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JLR won’t attend Detroit auto show

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified auto shows that Volvo has bypassed. Jaguar Land Rover says it will skip the Detroit auto show in January to concentrate on other international shows. “Following a review of our global consumer engagement program, the decision has been made not to exhibit at the Detroit Show in 2016,” the company ... Read More »

Scion C-HR to Debut in Production Form Next Month at the Detroit Auto Show

Toyota has shown more than one concept version of the C-HR compact crossover, and now a source close to Toyota tells us that the production C-HR finally will be revealed at the Detroit auto show in January. The C-HR debuted as a design study at the 2014 Paris auto show, followed by a more-production-ready four-door concept at the Frankfurt show ... Read More »

MIT researchers have figured out how to make solar cells with old car batteries

Here’s a clever technological breakthrough that could help the environment in two ways. MIT announced this week that some of its researchers have figured out a way to make solar cells using parts from discarded car batteries that would otherwise have simply gone to waste. Essentially, the researchers have figured out how to extract lead from old car batteries and ... Read More »

Best and worst used vehicles from the past year

“If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.” Jean Paul Getty was named the world’s richest person in 1966, back when $1.2 billion could buy a lot of top hats and monocles. While we can’t all be oil tycoons, this notorious miser could teach us something about hanging on to our money. Buying a used car ... Read More »

Watch: This new car drives on wheels carved out of ice

You’ve got to hand it to Lexus. Like we saw with the company’s amazing hoverboard earlier in the year, this is one auto-maker that knows how to make an impression with gorgeous research concepts. Are they in any way practical? Well… maybe not, but that doesn’t stop them being marvellous examples of scientific showmanship. The latest demonstration of this is ... Read More »

Reports: New car shopping is great at year’s end

It may be conventional wisdom, but the last week of the year is probably one of the best times to buy a new car, industry experts say. According to, many dealerships are eager to reach year-end sales goals and are willing to offer deals. That’s especially true for luxury cars, Forbes reports, given that high-dollar vehicles wrapped in big ... Read More »

Congress’ future looks uncertain, says Sharad Pawar

Calling himself a Congressman at heart, NCP founder leader Sharad Pawar says the future of the country’s oldest party looks uncertain. Pawar also says in his just released autobiography “On My Terms” (Speaking Tiger) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s working style has caused a lot of worry and that governing India was unlike ruling Gujarat. Although he broke away from ... Read More »

Here’s Johnny Manziel Rapping Along to Future While Holding a Four Loko

How did you celebrate the holidays? Maybe you sang “Silent Night” with loved ones and it was lovely and kind of touching. Maybe you enjoyed a tasty roasted bird. Maybe, if you’re Johnny Manziel, starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns (for now), you threw on your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and filmed yourself rapping along to “March Madness” by Future ... Read More »

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

We have recently welcomed into our long-term fleet a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata because, well, of course we did. Why wouldn’t we? We’ve been enamored of this newest Miata from the moment we first got behind the wheel. But we’ve been enamored of Miatas for a very long time before that. Our parking lot is littered with first- and second-generation ... Read More »

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota invented the compact-crossover SUV segment with the 1996 RAV4. Since then, the RAV4 has been a strong seller, although it has only led the segment in American sales in its first two years. By 1998, the Honda CR-V (which was introduced in 1997) took over annual sales leadership, a crown it has lost only five times to the Ford ... Read More »