Dollars & Sense: Hot electric sports cars; urge to splurge returns
The Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell is among the electric sports cars on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
January 12th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

Dollars & Sense: Hot electric sports cars; urge to splurge returns

A roundup of today's CNNMoney news:

Super-charged electric sports cars (video): From 0-60 in less than four seconds. Check out the 2011 Detroit auto show's hot, completely electric sports cars from Mercedes Benz, Venturi and Li-ion Motors.

Gen Y car shoppers want an iPhone on wheels: Young drivers crave Bluetooth phone connections, attachments for MP3 players and voice-to-text technology so they can interact with e-mails or text messages while driving. Meanwhile, Ford gets top loyalty marks among car buyers.

After holiday splurge, taste for spending returns: For nearly two years, consumers hunkered down and trained themselves to shop only for necessities. But that all seems to be changing as more and more shoppers loosen their purse strings.

How a housing slump will slow the jobs train: Some economists say one key to a jobs recovery is an improvement in housing. A disproportionate amount of job creation comes from new business start-ups, which are often financed by home equity loans.

Stocks rally to more than 2-year highs: Worries about Europe's debt problems spark buyers' interest early. A brighter outlook on the banking sector set off a broad rally. Check out the pros' top stock picks for 2011.

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  1. banasy

    Somehow, I have never associated "electric" with a "hot car" before. Some, I still don't think I will, lol!

    January 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barnacle Bill

      That's because you're an ignoramus.

      The Tesla Roadster will do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. That's faster than my crotch rocket. 100% electric.

      January 13, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Thenextstep

      Hey I got it. We could take a clothes pin and some paper and connect them inside behind the mouting of the tire. So that everytime the wheel rotates it only hits the paper on the areas of the rim. You know like we did on our bikes as youngsters.......... Or atleast I did. Anyways, it would be a cheap and easy fix to get that roaring back................. 🙂

      January 13, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. jerk

    "...Returms."
    Really?

    January 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    i agree banasy they dont look hot to me either but they are sposed to reveal some new ones @ the auto show so we will see i guess

    January 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meee

    Chrissys hot

    January 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    agreed..

    i think i'll keep my camaro tho. electric cars are way 2 expensive.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. max

    you know im 17 and i love cars to me a electric car will never be a car fun to drive with out the roaring of an engine, sure maybe in the future ill buy one as my daily driver, but it will never make it the same as a combustion engine.

    January 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Ohlhausen

      you sound like so many people I meet that don't have a clue that what comes out of the exhaust pipe of a combustion engine is pure POISON.

      January 13, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. CaptainReza

    When they talk about electric cars, they forget mentioning how many channel is the radio control that come with them!
    They should call these cars, Gaylectric lol

    January 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Johnny Blammo

    Let's drive that thing to Mexico.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vrrooomm Vroom

    Electric = full torque almost instantly. I helped design one of the first e-sports cars and hopefully can tell my grandkids that someday : )

    January 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    Painting a Mercedes that color should be a crime against humanity.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    lmao ...well theres a dumba** that thinks they are hot cuz he just stold an electric car from the auto show in detroit. . .guess the cops should be able to find him easy enuff. . .just follow the cord. . lol

    January 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    and agreed on expensive. . .its 5 grand to replace the battery and 600 bucks to have it installed. dont sound like its worth all the hype to me. . . but what do i know i drive a 92 ford special edition with the biggest motor ford ever made. . .lol

    January 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. IMA Sarahpalinfanatic

    HELLO is it safe to come in here ? Im not gonna get yelled at am I.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    why would we yell @ ya ima? just cuz u are a lil bit confused? and maybe a whole lot of crazy? j/k

    January 12, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    yea the car stolen was a bmw and it has a tracking device only they havent located it yet? hmmm and they are hoping when they find it that its all there ?? sounds like an inside job

    January 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
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