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Mr. Green Car: Automated driving: Will your car do 90 percent of the driving by 2020?

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer The new year is often a time for reflecting on the future. It also marks the changes
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Mr. Green Car: Windows: A little work with a tiny expenditure can save a lot of money

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer This is way off the topic of vehicles. But my goal is always to save readers money
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Mr. Green Car: Winter car care

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer I try not to recycle old Mr. Green Car columns. If you’d like to read some of
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Mr. Green Car: ‘Mr. Green Car’ gets a Chevy Volt

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer It was February 1992 when we bought our last new car — a 1992 Honda Civic VX
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Mr. Green Car: Bits and pieces: Safety, diesel, weight and winter driving

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer This week, I don’t have one big topic to expound on, or a car to review, but
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Mr. Green Car: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Comfortable and affordable

By Allen Penticoff Freelance Writer Regular readers of this column may note that I had been the owner of a 1997
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Mr. Green Car: General Motors’ green policy

By Allen Penticoff Freelance Writer When I recently tested the diminutive Chevy Spark, I took note of a big, leafy “ecologic”
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Deer-vehicle collisions are down, and tips for avoiding one

Staff Report BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during
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Mr. Green Car: Tiny Chevy Spark a true ‘city car’

By Allen Penticoff Freelance Writer Mr. Green Car is back with another small-car test/review. This time, the tiny Chevy “Spark.” The Spark
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Mr. Green Car: Electric shock drowning — the bad combination of water and electricity

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer I write about all sorts of transportation-related issues, most of them environmental. But in this week’s column,
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Mr. Green Car: Natural gas power in Rockford

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer It has been several years since I test-drove a Honda Civic powered by compressed natural gas
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Mr. Green Car: Kia Optima Hybrid offers luxury in the low $30,000s

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer I’m back from a little hiatus of writing car reviews with an exciting new hybrid —
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Mr. Green Car: ‘Mr. Green Car’ visits New York City

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer My wife, Ruth, and I recently spent a couple days in New York City. The Big
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Energy Department launches site comparing electric vs. gasoline

Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Energy Department recently launched the “eGallon” — a way for consumers to compare the costs
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Mr. Green Car: Why all hybrids have regenerative braking

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer In any review or brochure of hybrid vehicles you will hear mention of “regenerative brakes.” I’ll try
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Two-thirds of U.S. drivers support increased federal funding for road improvements

Online Staff Report Sixty-two percent of U.S. motorists believe the federal government should invest more money to improve roadways, according to
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Ford Fusion Hybrid — a look at the ‘Green Car of the Year’

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer The 2013 Ford Fusion (sticker price of $29,890) was named “Green Car of the Year” by Green
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Mr. Green Car: What’s driving you? — part four, all-wheel-drive

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer This is the fourth in a four-part series on common drivetrains. In fact, it was thinking
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Mr. Green Car: What’s driving you? — part three, four-wheel-drive

Editor’s note: The following is part three in a series. Part one, “What’s driving you?”, appeared in the Feb. 6-12
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Mr. Green Car: What’s driving you? — part two, front-wheel drive

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer In the previous Mr. Green Car (Feb. 6-12 issue), I wrote that I have personal experience
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Mr. Green Car: What’s driving you?

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer I’ve noticed that there are a great many more cars on the road lately with all-wheel-drive.
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Mr. Green Car: Mazda CX-5: Fun to drive and suitable for everyday use

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer The Mazda CX-5 is one of the cars named by Green Car Journal in its
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Mr. Green Car: The top five green cars of 2013

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer Before I get into the Top 5 for 2013, I had a couple of green car experiences
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Mr. Green Car: Reflections on 120 ‘Mr. Green Car’ columns

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer Assuming the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world coming Dec. 21, 2012 (or thereabouts),
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Mr. Green Car: C-Max — Ford’s answer to the Prius-v

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer Once again, Mr. Green Car has found his way to a small-town car dealership for
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Mr. Green Car: Recycling electric vehicle batteries

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer As we move ever closer to going mainstream with electric vehicles (EV), there are already concerns
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State Police offer winter driving safety tips

Staff Report PECATONICA, Ill. — As the winter driving season approaches, Illinois State Police (ISP) are urging motorists to take the
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Mr. Green Car: Putting Atkinson cycle engines to good use

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer This column may be a bit dry. It is about hidden technology lurking in the engines of
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Mr. Green Car: Full-size driving: The Chevy Suburban

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer I often write about driving small, efficient cars. There is no getting around the fact that
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Auto News: November most dangerous month for deer-vehicle collisions

Staff Report Deer-vehicle collisions are three times more likely to occur in November than they are on any day between Feb.
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Turbochargers and the downsizing of engines

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer In my last “Mr. Green Car” column (Oct. 3-9 issue), I test drove a new Dodge
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Dodge Dart: Excellent value in an entry-level compact car

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer I have been asked when I would review a car built at the Chrysler plant in
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Electric mobility vehicles make life easier for handicapped

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer There was an evening not long ago that I was heading home from Loves Park toward
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and fuel economy

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer In my mind, the words Lincoln (cars) and “gas hog” go together. But those are thoughts
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Auto News: Rockford ranks 35th of 200 on ‘Best Drivers Report’

Staff Report Allstate Insurance Company has released its eighth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report.” The report, based on Allstate claims
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Green Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Living with a Leaf

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer At this year’s Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair, held at the Ogle County Fairgrounds
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Auto News: Aug. 26 Car and Motorcycle Show to benefit Rock House Kids

• Event will run 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26, at Loves Park Auto Parts & Loves Park Motorsports Staff
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Motorcycle News: Sports team license plates now available for motorcycles

Staff Report Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) expanding the Illinois sports teams’ series to include motorcycle
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Recent experiences: E85, drag racing and energy fair

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer For much of the last year, I’ve been driving a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE as
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Auto News: Distracted driving legislation signed into law

Staff Report Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) to further strengthen the laws on distracted driving was
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Auto News: Central Christian Church Classic Car Show Sept. 8

Staff Report Central Christian Church will hold its Eighth Annual Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept.
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Auto News: Lifescape, AARP offer refresher course for older drivers

Staff Report For the third year, Lifescape and AARP are teaming up to offer a refresher course during the annual Senior
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: What low buck will get you: A look at the Nissan Versa

  By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer Several Mr. Green Car columns ago (“Saving money with a low-cost new car,” April 18-24 issue), I
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Classic Cars: 22nd Annual Belvidere Mopar Happening July 14-15

By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist Classic car enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest will make the Boone County Fairgrounds their point of destination
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: More car care tips: Fixing up neglected aluminum wheels

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer In my last car care tip column, I wrote about stopping body rust. This week, I’ll
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Auto News: Getting your car ready for vacation

Staff Report Many people are planning their family vacation. For most, that means a long car ride. Before you hit the
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: Prius C — the inexpensive hybrid

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer With millions of hybrid Toyota Priuses on the road, the market-dominating manufacturer has been expanding the
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Rockford’s Tilted Kilt hosts cruise nights through Aug. 17

Staff Report Rockford’s Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery at Best Western Clock Tower Resort will host a cruise night from 5
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Auto News: Mr. Green Car: June is ‘Paint Your Rust Month’

By Allen Penticoff Free-lance Writer In this next installment of “Keeping Your Old Car Looking Good,” I’ll preach a bit and
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Antique cars to be featured at Freeport’s Aug. 11 Cruise Night

Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — Cruise Night 2012, sponsored by Freeport Downtown Development Foundation, will be Aug. 11 in historic downtown
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