Prediction: 10 Cars We Think Won't See 2016

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Like your favorite new network TV show, some cars just won't be around anymore. This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that have been, let's say, taken out to the farm? Which cars won't make it another model year?

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We asked our fellow editors to gaze into their automotive crystal balls and predict 10 cars that we think could meet their end after the 2015 model year. Some may surprise you; some have been rumored to get the ax for a while, and thus grace our endangered species list again this year. This list is ordered from most likely to vanish to least likely, in our opinion.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 15, 2014 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2010-14 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles manufactured Sept. 15, 2009, through March 25, 2014

The Problem: Either because of software programming or corrosion caused by road salt, the brake vacuum pump might stop working, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Depending on the vehicle, dealers will either reprogram the pump controller, replace the brake vacuum pump or do both for no charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

More Electric Cars Than Ever, Still Not Available Everywhere

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As more manufacturers introduce electric cars, these battery-powered vehicles are becoming something people see on the road every day. At least in some parts of the country, they are.

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The number of purely electric vehicles offered in the U.S. will grow to a dozen by the end of this year. Many of those EVs are available only in a small number of states, however, with California being the epicenter of electric-car sales.

By Rick Popely | March 11, 2014 | Comments (4)

Plug-in Cars: Where Can You Buy Them?

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Thursday’s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has announced no plans to sell it elsewhere, spokesman Kevin Kelly told us.

Where can EV fans find their cars? We tallied up the states.

No surprise: Californians get the biggest slice of the EV pie. Thank the state's zero-emissions vehicle mandate, which requires automakers to sell a certain percentage of zero-emissions vehicles, explained Ed Kim, AutoPacific's vice president of industry analysis. Nearby Washington state has adopted California's emissions requirements but not the ZEV quota, and states such as Oregon and a number along the East Coast have adopted both.

The emissions requirement should eventually align with the federal government's 2025 corporate average fuel economy requirements. But it still means "a plug-in car sold in Oregon counts towards California’s required ZEV volume for the automaker that makes that vehicle," Kim wrote in an email. "It’s not a natural consumer market for such vehicles, but rather a market legislated into existence."

By Kelsey Mays | May 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Mitsubishi is recalling 1,402 model-year 2012 versions of the i-MiEV compact electric car due to problems with the brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Dec. 2, 2011, through Sept. 7, 2012 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb), and have a brake system vacuum pump that could fail. This could cause the brakes to fail, increasing the risk of an accident. According to Mitsubishi, no related accidents have been reported.

Mitsubishi has not yet provided an owner notification schedule due to parts availability, but dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

Car Talk: What's the Ugliest Car?

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Just as a person's beauty is only skin deep, a car's is in the eye of the pink-slip holder. Still, there's just no denying that some have a face only an owner could love. Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the hosts of NPR's "Car Talk" radio show, solicited input online to determine the ugliest automobile currently in production.

Based on the nominations received, the field was narrowed to 10: Chevrolet Spark, Fiat Multipla, Infiniti QX56, Kia Soul, Lincoln MKT, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke (photo above), Toyota Prius v and the Smart ForTwo. At last check, the Multipla was trouncing the uncomely competition with nearly 39% of the vote. Its nearest opponent is the Juke with nearly 26%; the balance of the nominees' vote tallies were in the single digits.

Is the Multipla being unfairly maligned in the face of an uglier opponent? Or perhaps you wish to contribute to the pile-on? Click here to cast your vote.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 23, 2013 | Comments (15)

Prius Plug-In Quietly Ranks No. 2

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The much-ballyhooed sales figures for the Chevrolet Volt hide another green-car success: the Toyota Prius Plug-In. Toyota's rechargeable hybrid hummed along with 1,652 sales in September, and it's only available in 15 coastal states. You won’t be able to buy it in the rest of the U.S. until next year.

That hasn't stopped the Prius Plug-In with 7,734 sales so far this year from earning a comfortable second place between the Volt and the Nissan Leaf. The Prius Plug-In has been on sale since last fall and spent much of the following spring among the fastest-selling cars in America. In some months, it even outpaced the first-place Volt, which spent much of this year facing more politicization than Joe the Plumber.

GM fought back, discounting Volt leases to as little as $269 a month for three years with roughly $2,800 down — leading some experts to argue it's better to lease a Volt than buy it. Is it bad business for GM? Perhaps, as the 2013 Volt now leases for $299 a month. Toyota undercuts that today with leases as low as $269 in some areas on the 2012 Prius Plug-In if you pony up as much as $3,599 at signing. Pay up to $459 a month and you can walk away with a Prius Plug-In in some areas with no money down.

By Kelsey Mays | October 9, 2012 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Mitsubishi is recalling 261 model-year 2012 i-MiEV electric cars for an airbag fault that could deactivate the frontal and side airbag system. The problem is caused by an incompatibility between the airbag sensors and self-diagnostic software that will trigger a Supplemental Restraint System warning light to alert drivers if the fault has occurred.

The airbags may not deploy in a crash as a result of the incompatibility. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 4 to Dec. 22, 2011. Mitsubishi will notify owners, though a notification schedule hasn’t been provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dealerships will replace the incorrect airbag sensors with new, compatible sensors free of charge.

Owners can call Mitsubishi for additional information at 800-222-0037 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Joe Bruzek | August 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Gives the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Four-Star Safety Rating

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently crash-tested the tiny Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car, and it fared well in the agency's tests, garnering a respectable four out of five stars.

The i-MiEV's composite rating is composed of threes, fours and fives throughout all areas of testing, though it did earn only two stars in passenger side-barrier tests. It aced the tougher side pole test, which simulates a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle. The i-MiEV earned five stars in that test.

Continue below for the full list of ratings.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 3, 2012 | Comments (2)

2012 Mitsubishi i-Miev Video

The new four-door all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV (also known as the Mitsubishi i) is the most affordable EV available in the U.S., with a price that undercuts the Nissan Leaf by more than $6,000. But you pay for that lower price, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder, who says you’re better off with the Leaf.

By Colin Bird | May 15, 2012 | Comments (1)

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