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Jan 6, 2014
Karen Cook
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The Cheapest Car in the World


Sometimes you just need to get from here to there. Bells and whistles may not be necessary or affordable, but transportation at its most basic is necessary and, if it can be made affordably, it will sell. India produces one of the cheapest cars on the planet and, while it isn’t sporty, doesn’t go very fast, and doesn’t have much room, it does get you there. The 2014 Tata Nano is about to hit showrooms in the Middle East and it will have more options and upgrades available than ever. Continue reading »

Apr 24, 2013
Chris Weiss
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Kelley Blue Book Names Best Green Cars of the Year

Coinciding with Earth Day 2013, the automotive experts over at Kelley Blue Book have named their top 10 green cars of 2013. The list runs the full spectrum from light hybrids to full-blown electric vehicles. Continue reading »

Jan 30, 2013
Dave Walter
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Festivals Of Speed Returns To St. Petersburg For Tenth Year

Only a few days after announcing their first event of 2013, the Festivals of Speed announced their second event of the new year. This is good news for those of us outside of the Jacksonville area.

April 5th, the Festivals of Speed returns to St. Petersburg for the tenth year. The weekend’s events begin that Friday with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. There you’ll find the world’s most exotic vehicles, delicious foods and drinks, live jazz music and both a live and silent auction all in one place!

Sunday, the 7th, the main event will take place in downtown St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Marina. Expect to see hundreds of exotics vehicles; fine wine, spirits, food, and cigars; and luxurious jewelry and timepiece displays.

For more information about the event, read the press release below.

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Jan 21, 2013
Dave Walter
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Festivals Of Speed Announces First Event Of 2013 – Ameilia Island, FL

The Festivals of Speed has announced their first event of 2013. Saturday, March 9th, some of the world’s finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcyles, aircraft and watercraft will gather at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort (just outside of Jacksonville, Florida).

The event kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception where enthusiasts can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wine and spirits, delicious foods, smooth jazz, and fashion displays. The main event features more than 250 examples of the most exotic transportation on the planet.

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Dec 26, 2012
Dave Walter
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City of Indianapolis Decides to Go Hybrid

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard posing with an electric Ford sedan (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

The city of Indianapolis is aiming to be the first in the country to replace its entire vehicle fleet with hybrids, EVs and other eco-friendly vehicles. The city hopes to refresh its vehicle fleet within the next three years.

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Dec 7, 2012
Dave Walter
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116 mpg-e Fiat 500e Electric Car Debuts in LA

Fiat has already told journalists that it did not want to build the 500e electric car and expects to lose money on every model sold. So it must have been with begrudging chagrin that it debuted the new electrified mini car at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

The reason that Fiat bothered with the 500e at all is simple: meeting California’s requirements for zero emissions vehicles. As such, the car will only be available in California when it launches next spring. Because electric cars remain a niche market and the 500 itself has struggled in the United States, we don’t anticipate that many non-Californians will be heartbroken about the decision. Continue reading »

Nov 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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Ford Fusion Named 2013 ‘Green Car of the Year’

The Ford Fusion was awarded the title of ‘Green Car of the Year’ by Green Car Journal today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. I sense that you’re surprised. “The Ford Fusion? … an American midsize sedan?” That’s right. Considering that previous winners include the Chevy Volt (a plug-in hybrid) and Honda Civic CNG (a natural gas-powered compact car), you’re probably not the only person left scratching their head. So what was it that made Ford’s new midsize sedan stand above other notable contenders (such as the all-electric Nissan LEAF)?

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Oct 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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2013 Toyota Prius Gets Pricing and Special Edition

Once a leader without equal, the Toyota Prius is facing more and more competition from other hybrids and electrics, which have passed it by in terms of fuel economy. For the 2013 model year, Toyota is hoping to sway at least a few buyers with what it calls the Persona Series Special Edition.

The Persona Series is based on the Prius Three trim level. Its mechanicals remain the same as the stock Prius, but it enjoys a series of interior and exterior upgrades.

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Oct 18, 2012
Chris Weiss

Cadillac Will Begin Production on ELR Hybrid Next Year

GM announced plans to develop the Cadillac ELR, essentially an upgraded luxury version of the Chevy Volt, last summer. This week, it provided an update, stating that it is investing $35 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for ELR production to begin in late 2013.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is already GM’s base camp for electric-based vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera, so it’s not surprising that it is being prepped for the ELR.

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Aug 8, 2012
Chris Salamone

Youngsters Yearning Tech, Not Torque

Just today, Bloomberg Businessweek released a longwinded call to arms – a consumer research firm has affirmed an automaker’s worst nightmare. Non-automotive technology, like cell phones and laptops, have become more desirable to Generation Y buyers than cars.

At first blush, that might not seem like such a huge revelation. Sure, smart phones and 4G connectability are the buzzwords of the day and cars are in an entirely different market. How are the two segments related? The answer, it would seem, is as colorful as William Wallace’s declaration of freedom in Braveheart.

Buyers aged 18 to 34 years, now see non-automotive gizmos and gadgets as the principle form of independence and escape.

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