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Five Vehicles to Watch in 2015

Special to Nvate We may have just passed the halfway mark of 2014, but car enthusiasts are already looking forward to next year. From amazing technology and powerful engines loaded with plenty of horsepower, to snazzy body styles and impressive handling, 2015 is sure to be a banner year for cars and trucks. Whether you [&hellip

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Need a Lift? Rent a Car2Go for a Few Minutes or by the Mile

Paloma Basilio About a year ago, little blue and white car2go vehicles started to show up all around the city of Seattle, Wash. The two-passenger cars are rather small, but are functional enough to get a person or two from point A to point B quicker than in a bus. They have since expanded as [&hellip

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Secure your Car with the Goodlock

Paloma Basilio Car thieves become more creative every year causing car theft to be a fairly big problem, not only in the United States, but around the world. Car alarms work when someone is around to hear them, but don’t successfully scare away potential car thieves. There has to be a way to make it [&hellip

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Lowriders Are More Than Just Cars, They’re Expressive Art and Culture

Paloma Basilio “It’s my culture man, it’s like my inheritance. My family all lowrides so I just keep lowriding myself. It’s something that’s traditional. I have a heart that’s like a car. My heart is in my wheels.” –Denis Martinez The view at the Western Washington University 13th annual lowrider show, Ridin’ Low in the [&hellip

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Plug-in Vehicles: 3 We Like for 2014

Joann Ackley, special to Nvate America is getting excited about electric vehicles or EVs. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the United States EV market has been dominated by the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the Nissan Leaf all-electric since their debuts in 2010. However, a new wave of EVs are on the [&hellip

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The Race Toward a Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle

Peggy Smith, special to Nvate The commonly used adage of, “This car doesn’t run off of air,” was put to the test in 1966 when General Motors Co. produced the world’s first fuel cell vehicle called the Chevrolet Electrovan. Despite the innovation, it was hardly practical. Since then, automakers have spent billions of research and [&hellip

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Autonomous Cars: Coming to a Street near You

Edward Johnson, special to Nvate Kitt was the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that had the ability to pick up Michael Knight by itself, so the two of them could fight the bad guys in the 1980s television series “Knight Rider.” And now it’s just a matter of time until Americans can have their own Kitt. [&hellip

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Biofuels: Green for the Environment or Investors?

Angela Ritter Biofuels are not a new idea. In fact, they have been around for as long as cars, according to National Geographic. Henry Ford planned to power his Model T with ethanol and early diesel engines ran on peanut oil. But if this is true why are biofuels now seen as the latest development [&hellip

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Environmentally Friendly, but are Electric Vehicles Cost-Effective?

By Bobby Miller “Worldwide, motor vehicles currently emit well over 900 million metric tons of [carbon dioxide] each year,” according to the World Resources Institute. “These emissions account for more than 15 percent of global fossil fuel CO2 releases.” This obviously has devastating consequences on the environment. It is no wonder, then, that many environmentally [&hellip

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The Mazda 3i: Didn’t We Almost Have it All?

By Corey Conley A few months ago I became the proud co-owner of a 2012 Mazda 3i 5-door, affording me the rare opportunity to write an unusually intimate gear review of an expensive piece of hardware. From time to time I hope to provide updates on our dark gray hatch, giving readers an unflinching chronicle [&hellip

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