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October 24, 2014

How to Drive 834 Miles on One Tank of Fuel in the 2015 Audi A3 TDI [REVIEW]

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I wake up from a nap to find myself sweating in a car with the A/C off in the middle of the California desert. No this isn't a nightmare, my driving partner and I are trying to reach it to San Diego, which is over 100 miles away, but our 2015 Audi A3 TDI's gas gauge says were almost on empty. Why couldn't we stop for fuel? Last week Audi invited 18 journalists out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take part in its newest TDI Challenge. This isn't the first time that Audi has set up a mileage challenge, since a similar drive was done with the A6 and Q7 TDI diesel models, but this time the only model in the challenge would be the all-new A3 TDI.

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October 23, 2014

2015 VW e-Golf Nabs Title as Most Efficient Compact EV

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The 2015 VW e-Golf electric car has received an EPA rating of 126 MPGe city and 105 highway rating with a combined rating of 116 Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe). It also has a range of up to 83 miles and compared to other compact electric vehicles, the e-Golf is the most efficient car in its compact class.

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October 21, 2014

2015 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

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The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a month away and at the show Green Car Journal gives away its annual Green Car of the Year award. The 2015 contenders include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf.

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October 14, 2014

Porsche Macan Diesel Confirmed for the U.S.

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Porsche has confirmed that it will offer a diesel-powered version of the Macan crossover in the U.S.

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Toyota Sells 7 Million Hybrids, Will Introduce 15 New Hybrids Through 2015

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Toyota has announced that it's global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million mark in September and that it only took the last nine months to sell 1 million hybrids. Toyota has also announced that including the hybrid vehicles launched this year, Toyota will introduce a total of 15 new hybrids globally through 2015.

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October 13, 2014

VW Auctions Off the First 2015 e-Golf Electric Car in the U.S.

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Want to be the first person in the U.S. to get the keys to the 2015 VW e-Golf electric car? Here's your chance: Volkswagen and Global Green USA have announced the auction of the first 2015 e-Golf. The auction, hosted online at Charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, gives bidders the opportunity to be the first owner of the e-Golf before sales kick off in the U.S. later this year.

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October 10, 2014

Cadillac Confirms CT8/CT9 Flagship and ELR Successor

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It seems like news keeps coming out about Cadillac's future. We've already learned that Cadillac is going to change the name of all its sedans and crossovers, with the exception of the Escalade. Now Cadillac's boss Johan de Nysschen has confirmed that Cadillac is working on a model that will sit above the recently announced CT6 in Cadillac's lineup.

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Dual Motor Tesla Model S Announced, Top S P85D Packs 691-HP

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Last night Tesla unveiled a new all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, which features two electric motors and will be designated by the "D" designation. The big news is that the top spec Model S P85D model packs 691 horsepower, which is enough to give it a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds.

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October 9, 2014

2015 Honda CR-Z Pricing Announced, the CR-Z Lives for Another Year

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Despite the fact that Honda just killed the Insight hybrid and even though the CR-Z hasn't met sales expectations, Honda is keeping the CR-Z around. Honda has just announced the pricing for the 2015 CR-Z, which starts at $20,935.

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October 8, 2014

Toyota is Giving Away a Fuel Cell Vehicle!

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Toyota has announced that it is giving away a Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) to one lucky winner in California. Toyota has partnered with Environmental Media Association (EMA) to give away the automaker's first zero-emission hydrogen vehicle when it arrives in California in late 2015.

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GM Confirms New Chevy Electric Model, May be Based on the Sonic

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General Motors has confirmed that it is working on a new electric model for the Chevy brand that will be sold alongside the Volt and Spark electric models. Last week, Mark Reuss , GM's global product chief confirmed the plans to a group of investors.

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October 7, 2014

Lamborghini Has No Plans to Produce the Asterion Concept

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Last week Lamborghini unveiled the Asterion hybrid concept at the Paris Motor Show and if you were hoping to hear about future production plans, you'll be disappointed to hear that it isn't going to happen. According to CEO Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini has no plans to produce the Asterion.

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October 6, 2014

2016 Cadillac CT6 Will Be Lighter the Than CTS and Gets a Plug-in Hybrid Version

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Next fall Cadillac is slated to release its new flagship, the 2016 CT6 and now it's been confirmed that the CT6 will be offered with a plug-in hybrid version. The plug-in CT6 will reportedly offer "industry-leading fuel economy upwards of 70 mpg equivalent," and the CT6 will also be lighter than the current CTS.

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Chrysler Town & Country Plug-in Hybrid Will Arrive in 2015

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Chrysler is going to release a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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October 1, 2014

Tesla's Elon Musk Tweets the 'D' and Something Else is Coming on Oct 9

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This week all the news is about everything that is being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but in about a week Tesla is going to debut something. What exactly? Well Tesla CEO Elon Musk just tweeted this picture and and stated "about time to unveil the D and something else."

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid Concept Heads to Paris

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What we have here is Lamborghini's latest concept, the Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid concept. As a platform to showcase Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid technology, the Asterion LPI 910-4 combines the style and performance that we expect from Lamborghini, but with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode.

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September 29, 2014

VW Passat GTE Plug-in Hybrid Can Travel Up to 31 Miles in EV Mode

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VW has unveiled the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Paris Motor Show. The Passat GTE is based on the European-spec Passat, which is different than the one we have here in the U.S.


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Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept Heads to Paris with a Diesel-Electric Hybrid System

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Kia has announced plans to unveil the Optima T-Hybrid Concept car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show next month, which it says is the first application and demonstration of its new mild hybrid powertrain.

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Chevy Reveals a Camouflaged 2016 Volt

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We're just a few months away from the debut of the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt, but Chevy has already released a teaser photo of its rear end. Now we have a closer look at the profile of the 2016 Volt, although its camouflaged.

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September 25, 2014

2015 Fiat 500e Heads to Oregon

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Fiat has announced that the electric 2015 Fiat 500e is now available in Oregon. For the past two years the 500e has only been available in California, but now buyers in both states can get one for $199 a month for 36 months.

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September 16, 2014

Mazda6 Diesel U.S. Introduction Still a Year Away

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Two years ago Mazda confirmed plans to offer a diesel-powered version of the Mazda6 in the U.S., but fast forward to today and the Mazda6 diesel has yet to arrive. According to the latest report, the Mazda6 diesel is now still at least a year away.

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September 11, 2014

2015 Kia Soul EV Starts at $33,700 or Lease it For $249 a Month

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Kia has released the pricing for the 2015 Kia Soul EV, which will start at $33,700 before any federal or state tax credits are applied. Kia has also announced an introductory lease price for the Soul EV, which is set at $249 a month for 36 months.

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September 8, 2014

Tesla and Toyota Could Release Another Model in 2-3 Years

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With the Toyota RAV4 EV set to disappear by the end of the year, what's in the future for Tesla and Toyota? The two automakers teamed up for the electric RAV4 and now Tesla CEO Elon Musk sees another "significant" joint project that could be released in the next two to three years.

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September 2, 2014

Restyled 2015 Toyota Camry Starts at $23,795

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Toyota has announced the pricing for the significantly restyled 2015 Toyota Camry, which starts at $23,975. The 2015 Camry was originally unveiled earlier this year at the New York Auto Show and even though the current generation was all-new for the 2012 model year, the 2015 Camry is getting far more than a standard mid-cycle facelift.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S Previewed Ahead of Its Paris Debut

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Mitsubishi has released teaser photos of its new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Concept-S, which is going to debut next month at the Paris Motor Show.

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August 25, 2014

2015 VW e-Golf: VW's First Electric Car Starts at $36,265

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VW has announced the pricing for the 2015 VW e-Golf electric car, which starts at $36,265 with destination. VW's first fully electric model arrives in November.

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Cadillac ELR May Be Discontinued Due its Low Sales Volume

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With an all-new 2016 Chevy Volt due to be unveiled next year at the Detroit Auto Show, the question now is if GM will introduce a new Cadillac ELR. The next Volt is slated to get its own platform, which could be used for a new Cadillac ELR, but slow sales of the current ELR put its future in doubt.

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August 24, 2014

Volvo Confirms Plans For a New Three-Cylinder Engine in 2016

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Volvo is following several automakers by downsizing its engine lineup and it's just confirmed that a new three-cylinder engine is in the works and that it will debut sometime in 2016.

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August 21, 2014

Honda CR-Z Gets a New Supercharger that Boosts its Power to 197-HP

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Anyone that's ever driven the Honda CR-Z hybrid knows that the main thing that it needs is more power, a lot more power. Well Honda has yet to release a version direct from the factory that packs more than 130 horsepower, but Honda has announced the availability of a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit.

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Ford is Working on a New Hybrid to Compete With the Prius

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Ford is reportedly working on a new hybrid model to compete with the Toyota Prius, according to two sources who revealed that it will arrive in late 2018. The new hybrid will be a compact car that will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid, meaning that it will be built from the ground up as a hybrid model.

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August 20, 2014

Is Hyundai Working on a Toyota Prius Rival?

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Hyundai's current hybrid lineup only consists of the Hyundai Sonata, which itself isn't set to be replaced until the 2016 model year, but is Hyundai planning on expanding its hybrid lineup?

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August 14, 2014

GM Trademarks Chevy Bolt Name for Possible Electric Vehicle

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It's being reported that earlier this month General Motors filed a trademark application for the names Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt, which has led to speculation that the name could be used on a future electric vehicle.

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August 11, 2014

2014 BMW i8 Concours d´Elegance Edition Hits the Auction Block

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BMW has released additional photos and info about the one-off 2014 BMW i8 Concours d´Elegance Edition, which is going to be auctioned during the weekend of the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, ahead of the official fall sale date.

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August 7, 2014

Next-Gen 2016 Chevy Volt Teased, Will Debut at Detroit Auto Show

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Chevy has announced that the next-generation 2016 Chevy Volt is going to debut in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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July 31, 2014

Honda Says Goodbye to the Fit EV

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Following news earlier this year that Honda has decided to discontinue the slow selling Insight hybrid, Honda has now confirmed that its killing another one of its "green" cars, the Fit EV.

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July 30, 2014

2016 Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets a Name - Mirai

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According to sources that spoke with Bloomberg, Toyota's upcoming fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is going to be called the Mirai when it arrives next year.

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2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Special Edition Announced

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Toyota has announced a new special edition of the 2015 Prius, which it's calling the Prius Persona.

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July 21, 2014

Audi A8 e-tron Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Year

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It's being reported that Audi is going to unveil a new plug-in hybrid version of its flagship A8 sedan next year.

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July 15, 2014

Tesla Model III to Take on the BMW 3 Series in 2017

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Tesla has confirmed that its Gen III car, which was originally called the Model E, has now been renamed the Model III. The Tesla Model III or Model 3 as some people will call it, is slated to arrive after the Model X, with an anticipated on sale date set for sometime in 2017.

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2016 Toyota Prius Will be Available with Lithium-Ion and Nickel Batteries, AWD Possible

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The next-generation 2016 Toyota Prius isn't expected to arrive until the end of 2015. When the 2016 Prius arrives we can expect it to be more fuel efficient with updated styling, but some other details have started to surface, including a report that two battery options will be available.

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