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    Report: Fisker's new owner working out Karma's 250 'bugs' before introducing second model
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    Fisker may be down, but it might not stay down forever. The company behind the Karma luxury hybrid shut down late last year and was purchased by Chinese OEM supplier Wanxiang Group, which intends to restart production. It just can't tell us when. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Wanxgiang ...

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    Rumormill: BMW planning six-cylinder i9 hybrid to celebrate centenary?
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    On the prospect of a new BMW M1 based on the company's new i8 hybrid, the jury has been in and out so much that we can't even tell which way it's likely to go. However, the latest reports coming in from Germany suggest that BMW may have something else up its sleeves. Rather than make a ...

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    Translogic: Translogic 155: 2014 Cadillac ELR
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    For the past decade, Cadillac has been searching for ways to breathe life into its lineup of luxury sedans and SUVs. While it has enjoyed recent success with the CTS and Escalade, brand perception still skews older and stuffier than Caddy's German and Japanese counterparts. Can the electrified ...

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    Report: Audi SQ7 coming, will have electric turbo
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    Formula 1 and endurance racing are already harvesting energy from turbos on the track, and now it's apparently time for a similar idea of boosting the efficiency of forced induction to hit the streets in a high-performance, diesel SUV. In a recent interview with the UK's Autocar, Audi technical ...

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    Official: McLaren previews P1 GTR concept ahead of Pebble Beach debut
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    McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche have all come out with their hybrid-powered hypercars, vehicles that boast the bleeding edge of what is possible with today's road-car technology. The next step, at least in the case of McLaren and Ferrari, is to push that bleeding edge just a hair further, with even ...

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    Spy Shots: 2015 Acura NSX burns to the ground at the 'Ring [w/video]
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    Assuming all goes to plan, automakers test their vehicles to the breaking point in the months and years leading up to that vehicle's actual release into the public. Which is good, because it's much better for a car to break in glorious fashion in the hands of the company that produces it than in ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #390
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    Episode #390 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Sebastian Blanco from Autoblog Green talk about the 2015 Ford Mustang specs, the 2016 Smart models, a proposal to add real-world numbers to EPA economy tests and the potential downside of autonomous cars. We ...

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    Spy Shots: Production Acura NSX spied getting sharper on the 'Ring
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    Acura hasn't been shy about trotting out the concept version of its upcoming NSX hybrid supercar – we've seen it colorized on Facebook, wearing Super GT drag and running wrapped at Mid Ohio – but until now, we've missed seeing the production version at all. Thankfully, our boys in the ...

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    Report: EPA wants actual road-test results to fix auto fuel economy estimates [w/poll]
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    The agency thinks the new approach will result in more realistic ratings, especially for hybrids. The Environmental Protection Agency is getting tired of discovering automakers overstating their vehicles' fuel economy figures, and it's apparently actually trying to do something about it. The ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.15.14
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    Top Gear's 10 most offensive mistakes The boys at Top Gear UK have a habit of making some big mistakes that offend large groups of people. The show's presenters – mainly, Jeremy Clarkson – have been under fire due to supposedly mumbled racial slurs, staged scenes, generally ...

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    Official: Toyota Prius sets a different kind of Nürburgring lap record [w/video]
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    Scroll down the leaderboards of Nürburgring lap times and you'll see mostly racing cars, supercars and sports cars. Delve deep enough and you'll eventually get to hatchbacks and sedans, albeit the most performance-focused of their kind. But a hybrid? Sure, the Porsche 918 Spyder posted the ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]
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    Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was ...

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    Report: Audi rules out R8 PHEV, will build E-Tron to order
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    The question of whether Audi will morph the next-gen R8 (pictured above, in testing) into a plug-in-hybrid challenger for the BMW i8 may have been answered. CarAdvice, in Australia, is claiming that any plans for a PHV 2016 R8 have been shelved, and that Audi will go ahead with gas-powered or ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.14.14
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    Quick Spin: 2015 Lexus NX 300h Following our first drive of the turbocharged NX 200t, managing editor Jeremy Korzeniewski tells us about the version of Lexus' new small crossover that might just be the one we'd buy. The hybrid NX 300h "is one of the more interesting hybrids on the market," says ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Lexus NX 300h
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    With so much hullabaloo being made over the first gasoline turbocharged engine produced by Lexus, it's easy to forget that there's another option for those who'd rather (barely) hear the whirring of electric motors than the high-pitched whizzing of turbos. That's too bad, because we think the NX ...

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    Report: Bugatti Veyron hybrid successor rumors surface anew
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    If you had told us when the Bugatti Veyron debuted nine years ago that its successor would be a hybrid, we would have responded that you were out to lunch. In fact, we didn't quite believe it two years ago when the rumor first surfaced. But that was all before Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari proved ...

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    Official: Jaguar Land Rover offers (some) detail about new Ingenium engine
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    Jaguar Land Rover officially announced its Ingenium family of engines with the unveiling of the 2.0-liter version in the Jaguar XE concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but it kept details very thin at the time. All we knew was that the new turbocharged mills could be configured to use gasoline ...

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    Report: Will the Mazda2 be offered as a PHEV with a rotary engine range extender?
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    Every few months, it seems a rumor crops up about plans from Mazda to revive the rotary engine. Last November, its CEO said the only way another one could happen is if the project was profitable, and then a month later the automaker showed off the Mazda2 RE Range Extender with a 330cc Wankel ...

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    Mitsubishi says 2016 Outlander PHEV for US 'will be completely different'
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    While attending the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with Mitsubishi we got a chance to speak to three Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) executives about the Outlander PHEV, how the brand is strengthening its lineup and how it plans to promote that. The Outlander PHEV that's quickly and ...

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    Official: Volvo reveals 400-hp twin-charged PHEV power for new XC90 [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: An earlier version of this post indicated that the larger of the conventional diesel engines was a five-cylinder. However all three powertrains announced for the upcoming new XC90 are actually four-cylinder engines. The text has been updated accordingly. Volvo rolled in to new territory ...

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