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December 16, 2014

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Debuts in Seoul

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Hyundai has unveiled the 2016 Sonata Hybrid at an event in Seoul, South Korea. Even though the gas powered Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, the hybrid version took a bit longer to develop - 27 months.

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December 15, 2014

BMW i3 Prototype Debuts Fully-Automated Parking System

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BMW has announced that it has developed a fully-automated parking system for the i3, which will debt next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unlike some other parking systems, the i3's system takes the technology to the next level, since the driver can completely exit the vehicle before it parks itself.

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Toyota Delayed the Next-Gen Prius to Make Last Minute Design Changes

Toyota CH-R Concept

Production of the next-generation Toyota Prius was supposed to kick off next spring, but it's already been reported that it is delayed until the end of 2015. We're now learning that the reason for the last minute delay is due to some last minute styling changes.

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December 8, 2014

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid Rated at 59 MPGe

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Volvo has released additional details about the plug-in hybrid system that will power the 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV. Volvo says that the XC90 T8 will deliver "all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match."

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December 4, 2014

Ford is 'Working Hard' on an F-150 Hybrid

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The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 went on a significant diet plan with one of the goals being improved fuel economy, which explains why it now holds the title as the most fuel efficient full size gas powered pickup. Even with the gains that the new truck received, Ford is reportedly looking at other ways to make the F-150 even more fuel efficient, which could include a hybrid version.

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December 2, 2014

BMW Announces Plans to Release Plug-in Hybrid Versions of its Core Models

BMW 3 Series PHEV Prototype

BMW has announced plans to release plug-in hybrid versions of its core models and has previewed the technology in the 3 Series eDrive prototype. In Miramas, France, BMW has presented a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts that incorporate the electric technology already used in BMW's i3 and i8 models.

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November 24, 2014

Audi is Developing a Tesla Model S Rival?

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Audi is reportedly working on an electric sedan that will rival the Tesla Model S. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's head of R&D recently confirmed the new electric model in an interview with Auto Express.

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November 21, 2014

2015 Ford F-150 Fuel Economy Specs Released, Gets Up to 26 MPG

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Ever since Ford revealed the new lighter 2015 F-150 one of the bigger discussions has been around what that would mean for its fuel economy specs. Ford has now revealed that the 2015 F-150 gets up to 26 mpg with the new 2.7L EcoBoost engine - making it the most fuel efficient full size gasoline-powered pickup.

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Next-Gen 2016 Chevy Volt Teased in LA

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Even though the Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off this week, one car that was not at the show was the next-generation Chevy Volt. We have to wait until January to see the 2016 Volt, but Chevy did reveal part of the Volt's new face at a fan event in LA.

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November 19, 2014

Audi A7 Sportback h-tron Quattro Concept Debuts in LA

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This year is all about fuel cell news at the LA Auto Show. This week we've already heard updates from Toyota with its Mirai and the upcoming Honda FCV. Now Audi is showcasing its upcoming fuel cell technology under the hood of the A7 with the debut of the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept.

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November 18, 2014

BMW i5 to Borrow the Hydrogen Fuel-Cell System from the Toyota Mirai?

2014 BMW i3

Yesterday Toyota officially dropped all the details for the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Everyone is jumping on the fuel-cell bandwagon and now it's being reported that BMW may tap its current relationship with Toyota for a fuel-cell vehicle for the i-sub brand.

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November 17, 2014

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Vehicle Priced at $57,500 or Lease for $499

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Toyota has dropped all the details about the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell sedan that is going to arrive next year. We've already seen photos of it, but now Toyota has announced that the Mirai will have a price starting at $57,500 before any tax incentives.

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November 16, 2014

Toyota Officially Names its 2016 Fuel-Cell Vehicle the Mirai

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As expected, Toyota has officially announced the name of its upcoming 2016 fuel-cell vehicle, which will be called the Mirai. According to Toyota, Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, represents a turning point for the automotive industry.

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Honda's New Fuel-Cell Vehicle is Delayed Until 2016

Honda FCV Concept

Last year Honda announced plans to introduce its new fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, but now Honda has revealed that those plans have been delayed until 2016. Also with the announcement of the delay, Honda has also revealed an updated version of the FCV concept, which previews the production version that will go on sale in Japan in March 2016.

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November 6, 2014

Tesla Model X Delayed Again Until Q3 2015

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Just a few months ago it was announced that production of the Tesla Model X crossover was being delayed until the second quarter of 2015, but now it's being delayed further. Tesla has announced that production is now delayed until the third quarter of 2015.

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November 3, 2014

Mercedes-Benz G-Code Concept Previews an Even Smaller Crossover

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With the new Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover now rolling into showrooms it remains to be seen how many buyers gravitate towards the new compact crossover. Mercedes-Benz is now previewing another crossover that could be even smaller than the GLA with the new G-Code concept.

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October 30, 2014

Toyota FCV to Enter this Year's Japanese Rally Championship

Toyota FCV

Toyota has announced that its new fuel cell vehicle will be put through its paces in the final installment in this year's Japanese Rally Championship, the 177 mile Shinshiro Rally held in Aichi Prefecture on November 1 and 2. The Toyota FCV that has been specially tuned and outfitted for rally racing will check the safety of the roads as a zero car.

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An Electric Range Rover Could be in the Cards

Range Rover Sport SVR

Thanks to the success of Tesla and its Model S nearly every automaker is trying to produce a Tesla-rivaling electric vehicle. It's being reported that Land Rover is currently mulling the idea of an electric Range Rover that would compete with the Tesla Model X crossover.

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October 28, 2014

2016 Chevy Volt Gets a Larger 4-Cylinder Engine

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General Motors is going to officially unveil the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January, but GM has just revealed some details about its new powertrain.

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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.

2015 Porsche Macan

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

Kia Optima T-Hybrid

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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