Porsche with a plug: 2014 Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid is my first PHEV

When I took this job, i figured it was a matter of time until I tested a PHEV. I just didn’t expect it to be a $130,000 2014 Porsche Panamera S e-hybird.

BMW i DC Fast Charger unveiled at Plug-In 2014

The BMW i DC Fast Charger debuted at Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles held in San Jose, CA this week. The automaker said the DC Fast Chargers can charge the battery of a BMW i3 all-electric vehicle to 80% within 30 minutes.

Fortissimo Fiat: We spend some time in the Fiat 500L

The lilliputian Fiat 500 may be the real-life counterpart to Luigi in the Disney “Cars” movies, but the Fiat 500L is just plain Euro weird — in a good way.

Noteworthy: 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV fuel economy notes

After spending a week with the Nissan Versa Note SV, I had to throw it into my own comparo of recent competitors: The Ford Fiesta SFE and Mitsubishi Mirage.

Mercedes AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8 makes 125 horsepower per liter

It was the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary last week, so let me say, “HOLY HORSEPOWER, BATMAN!” Mercedes has a new AMG 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that makes 125 horsepower per liter!

2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0-liter turbo engine gains power

The 2015 Cadillac ATS will once again have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the options line-up, but it will be more powerful than before.

A Hellcat for the whole family: Dodge Charger to get Hellcat treatment?

Road & Track says the Dodge Challenger Hellcat may soon be joined by a Dodge Charger Hellcat. Hope your kids’ school drop-off installs an express lane.

BMW, Samsung SDI expand battery partnership

BMW and Samsung SDI signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their supply relationship for battery cells for the BMW i3, i8, and future hybrids.

2015 Ford Mustang’s ponycar power-to-weight push

Lest you think all the power-to-weight (and dollars-per-horsepower) news is coming from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat lately, Ford Mustang would like to remind you about its own power-to-weight claim to fame: Ford says in a press release that the 2015 Ford Mustang is still the best power-to-weight ratio you can buy for under $50,000 in the U.S.

FoMoCo touts toughness of new F-150 2.7-liter turbocharged V6

The Ford F-150 is always looking for a way to keep a leg up on the competition from other full-size trucks, and Ford Motor Company figures the truck’s new 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine is a key element in making sure the Fiddy stays on top of the full-size truck sales charts in times of ever-higher fuel prices.

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat: More horses per dollar

With Dodge Challenger Hellcat pricing starting at $60,000, we’d like to Dodge them on the back for offering so much horsepower per dollar.


Hack a Tesla, win 10 grand! And we have a winner!

The problem with a “hack a Tesla, win 10 grand” prize is if you are lucky enough to own a Tesla, futzing with the control modules to hack them would probably not bode too well for the warranty claims. But, at a hacking conference called Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) to be held in Beijing, China more »