James Raia – The Weekly Driver https://theweeklydriver.com Automotive Industry News and New Car Reviews Thu, 25 May 2017 04:19:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 48979754 Forget Elio; How about a simple $5,490 T3-1 Micro? https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/forget-elio-simple/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/forget-elio-simple/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 04:19:30 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28238

Micro vehicles are nothing new. But they’re getting more innovative, including the newest electric scooter from ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicles), the T3-1 Micro. A miniature car, or as one prominent tech site called it, “a quarter of a minivan,” the T3-1 in an enclosed, three-wheel trike. It’s ideal for short commutes or as a light […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Efficient new hybrid shines https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-efficient-new-hybrid-shines/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-efficient-new-hybrid-shines/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 18:37:02 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28231

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, a plug-in gas-electric hybrid, is a new addition to the country’s largest selling hybrid family. It replaces the Prius Plug-in and it’s the most ambitious Prius on the market. Its exterior design, full of sharp angles and a unique narrow exterior light design in the mainstream automotive industry, removes the […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Into the mountains with ease https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-mountains-ease/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-mountains-ease/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 23:37:19 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28217

Eleven days into coverage of the Amgen Tour of California, I’ve surpassed 1,000 miles while driving the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. My trip began May 10 in Sacramento, and the race just ended in Pasadena. The women raced for four days, including two days in South Lake Tahoe and two days ending in […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime has short shift, not short shrift https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-short-shift-not-short-shrift/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-short-shift-not-short-shrift/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 00:57:41 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28189

The transfer today for stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California took me from Morro Bay to Santa Clarita, California, and I’ve now driven a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid for a week. I’ve covered 775 miles and averaged 55.9 mpg, nearly two miles per gallon more than plug-in hybrid’s rating. The route […]

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Jerry Seinfeld set to auction rare Lotus super car in Texas https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/jerry-seinfeld-set-to-auction-rare-lotus-super-car-in-texas/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/jerry-seinfeld-set-to-auction-rare-lotus-super-car-in-texas/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 02:31:34 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28183

Jerry Seinfeld is known for his passion for Porsche cars. But the comedian has a vast interest in all kinds of automobiles, including a rare Lotus he used to own that’s now about to be auctioned. The 2009 Lotus Exige S260 sports coupe will be among 16 former celebrity owned cars in addition to 175 […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Fuel efficient, safety galore https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fuel-efficient-safety-galore/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fuel-efficient-safety-galore/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 01:14:51 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28177

After nearly six full days of driving the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid during the Amgen Tour California, I stopped for my first refuel about two hours into a 3 1/2-hour evening drive from San Jose to Morro Bay, California. The route was primarily a long, straight haul north-south along Highway 101 before an […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime fares well on the long, winding road https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fares-well-long-winding-road/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-fares-well-long-winding-road/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 23:53:38 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28166

After two days of brief, round-trip commutes of only a few miles each way from Harvey’s to Heavenly Mountain Resort, I returned today from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento in my test vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. It’s a plug-in hybrid. I’m driving the new vehicle, the most upscale Prius ever made, for the […]

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Elio Motors sputters again, will miss promised job deadline https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/elio-motors-sputters-will-miss-promised-job-deadline/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/elio-motors-sputters-will-miss-promised-job-deadline/#respond Sat, 13 May 2017 00:43:37 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28161

As if Elio Motors hasn’t had enough setbacks, now Paul Elio, the company’s owner and founder, says he’ll miss the deadline for the hiring of 1,500 jobs he promised for workers to staff the fledgling company’s manufacturing plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. A report in the Shreveport Times, the city’s newspaper, details that Elio still plans […]

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime: Cool technology for modern hybrid https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-cool-technology-modern-hybrid/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/2017-toyota-prius-prime-cool-technology-modern-hybrid/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 05:54:12 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28143

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is the most upscale addition to the Prius family. Its exterior design removes the stodgy image of many of the models in the country’s best-selling hybrid lineup. The Prime’s interior is chock-full of technology, most visibly the JBL navigation system. It’s an 11.6-inch vertically oriented high-resolution touchscreen. While […]

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Pacific Coast Dream Machines: All things for all engines https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/pacific-coast-dream-machines-all-things-for-all-engines/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/05/pacific-coast-dream-machines-all-things-for-all-engines/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 23:14:21 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28131

The recent 27th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show occurred exactly as billed. Trailer queens to muscle cars, dragsters to junkers, rarities to one-of-kind machines that looked like they were made for Mad Max movies, were all displayed at the Half Moon Bay Airport, 20 miles south of San Francisco. The all-inclusive event, a charity […]

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The Weekly Driver Newsletter, Volume 1, #2: Technology overload https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/weekly-driver-newsletter-volume-1-2-technology-overload/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/weekly-driver-newsletter-volume-1-2-technology-overload/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:22:40 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28087

The term technology overload is new to the automotive world. In recent years, manufacturers have gone to great lengths to provide more gadgets in their vehicles to beat the other guy. The competition is fierce, but what does it all mean? Do drivers need all this stuff? Many of the safety improvements, side detection mirrors, […]

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2017 Kia Niro: New compact SUV redefines hybrid https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-kia-niro-new-compact-suv-redefines-hybrid/ https://theweeklydriver.com/2017/04/2017-kia-niro-new-compact-suv-redefines-hybrid/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:47:03 +0000 https://theweeklydriver.com/?p=28082

The 2017 Kia Niro is new in the South Korean manufacturer’s lineup. It’s a sub-compact hybrid utility vehicle that looks more like a handsome, streamlined wagon. And it performs well enough to earn the loose translation of its name — strength. Unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the Kia Niro uses a 1.6-liter hybrid-electric […]

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