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February 26, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV gets some upgrades

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Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric vehicle is returning for the 2016 model year with some much needed upgrades that will make it a bit more livable. If you were to walk into a Mitsubishi showroom today to buy the i-MiEV you'd notice that it doesn't come with simple tech gadgets like Bluetooth or even a navigation system. Thankfully those will be part of the options list when the 2016 i-MiEV arrives this spring.

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February 25, 2015

Audi Prologue Avant plug-in hybrid concept revealed

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Audi has revealed the Prologue Avant plug-in hybrid concept ahead of its debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The Prologue Avant is the follow up to the Prologue concept that debuted late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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February 20, 2015

GM not sold on Chevy Bolt name

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Earlier this year GM revealed its new Chevy Bolt concept, which is expected to have a range of about 200 miles when it's introduced, but there might be one big change before that happens. The "Bolt" name has been criticized for sounding too much like the Chevy Volt, so GM may change the name.

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February 19, 2015

Toyota Tacoma Diesel isn't going to happen according to Chief Engineer

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This year the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup is finally getting some competition from GM's new Colorado and Canyon pickups and even though the Toyota gave the 2016 Tacoma a big refresh, there's one area that Toyota will not compete in - diesels.

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February 5, 2015

Chevy Bolt electric car to enter production in late 2016

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A new report claims that General Motors is going to begin production of its new $30,000 electric car - the Chevy Bolt in October 2016. The 200-mile range Bolt will be built at an underused plant north of Detroit.

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January 26, 2015

Next-Gen Audi A4 and TTQ to get e-Quattro electric all-wheel-drive

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It's being reported that Audi is working on a new e-quattro all-wheel-drive system that mates a gas engine to two electric motors - with one electric motor in the transmission and the second powering the rear wheels. The system is expected to debut first in the new A4 and the upcoming TTQ crossover.

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Porsche Pajun will be an all-electric Tesla fighter?

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Rumors about an all-electric Porsche midsize sedan have been on and off, but now the latest rumor claims that plans are moving forward to bring it to market in about four years. Previous reports claimed that Porsche is working on an electric model, but Porsche quickly rejected the rumors, but now development is supposedly back on.

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BMW's i3 Super Bowl spot features Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel [VIDEO]

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BMW has revealed its 60-second spot for the BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. After taking four years off, BMW will return to the game with "Newfangled Idea," featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel.

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January 23, 2015

BMW and VW join forces to create an EV charging network

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BMW and VW are set to emulate Tesla by creating an electric vehicle charging network across both the East and West coast of the U.S. The two automakers have partnered with ChargePoint to add 100 DC fast chargers to ChargePoint's network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.

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January 20, 2015

Honda and Toyota part of Tokyo's plan to put 6,000 fuel-cell cars on the road by 2020

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Tokyo has set a goal of putting 6,000 vehicles on the road by the 2020 Olympics, which will see the city spend up to $385 million on fuel cell vehicle subsidies and hydrogen stations. Tokyo plans to build 35 stations and is in negotiations with Toyota and Honda, since both automakers plan to release new fuel-cell vehicles within the next year.

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January 15, 2015

Next-Gen Nissan Leaf will go head-to-head with 200-mile range Chevy Bolt

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Now that Chevy has officially upped the ante with the debut of the 200-mile range Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, it's time for other EVs to follow suit. The Nissan Leaf is currently the most popular fully-electric vehicle on the market and Nissan hopes to keep that title with a "high-output" version of the next Leaf that could have an even longer driving range than the upcoming Bolt.

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January 12, 2015

Chevy Bolt Concept debuts in Detroit previewing a 200-mile range EV

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This morning Chevy debuted the all-new 2016 Volt and also previewed a new 200 mile range electric car - the Chevy Bolt. The Bolt EV concept is Chevy's vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

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January 11, 2015

2016 Chevy Volt can now travel up to 50 miles in EV mode

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Chevy has officially unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show. We saw the exterior of the new Volt last week at CES, but now we have all the details, including its new powertrain that can keep the Volt moving up to 50 miles in electric mode.

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January 10, 2015

Is Chevy going to reveal a 200-mile range Bolt EV concept in Detroit?

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It's being reported that General Motors is working on a new electric car with a driving range around 200 miles on a single range. The electric car is expected to be introduced by 2017, but the world will reportedly get a preview of it next week at the Detroit Auto Show. GM is going to show a concept version of the EV with the Chevy Bolt name alongside the all-new Volt.

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January 6, 2015

Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept Debuts at CES

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Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept at CES. Mercedes-Benz has been working on autonomous vehicles for years and following the S 500 Intelligent Drive and Future Truck 2025 autonomous vehicles, the automaker has unveiled what it calls a "self-driving luxury sedan."

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January 4, 2015

2016 Chevy Volt Shows its Face at the Consumer Electronics Show

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Even though we're just a week away from the debut of the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt, GM has given a sneak peek of the new Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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December 28, 2014

Audi Announces Plans for to Release Two Electric Vehicles by 2018

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In an effort to catch up to rivals like Tesla and BMW, Audi's CEO Rupert Stadler has announced that Audi will release two fully electric vehicles by 2018.

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December 27, 2014

GM Trademarks Crossvolt Name Again, Volt Crossover in the Works?

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Could GM be working on a crossover version of the Volt? Back in 2011 General Motors filed a trademark application for the "Crossvolt" name, but then in November of this year that trademark expired. Now its being reported that GM applied to use the same trademark in August of this year, which leads to some speculation that GM may actually use the name.

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December 26, 2014

Tesla Roadster Updated with 400-Mile Range - No Update for the Model S

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Even though the Tesla Roadster is no longer in production, that doesn't mean that Tesla has forgotten about it. Tesla has just announced the release of the Roadster 3.0 package that includes a host of updates that will give the Roadster a driving range up to 400 miles.

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December 23, 2014

Google's Self-Driving Car is Now Ready to Hit the Road

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Earlier this year Google unveiled its self-driving car, but that early model was merely a mock up. Now Google has taken the wraps off the production version of its self-driving vehicle, which is now ready to begin real world testing.

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Tesla Roadster Update Announcement Coming This Week

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It's been rumored that Tesla has some updates coming for the Tesla Roadster and now Elon Musk has announced on his Twitter account that an announcement is coming this week.

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December 22, 2014

2016 Chevrolet Volt Drives on an Icy Road [VIDEO]

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Chevrolet has released another teaser of the 2016 Volt ahead of its debut next month at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. In this latest teaser video, the 2016 Volt shows that it has what it takes to drive on an icy, snow filled road.

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December 19, 2014

2016 Chevy Volt: GM Teases its Interior and On-Demand Regenerative Braking System [VIDEO]

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We're only a few weeks away from the debut of the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt, but Chevy is giving the world a sneak peek at its interior with a new video.

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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