Every Car Is Now A Performance Car

Every Car Is Now A Performance Car

Published Feb 11th, 2011 By Kirk Seaman

Admit it: If you're a car enthusiast, you've daydreamed about living in another era, one when the cars were more stylish, faster, or more compelling to drive. For some of you, it might be the pre-war era, when motoring was still new and goi......

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EPA Says Fuel Economy Is Up, CO2 Down

Published Dec 18th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its annual report, "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2010." For the sixth consecutive year, the EPA is reporting a decrease in ave...

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X-Ray Trucks Can See Inside Your Vehicle

X-Ray Trucks Can See Inside Your Vehicle

Published Nov 08th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

It sounds like something straight out of George Orwell’s 1984: Government vans, equipped with full-body X-ray scanning machines, have been deployed on the streets of our cities, monitoring an unwitting populace for signs of illegal ac......

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Used Hybrid Car Deals: Go Green for Less Green

Used Hybrid Car Deals: Go Green for Less Green

Published Oct 14th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

Shopping for a used hybrid? According to Kelley Blue Book, now may be the time to buy. During the past year, values of used hybrid vehicles have not kept pace with the rest of the market. As a result, buyers may have the perfect opportunit......

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To Boycott BP: Yes Or No?

Published Jul 21st, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

I had to make the decision the other day. The fuel gauge was on empty and the closest gas station boasted the BP logo. My co-driver advocated against patronizing the store, but our choices were limited. I pulled up to the pump and pulled the trigger, but...

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Electric Bikes: Fad Or Future?

Published Jul 13th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

Honda recently announced that it would begin leasing its EV-neo electric scooter in Japan beginning in December 2010. Initially available mainly to delivery businesses, the EV-neo will not, unfortunately, be offered in the United States. Despite their po...

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Charged Up About Batteries: Why Are They So Expensive?

Published Jun 24th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

With as much as 60,000 barrels of oil pumping into the Gulf of Mexico every day, it seems like the next generation of alternative-fuel vehicles can't get here soon enough. Much hope has been pinned on forthcoming electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf to...

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Seniors vs. Teens: Who Are the Safer Drivers?

Seniors vs. Teens: Who Are the Safer Drivers?

Published May 17th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

Picture this: You're out on the road, driving in mixed traffic with your choice of drivers to follow. One is a gray-haired senior puttering along in the right lane and the other is a fresh-faced teenager moving briskly in the left lane.Stat......

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Common Traffic Myths Exposed

Common Traffic Myths Exposed

Published Apr 30th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

We've assembled a short list myths and separated traffic fact from fiction. ...

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Putting the Sightless Behind the Wheel

Putting the Sightless Behind the Wheel

Published Apr 10th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

Students at Virginia Tech University have succeeded in breaking down another barrier for the disabled: Building a vehicle that allows the blind to drive. Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory developed a driver-assist system t......

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Is This The Weirdest Car Ever Made?

Is This The Weirdest Car Ever Made?

Published Mar 22nd, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

Maybe you've already seen it on YouTube: it looks like the love child of a pedal car and a rowing scull with four grinning people aboard, pumping away at giant levers, sliding back and forth on their seats as they ride through a series of r......

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Check The Manual (Transmission): Stick Shift Cars Going Away

Check The Manual (Transmission): Stick Shift Cars Going Away

Published Feb 26th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman, AOL Autos

Call it a love affair that began prenatally. I was born mere hours after my mom finished helping my dad install a Hurst floor shifter in his ’55 Chevy. Later, I remember at the age of four asking Dad why he pushed on the pedal every t......

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2011 Audi A8: Grand Andalusian

2011 Audi A8: Grand Andalusian

Published Feb 20th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman

Costa del Sol, Spain -- There was no sign of sol on the costa as I nosed the quartz-gray Audi A8 past the guard house of the Finca Cortesin hotel onto the rain-slicked traffic roundabout and headed toward the autoroute.The long, smooth road......

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That New-Car Smell

That New-Car Smell

Published Jan 24th, 2010 By Kirk Seaman, AOL Autos

For many, the new-car smell is a bonus that comes with buying a new vehicle — an olfactory reward to enjoy each time the owner slides behind the wheel.That smell, however, also could make them — and their passengers — sick......

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