October 23, 2013 |
It's a white-out on the highway. Car paint company PPG Industries says white continues to be the most popular auto color globally and is increasing its lead. The share of white cars built during the 2013 model year rose to 25% from 22% in the prior year. Silver and black tied for second at 18%. They were followed by gray, red, natural hues, blue and green. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage White also remains the most popular color in North America, accounting for 21% of the cars built in the region in the past year, the same as last year.
October 21, 2013 |
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 23 complaints alleging that drivers have to push down hard on the brake pedal and reduced brake effectiveness in upscale cars from Hyundai. There was one reported crash. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage The federal agency said that several complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS, or anti-lock braking, module. One driver reported crashing into a stopped vehicle after the brakes didn't respond properly.
October 23, 1991 |
Low-Cost Samurais: Consumer Reports almost killed Suzuki's Samurai sports utility vehicle a few years back with its report--later rejected by the federal government--that the Jeep-like vehicle was prone to roll over when making hard and fast turns. But the Brea-based importer, American Suzuki, keeps bringing Samurais to the United States--and buyers looking for a bargain keep buying them. And now another national magazine is giving the Samurai a boost.
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February 23, 2000 |
If Gerry Wheeler could wave a magic wand, he'd concoct just the right amount of parent involvement in science fair projects. How to help but not do the work for the child is a challenge, said Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Assn. Teachers and science fair judges offer some tips: * Start early. If there's no time to repeat the experiment, it's hard to tell if the results are a trend or a fluke. * Brainstorm a list of project ideas.
June 19, 2013 |
Chevrolet's Volt topped the Sierra Club's list of plug-in hybrids in the environmental organization's annual Electric Vehicle Guide . At a price falling mid-range in the list of six EVs reviewed, the Volt takes drivers 38 electric-only miles before its gasoline engine kicks in. That results in a miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) of 98 on the Environmental Protection Agency's scale. In total, Volt owners get a range of 380 miles at an annual fuel cost of $950. (The estimate uses average $0.12 per kilowatt-hour and $3.61 for regular gas - quite a bit lower than the typical cost of gasoline in California.)
August 13, 2005
AFTER SIGNING THE ENERGY BILL, it must have been a challenge for President Bush to come up with good things to tell the public about it. The package, after all, contains so much good news for industry, but so little for a nation addicted to foreign oil. Cleverly, the president seized on two phrases everybody can love and put them together: "tax credit" and "hybrid vehicle."