Category Archives: Alternative Fuels and Propulsion

Plugged In

Tweet 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrids are the wave of the future… OK, before the haters have their chance to speak, … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Immediate Social and Industrial Impact of a 238-Mile Range EV

Tweet General Motors is defining what a practical EV looks like. Electric cars might not be what will make a difference to meet the looming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2025. The future will see greater and greater … Continue reading

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Nissan Raises The Hybrid SUV Ante

Tweet Is there a worse time to build an all new hybrid? Nissan laid the Altima Hybrid to rest in 2011. Despite higher fuel prices than today the Altima Hybrid did not sell well. Nissan, under Carlos Ghosn, has always … Continue reading

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Commentary: How Should I Cover The Continuing Story?

Tweet “So, Randy, what is your take on the whole Volkswagen crisis?” Seems to be that everyone thinks I have the answer to what was happening at Volkswagen AG, let alone Volkswagen of America. It is a hot subject due … Continue reading

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Commentary: Provocations from IAA 2015

Tweet Honestly, I am not a fan of electric cars. Nor do I find pleasure driving hybrids, either. I have to experience both kinds of vehicles because it is my job. I am also not a fan of Tesla Motors … Continue reading

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Commentary: A New Argument for Diesel

Tweet In 2007, I wrote a commentary on this blog exploring the notion of expanding diesel engines in this country. Some changes were made, but there is still stagnation in terms of market growth. Recently, Automotive News had their own … Continue reading

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Commentary: The New Diesel Pickup World Order

Tweet Photo by Randy Stern V&R has grown another Contributing Writer for the site. William Maley has already contributed to V&R and you will see more of his perspective from Southeastern Michigan (i.e. “The Detroit Area”) going forward. Some of … Continue reading

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Five Favorite Project Cars…or, Would That Be “Car Projects?”

Tweet A potential project. Photo by Randy Stern Dr. Frankenstein is a genius! Of course, we know he is a character that pops out during this time of year. A symbol of horror films dating back to the silent era, … Continue reading

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A Sort of Homecoming

2012 Buick Regal eAssist 9

There is nothing like recalling past triumphs.

At the Chicago Auto Show, I had the great opportunity to present the 2011 Vehicle of the Year award to Tony DiSalle, Vice President of Marketing for Buick and GMC. The Buick Regal won this award by virtue that it was an absolutely superb premium midsized sedan. It did everything well – all I could ask from a globally-developed, German-made car.

My personal editorial policy states that I do not review the same vehicle twice. In this instance, there is an exception. While the Regal I reviewed last year had a 220 horsepower 2.0litre turbocharged engine, this one came with something completely different – an additional electric motor. As is the case with most automakers these days, the push to improve fuel economy includes taking steps to find ways to alleviate the stress on the standard internal combustion engine or find another energy source to power the vehicle.

General Motors already had a hybrid system in place that appeared in the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura. After a couple of years off the market, GM dusted off the system, made some improvements, and installed it into three new models for 2012 and 2013. One of these new models just happens to be the Buick Regal. Continue reading

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Five (More) Favorite “Forbidden Fruit” Experiences

Tweet 2012 Chevrolet Orlando Photo (c)2011 General Motors Canada There are times when I truly enjoy stepping back and consider the possibilities. Our universe is one where it can be done – even if you’re asleep in your own comfortable … Continue reading

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