July 12, 2013 |
Mercedes-Benz has leased a former Boeing airplane factory in Long Beach, but it isn't saying what it plans to do with the more than 1-million-square-foot plant adjacent to the city's airport. City officials confirmed that the U.S. arm of the German automaker has leased the factory from Sares-Regis Group, the developer that bought the property from Boeing. “This is significant for Long Beach, as it will bring needed jobs and property tax revenue,” said Gerrie Schipske, the City Council member representing the district that includes the site.
July 12, 2013 |
The new Fiat 500e - an electric version of the bubbly Italian hatchback - compares well with battery-powered peers such as the Nissan Leaf or Honda Fit EV, as we noted in a recent comparison test. But most buyers will care more about how the 500e compares to conventional gas-powered cars. So we lined up a Fiat 500 Turbo test car, the closest fossil-fueled match to the 500e and a strong entry in the fierce small-car segment. Our 500 Turbo test car came with an as-tested price of $24,300.
June 1, 2013 |
What would it take to get you into an electric car today? Forced by state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, automakers are tripping over each other to offer consumers rock-bottom lease deals. For the first time, electric vehicles are penciling out cheaper than their gas-powered counterparts. Honda joined the price war this week by dropping the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a month. It threw in collision and vehicle theft coverage, maintenance, roadside assistance - even a charging station at your house.
May 31, 2013 |
Barbie's pink motorcade is scheduled to make its first stop on its Barbie is Moving tour at the Grove on Saturday. It's likely to turn plenty of heads with its colorful convertible Corvette, Fiat, VW Beetle and 20-feet-tall truck. Whereas you or I might call on friends to help with a move, Barbie has enlisted Mario Lopez, who was on hand Friday along with his daughter Gia to get the moving process underway. PHOTOS: Barbie's Dream House over the years This all started in February when Mattel announced that Barbie was giving up her Malibu dream house and would travel to 11 cities in the U.S. and two in Canada looking for new places to live.
May 17, 2013 |
Fiat, the century-old Italian automaker, appears poised to move its headquarters to the U.S. after its planned merger with Chrysler Group. The move would be unprecedented in the automotive industry, experts said, because of Fiat's deep roots. "To say that Fiat is pretty entrenched in Italy would be an understatement," said Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis for IHS Automotive. "There is a culture that has been baked in there. " Yet such a move would result from increasing globalization and the need for companies to locate in the biggest auto markets and centers of research and development.
May 16, 2013 |
Reports out of Europe suggest that Fiat SpA, the 114-year-old Turin, Italy-based automaker, has a headquarters move to the U.S. under consideration. If it happens, the move would likely occur after Fiat's planned merger with Chrysler Group. It would be a stunning and unprecedented decision in the automotive industry, experts said, because of Fiat's obviously deep Italian roots. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's 10 best green cars for 2013 "To say that Fiat is pretty entrenched in Italy would be an understatement.