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GM's Volt Electric Car Costs $41K, Lease For $350 A Month

AP | TOM KRISHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Just over a decade ago, electric cars were expensive niche vehicles for gadget lovers and celebrities. Now, Nissan and General Motors ...

Exclusive First Drive! Nissan's 2011 Leaf EV

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

While Toyota's Prius gas/electric hybrid has been the Official State Car of Santa Monica for some years now, Leaf is definitely worthy of taking a shot at the title.

Los Angeles Auto Show -- Insider's Guide

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Parker

This year the big news is, much to the chagrin of car-makers and their PR people worldwide, about GM and their ongoing leadership problems.

LA Auto Show: Green and Smaller Could Mean Big Profits for Automakers

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Rose

Companies that have earned enormous profits selling giant trucks and SUVs are in the process of re-branding themselves as responsible corporate citizens with an obligation to society.

Green LEAF, Shocking VOLT -- GM Doesn't Get It, Again

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

The Nissan LEAF is bringing the next generation of low- and zero-emission vehicles to market. The Chevy VOLT still runs on gasoline, and goes less than half the distance of a fully charged LEAF.

Anxious but Excited, GM Employees Hope for a Revival

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jane Devin

How are the people at GM taking the changes? Underneath the anxiety, they are hopeful. They feel that they are participating in the birth of an automotive zenith that will turn GM's fortunes, and their own, around.

Will the Electric Volt Recharge GM?

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Rose

The EV1 car's torquey, smooth performance is unlike the halting, wimpy ride of my beloved Prius. Can I say -- it's electrifying?

Plug-In Hybrid Prius in US in 2012, Says Toyota

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

"Toyota Motor Corp. has joined the growing ranks of automakers planning to bring advanced battery-powered vehicles to consumers in the next few years."

Chevy's 230 MPG Volt: What Do YOU Think?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

But let's get right to it: What about the Volt? Will you be in the market for one? If so, why, and if not, why not? Believe me -- top people from GM will be reading your comments.

GM: New Chevy Volt To Get 230 Miles Per Gallon

AP | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WARREN, Mich. — General Motors said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt electric car could get 230 mpg in city driving, making it the first American vehi...

Nissan Leaf EV: One Man's Vision, Now Reality

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

When Nissan introduced their close-to-production Leaf electric vehicle yesterday, we caught a glimpse of transportation's future. You can bet that today oil companies are somewhat nervous.

What!?! Bob Lutz back at GM!

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Is it possible for a 77-year old to do a complete 180-degree turn from his life experience and philosophy? After all, among Lutz's major claims to fame are green-lighting the Dodge Viper and the Plymouth Prowler faux hot rod.

Vehicle Hydrogen Fuel Cells Killed

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Is there a White House technology double-standard, is it Obama-ish realism or are oil companies lobbying as they must to keep their black gold from turning into clean, abundant hydrogen?

"Green cars" - Latest Automotive Marketing Scam

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

The numbers may tell one story, but because cars are still all about emotion, fun, sex and fashion, there's a large audience you'd have a hard time convincing that the Prius is "better" than the Mini.

ExxonMobil -- Their "Hydrogen Plan" for Us

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Between Wall Street and the banks and the oil companies, and saving Detroit, which has been going out of business on a daily basis for 35 years, is there some way we aren't getting screwed?

White House Still "Gathering Information" While Detroit Suppliers go Bankrupt

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Even Bush doesn't want to go down in history as the man who oversaw the destruction of GM, Ford and Chrysler (I hope), and I'd guess Obama wishes he could install his own new team now and fire Paulson.

Los Angeles Auto Show -- Clean Diesels Clean Up

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

At this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, the 205-mile per hour, $100,000, 2009 Corvette ZR1 is relegated to the very rear of the Chevrolet exhibit, like the "adults only" section in video stores.

GM Pinning Its Hopes On Plug-In Hybrid

New York Times | MICHELINE MAYNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid, will not arrive in showrooms until late 2010. But it is already straining under the weight of an entire company....

Journalist to GOP: You're 100 Percent Wrong About U.S. Automakers

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Tucker

"People who say the U.S. doesn't innovate are woefully out of touch with Detroit's standing in this business."

Five Mistakes by DC and Detroit Hurt Detroit Three's Survival Shances

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Sen. Reid's new bailout bill for the Detroit Three does not set additional fuel-economy requirements, nor does it establish a government oversight board. That's two strikes against getting our money's worth.

October car/truck sales reports - Fuel for Obama campaign

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Parker

This Monday, the new car and truck sales reports for the month of October will be announced, and are expected to be the worst in 25-or-more years. T...

Detroit's inferiority complex needs change before public will buy

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

An observation, or two: Last week, General Motors rolled-out the latest version of their plug-in gas/electric hybrid Chevrolet Volt for the corporati...

Major car-maker haps: Detroit gets their bailout, Daimler selling their last 20% of Chrysler, world's largest Chevrolet dealer group closes

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Three major events involving the world of cars, politics and finance, both in the US and abroad. First, Automotive News reports, "Automakers and supp...

Detroit Three Expect $25 Billion -- So Who Bails Out Americans' Missing Car Payments?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

It used to be said that a house was the largest expenditure in any person's lifetime; but if someone buys five or more new cars over 40 or 50 years, those purchases could easily cost more, in total, than their home.

THE LATEST: $25 BILLION FOR DETROIT; PRODUCTION CHEVY VOLT PLUG-IN HYBRID UNVEILED

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Parker

Today's Detroit News newspaper reports that, because big investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase own huge amounts of GM and Ford cor...