GM is currently working on the second-generation Chevy Volt, which is going to arrive next year as a 2016 model. The 2016 Chevy Volt will switch to a new platform, but its styling will be more evolutionary, so don't expect it to be drastically different from today's Volt.
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Following the confirmation that the Honda Insight hybrid is being discontinued, Honda has announced that it is committed to expanding its hybrid lineup. Honda hasn't revealed any details, but does say that it plans to expand its two-motor hybrid system that is currently offered in the 2014 Accord Hybrid.
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Tesla has revealed more details about its new battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, which will be "world's largest battery factory" when it powers up by 2017. Tesla estimates that the Gigafactory will cost about $5 billion and will employ up to 6,500 employees at a site that could be up to 1,000 acres.
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After several rumors and reports that the Honda Insight is being discontinued in Europe, Honda has now confirmed that the Insight hybrid will be leaving the U.S. market as well. The Insight has never been able to put even a small dent in Toyota Prius sales and slow sales means that it will be gone after the 2014 model year.
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Hyundai has unveiled the new Intrado fuel cell concept, which is going to have its world debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Pegged as merely a design exercise, the Intrado concept presents a progressive interpretation of Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design language and is powered by Hyundai's next-generation fuel cell powertrain.
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Following the debut of the Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid, BMW has now unveiled a prototype of the upcoming X5 plug-in hybrid. BMW has announced that the X5 plug-in hybrid, which will likely be called X5 eDrive, will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder mated to an electric motor and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
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Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Building on the sportier versions of the Golf lineup, the GTI and diesel-powered GTD, the Golf GTE combines the sportiness of the GTI with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
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Slow sales of the Honda Insight and CR-Z hybrids have prompted Honda to stop selling them in Europe. Last year Honda only sold 1,242 Insights and 695 CR-Zs in Europe, which were both down over 60 percent from the prior year. Honda will now just sell off its remaining stock of Insights and CR-Zs.
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In addition to showing off the new 2015 Kia Soul EV, Kia has announced plans to also show off its next-generation hybrid technology at the Geneva Motor Show, next month. The system was developed by Kia's European R&D center and is expected to be used in future Kia models.
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Today's clunky and annoying charging cables that are needed to recharge electric vehicles may soon become extinct. Toyota has announced that it is the latest automaker to begin testing new a wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.
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When the 2015 BMW i8 arrives later this year it will be the first production vehicle to be available with laser headlights. Compared to the standard LED headlights, the optional laser headlights can boost high bean range to just over 1,900 feet, double that of the standard LED high beam.
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In addition to the 2015 Kia Soul EV, Kia has also unveiled a refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show. For the 2014 model year, the Optima Hybrid gets several updates, including restyled front and rear fascias that were optimized to increase aerodynamic efficiency, new wheel designs, and unique grille and lighting elements.
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Kia has unveiled the 2015 Kia Soul EV today in Chicago ahead of its arrival in showrooms later this year. The 2015 Soul EV is Kia's first fully electric car offered in the U.S.
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Chevy has announced the availability of new bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups. Currently CNG is priced at about 62 percent lower than gasoline, so it represents big savings. For example a work truck driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually based on 75-percent CNG usage and comparable efficiency to gasoline.
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The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel now holds the title as the most fuel efficient full size pickup ever with a 28 mpg rating on the highway. The news follows last year's rating for the 2013 Ram 1500, which set a record for the highest fuel-economy with a 25 mpg rating.
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Mercedes-Benz is expanding the 2015 S-Class lineup with two new fuel-efficient versions, the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid and S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC.
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Cadillac has announced that it is going to sweeten the deal a tad for the 2014 Cadillac ELR by throwing in a free 240-volt home charging station. The 2014 Cadillac ELR still starts at $75,995 before any tax incentives are applied, but at least now Cadillac will cover the costs for installing a charging station in your home.
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We're still about a year away from the release of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius, but more details about the next Prius have been released. Some of Toyota's execs have released a few more details about the next Prius, which will get a revolutionary design, a new gasoline engine and more powerful lithium-ion batteries.
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For the second time Mazda has decided to delay the U.S. launch of its new Skyactiv diesel engine. The 2.2L diesel engine was supposed to arrive in the Mazda6 sedan by the end of last year, but now it is being delayed until further notice due to emissions related issues.
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Nissan is giving the 2014 Nissan Leaf a small price hike over the 2013 model, which now starts at $28,980 before any federal or state tax incentives are applied. The 2014 Leaf is available in three trim levels: S, SV and SL.
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Toyota is giving the world a closer look at its upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In addition to showing the FCV concept, Toyota is also unveiling a camouflage-taped prototype that has been used for on-road testing in North America for more than a year.
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Ford is bringing a new version of the C-MAX plug-in hybrid to this year's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept is based on the C-MAX Energi, but thanks to its solar panel roof, it can harness the power of the sun.
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At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Audi is going to unveil the new Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept. The concept is immediately recognizable as an updated version of the Sport Quattro concept that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but with updated lighting technology.
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Volkswagen has reported that it has sold more than 100,000 diesel VW and Audi vehicles in the U.S. this year. Volkswagen and Audi offer 12 different diesel powered models in the U.S. and is currently the market leader in the diesel segment.
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The 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is scheduled to arrive in showrooms by next spring, but what about the spyder version that was one of the original concepts? According to Bimmerpost the i8 Spyder was just approved for production and will arrive towards the end of 2015.
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Cadillac has announced that the first batch of 2014 Cadillac ELRs are on their way to dealerships. The 2014 Cadillac ELR starts at $75,995, but that price can drop down to $68,495 after the available tax incentives.
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It's being reported that Audi has decided to give the Audi R8 e-tron electric car the green light again after it was put on the back burner a year ago. Last year the R8 e-tron was killed by former research and development chief Wolfgang Dürheimer, who wanted Audi to spend its resources on plug-in hybrid models like the A3 e-tron, but now there's a new boss.
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Hyundai has released a teaser of its new Intrado fuel cell concept vehicle, which is going to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The Intrado concept features Hyundai's new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design theme, a super-lightweight structure and a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain.
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Back in 2007 Toyota unveiled the FT-HS hybrid sports car, which previewed a successor to the much loved Toyota Supra. Almost seven years later a successor the Supra never happened, but now Toyota may be set to preview a new Supra at the Detroit Auto Show next month.
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Ok it's pretty obvious that the Honda Insight has been no match for the Toyota Prius in the hybrid wars, so we shouldn't be surprised to hear that the Insight may be going away. According to AutoblogGreen, the 2014 Honda Insight might be the last year for Honda's slow selling hybrid.
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While we still have to wait until 2015 to get behind the wheel of the next Acura NSX, Acura has announced that the Acura NSX concept is featured in Gran Turismo 6.
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The 2014 Lexus CT 200h has received a refresh with updated exterior styling and more standard features, but the best part is that the pricing for the CT 200h remains the same as last year at $32,050.
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MINI is reportedly mulling the idea of bringing a diesel-powered MINI Cooper to the U.S. based on the strong interest that its dealers have received. Over the past few years the U.S. has started to welcome new diesel models from VW, Audi and BMW, so there is a possibility that MINI could bring its diesel-powered Cooper to the U.S.
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If you've been patiently waiting for Volvo to bring the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid to the U.S., you'll be disappointed to hear that it's not going to happen. Instead Volvo has just confirmed that a gasoline plug-in hybrid system will arrive in the U.S. next year under the hood of the next-generation XC90 SUV.
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Toyota has unveiled the new hybrid version of the all-new Highlander. The all-new third-generation 2014 Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.5L V6 that is mated to an electric motor that has a combined output of 280 horsepower and will also get up to 28 mpg.
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Hyundai has announced that the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle will arrive next spring and buyers can lease it for just $499 per month, which includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling. The Tucson fuel cell vehicle is based on the standard Tucson, but its fuel cell powertrain is capable of driving the Tucson for up to 300 miles with zero emissions.
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Next spring Acura is going to release the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which features a new 377-hp three-motor hybrid system. The RLX is the first Acura model to feature the new 377-hp hybrid system, which combines a V-6 engine with a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura's torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.
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Porsche has announced that the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is even faster than Porsche initially thought it was. Porsche recently completed the final tuning measures and the result is that the 918 Spyder is now even faster.
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Volkswagen is bringing its CrossBlue Coupe SUV concept to the LA Auto Show next week. This isn't the first time we're seeing the CrossBlue Coupe, since it originally debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show last year.
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Volkswagen has just announced that the e-Golf, its first fully electric vehicle to go on sale in the U.S. will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. The 2015 e-Golf is going to arrive in the U.S. in late 2014. The e-Golf, which is based on the all-new Golf, will only be offered as a five-door, but its unique aluminum-alloy wheels and LED headlights will stand it apart from the other Golf models.
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