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Learning from the last time it brought the 5-door A3 to the US, Audi is selling the sedan and the cabriolet versions of the new A3 first to American car buyers who have a strange dislike for hatchbacks and wagons.

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...

The all-new BMW 328 Diesel will change the way you view diesel. Watch actor Lamman Rucker’s first impressions as he gets behind the wheel to feel the diesel difference. BMW has introduced the 328d, powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel developing 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. While EPA estimates...

A 7-Day California Expedition with the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI I was met with my mother’s raised eyebrows when I described our plans to spend “Friendsgiving” away from Georgia this year. Rather than our traditional two-stop family celebration in metro-Atlanta, I planned to road trip across California in a diesel-powered 2014...

My first car was a 1987 Honda Prelude. It didn’t last long, but it was quickly followed by a 1985 Nissan 300ZX. I daily drive a 2000 Honda Civic Si, and I still think about my Z31 to this day. To say that Japanese cars hold a place in my heart is like saying Lennon and McCartney made a few good tunes. Over the years,...

Likes:Highway fuel economy Comfort Engine performance Ride and handlingDislikes:Limited options MyLink software Curb weightFor the first time since 1986, Chevrolet has brought a small modern turbo-diesel engine to America in a passenger car and it’s a sweetheart. The new top-of-the-line addition to the Cruze...

It’s taken some time to gain momentum, but diesel-powered cars are finally making their way back into American driveways after nearly three decades in the shadows. While Gen-Xers might have distant memories of loud, knocking engines and clouds of black smoke, more modern diesel engines have grown to be quiet,...

Three BMW Models Make North American Debut at New York International Auto Show BMW’s presentation at the 2013 New York International Auto Show includes three North American debuts, all of which display the German builders’ commitment to broadening the scope of its lineup. Two of the new models, the 3-Series Gran...

It looks like by 2015 we will have the option of over 50 different alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles to buy in the US. Many of these will be larger vehicles. We will have Plug-in Hybrid Porsches and Jeeps with Diesel engines. The trend that was once at the periphery of our transportation options, and typically meant...

Most of us drive gasoline- or diesel-powered cars, but we can’t ignore the ever-growing number of hybrid- and electric-powered cars on the roads. eBay Motors is your source for purchasing and equipping your alternative-energy vehicles. Gas/electric hybrids come in a couple different flavors — full and mild. Full...

What’s the first thing you think of when it comes to getting your car from Point A to Point B? Many different systems come into play getting your car down the road, but the heart of most cars and trucks is the internal-combustion engine. Gasoline engines — by far the most common on the road today — come in...

In the past decade, the gas-electric Toyota Prius has risen in status from science project to mainstream vehicle. In September, the 50-mpg hybrid was the eighth most popular car in the U.S., and the biggest gainer—more than doubling sales from a year ago. But for all the merits of hybrid technology—great fuel...

Project Idea: eBay-Sourced Corvette Diesel Commuter As my online handle “Mad_Science” might suggest, I have some experience with the world of science and research (I once had a remote control rabbit). Funny thing about research: you can’t sell it. Well, not in the traditional sense. With a conventional product or...

The Detroit Electric automobile company produced about 14,000 pure electric vehicles during its 32-year run from 1907 to 1939. This Model 75, made in 1918, is one of only several hundred still on the road today. In 1918, when this Model 75 was produced, electric vehicles were already going the way of the horse. The...

The Corbin Sparrow is a single-passenger, three-wheeled, pure-electric people mover. Only 300 of these wonderfully funky vehicles were produced, from 1992 to 2002. This one up for auction on eBay is Number 140. It’s even more unique—if that’s possible— because its owner has tricked it out with a custom metallic dark...

The Land Rover Defender is a British four-wheel-drive off-road utility vehicle developed from the original Land Rover Series launched in 1948. First called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten—names referring to the number of inches in its wheelbase—it became the Defender in 1990. That name derives, at...

The Nissan Leaf is the car that ushered in the new era of affordable electric vehicles in the 21st century. So, it only makes sense that the electric hatch—capable of about 80 miles of driving on single charge—would figure prominently in an emerging market of used EVs. A year-and-half after the first customer was...

An electric SUV might seem like an environmental oxymoron. But using ultra-efficient and inexpensive electric fuel in a spacious sports utility could be the key to gaining wider acceptance of EVs among American consumers. This purely electric 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV, listed for $16,900 in a classified ad on eBay, is the...

This remarkable 1920 Ford Model T runs on electricity. According to the seller, who has been a collector for more than 45 years, it’s the only electric Model T he has ever seen. Ford originally built the vehicle to run as a conventional gas-powered vehicle, but sometime in the past few decades, the original engine...

When the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid goes on sale this fall, most American consumers are likely to ask, “What’s a C-Max?” That’s a fair question, considering that the model is new to the U.S. market—not only as a new nameplate, but as a different kind of vehicle altogether. One immediate distinction is that it’s Ford’s...

If you’re looking to save money at the pumps, one of the smartest things you can do is to downsize. Keep this in mind: Buying a car that meets, but does not exceed, your need for size and power doesn’t have to be an exercise in self-restraint. A little legroom and horsepower can be traded for a monumental amount of...