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    Every Car Is Now A Performance Car
    Average Horsepower Is Up, 0-60 Times Down 1297450800

    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 going for a drive was an adventure, rather than a ...

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    EPA Says Fuel Economy Is Up, CO2 Down
    But New Report Comes With Caveats 1292680800

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    X-Ray Trucks Can See Inside Your Vehicle
    Feel Like Somebodys Watching You? They Are 1289192400

    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 activity. You could simply be going about your daily ...

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    To Boycott BP: Yes Or No?
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    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 I didn't feel good about it.

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    Electric Bikes: Fad Or Future?
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    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 popularity around the world, ebikes and ...

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    Charged Up About Batteries: Why Are They So Expensive?
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    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 help wean us off fossil fuels. Yet ...

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    Seniors vs. Teens: Who Are the Safer Drivers?
    Here's Who To Steer Clear Of 1274068800

    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. Statistically speaking, which driver is safer to follow? The ...

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    Putting the Sightless Behind the Wheel
    Students Design System To Let Blind Drivers "See" The Road 1270872000

    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 that uses laser range finders, an instant voice-command ...

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    Is This The Weirdest Car Ever Made?
    Or Can The HumanCar Save the Planet? 1269230400

    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 rural and urban settings. They call it the HumanCar "FM-4," ...

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    Check The Manual (Transmission): Stick Shift Cars Going Away
    Usage In U.S. Drops Below 10% 1267160400

    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 time he moved the lever between the bucket seats of our ...

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    2011 Audi A8: Grand Andalusian
    The all-new sedan in the south of Spain 1266642000

    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 roadway that connected the hotel to the autoroute was the ...

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    That New-Car Smell
    Intoxicatingand Toxic? 1264309200

    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. That's because the plastics and textiles used in vehicle ...

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