By Jim Motavalli ·
January 14, 2014

Somewhat Cautiously, VW Rolls Out the New E-Golf

Volkswagen's entry for the ZEV states is a 100-mile sedan on the new Golf platform. VW chose to roll out the car on the new go-for-broke Golf platform, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. It was, it must be said, a low-key announcement.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 19, 2013

Tesla Responds to Fires With Ground Clearance Software Update

How low can it go? That's the question Tesla owners are debating in online chat rooms after the latest software upgrade from Tesla, which alters the Smart Air Suspension feature at high speeds. The change is in response to three recent fires in Tesla Model S vehicles.

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By David Herron ·
September 16, 2013

Used Nissan LEAFs Now Available as Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle With Full Warranty

Nissan announced last week that it is adding the all-electric LEAF to its Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program. Beginning in September, CPO LEAF's will be available backed by a robust Nissan's warranty.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 26, 2013

Buying Peace of Mind With Smart's $80 a Month Battery Rental

Smart's battery rental program has proved wildly popular in Europe. In the U.S., it will drop the Smart Electric Drive's purchase price to $20,650, before the federal tax credit.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 24, 2013

Tesla’s Fight With Auto Groups Switches Up A Gear As NY Joins In

In the ten years since it was founded, California-based Tesla Motors has ruffled more than a few feathers in the automotive industry with its fresh-faced thinking. Not only is its Model S electric sedan the best electric car money can buy, but the company—led by its tenacious CEO Elon Musk—is fighting a massive war against auto dealers for the right to sell its cars directly to its customers.

To date, most of Tesla’s bloody battles have revolved around well-established legislation in some 48 states which make it illegal for automakers to sell cars directly to the public, forcing them to sell through franchised dealerships.

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