Green Driving

Toyota to Launch Social Network for Its Cars

Posted: May. 24, 2011 11:05:59 a.m.

Social networks are evolving, and while you may currently be using Facebook or Twitter to keep in touch with family and friends, soon it might be possible to keep tabs on your car as well. Toyota and Salesforce.com announced yesterday in a press release that they have “formed a strategic alliance to build ‘Toyota Friend’, a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Toyota Friend will be powered by Salesforce Chatter, a private social network used by ...

Chevrolet Cruze Eco Trades Spare Tire for Fuel Economy

Posted: May. 23, 2011 10:05:26 a.m.

The Chevrolet Cruze has made headlines for its above-average fuel economy, especially for its fuel-sipping Eco model. But GM, Chevrolet’s parent company, has announced that to make the Cruze Eco even more fuel efficient it must dropped pounds wherever possible. One thing to go was the Cruze’s spare tire. According to a GM press release, the 2011 Cruze Eco will not come standard with a traditional compact spare tire and wheel. Instead, Chevrolet will replace the spare tire ...

GM to Increase Volt Production

Posted: May. 19, 2011 10:05:00 a.m.

The Chevrolet Volt will be available to nationwide and in Europe, Canada and China by the end of 2011. In preparation, General Motors is increasing production of its ground-breaking green car.

GM says that it will begin by shutting down its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which currently produces the Volt, for four weeks in June to prepare for the production increase. “As a result of the plant upgrades, planned Volt and Ampera production capacity this year will increase to 16,000 units ...

Chevrolet Volt Resale Value Set at $17,000 after Three Years

Posted: May. 18, 2011 10:05:24 a.m.

With gas prices up, hybrid and electric vehicles look like great options for savvy consumers who want to save money at the pump. But according to Kelley Blue Book, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will be worth just $17,000 after 36 months of ownership – a significant drop from its $41,000 sticker price. “Despite all the hype and multiple Car of the Year honors, Volt retains only 42% of its original value after three years of ownership -- a lower percentage ...

Most Americans back 60 MPG Cars by 2025

Posted: May. 17, 2011 10:05:10 a.m.

Gas prices are up, and according to a recent survey car shoppers want vehicles that are more fuel efficient. “The Consumer Federation of America said its survey of 2,000 Americans found both those identifying themselves as Republicans and Democrats think the government should require automakers to have their models average 60 miles a gallon by 2025,” writes USA Today. “Cars would cost more, but respondent said they'd be willing to pay more as long as the higher purchase ...

Google and Ford Team Up to Customize Driving Experience

Posted: May. 12, 2011 10:05:07 a.m.

Imagine owning a car that will ask you were you’re headed and optimize your powertrain to minimize the amount of energy you’ll use to get there. Such technology is a strong possibility, as Google and Ford are teaming up to produce cars that can predict a driver’s behavior to maximize energy consumption.

Ford says it will rely on “Google Prediction API, which provides greater computation power, information storage and external data through cloud computing,” to develop this ...

Kia Optima Hybrid to start at $26,500

Posted: May. 11, 2011 10:05:12 a.m.

Demand for fuel-efficient cars is high, especially since gas prices are up and Japanese automakers are still experiencing production shortages. Car shoppers aren’t out of luck, however, as the Kia has announced a starting price of $26,500 on the new Optima Hybrid. “Set to hit showrooms in June, the Optima Hybrid employs a Kia-developed powertrain that includes several innovations, including advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem, to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon in city driving ...

Best Buy Looks to Sell EVs In-Store

Posted: May. 10, 2011 10:05:23 a.m.

Since gas prices are up, hybrid and electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf are looking more and more attractive. And when you start shopping for a new electric vehicle, Best Buy might eventually be on the list of dealerships you visit. “The Minneapolis-based chain is hoping to segue into the EV sales market in the long-term,” writes Automobile Magazine. “Selling electric vehicles would not be completely new territory for Best Buy, as they are already selling ...

Are Car Shoppers Ready to Go Green?

Posted: Apr. 27, 2011 10:04:45 a.m.

Owning a hybrid vehicle has two benefits: they’re generally better for the environment and use less fuel. But with gas prices on the rise, consumers are more concerned with fuel efficiency than their automobile’s greenness.

A recent study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates shows that cost matters to most people more than the environment. However, hybrid and electric vehicles cost more, so few consumers were likely to buy one. “While consumers often cite saving money on ...

Nissan Leaf Named 2011 World Car of the Year

Posted: Apr. 21, 2011 11:04:41 a.m.

Earlier this week, we told you that Nissan was tending to some electric glitches in the Leaf. But that minor setback didn’t stop the Leaf from earning a high honor in New York. “Today, at the New York International Auto Show, the 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF was named 2011 World Car of the Year, edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot,” says Nissan in a press release. “Today’s award is the ...