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No Reserve: Collection of 200 Microcars Ready for Auction

It took businessman and car collector Bruce Weiner over 15 years to gather the world's largest collection of the world's smallest cars; but it'll only take 48 hours to completely empty his museum. The entire contents of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, including 200 microcars and more than 300 lots of assorted collectibles, will be auctioned off (at no reserve)...

Would you drive a hot rod station wagon?

I can already hear you whispering to yourself: "No way. Not me. I would NEVER drive a station wagon. In fact, I'd probably drive a minivan before even considering one of those fake-wood-paneled monstrosities." OK, that's a little dramatic. Back it down a bit. But then again, you're probably thinking of the boxy, underpowered and...

One Last Trip for the Endeavour

Have you ever seen one of those "strongman" competitions where someone pulls train cars or maybe a few city busses with a huge rope wrapped around his waist? There's no arguing that it's an impressive show of power. And, at least for me anyway, it's always a little bit comical to see someone so (relatively) small moving such a large object. It's like watching a tiny ant carrying a huge leaf. It's visually absurd. About two weeks from now there's going to be another amazing show of strength...

Kilowatt-hours per 100 Miles (kWh/100m): Why Less is Better

Over the past week, Scott and I have taken a closer look at the new Well, yes, I am. Ideally the kWh/100m measurement should be as low as possible. It's a bit of a switch-up, and the best way to explain it is through comparison with MPG. Both calcula ...

How to Calculate Fuel and Energy Consumption per 100 Miles

Last week I mentioned that I've always thought of my car's fuel usage in terms of miles per gallon (mpg). I don't think that's particularly unusual for any car owner to think that way. In fact, until recently, a car's miles per gallon rating for highway and city driving were the prominent numbers displayed on a new car's window sticker. But as more auto manufacturers begin to adopt the new fuel economy labels from the EPA, you're going to begin seeing some new metrics. One of those new...

How will temperature affect MPGe?

As every driver in colder regions of the world knows, a low temperature can make it harder to start your car - but why?

Is comparing MPGe to MPG misleading?

For about the past 30 years or so, fuel economy labels created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have remained basically unchanged. You know the label we're talking about here, right? The oversized stickers that are plastered to the window of every new car and truck on the dealer lot. Those are actually called Monroney stickers, named for Senator Almer Stillwell "Mike" Monroney, a Democrat from Oklahoma who pushed for the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958. Anyway, those familiar window stickers are currently undergoing a major facelift, and some of the information...

All-electric vs. Total: Which range is more important?

If you're like me, you probably tend to think about your car's fuel consumption in terms of miles per gallon (or maybe kilometers per liter) rather than the total distance you can travel without stopping to fill up. And that's fine -- as long as you're driving a conventional, gasoline- or diesel-powered car or truck. But now that there are a few plug-in hybrid options available to us, we have some other important numbers to consider: all-electric range and total range. All-electric range is just what it sounds like -- in fact, it's probably the number that attracted you to...

Hey gang, it's time for our (semi)weekly listener mail blog. Our Facebook friend Liam recently asked us a fascinating question: Why not do a podcast on huge engines? It's a great idea. Since we're still on a hiatus, we decided to tackle a related que ...

Listener Mail: What makes a "classic car" classic?

We recently republished our episode on antique car plates, in which we examine what it takes to get your own antique plate -- and stumble into a conversation about what exactly makes a car 'classic.'These are two very, very different questions. The f ...