Train collision in North Dakota sets oil rail cars ablaze – Reuters

FARGO, North Dakota (Reuters) – A BNSF train carrying crude oil in North Dakota collided with another train on Monday setting off a series of explosions that left at least 10 cars ablaze, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing oil-by-rail traffic. Local residents heard five powerful explosions just a mile outside of the small town of Casselton after a westbound train carrying soybeans…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Safest Cars for 2014 – Forbes

2014 Acura MDX – rated GOOD and a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The list of vehicles earning top safety ratings for 2014 by offering the highest levels of crash protection is shorter than last year due to tougher requirements, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said when it announced its 2014 safety awards earlier this month. Thirty-nine vehicles met the new, more rigorous criteria,…

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Electric cars may hold solution for power storage – Los Angeles Times

The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region’s fragile power network, the car owner gets paid. The pilot project here at the University of Delaware has had enough success to set off…

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Test Drive: The best cars from 2013 – USA TODAY

Last SlideNext Slide Jaguar F-Type V-8 was the most fun of any test car the past year. Just hitting the start button was an adventure.(Photo: Jaguar) Story Highlights Most fun: Jaguar F-Type V-8 Biggest surprise: Chevrolet Spark EV Best rookie: Chevrolet Cruze diesel We drive a lot of cars as part of the job, and the most common question is, “What’s your favorite?” Or the similar, “What’s the best thing…

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – CNNMoney

Usually, when a man tells his wife “I’ll come pick you up in the car,” the next thing she asks isn’t, “What color is it?” Welcome to my life. I drive a lot of different cars over the course of a year. So many, in fact, that it’s rare for a car to really stand out. But a few do. Yes, of course, there’s the stuff that always stands out;…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Depreciation hits electric cars hard – USA TODAY

Last SlideNext Slide Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn shows how to charge the electric vehicle Leaf.(Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO, AFP/Getty Images) Story Highlights Plug-in cars are projected to depreciate more off their list prices than conventional cars Kelley Blue Book projected residual values over five years Pure electric cars take a bigger hit than plug-in hybrids Plug-in electric cars may be cutting-edge technology, but an analysis suggests that most will depreciate more…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Volkswagen’s 2013 diesel-vehicle sales to top 100000: Why it matters – Los Angeles Times

Although diesel engines date back to the dawn of the automotive age, it’s a technology that American consumers have never taken to. Credit their memory of an older generation of smelly, smoky and hesitant diesel cars. But by building a generation of fuel-efficient, clean and quiet turbo diesels with lots of zip, and making a diesel an engine option in almost every vehicle VW and its luxury Audi brand…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Volkswagen likely to outsell GM in China – USA TODAY

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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013

Five most fun cars of 2013 – Fox News

The automobile industry was firing on all cylinders in 2013, with a bumper crop of great vehicles luring customers into showrooms, where trucks and crossovers led the way in sales and even electric cars finally started getting a foothold in the market. But while most shoppers are looking for a car they need, its the one’s we want that get us excited about hitting the road, and here are five…

Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013