Some real-world hybrid Insight

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By JOE KNYCHA, www.wheelbasemedia.com It’s widely known that hybrid vehicles shine brightest in high-density stop-and-go traffic, achieving in the process low fuel consumption and ultra-low greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s because the built-in electric motor helps the gas engine get the car rolling. But how are they on the open road? More to the point, how do they… Read more »

H2Oh?

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By BILL MCLAUCHLAN www.wheelbasemedia.com The common belief is that something won’t last very long unless it’s created in a lab. That might be always be the case, but the source material for such parts is quite literally in a liquid state.Cars with bodies and parts made from seaweed and powered by biofuel derived from algae… Read more »

Five ways to get real and consistent savings at the pump

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ARA Whether it’s shopping for groceries or clothes at the mall, we’re always on the lookout for the best deal. Though it may be through more subtle means, you can apply the same money-saving principals toward other everyday expenses. The money you spend on gas is a perfect example. By making a few adjustments like… Read more »

Squeeze more savings out of the gas pump this summer

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ARA With gas prices on an eternal upswing and the summer driving season in full force, drivers are looking for ways to alleviate the pain at the pump. Some simple steps can make a big difference in your fuel economy so you can save money and get the most out of every gallon. Start with… Read more »

Auto loan terms continue to loosen for all buyers

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DEE-ANN DURBIN AP For car buyers seeking auto loans, happy days are here again. U.S. banks and auto finance companies are once again welcoming all kinds of customers, even those with less-than-stellar credit. The average credit scores of new and used car buyers, which spiked during the economic downturn, have fallen to nearly the same… Read more »

Cars and Conversation with Jay Leno

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UMFA presents Jay Leno for special event at University of Utah in connection with Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah is pleased to present Cars and Conversation with Jay Leno, a special ticketed event taking place at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday, July… Read more »

Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries

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DEE-ANN DURBIN AP DETROIT— From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of new cars and trucks surged in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.  Automakers sold nearly 1.3 million cars and trucks in June, up 22 percent from the same month last year. Chrysler… Read more »

Vroom! Texas considers 85 mph speed limit, nation’s highest

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By Richard Simon Los Angeles Times (MCT) WASHINGTON — Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. Soon, it could be faster, too. The Lone Star State could raise the speed limit on one stretch of highway to 85 miles per hour, the highest in the nation. But don’t press the pedal to the metal yet…. Read more »

Idling limits the ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ of laws

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PAUL FOY AP SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jodi Miller likes her coffee as much as anyone, but she admits to feeling guilty idling her car with a half-dozen others at a coffee shack on a residential street corner. Miller knows Salt Lake City recently passed a law that limits “unnecessary” idling to no more… Read more »

Car maintenance made easy with simple tips from a gear head

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ARA Everyone knows car maintenance is important, but if you’re not a gear head – someone who loves working on vehicles – the idea of doing routine car maintenance can be very intimidating. “Whether on the set of Top Gear, at NASCAR races or just in my garage at home, I’m fortunate enough to be… Read more »