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How to Determine If Solar Panels Make Sense for You

Channel your inner Elon Musk.<p>Solar panels are quickly becoming one of the most popular options for green energy. Even Tesla, headed by Silicon Valley guru Elon Musk, has started marketing solar panels for the home. Musk has even gone so far as to power an entire island to show how efficient his new …

The Big Test: Large Luxury SUVs

Big Time: Beans, Brains, and Brawn Meet Bling<p>Allow me to state the obvious: We live in a big country. Not the biggest, but pretty dang close. We Americans also like big things. Be it burgers, beers, buildings, boobs, butts, you name it, in America bigger is more often than not associated with …

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How to Lay Down the Absolute Quickest Lap Times at the Track – Feature

Whether you’re aware of it or not, you learned the basic rules of track lapping in kindergarten: Get in line, stay in line, and follow the line. And no hitting others. Mastering the concept, however, requires a physicist’s understanding of how dramatically a slight misstep can adversely affect your …

Why Traffic To These Google Alternatives Is Soaring

What you look for on the Internet reveals a lot about you, which is why a growing number of people are turning to services that do not track their searches and offer greater privacy protections than Google.<p>“The consciousness is only slowly building on the dangers,” says Robert Beens, CEO of Dutch …

Escort Passport Max vs. Valentine One | Comparison Test

X-band<p>Almost always a false alert, this frequency is still used by some smaller, rural police departments that have old X-band units kicking around, so don’t tune it out completely.<p>K-band<p>Commonly used for automatic door openers and car safety systems, K-band wreaks havoc with radar detectors, …

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reaffirms 5-star safety rating for 2014 Tesla Model S

Despite the overblown controversy surrounding fires caused by severe accidents (something that all vehicles are vulnerable to), the Tesla Model S …

Keep Those Leather Car Seats New

Follow these simple tips to protect those leather car seats from becoming dull and cracked after years of wear and tear.<p>I just bought my first really nice car, a BMW 335i, and I want to make sure the leather interior stays pristine. What's the best way to maintain it?<p>The bulk of wear on leather …

Throwing Money at Electrics

Automakers are losing money on EVs, so why are they suddenly so cheap?<p>If patience were a cashier’s check instead of a virtue, it’d be worth more than a quarter-billion dollars. Conceivably, that’s how much Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf owners, who snapped up more than 50,000 of these plug-in …

How Will Google's Driverless Cars Change Cities? It Will Expand Them, Massively

The New York Times has a little piece looking at how the impact of driverless cars will change cities. There’s some interesting thoughts in there but I will happily bet goodly sums that the major impact is going to be to expand the cities, massively, in geographic area. Here’s their set up:<p>While …

Hyping Hypercars: 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari vs. 2014 McLaren P1, Lamborghini Veneno

Three high priests of the sports-car realm reveal their own golden calves.<p>Geneva is a quiet Swiss city of enormous but restrained wealth. The Palexpo center, where the auto show is held every gray March, is modestly sized, and the automaker stands are, by regulation, relatively small. The scene is …

The Physics Of: Redline

The secrets of sky-high engine speeds.<p>spinners<p>how come diesels don't rev?<p>Automotive diesel engines usually don't spin past 5000 rpm. Thanks to diesel fuel's higher energy density and more abrupt combustion, heavier components are necessary. Long strokes that augment torque also add inertial mass, …

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Google Glass code reveals always-on listening mode

A number of experimental features in Google Glass have been uncovered by the Android hacking community, including one that puts the headset in a constant listening mode awaiting an owner's command. Another lets you quickly snap a photo with an eye wink. These and other experiments remain hidden …

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Google Reportedly Faces FTC Antitrust Probe Over Display Ads

The Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of opening an antitrust probe into how Google runs its online display advertising business, according to a report by Bloomberg News, citing sources who want to remain anonymous because the FTC has not announced the probe.<p>Google took the lead in …

2014 BMW M5: New Gadgetry Built for Speed and Comfort

Munich's response to the hi-po luxury arms race.<p>Just as it did to the 5-series, BMW is making subtle yet significant changes to the M5 for 2014. But while those upgrades border on inconsequential, the brand will offer an optional Competition package that reinforces the M5's position as the purest …

Aaron Robinson: Why The Great Elon Musk Needs a Muzzle

To call the Gray Lady a liar is crossing a line and standing with the Chinese government.<p>Before we go any further, let’s be clear on one thing: I’m a fan of Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk. It’s not because he’s both two years younger than me and, with a net worth of $2.7 billion, ranks 527th on …

Chevy announces pricing for the 2014 Spark EV — News

For all intents and purposes, automakers aren’t making a nickel from the few electric cars they sell. Fiat says it’s losing $10,000 on every 500E, and while General Motors disputes the Volt’s red ink—estimated at more than $40,000 per car by some sources—Chevrolet is doling out a Costco-size …

2012 BMW 328i Sport Long-Term Update 6

Service Department Shenanigans<p>If you haven’t been reading our Car Salesman Confidential series, I recommend it. It’s a fascinating look behind the scenes at a dealership and shows how slim the profit margin can be on a new car. The service department, though, is where there’s money to be made.<p>I …

Fuel Efficiency

Top 10 Most Fun-to-Drive Vehicles by Combined MPG

Thrills for Every Fuel Budget<p>When your automotive wants and needs conflict, finding a fun-to-drive vehicle without overextending the fuel budget can be a daunting task. After scouring the EPA’s official fuel economy site, though, we’ve picked two fun-to-drive vehicles in five combined mileage …

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe First Drive

Ultimate M<p>Is the new 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe the best M money can buy? It’s certainly the M product that requires the most money to buy, ringing in at $115,225 to start, including $1300 in guzzler taxes. To these eyes it’s far and away the best-looking M product, and its 560-hp/500-lb-ft twin-turbo …

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Luxury Diesel SUV Comparison

Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Mercedes-Benz ML350 vs.Porsche Cayenne vs. Volkswagen Touareg<p><i>“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life.”</i> — Lee Iacocca.<p>We just missed the five-friend cut, so would having four real chums make us eligible for a …

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class First Look

Benz Ups the Wow Factor<p>No honest man <i>needs</i> a $100,000 luxury sedan, but after learning more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, we’re drawn in by the astoundingly long list of new technology offered on the German automaker’s latest flagship car. The 2014 Mercedes S-Class sedan has the technology …

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2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T Arrival

A Year With The Four-Ring Wagon That Thinks Its an SUV<p>The appeal of an SUV is not lost on me. I’ve owned a bunch, including models from GMC, Land Rover, and Jeep. The “smallest” of them was my Wrangler, but even then I enjoyed sitting tall in the saddle, a reassuring bulk of truck-bred steel …

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