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    Small Japanese Cars Are Coming to North-America, Again

    September 10, 6:36 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Is it any surprise that Japanese carmakers are planning to bring some of their small cars – which are already best-sellers in most parts of the world – to North-America now that gasoline prices are rising and that SUVs are finally losing steam? Of

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    An Interview with the Inventor of Brompton Bike

    September 9, 1:01 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    The Observer recently interviewed Andrew Ritchie, the man who invented the Brompton portable folding bike. In a previous article, we highlighted the strengths of this bicycle, giving it high marks for its compactness and overall performance. Here's an

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    The Moovie: An Electric Car by Peugeot

    September 7, 4:39 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    This unique electric car has actually been built by Peugot. The company ran a competition for budding designers to submit a car concept, and have it produced as a working vehicle to be shown at the famous Frankfurt Show. This year the third Peugeot

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    Mercedes-Benz Offers Leather-Free Option in All Cars

    September 7, 3:10 AM by Collin Dunn in Cars

    Mercedes-Benz has agreed to offer leather-free interiors for all of its cars. Pressure from the German chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) led DaimlerChrysler to announce that its Mercedes subsidiary will offer fabric or

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    Realistic Gas Mileage Figures -- by Consumer Reports

    September 6, 6:00 PM by John Laumer in Cars

    The recent controversy over EPA estimated MPG versus what new car buyers actually get has not escaped our attention. Seems as if Consumer Reports may have heard the TreeHugger war cry: "Un-Pimp My Ride". In their just-published October 2005 issue, they

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    Update on the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

    September 6, 9:12 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Our previous post on the 2006 Honda Civic hybrid was incredibly popular and still gets a lot of traffic, so we figured that we should give an update on what has been learned about the latest Honda hybrid since then. This post will be a kind of

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    Steve Case & Lee Iacocca Invest in Flexcar

    September 5, 10:45 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Car-sharing is awesome! There, we've put our cards on the table, now you know what we think. We've been working on a general post about that subject for a while and it will soon appear on Treehugger, but we can't wait that long to let our readers know

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    Motorcycle Engine in smart Car

    September 4, 2:05 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Along with the Toyota Prius GT which we previously covered, the smart car (Mercedes writes the name of the car with a lower-case "s") modified by Peter Bee and Z Cars is an answer to a question that nobody had asked, but still kind of cool. The

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    Satirical Tutorials: Walking 101 & Cyclist 101

    September 4, 1:16 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    We enjoy good satire as much as anyone, especially when it has a treehugger bent. Walking 101 and Cyclist 101 are very good examples of exactly that. It all started when Ed, author of the CycleDog blog, saw a list of "gas saving tips" in his local

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    Koga Miyata Chela: the Touring Trailer Deluxe

    September 4, 6:18 AM by Christine Lepisto in Cars

    We will not apologize for the recent proliferation of bike trailer news here at Treehugger. With the eco-and health benefits that bicycles contribute to society, their sustainability is such that one can endorse ownership of a collection. Just as a

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    Electric Cyclery's Machine X (and other treats)

    September 4, 12:24 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    We will inform you that the Machine X range of electric bicycles using the 500W electric motor and 9 speed gears can cruise at up to 30mph (48kph), while weighing in at under 50 lbs (23kg). And they reckon it’s a real tough cookie. But in truth we are

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    Leggero Shopper: Max Flexibility

    September 3, 5:05 AM by Christine Lepisto in Cars

    This sweety was touched on recently by Treehugger (see Hybrid) after a comment from Reader Rob Baxter, but we thought you might like to have a little more info in English, in case your click to Leggero made your head swim. This device may look strange

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    GeoBici: Pedal Powered Cultural Guide

    September 3, 1:58 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    We are a very late coming to this, but any gizmo aficionados who missed it elsewhere, might still find the idea intriguing. Looks like a bike rental business in the Italian alpine region of Aosta has gone all high tech. Your ‘GeoBici’ hire bicycle

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    Found! A Hybrid More Efficient Than a Prius

    September 2, 12:26 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    How could we resist? The ever insightful WorldWatch Magazine recently had a delightful photo essay on the many uses of the bicycle. But this image tops even their selection. How we found this glorious pic is a story in itself, so wax your board as we’re

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    Caterpillar Supports Diesel Particulate Filter Retrofits

    September 1, 7:30 AM by John Laumer in Cars

    Minimizing particulate emissions from diesel engines is critical to achieving greater transportation efficiency. It's also needed if biodiesel fuel use is to scale up significantly, reducing foreign oil dependency. The generic method for clean

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    TrioBike : Good Things Come in Threes

    September 1, 12:48 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    The trioBike is one very cool and exciting design. And on so many levels. Where to start? Well, it’s a normal bicycle that can convert into a pedal-powered cargo hauler, which could also safely transport 2 children, to a maximum weight of 80 kg (176

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    Rotary Runner Wheelchairs are Reused Bicycles

    September 1, 12:06 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    A customer at the reuse centre, where I spend my daylight hours, wanted to know if we had any bicycle frames that no-one wanted. He needed them to make wheelchairs. Huh? "Tell me more" I then discovered a project, that still brings a lump to my throat.

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    Muellerian Mimicry: Toyota Echo and Chevrolet Aveo

    August 30, 7:30 AM by John Laumer in Cars

    Mimicry in individual human behavior can be seen as a flattery. In commerce, mimicry may be explained as a marketing ploy. However, it could be positive destiny when we're talking about resource efficient cars. First, lets try an explanation from a life


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