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Volvo fights to maintain its comeback momentum

Sluggish start to 2017 shows cracks in foundation built on new products.

An $11-billion gamble paid off – for awhile.

Opinion
Best of Autoblog 2016: Is modern traffic enforcement all about dollars instead of safety?

We're going with a strong yes.

Artificially low speed limits, red-light cameras, and enforcement zones are great for ticket revenue but might not make us any safer.

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Looking back at how and why GM saved Buick

The unlikely story of how a brand that almost died has returned stronger than ever.

Deep Dive
A look inside the new Prius hybrid system

Making it more efficient and kind of fun without upping weight? It was an involved process.

Opinion
Is modern traffic enforcement all about dollars instead of safety?

We're going with a strong yes.

Increasing fines, ticket cameras, and the deck stacked against drivers to fight tickets.

Featured
Inside the Ford Shelby GT350's screaming V8

The why and how Ford made a flat-plane crank

An in-depth look at Ford's most powerful and power-dense naturally-aspirated engine ever.

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How the 2016 Chevy Volt added 18 miles of EV range

Small improvements and years of expertise add up.

Chevy's engineers made the new Volt more efficient and more powerful. Here's what they did to pull it off.

How do today's new vehicles match their EPA MPG ratings?

More Fuel Economy Follies

When you spend a year in a bunch of cars, you can start to track facts and figures. In this episode, comparing real-world MPG with what the EPA says.

Green
Volvo's latest powertrains show what the Swedish brand can do

Volvo's new Drive-E powertrain family delivers power and efficiency in new models like the XC90 and upcoming S90 and V90.

BMW i8: Jaw-dropping style and green performance, but why?

Because They Can

Columnist Gary Witzenburg drives the BMW i8 for a week and starts to wonder why the Germans built this EV.

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Electric living with a BMW i3

Double Wow!

Columnist Gary Witzenburg lives with the range-extender version of the BMW i3 for a while, and finds appeal in its quirky charms.

Road tripping in a Ford Fusion Energi PHEV

Great Trip Car Needs Larger Trunk And Rolling Recharge Capability

AutoblogGreen's Gary Witzenburg takes a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid on a long trip to Branson, and discovers a few things he likes, a few he doesn't

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What do J.D. Power's quality ratings really measure?

We revisit J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study and analyze what it really means.

Hyundai Sonata PHEV may be a game (and mind) changer

At Witz' End - Plug-In Hybrids: Beginning to Believe

Columnist Gary Witzenburg takes another look at plug-in hybrid technology after driving the new Hyundai Sonata PHEV and the Volvo XC90 PHEV.

Checking out the Volvo XC90 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid SUV

Volvo's Surprisingly Efficient Luxury Family Hauler

Reviewer Gary Witzenburg revisits the highly efficient Drive E "Twin Engine" set-up in the new Volvo XC90 hybrid and PHEV.

Comparing Cadillac's crazy classy coupes

Two Small Luxo-Coupes At Opposite Ends Of Brand's Performance/Economy Spectrum

Reviewer Gary Witzenburg takes a look at two very different Cadillac coupes: the plug-in ELR and the performance-oriented ATS-V.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car of the Year?

Longer, Lower, Wider, Roomier, Yet Lighter And More Fuel-Efficient

Just three months into 2015, columnist Gary Witzenburg picks the VW Golf family as the Green Car Of The Year.

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Cruze Diesel Road Trip reveals the good and bad, but no ugly

Over 1,357 Mostly Highway, Miles, We Get 42 MPG

Over 1,300 miles in a diesel-powereed Chevy Cruze between Michigan and West Virginia, our columnist find a deeper appreciation for oil burners.

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A look at low-rolling resistance tires

Do they really save fuel, and at what sacrifice of other important tire attributes?

Flat-out down Mid-Ohio's long back straight – not really straight because it has a fast dog-leg kink – braking hard into the tricky right-left combination that follows, I was having a great time. For a former racer, any time spent on a wonderful road course like Mid-Ohio, even in a middling, front-drive, four-cylinder compact car, is quality time.

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How Volvo's new Drive-E Engines set the stage for plug-in-ification

Fuel efficient, modular engines ready today and tomorrow

It's not quite the equivalent of the all-encompassing full-vehicle efficiency program that is Mazda Skyactiv, but beginning with the 2015 S60 mid-size sedan, the V60 sport wagon and the XC60 crossover models, Swedish automaker Volvo's "Drive-E" efficiency-enhancing effort starts with an all-new modular family of engines and extends through a new eight-speed automatic transmission and a number of additional measures. The new all-aluminum, all turbocharged Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) family wi

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GM executive chief EV engineer says reducing cost of plug-in vehicles is 'huge priority'

Would deal with customer's No. 1 complaint about Chevy Volt

As we know, another major automaker investing heavily in electrified vehicles is General Motors, and it's doing things much differently than rivals BMW, Ford or Nissan. The Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV is a modest seller at its $35,000 sticker price but a huge hit with owners. The Chevy Spark BEV, still in limited availability, puts smiley faces on its owners and drivers. The just-introduced Cadillac ELR, a sharp-looking, fun-driving $76,000 luxocoupe take on the Volt's EREV mechanicals, has

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