Fuel economy has done wonders for Toyota’s bottom line, so the hybrid pioneer has decided to add a plug-in to its lineup by 2010 and will have a hybrid version of every vehicle it makes sometime in the 2020s. Why so long? Because new batteries have to be developed in order to make the plan work.
A car dealership in Missouri has found its sales quadrupled after the introduction of an offer that gives customers a free gun with the purchase of any used or new vehicle. The promotion, which is said to be a response to Barack Obama’s recent comment on Midwestern voters who “cling to guns or religion,” continues until the end of the month.
BMW has just announced that it intends to be the first car company to bring a hydrogen-burning vehicle to market. The race is on, with GM parading its hydrogen prototype on CBS on Tuesday, and Toyota and Honda fighting over who loves trees more. Still, one has to wonder when the environmentally friendly car will trickle down from luxury status and low emissions can be had by all.
Check out the new movie that The New York Times calls “a prosecutorial examination of the role of oil companies, the automobile industry and the Bush administration (them again) in stymieing the development of emission-free electric vehicles.”