Electric-powered vehicles were one of 2011's big disappointments, as early adopters struggled with cruising ranges that were more abbreviated than advertised. Will 2012 be different? Tesla launched its four-door model S with appropriate hullabaloo a few weeks ago, wooing journalists with 20-minute test drives. Now it is learning about mass production the hard way, slashing its third-quarter output by half to fix quality problems. Meanwhile, Nissan is getting ready to sharply boost output of the Leaf to 150,000 a year along with the batteries that power it. Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has staked his legacy on Leaf and isn't likely to let it fail.
As the old philosopher said - no good deed goes unpunished. Here's a roundup of this year's car news highlights so far, along with their companion lows.
|Mac attack! Nasty bug lets hackers into Apple computers|
|School lunch worker: I got fired for feeding a hungry child|
|John Paulson gives Harvard a record $400 million gift|
|Sheryl Sandberg '30 years sadder' after husband's death|
|OECD: U.S. and world economies slow down|