2015 FIA WEC Season Update: Audi Wins 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps

From Audi MediaServices, May 2, 2015 Following the thrilling season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Great Britain, Audi was unbeatable again in Belgium. On the challenging track at Spa, Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D) and Benoît Tréluyer (F) proved their class again on clinching their second...

Audi has taken another big step in the development of new, CO2 neutral fuels: A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic fuel Audi e diesel.

Audi Makes Diesel Fuel from Global Warming

This is diesel fuel. It wasn't grown in a giant petrochemical plant.  It was made like a small batch bourbon, but in an laboratory owned by Audi partner Dresden energy technology corporation sunfire. It is made of water and carbon dioxide.  If that escapes you, carbon dioxide is the primary ingredient...

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb. Image courtesy of Porsche Motorsports

2015 FIA WEC Video Update: Silverstone

FIA WEC stands for Formula International Association World Endurance Championship.  WEC is the racing circuit that sponsors one of the most famous races ever, the 24 Hours of LeMans. Like Formula One and Formula E, racing technology for this circuit has long outstripped the need for the Big Heavy Engine.  WEC is...

VW’s Passat Wins 2015 European Car of the Year Award

The 2015 VW Passat beat 6 competitors to win the 2015 European Car of the Year Award.  This ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The video above is of the ceremony, and really picks up at 2:19. A jury of 58 panelists awarded 340 points to the...

VW to Debut New Touran Compact MPV at Geneva Motor Show

The newly redesigned small people mover is a minivan at it's core.  So I won't regale you with tales of turbodiesel performance.  If you've got a family, here's some of the real sexy stuff: Child safety seat anchors on all rear seats 47 storage compartments 3-zone PureAir automatic air conditioning system Collision avoidance with emergency...

Cars to See at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show: Chevy Colorado ZR-2 Concept

We discussed this turbo diesel powered, rugged and fast Chevrolet concept small pickup here.  But you can see it up close and in person at this year's Chicago Auto Show.  The ZR-2 was originally introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. [caption id="attachment_26641" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image by Hybrid and Electric...

2015 Ram EcoDiesel at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Cars to See at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show: 2015 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel

Here are some words that you may not realize can go in the same sentence: light duty crew cab pickup truck, 28 mpg, 9,200 pounds max towing, luxury, RAM, 420 lb./ft. of torque, stop-start fuel management, automatic load leveling system. [caption id="attachment_26387" align="alignnone" width="800"] Image by Hybrid and Electric Car News[/caption] If...

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JD Power: Despite Cheap Gas, Fuel Efficiency Still a Primary Concern

As you read the headlines proclaiming historically low gas prices spelling doom for hybrid, electric, or any other automotive technology that leverages economy, think about this from J.D. Power: Despite gas prices falling to their lowest levels since 2010, fuel economy—for a fourth consecutive year—remains the most influential factor among the...

Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Will We See the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept?

Car and Driver Blog had a few questions for Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of product planning, about Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck and the odds it makes it to the showroom floor. C/D: This Santa Cruz treads on turf where many have failed. What makes this different? Mike O’Brien: If you look at another...

A Tale of Two VW Golf SportWagens

The 2015 VW Golf SportWagen is not a head-turner.  It is not fast.  It does not thrill the ladies, or the men for that matter. But, if you are an adult with a family, it is one of the greatest cars ever. It's practical.  It's German, so go figure. It's roomy, perfect for...

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