| Jun 18, 2008
In 1995, Audi was hanging by a burning thread in the U.S. Thanks to some spectacularly bad cars and a meta-scandal concerning mysterious "unintended acceleration," U.S. sales of VW's luxury division had spiraled down to around 7,000 cars, and it was no...
| Jun 28, 2008
The federal government offers tax incentives that can save consumers thousands of dollars when they purchase gas-sipping hybrid vehicles. But buyer beware: The three most popular hybrids sold in America either no longer qualify for the tax break or are...
| Jul 9, 2008
Where are the hot-cool small cars, the drive-all-night cars, the panties-on-the-mirror cars? Where they've always been: In Europe. Here's a look at two of them: The Fiat 500 and the Alfa Romeo MiTo.
Cute? Think a bunny in bib overalls, a...
| Dec 5, 2007
We have established that GM knows how to make a two-mode hybrid. Witness the Green Car of the Year*, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, which utilizes a powerful electric motor in concert with an internal combustion engine. Still, GM continues to build its "mild"...
| Dec 19, 2007
Soon, you won't find those old-fashioned 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in stores. You will be able to buy more energy-efficient appliances. And you will see labels on TVs and computers that tell you how much energy they consume.
You will see stickers...
| Dec 20, 2007
The Bush administration Wednesday denied California's bid to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, dealing a blow to the state's attempts to combat global warming and prompting an immediate vow from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to take the...
| Dec 21, 2007
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored his staff's written findings in denying California's request for a waiver to implement its landmark law to slash greenhouse gases from vehicles, sources inside and outside the agency told The...
| Dec 26, 2007
The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is as provocative and political a vehicle as you'll see this year. Why, it's practically a polemic. And those are just the "P's."
By way of a fantastic exertion of technology and human capital -- which I hereby honor and praise...
| Jan 29, 2008
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Behold the cube, that most forthright and earnest of the Platonic solids, the noble hexahedron, the proverbial box that it came in, whatever "it" happens to be. The cube is one of nature's transcendental shapes: Salt crystals are cubic, as are molecules...
| Oct 12, 2005
IN the two years since I began working for the Los Angeles Times, hybrid automotive technology has matured dramatically. I can't say as much for the automotive consumer.
In a strange analog to the culture wars over abortion and gay marriage, a debate...