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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Nov 21, 2012
Dave Walter
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell

Nov 15, 2012
Dave Walter
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$10 for 2 tickets to the Festivals of Speed on Sunday, Dec 2

$10 for Motorsports Show for Two on Sunday, December 2, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes ($20 Value) via Groupon

The deal is on!

Nov 13, 2012
Dave Walter
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Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 – December 2

 

If (like me) you’re not a big fan of cold weather, then Orlando is the place to be come early December. And (again, like me) you enjoy delicious food, wine, cigars and stunning exotic cars, planes and boats, then Orlando is the only place to be!

Now, I understand that a new coat of paint is the only chance that most of these cars will ever have to being called “green,” however, mention of Fisker in the press release leads one to believe that you can expect to at least see one of the most beautiful hybrids in the world, the Fisker Karma – and don’t forget the food, wine and cigars!

The Festivals of Speed will be returning to Orlando, Florida November 30 – December 2. There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed.

Friday (November 30), it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport.

Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience.

And Sunday (December 2nd), the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Read on for more information … and see you there!

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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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Sep 19, 2012
Andrew Davis

RM’s St. John’s Sale Shows That “Pure Electrics” Aren’t the Future; They’ve Been Around For Over a Century

You stand there in front of your open garage, staring at your 2012 Leaf or Prius or Volt, trying to think of any way you can possibly pay for your kids’ educations without parting with your dear old spark-fed friend.

But this is 2112, and Space College is expensive. The Jupiter commute alone costs so many credits that you had to pawn your grandma’s good nuclear reactor just to get your progeny home for last year’s Nondenominational Wintertime Visitation Period.

Will auctioning your hundred-year-old electric/hybrid/whatzis bring the kind of EarthBux you need for their education? Well, I’m not sure about that car, but thanks to RM’s St. John auction on July 28 in Plymouth, Michigan we have some idea of what a hundred-year-old electric car’s worth.

[In fact, they had four of them…]

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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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