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Volkswagen 1.4 Liter Wins International Engine of the Year

Every year, a group of automotive enthusiasts come together and are presented with a list of today's most highly rated engines. After sorting through the data, the group then decides which among them can be considered the best. For 2009, the title of International Engine of the Year goes to the 1.4 liter Twincharger manufactured by BMW.

Prius Hearse Makes Your Last Road Trip a Green Ride

Think "hearse" and a long black Cadillac is what usually comes to mind. Toyota has a better, greener idea however: the Prius Hearse.

Zap Germs Before They Zap You With A Magic Germ Wand

The Pocket Sized Germ Eliminating Light is the ultimate magic wand with the ability to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and mold in 20 seconds.  It's UV-C light is used in hospital settings to sterilize surgical instruments, so you know it works... because no hospital is interested in law suits, right?

Light Up the Night - Solar Moon Jars are Here

If you are looking for a fun gift or something to entertain the kids for some summer time fun, you've come to the right place. Watch your kids' eyes light up, and their bedrooms, when they see these awesomely cool Moon Jars from Suck UK.

 


Toyota's Supra Successor On Track for 2011 Delivery

For nearly 2 years now Toyota has been working on the FT-HS concept vehicle that was originally unwrapped at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, it has been in and out of the spotlight without providing any real information about production or pricing or anything for that matter. Now, it seems as though the Supra successor is on track for a 2011 delivery.

Highly Sophisticated Truck Could Change How We Look at Long Distance Shipping

One of the most challenging parts of designing a cleaner burning engine is trying to keep the power output high enough to meet the needs of whatever it will be powering. This has proven especially true for semi trucks, which require a large amount of power to move. However, a new truck design may be able to solve this issue and offer a much greener solution to the shipping needs of the world.

California Proposes new Method to Standardize Testing for Tires

Low rolling resistance tires are just now coming into the spotlight with many manufacturers, most likely due to the steadily increasing averages they are required to meet. One issue with the production of these new tires is the lack of a standardized method of testing and rating them based on how much resistance they produce. A new proposal by the California Energy Commission (CEC)hopes to solve this problem and help consumers move toward the new tires by removing all the guesswork.

The Green Truck Brings Green Food To You

Somewhere in Los Angeles California a sustainable meal truck, the Green Truck, is delivering meals made with organically grown ingredients. To find the truck's location a customer can track it via a GPS tracker, twitter or by phone. So, a customer can always know where the truck is parked right now.

Citrus Fueled Sports Car Could Freshen Up The Future of Automotive Design

While many people are focused on redesigning our tried and true internal combustion engine, others are more interested in improving the fuel source we use in them. Most of these people are content trying to alter our current sources of fuel, but a few like to step off the beaten path. There are no better examples of this than the designers of the Stauro Concept.

Mazda Planning Direct Injection for Next Generation Rotary Engine

Rotary engines are almost always associated with the name Mazda. For their small size, they can produce quite a bit of power, but at the expense of fuel economy and tailpipe emissions. Mazda, most likely in an effort to reduce the latter two, has been granted a patent for a newly designed rotary engine.

Prius Neighborhoods Found at Twitter, Facebook & At The Pump!

The new Toyota Prius is about to land in a neighborhood near you!. Starting this week, Gas Station TV and Toyota Team up to Launch 'Prius Neighborhood,' the first-ever community-generated TV Program. The community relations program broadcasts consumer-generated local cause-related events at-the-pump screens while informing viewers about the new 2010 third-generation Prius. "Prius Neighborhood" submissions are available online.

Remote Control LED Light Bulb Offers 7 Shades of White

"Any color you like, as long as it's white!" No, it's not a bizarro version of Henry Ford, just Sharp's new LED light bulb. Using the included remote control one can dial through 7 different shades of white light - without any white heat.

Vibram 5 Finger: Barefoot Shoe Alternative For Sport And Style

You may have gone barefoot as a child, only to be told by your conservative mom and dad that people are meant to wear shoes. Some argue that in fact, feet are not designed to be enclosed after all (aha mom & dad!), but since most places have that annoying "no shirt, no SHOES, no service rule" one sportswear company has come up with something that provides a shoed alternative to going barefoot.


Will Laser Technology Bring Back Energy Efficient Incandescent Light Bulbs?

There is a new project in the works from scientists at the University of Rochester with the ability to make incandescent light bulbs more energy efficient as well as brighter than ever before. All it takes is a few bright UofR scientists, a powerful laser and a few quadrillionths of a second.  

XR3 Diesel Hybrid Now Available Factory Assembled

Back in 2006, the XR3 diesel hybrid went on sale as a kit car. While it was great for the DIY-ers, anyone who wanted the vehicle but didn't have the time to invest in assembly was out of luck.  A problem solved by the recent decision to assemble the XR3 at the factory and ship it to buyers from there.