so-called 'compliance cars.' The corollary is a growing market for ZEV credits. That is, a way for companies who aren't selling enough ZEVs (which, in this case, include pure electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and ultra-low emission plug-in hybrids) can buy credits from companies who have sold too many. Wait, that sounds funny. Who have sold more ZEVs than CARB requires them ...
13th August 2013
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NHTSA Wants Hybrids, Electric Vehicles to Have Minimum Sound Requirement

Hybrid and electric vehicles have many positives, primarily fuel economy. An electric motor generates all the necessary power to get up and go, without the assistance of a noisy gasoline engine. But that lack of noise is one of the drawbacks: the absence of engine noise means pedestrians have a harder time hearing these vehicles coming. If the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
6th August 2013
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The 10 Best Sports-Oriented Family Cars – Rumor Central

Just because you’ve grown up, settled down, and had a kid or two doesn’t mean you can’t have fun anymore. While you may have to take a pass on that late-night partying you once did, you can stay in touch with your younger self with a car that’s fun to drive and can double as a family vehicle. However, finding a vehicle that appeals to you both as an enthusiast and a head of household ...
2nd August 2013
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2013 Automobile of the Year: These Are The 10 Finalists – Rumor Central

Happy Automobile of the Year week! With just days to go before we release the identity of the 2013 Automobile of the Year, we thought it would be best to catch you up on the proceedings and let you know a little bit more about what went down earlier this month. What Happened: We took 28 of the best and brightest cars that were new for the 2012/2013 model years to our favorite western Michigan hideaway, Gingerman ...
20th July 2013
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‘Real world’ electric vehicle test easily beats EPA ratings

Some Republicans decry what they say are the liberal leanings of the federal government, but when it comes to rating the single-charge range of electric vehicles, the feds' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is decidedly conservative. At least, this is what Edmunds found in a recent EV road test of nine models, including the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf and a prototype version of the Volkswagen e-Golf. In fact, all eight non-prototype vehicles beat their EPA ratings ...
16th July 2013
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Autoblog Podcast #308

Motor Trend Car of the Year, 2013 Honda Civic, 2014 Ford Mustang, Global Ford Ranger wins award Episode #308 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the Tesla Model S being named Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2013 Honda Civic and the new hybrid systems and Micro Commuter concept also coming out of Honda, the 2014 Ford Mustang and the departure of the ...
15th July 2013
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Motor Trend’s Top 10 Most Popular Web Articles of 2012

Yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s already that time of year – the time for mistletoe and eleventh-hour overnight shipping; for social gatherings you’d rather not attend, and for family dishes you’ve waited a year to devour. For us, the end of December means reviewing all the work that we’ve produced since the beginning of 2012. To celebrate what’s been a big year at Motor Trend, we’ve gathered our most popular online articles for 2012. The Top ...
14th July 2013
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The Manliest Carpool: 5 Rides for Busy Dads

Not every dad can rock the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 as the family whip. Even with a disposable income, it’s occasionally necessary to haul groceries, store Little League equipment, and yes, take over the neighborhood carpool duties. Thus, for dads, the word “practical” and “car” are sometimes lumped into the same sentence, which is why Chevrolet teamed up with Harris Interactive to ...