A few people might have noticed that some newer cars are said to be using the “Atkinson cycle,” especially on hybrids. The principle characteristic of the Atkinson cycle is completing all four “strokes” of an engine cycle with one turn of the crankshaft, which is more efficient. Atkinson cycle has nothing to do with carbs Read on! →


Natural gas is an attractive alternative for both energy production and also for transportation, as it offers some benefits over gasoline. For starters, it’s cleaner, and is also much cheaper, as natural gas savings for motorists could really add up. Economic natural gas savings can really add up Like it or not, the gasoline engine Read on! →


The biggest obstacle to Saab being rescued in the past few years has been its former owner, General Motors. As a result, Saab’s current parent company, Spyker, has slapped GM with a $3 billion lawsuit for allegedly sabotaging a deal which would have saved the company. Spyker files suit over continuing drama Despite being in Read on! →


Chrysler has filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, saying it wants a $2.5 million security deposit it paid to Duke Energy in 2009 returned. Chrysler demands deposit back Following Chrysler’s bankruptcy in 2008, Duke Energy, which supplies power to the Michigan-based automaker’s plants in Kokomo, Indiana, demand a $2.5 million deposit, based Read on! →


For off-road enthusiasts who really wanted a Humvee but couldn’t afford the six-figure price tag, the celebrations may begin in earnest. AM General, the company that created it, is selling the Humvee as a kit car. Original maker now selling to civvies again with Humvee kit car The original Hummer, the H1 or “Humvee,” was Read on! →


Mitsubishi is issuing a small-scale recall of some of its 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles. Mistubishi i-MiEV recall In one of the few campaigns to ever target an electric smart vehicle, Mitsubishi is recalling some of its 2012 i-MiEV models. Only 49 of the four-seater EVs are targeted at this time. The issue in the recall Read on! →


A significant bump has been noted in the sales of cars with stick shifts, as manual transmissions are known for slightly better fuel economy than their automatic counterparts. Despite the recent gains, it is only as matter of time before the third pedal is done away with completely. Economy spurs spike in stick shift sales Read on! →


Some believe it is the price of gas that is driving up the sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Second quarter profits for the Milwaukee-based company were up by 30 percent worldwide. Harley-Davidson net income rises Harley-Davidson reported a net income of $247.3 million for the second quarter of 2012. That is way up from last year’s Read on! →


Parking tickets are a real pain in the rear and some parking enforcement officials, though just doing a job, are rather stingy. Ordinarily, showing them a sign of one’s displeasure is frowned upon, but a recent Michigan court ruling holds that yelling at parking enforcement is free speech. University rule preventing yelling at parking enforcement Read on! →