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A recent study showed that 62% of Shoppers Use a Mobile Device in Stores to Check Prices. We’re not sure what the exact figure is for car shoppers, but we’re sure it’s comparable, and we at CarGurus want to help by putting all the information you need about a car at your fingertips while it’s right in front of you.

With our recently updated mobile site (accessible on your smartphone), we’ve given you, the potential buyer, powerful tools that can help you make better decisions when purchasing a vehicle. Loaded with a host of features that can be utilized only on a smartphone, it’s far from a watered-down version of our desktop site and seeks to put the tools you’ll need on the lot into your hands.

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Here Comes the Tesla Supercharger Network

Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

“Tesla needed to solve the problem of long-distance travel and we can’t wait for others to agree with our strategy. If we wait for some sort of consensus, it’s going to take too long. We just need to get going and other manufacturers can either copy us or join us.”

In the world of high-powered auto executives, you can probably guess that quote comes from the guy who also owns a company that builds spaceships. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, founder of PayPal, and owner of SpaceX, isn’t a guy to wait around and hope technology adapts to his product. No, Musk would rather adapt and invent technology to support his product.

In this case, the technology seems simple on the surface: recharging the electric vehicles that Tesla builds.

The problem is a current lack of North American infrastructure to provide a network that could support a cross-country trip. But why wait for that infrastructure, when you can just build your own?

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Cars Coming Soon: Porsche Macan to Debut at LA Auto Show

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Auto Express seems to have a lot of “unnamed insiders” on their bankroll. In spite of its mysterious sources, the outlet has a pretty good track record of being accurate, so we take this news with a certain level of excitement:

The Porsche Macan SUV could debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and be released next Spring.

Sure, the idea of an entry-level Porsche SUV is like Target selling a thousand-dollar handbag. Even the words don’t seem to go together in a sentence. Get used to the idea, though, and pretty soon you’ll be clamoring at the doors of your nearest Porsche dealer to get your hands on one.

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FIAT: The Newest Domestic Automaker?

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Let’s make FIAT American!

Remember the controversy that surrounded an Italian brand buying an American car company? When Chrysler went into bankruptcy and was gobbled up by FIAT, the question arose of whether the storied American brand would remain, well, American.

The Italian carmaker’s stake in Chrysler has grown steadily since 2009, and now FIAT CEO Sergio Marchionne wants to buy the rest and take full ownership. That means the once-American Chrysler would be fully under the control of a foreign entity that also owns Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari.

But what if the tables turned, and instead of Chrysler going foreign, FIAT comes stateside?

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel or 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?

2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel

It’s taken way more years than it should’ve, but Chevy has finally put an oil burner in a small sedan.

Diesel has been Europe’s choice for propulsion since, well, probably the time of King Charles. Because of a history of cheap gasoline prices and a public disdain for dirty diesel, it never caught on in the USA. With gas inching up in cost here every day, alternative fuels are seeing more demand. Electricity has been the focus for the last decade or so, but a new round of clean, efficient diesel engines is on the way.

Chevrolet has offered a small diesel in Europe for years and has finally adapted the engine to meet U.S. standards and put in on the options sheet for the 2014 Cruze. With this new American diesel in showrooms, does it make sense to add it to your shopping list, or are you better off looking for a used Jetta?

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Old GM Factory Site to Become Car Condos and a Racetrack

M1 concourse, Detroit

Now here’s some creative thinking on a way to revitalize one of Michigan’s saddest relics of automotive history.

An 80-acre tract of land currently lies vacant in Pontiac, after once housing 4 GM factories. With no hope of returning the area to an automotive factory site, one determined businessman has plans to turn it into a buzzing metropolitan hub, but with a twist.

While many planned developments include some kind of park or other open recreational space, this one might include something way cooler:

A race track.

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Ten Most Fun Cars Sending Power to the Back

2011 Chevrolet Corvette

Think of having a fun ride in a car, and one of the first things to pop into your head will most likely be being able to stomp on the gas and get the tires squealing (among many other equally awesome possibilities). This desire to send smoke from the tires has always been ingrained in American car culture. (And when we say “send smoke from the tires,” we mean the rear tires—no one wants to see smoke from the front.) However, sending power to the rear wheels doesn’t just make starting off more fun, it also gives us much better control in corners, something vital to lighting up a driver’s face. While all this sounds like something that would be vital in order for a car to provide a good driving experience, consumers are now saying otherwise.

In the past, all that raw power got sent to the rear wheels, causing cars to, in many cases, literally jump off the line and then tear through corners, bringing smiles to all who got behind the wheel. Today, it seems that fewer and fewer consumers are interested in driving for the sake of driving, choosing drivetrains and options that improve top speed and acceleration while ignoring those that make driving a car, well, fun.

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BMW and Toyota Teaming Up on Supra Successor?

Could a new Supra look like this?

Could a new Supra look like this?

Well, this would make the Toyobaru look like nothing more than an exercise in simple sharing.

If the rumors are true, a new Toyota Supra could be in the works by way of a partnership with a company that knows a thing or two about performance: BMW.

Not to take anything away from the jointly developed Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86—they are two of my favorite cars on the market today, but a sports car co-developed with BMW would certainly give Toyota another injection of very happy enthusiasts.

Motor Trend has reported on the exciting news, and some of the initial quotes from top Toyota brass look quite promising!

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Cars Coming Soon: Hypercars from McLaren and SSC

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

By the end of this year two of the fastest, most extreme cars to ever grace the earth will be available to discerning buyers. More accurately, they will begin to be delivered to buyers who ordered them well in advance.

McLaren and SSC (formerly Shelby SuperCars) have released more details about their shiver-inducing machines and the timing of their releases, which should be close enough to stage some pretty intense comparison testing. Instead of racing to 60 miles per hour, though, these cars will be measured by the time it takes to approach 200.

With around 2,200 horsepower between the two cars and prices well above a million dollars each, 2013 should end with a blistering battle for supercar supremacy.

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Small, Safe, Narrow and Harrowingly Fast: It’s Time to Tango

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Before shoes were invented, two guys were walking through the mountains of Tibet. One man turned to the other and said, “I sure wish we could cover the world with leather.”

The other guy paused, looked at his friend, and said, “Or we could just cover our feet.”

It’s a common story, with many variations, but you get the idea.

Rick Woodbury, founder of Commuter Cars and maker of the Tango electric car, wants to apply that logic that to automobiles and change the way the world drives.

I had an opportunity to meet with Rick yesterday and ask him a few questions about the fastest urban car in the world. His company has been around for many years and has seen some success, but a potential deal looms that could catapult his company into the mainstream.

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