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Undercover Greenie - 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Review By Rex Roy

Undercover Greenie - 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Review By Rex Roy

Undercover Greenie 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid By Rex Roy Contributing Editor The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau American drivers have been conditioned to think that fuel-efficient hybrids look dull and nerdy, if not kind of weird. For example, the first Toyota Prius sold in the US scored and absolute zero on the looks scale. ... Continue reading

2010 Toyota Prius Review - VIDEO ENHANCED

2010 Toyota Prius Review - VIDEO ENHANCED

2010 Toyota Prius — The Green Giant By Rex Roy 2010 Toyota Prius In the U.S. alone, Toyota has sold more than 670,000 Prius hybrid models. The car has become an icon of the environmental movement. We've just driven the all-new, third-generation Prius, and we believe that it will continue to be popular with the eco ... Continue reading

GM Introduces More Hybrid Models; Hybrid Cadillac Escalade and GMC/Chevy Pickups Join Mix

GM Introduces More Hybrid Models; Hybrid Cadillac Escalade and GMC/Chevy Pickups Join Mix

By Rex Roy There's a lot going on with hybrids these days. In January at the Detroit Auto show, Toyota announced their new third-generation Prius, and Honda re-introduced their hybrid, the 2010 Insight. But for a lot of drivers, these four-cylinder sedans just won't cut it. For people who need more room or power, GM is ... Continue reading

Did You Miss the 2008 Auto Shows? We Didn't! Experience Them Here! - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO COVERAGE

Did You Miss the 2008 Auto Shows? We Didn't! Experience Them Here! - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO COVERAGE

Even if you were at the 2008 Auto Shows in Los Angeles, London, Geneva and Detroit there was so much to see and the media introduction schedules were so hectic that chances are you would have missed something. And you may have missed some of the best. But don't worry, because we have it all on TheAutoChannel.com. In ad ... Continue reading

The Future of Motoring is Electric

The Future of Motoring is Electric

Futuristic concepts have pointed toward electric vehicles for years. Remember the GM's Sequel concept that used a fuel cell to power wheel-mounted motors? Its mechanicals were all included in a sleek skateboard chassis that could be fitted with virtually any type of body. But economic times like these demand more pract ... Continue reading

New Nickel Zinc Battery Technology On the Way

New Nickel Zinc Battery Technology On the Way

New battery technology on the way By Rex Roy Surprisingly, it's been nearly two decades since the last major advance in battery technology. For non-geeky battery types, this would have been the commercialization of the Lithium Ion cell. This battery type remains the industry's standard for pure electric vehicles becaus ... Continue reading

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review - A Serious Hybrid From Detroit

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review - A Serious Hybrid From Detroit

By Rex Roy The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the perfect vehicle from Detroit to put before somebody … anybody … who doesn't think Detroit builds fuel-efficient, high-quality cars that people want. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is one great car. The hybrid shares the new styling of the non-hybrid 2010 Fusion that ... Continue reading

Motor City Dream Garages

Motor City Dream Garages

BOOKS FOR THE CAR LOVER By Steve PurdyTheAutoChannel.comDetroit Bureau Motor City Dream Garages By Rex Roy Forward by Don Sherman Motorbooks International It has been said that a man’s home is his castle. For many car guys it may be more accurate to say that a man’s garage is his castle. Rex Roy has explored ... Continue reading

SEMA craziness begins with Dodge Ram R/T

SEMA craziness begins with Dodge Ram R/T

By Rex Roy Hot on the heals of the retail introduction of the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, the Dodge boys are showing off a SEMA-ized version of an Ram R/T. The finished truck will break cover at the SEMA convention that runs November 4-7 in Las Vegas. For those not familiar with the largest aftermarket tradeshow in the world, ... Continue reading

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0-liter Diesel Review

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0-liter Diesel Review

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0-liter Diesel More economy and more power make green sense. By: Rex Roy "Don't judge a book by its cover." You know this adage, and sometimes it even means something…like learning the tattooed girl from Starbucks is a Rhodes Scholar. The old saying applies to the 2008 Jeep Grand Cheroke ... Continue reading

2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 Review

2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 Review

Pat The Bunny: The 2007 Rabbit 2.5 By Rex Roy Photos by Rex Roy and the manufacturer There's a children's book generations old called "Pat The Bunny." It's a tactile wonder between the hard covers. Just like the 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit. This is a fine car to drive. It has the spirit and quality of the higher-performance ... Continue reading

2008 Infiniti G37 Review - Seduce Me

2008 Infiniti G37 Review - Seduce Me

<p>By Rex Roy</p> <p>Diving into a right-left-right downhill combination at Barber Motorsports Park just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, lots of things snap into focus. First, the 14-inch front rotors on the 2008 G37 Sport really burn off speed in a hurry. Second, the entire package is well balanced and just plain easy ... Continue reading

2007 Ford F-350 Vs. Ford F-450 Review - Evolution brings new monsters to the road.

2007 Ford F-350 Vs. Ford F-450 Review - Evolution brings new monsters to the road.

We drive two new Ford Super Duty pickups—F-450 & F-350. Another “Short Shift”* Review By Rex Roy Freelance Automotive Journalist For Hire Photos by the author and Ford Motor Company What monsters. In our “Mine is bigger than yours”-obsessed culture, Ford’s new Super Duty pickups reign supr ... Continue reading

2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

Experiencing The Hy-Life — 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Another “Short Shift” Review By Rex Roy Freelance Automotive Journalist For Hire Mark my words; you’re only seeing the tip of the hybrid iceberg. These days there are only a handful hybrids from a few manufacturers. More and better units are c ... Continue reading

2007 Chevrolet Aveo Review

2007 Chevrolet Aveo Review

The 2007 Chevy Aveo -- Enjoy Christmas cheer at every gas stop. By: Rex Roy Photo: The Author That jingling you hear isn't sleigh bells—it's actually the change left in your pocket after filling the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo's 11.9-gallon fuel tank. This is but one of the joys of driving Chevy's small-but-tall people ha ... Continue reading

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