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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Driving A Diesel Civic

November 29th, 2007 at 4:31pm

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For the past week I’ve been tooling around town in a diesel powered, Euro-spec Honda Civic. I like it so much, and it attracts so much attention, that it makes me wonder why Honda never decided to sell this car in the ‘States.

First off, the European version of the Civic. . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Driving A Fuel Cell Equinox

November 23rd, 2007 at 12:01pm

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I think I’m going to puke if I have to go to another auto show that promotes itself as the “greenest” of them all. These days, every auto show in the world claims to be more concerned about the environment than any of the others. And LA was no different.

But I have to grudgingly admit that. . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Long Live The Piston Engine

November 16th, 2007 at 12:32pm

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Every auto show I go to in the world all claim they’re the “greenest” of them all. Same with LA.

But as I go around the displays looking at all the hybrids and diesels and flex-fuel cars, it sure looks like the piston engine is going to. . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: DARPA Debrief

November 8th, 2007 at 2:27pm

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DARPA Urban Challenge 2007

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The DARPA Urban Challenge wrapped up this past weekend and it has to be one of the most exciting automotive events I’ve ever attended. There was an electricity in the air. You could feel the energy. It was almost like being at a Formula One race, but with an aura of real importance to it.

I think everyone there realized we were witnessing history in the making, like going to see one of the first flights of the Wright brothers. To me, this race proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that. . .

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AUTOLINE ON AUTOBLOG: Look Ma, No Hands!

November 1st, 2007 at 3:28pm

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There are so many things that I could have done this week. Like go to the SEMA show in Vegas. Or to the auto show in Tokyo. Or the national media launch of the smart in San Jose. Or the launch of the Chevrolet Malibu in Memphis. But I turned them all down. Instead, I’m going to the DARPA Urban Challenge in Victorville, California.

The what in where, you ask?

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