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Hybrid

New EV Application is All About the Money

MAN’s eTGE van is being used as an armored truck in Germany

Business

Look Up in the Sky, it’s a Toyota!

Flying car tested; lunar rover named

Finishing

Paint by Supercar Numbers…Big Numbers

Carbon Fiber Finish Adds $443K to $3 Million Koenigsegg Supercar

Stupid Car Tricks

Distracted driving is a bad thing. A costly thing. A dangerous thing. What don’t people understand about that? Plenty.

Business

Average Repair Costs on the Rise

Higher speeds lead to more severe accidents

Business

Elon Musk Sounds Off

Artificial intelligence, Mars, baby names, “unconstitutional” lockdowns and what’s next for Tesla

Festival of the Unexceptional Postponed

British event to be pushed back to 2021 in light of COVID-19 crisis

Batteries

VW Powers Up Retrofit Electric Microbus

Convert a classic 1960s-era T1 model into an electric Bulli for 70K

Interiors & Electronics

Can Your Car Help Protect You Against the Coronavirus?

Geely touts air purification system in new crossover

Business

Americans Log More Miles but Fall Short of Peak

The average American regardless of age covered 8,855 miles by car last year, up 4.5% from 2013, according to Sivak Applied Research. 

Car Collection Sets Auction Record of $67 Million

An unidentified owner sold 22 of 25 vehicles offered for auction this week for a combined $67 million, marking the largest amount raised from a single owner's collection.

Corvette Museum to Fill Sinkhole, Fix or Display Damaged Cars

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., has decided to fill in the massive sinkhole that swallowed eight historic cars in February.

“Breaking In” a New Car is Old Hat

Since the early days of the automobile, new owners were advised to "break in" their vehicle's engine and transmission with a regimen of special driving routines.

Consumers Remain Deeply Suspicious of Auto Repair Shops

Only 16% of U.S. consumers have a positive view of auto repair shops, and four out of five believe they've been overcharged there, according to an online poll by AutoMD.com, a Web-based auto repair advisory service.

U.K. May Ban Smoking in Cars Carrying Children

The U.K.'s House of Commons has approved by more than 3:1 a measure that would make it a crime to smoke in a car with child passengers on board.

Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars from Corvette Museum

A 40-foot-wide sinkhole has consumed eight historic Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., Automotive News reports. photo: Automotive News The museum says the 30-foot-deep chasm opened up under the floor of the facility's Skydome area at about 5:40 a.m.

This Car Comes With Its Own Drone

Renault SA has unveiled a crossover concept that can launch its own drone to scout traffic conditions ahead or take pictures of the scenery.

Design

New Tire Improves with Age

A new passenger car tire developed by Michelin & Cie. features a tread design and unique rubber compound that retains wet grip performance as the tire wears in part by opening up its tread as it wears down.

This Car Seat Can Adjust Before You Get There

Johnson Controls Inc. has come up with a seating concept that can automatically adjust itself to fit the driver before anyone gets in the car.

Four Import Brands Named for Best Resale Value

Honda, Lexus, Mercedes and Toyota have been honored by two estimators of used-car values as brands with the best residual value in the American market.

Flying Car Bows at Florida Boat Show

This week Parajet International Ltd. is using the Ft.

Name That Car!

About 25% of car owners in the U.S. love their vehicles enough to give them names, says Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Mini-Mini Rated World's Smallest Licensed Car

It's only about two feet tall, two feet wide and four feet long.

It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s A Martin Jetpack!

A New Zealand aircraft company says its new one-person jetpack can reach an altitude of 7,000 feet and zip along at speeds as high as 50 mph for half an hour at a time.