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  • Apr 4, 2012
    4:42 PM ET

    An Electric Vehicle Ride-Along

    Electric is one of the buzzwords at this year’s show, but the vehicles are still a pretty rare sight on the street.

    So we jumped at the chance to ride along at the auto show’s Electric Car pavilion. At a leisurely 5 miles per hour on the indoor, concrete track, there’s little difference in the handling or feel from a standard car. “It looks like a Prius and drives like a Prius,” says a Toyota spokesman of the new 2012 Prius plug-in. The $32,000 vehicle will be available in 15 states “any day now,” he says, and nationwide next year. All three were fairly comfortable, for the short trip, anyway.

  • Apr 4, 2012
    3:02 PM ET

    Cars That Stay Alert, Even When Drivers Don’t

    A widening array of airbags may help limit injuries in an accident, but automakers’ latest tech aims to help drivers avoid a collision altogether.

    Subaru’s new Legacy and Outback models will include the option for a new feature called Eyesight Technology. It uses a number of sensors and cameras to sense objects around the vehicle, braking to lessen the impact of an impending collision and altering cruise control to adapt to say, a sudden traffic jam. Drivers will also receive warnings if the vehicle starts to drift out of your intended lane. “It’s another pair of eyes on the road,” says a spokesman. Pricing has yet to be determined, he says.

  • Apr 4, 2012
    1:44 PM ET

    Plugging Into BMW’s Electric Concept

    Auto show “concept cars” are usually code for “you’ll never drive anything remotely like this,” but BMW says its two new electric concepts will be on the road as early as next fall.

    BMW is one of a number of manufacturers advancing electric models at the show, says Alec Gutierrez, a senior market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. But electric vehicles “are still priced out of reach for a lot of consumers at this point,” he says, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. Steinberg says pricing on the i3 and i8 has yet to be set, and will likely be competitive with other electrics on the market.

  • Apr 4, 2012
    11:24 AM ET

    The Lux Version of Eco-Friendly

    Now that hybrids have gone mainstream enough that many consumers can afford them, drivers who want some elite status while saving the environment have the look a little further.

    Enter the 2012 Fisker Karma, a zero-emissions sportscar with a solar-panel-embedded roof. Prices start at $102,000 for the vehicle, which first became available in December. “It greatly reduces your carbon footprint,” says a spokeswoman. “You never even have to use the gas engine if you don’t want to.”

  • Apr 4, 2012
    10:55 AM ET

    Is this the World’s Smallest 4-Seater?

    Send in the clown car.

    Scion’s new 2012 iQ claims the novel distinction of being the “world’s smallest four-person vehicle.”

    The $15,995 car, available on the East Coast since March and in Los Angeles since November, measures a squat 10′ by 5′. That translates to serious fuel economy, with a combined 37 miles per gallon. That figure is better than all but hybrid vehicles, according to a spokesman.

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