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Posts by: Bradley Berman

Bids on a stylish 1967 Maserati Mistral coupe have tripled on eBay Motors in the last two days, reaching beyond $90,000. That’s not surprising when you consider how the rare model—only about 825 of the coupes were made—recently reemerged after 27 years of cold dry storage.  Stephen Golde, an Arizona-based Roll-Royce...

Our post-post-modern age is subject to all kinds of ambiguities, sub-niches, gender-bending and confusion. In that sense, the BMW X4 that we recently drove for a week is a product of our times. It’s a coupe-like luxury crossover. For us, as delightful as the acceleration and handling was—after all, it’s a Bimmer—we...

Hyundai unveiled a redesigned version of its Sonata Hybrid sedan today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a 10 percent jump in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model, which gets 38 mpg. The boost will allow the Sonata Hybrid to...

General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The redesigned 2016 Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

Big brawny electric vehicles like the Tesla Model demonstrate that EVs aren’t necessarily small and limited. But bargain-minded car shoppers, especially those looking for a second car, are well advised to consider one of the top electric subcompacts, which can provide great maneuverability, plenty of driving range,...

Four short years ago, the Ford Fusion Hybrid won top car honors at the Detroit auto show. That version of the gas-electric Fusion was repeatedly praised - in no small measure - because it redefined how comfortable, powerful and smooth a hybrid could be. Moreover, it showed that a super-efficient midsize sedan could...

The hysterical television ad for the Cadillac ELR luxury electric vehicle would have us believe this: “You work hard, you create your own luck, and you gotta believe anything is possible.” It’s also intended convince us that the mean-looking electric sedan is worth its $76,000 base sticker price. Unfortunately, my...

Likes:Great fuel economy, with 43 mpg on the highway Handles like a BMW sedan, even though it’s a wagon Compelling combination of utility and styleDislikes:Not as powerful as the previous 335d model Steep sticker price at nearly $50,000 Underwhelming interior layout and finishIt’s nearly impossible to find a...

Search on eBay, and you’ll find dozens of used 2011 Nissan Leaf electric cars priced around $15,000. That’s a great deal—less than half the original sticker price—on a battery-powered five-seat EV with a range of about 80 miles per charge. Three years ago, the earliest of electric car adopters were chomping at the bit...

eBay Listing: 1980 Bradley GT II EV There’s a dearth of information available about the seriously cool Bradley GT fiberglass two-seat gull-wing kit car from the 1960s and 1970s. Web reports indicate that about 6,000 of the original Bradley GT cars were sold to kit builders, before the more refined but short-lived GT...

The Ultimate Stylish Sporty Eco-Commuter Car How would you like a great deal on the most stylish electric car on the road—and support an excellent social cause at the same time? You’ll have your chance starting Oct. 12, 2013 — when eBay and the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) auction off nine brand-new and...

eBay Listing: 2008 Tesla Roadster While the Tesla Model S sedan has become the media darling of the electric car world, let’s not forget that Tesla’s screaming fast two-seat Roadster is the car that proved just how cool EVs can be. And now, thanks to Tesla’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program, the all-electric soft-top...

eBay Listing: 1983 All-Electric KurbWatt Postal Van America is in the midst of a boom in domestic energy production. The current heavy flow of oil and natural gas might wash away memories of a time when the global spigots were turned off. But this Electric KurbWatt—one of only 50 that were ever built—is listed on eBay...

eBay Listing: 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 The Alfa Romeo 164 was styled at Pininfarina, the famed Italian car design firm. It was unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, as the last car offered before Alfa Romeo was purchased by Fiat.Alfa was well known as a sports car brand. The 164 was the company’s attempt to go...

It’s been more than 40 years since the first Earth Day. In that time, hybrid and electric car technology has been transformed from Buck Rogers fantasy to an everyday reality. Back in the day, driving a fuel-sipping car forced eco-minded motorists to settle on a stripped-down sluggish econobox. Today, there are more...

By all accounts, Volkswagen was one of the last major car companies to offer a hybrid, when it introduced the Touarag SUV Hybrid in 2010. There’s a 2012 gas-electric Touareg available via an eBay Motors classified right now. It’s a very capable and attractive upscale mid-size SUV, offering 333 horsepower via its...

Before hybrids and electric cars hit the green car scene, the best fuel efficiency strategy was to downsize. But for decades, opting for a smaller car, in order to go further on a gallon of gas, meant driving an “econobox” — a joyless, stripped-down model with little oomph and even less style. One exception has been...

Fiat today unveiled an all-electric version of its iconic 500 subcompact. Every bit as cute and iconic as the gas-powered Fiat 500, the so-called 500e takes on a blend of both retro and futuristic design—complete with dot patterns on the front grille influenced by Italian furniture, and a new Electric Orange color for...

On Monday, Motor Trend magazine announced that the all-electric 2012 Tesla Model S won its Car of the Year Award. It was the first time Motor Trend gave the distinction to a pure electric vehicle, and the first time the judges were unanimous in their decision. The Motor Trend award follows Automobile Magazine giving...

In 2014, Mercedes-Benz will begin selling a new small electric car, the B-Class E-Cell, in the United States. The car will use electric components supplied by Tesla Motors, and should display some of Tesla’s impressive high-power acceleration. But eBay shoppers don’t need to wait that long for a sweet all-electric...

Photo credit: Imperial LimoLand Imperial Coach Builders of Springfield, Mo. made headlines in June when it created the world’s first all-electric stretch limousine. “We took a regular Nissan LEAF electric,” said Nathan Daily, the company’s head electrician, “And we cut it into two and basically extended the frame and...