Q. Is Volvo really serious about dropping internal combustion engine (gas) cars in a few years? — E.H. (via Internet)

A. Volvo reportedly has made that decision. Automakers must contend with future government regulations, climate change, urban pollution and consumer concern about emissions. European nations seem more serious about abolishing gas engine cars than the U.S., and automakers must sell on a worldwide basis. For example, Norway wants to ban fossil-fuel vehicles by 2015, France wants sales of gas and diesel vehicles to end by 2040 and India is thinking about a total ban on internal combustion cars by 2030. In America, most car buyers skip electric vehicles because of such things as higher prices, limited battery range and insufficient infrastructure that make charging “EVs” a challenge. Also, we have relatively low fuel prices. More legislation and development of an infrastructure to support EVs seems necessary to make EVs more acceptable..

Q. I hear that old station wagons from the 1950s to the 1970s are making a comeback among collectors, most of whom used to scorn them. — P.S. (via Internet)

A. Funny how things change. Wagons from the 1950s and 1960s are “cool” again, as are some from the 1970s. But you’ll have to hunt for a good one because many were driven into the ground, being basically “work” vehicles. They’re reasonably priced because those buying them now are not members of the “big money” crowd who buy such pricey old collector cars such as Ferraris, Pontiac GTOs and Corvettes. But mainly watch for out for rust. Good states to find a decent old wagon thus include Florida, Arizona and the Seattle-Tacoma area. Look for sleek wagons such as four-door hardtop or two-door models. Great examples are the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser and Chevy Nomad two-door.

Q. I really love big, powerful, beautifully styled cars from the 1960s, especially for long drives. What’s one of the best such cars? I’m not looking for a muscle car. — D.M. (via Internet) 

A. The affordable 1966 Buick Electra 225 two-door sport coupe with its big, powerful V-8 is a good choice. It’s a fast, gorgeous luxury car, not a muscle car. You can bet it will still turn lots of heads. 

Q. How important is the new Tesla Model 3 to Tesla? — A.J. (via Internet)

A. Very important, being the first “affordable” electric Tesla, with a base list price of about $35,000.

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