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#MASHUP: Nissan LEAF meets Nissan Frontier in EV pickup truck

Nissan’s Technical Center had a crazy idea: Why not take a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle (EV) and slap a bed from a Nissan Frontier pickup truck on the back instead of a hatch? The crazier part? They actually did it.

Taxi Wars: SheRides Battle of the Sexes edition

She Rides is an app-based taxi service that purports to be more woman-friendly because the cabbies are women. Except, there are barely any women cabbies.

Chinese LEAF: Dongfeng Nissan launches first EV

The Dongfeng Nissan Venucia e30 electric car looks pretty much like a Chinese knockoff of the Nissan LEAF. That’s because as far as we can tell, it is.

Ferocious Canine K900: Kia K900 is in the hunt for uber-luxury sedans

I’m telling ya, I had more interest in the Kia K900 than the Rolls-Royce Wraith. After years of lower-priced but good products like the Sportage, people are fascinated by the idea of a $66,000 Kia.

Real Wraith: We try world’s first satellite-aided transmission in Rolls-Royce Wraith

The satellite-aided transmission in the Rolls-Royce Wraith uses GPS and the nav system to predict the road ahead.” To be candid, the results are subtle.

Kia Soul EV price set, starts at $33K before tax breaks

The Kia Soul EV is getting quite a bit of advertising in my area now, so it interested me to see the model priced from $33,700 before a $7,500 tax credit.

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Elio Motors says Peterson springs key in 84 MPG claim

Elio Motors’ latest Tech Talk e-mail gave some insight into just how much thought is going into making the three-wheeled eponymous car a lightweight machine capable of reaching the company’s claimed 84 MPG highway fuel efficiency goal.

Follow a Dream racing team is truly inspirational

Jay Blake’s Follow a Dream Racing team is in a three-way tie for third place in the NHRA Eastern region. What makes that amazing? Jay is blind.

Got a start-stop problem? Don’t want one? Change the belt.

Start-stop technology works great for saving gas at long traffic lights. But now that we have the first generation of start-stop vehicles on the road, many of us are finding the belts that take the most abuse are the belts that spin the engine back up.

Real Wraith: We spend time in the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

This is it. The epitome of luxury, class, and dare we say driving pleasure all wrapped up in one package and priced for successful hedge fund managers sans families.

Why no families? Although I installed a car seat today in the rear of our 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith test vehicle, the impractical-but-gorgeous suicide doors are just not meant for the supermarket. However, egress from the valet is more than pleasant.

2015 Lexus RC-F is most powerful Lexus V8 performance car ever

Add this one to our “must drive” list: The 2015 Lexus RC-F is reportedly the most-powerful V8-powered performance Lexus ever, with a 5.0-liter, 467-horespower engine and tons of go-fast tech.

WTF-SPORT, Hybrid Edition: Lexus GS 450h gets F-SPORT variant

We’ve tested a 2013 Lexus GS 450h and found it to be a veritable hot rod among hybrids, with tuning seemingly focused more on outright performance than on maximum fuel economy. To further that hi-po hybrid strategy, the Lexus GS 450h is getting an F-SPORT model.