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    Study: Alt-fuel cars unsustainable without government assistance
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    According to the 2012 U.S. Automotive Industry Survey and Confidence Index by Booz & Co., alternative vehicle powertrains may take up as much as 10 percent of the total market by 2020, but only if the federal government continues to support development. Without a helping hand from Uncle Sam, ...

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    Tokyo 2009: Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo is bigger, o-kei!
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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    You can make anything bigger and better if you just add a hump, and that's what Mitsubishi has done to its i-MiEV to create the i-MiEV Cargo. For those who find Ford's Transit Connect simply too monstrous and don't ...

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    Want to take the Audi e-tron for a test drive? Grab your Playstation 3
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    You might expect a car with four motors and 3,319 lb-ft of torque to take a great deal of electronics and skill with the right foot to drive properly. If so, you got the electronics part right at least: Audi has created a virtual world for its e-tron electric car that will be featured in ...

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    Frankfurt 2009: Audi e-tron is red outside, nice inside
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    Audi e-tron concept -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Audi e-tron concept has a few good things going for it on the outside, like lustrous red paint, some wicked cool taillights, and... well... maybe something else that's escaped us. Sadly, those things are overcome by the chrome ...

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    Introducing the next eco supercar: the Steenstra Styletto
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    Steenstra Styletto – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Watch out Tesla – there's another California-based zero-emissions sports car company in the works: Steenstra GCM. Founded by designer and auto industry consultant Cornelis Steenstra, the Styletto isn't just about creating a ...

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    British government drags its feet, Tata threatens to cancel Indica EV for the UK
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    In January, the UK government set aside £2.3 billion for loan guarantees to help automakers start producing electric cars on the island. In April, Tata applied for £10 billion from the program to build its Indica Vista EV. Last week the Indian firm was told that it would be another ...

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    Next Honda NSX could be dubbed "Super Hybrid Sports"
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    Even though it's been going on for more than two years now, the tale of the Acura NSX is like a news story that just broke: you have to keep checking back for details, and each subsequent update could turn the whole story on its head. The V10 NSX that was going to own the sports car gods on Mt. ...

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    Google phone designers plot for "The End of Driving" with autonomobile
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    Mike and Maaike's Autonomobile – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In Possible Future Scenario #317-B, San Francisco industrial design firm Mike and Maaike presents the atnmbl (get it? – "autonomobile"). Less a car than an autonomous, seven-person mobile living room, the atnmbl is ...

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    Rumormill: 2012 Jaguar sports car to get Volt-like extended-range hybrid tech?
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    Ratan Tata, Jaguar's owner, knows that the future of the company rests on "shiny and new" products. That's why the XE roadster was reportedly moved to the front of the line and given a 2011 release date. If the soothsayers at Motor Trend are correct, Tata also understands that cleaner engines are ...

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    The new Audi: more performance, less weight
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    Audi is developing the groundwork for an entirely new way of building its cars. The future for the four rings is light weight, giving it the proper base to support the best hybrid and electric cars, as well as extract the most from its traditional offerings. As previously reported, the first ...

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    U.S. Department of Energy funding for Chevy Volt on hold
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    Aside from the bridge loans supplied to GM by the federal government, GM had applied for $10.3 billion from the Energy Department. Of that amount, $2.6 billion was meant to be devoted to building the Chevy Volt and two derivatives of it, as well as a third hybrid model. May is when the Energy ...

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    The Price of Green: Bentley Continental Supersports is $267,000
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    Bentley Continental Supersports - Click above for a high-res gallery
    The Continental Supersports has been priced, with Bentley having decided that $267,000 is fair compensation for exclusive access to green, luxurious speed. The ethanol-capable Conti is not only a sign of Bentley technology to ...

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    Honda CEO says Insight price won't be reduced further
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    2010 Honda Insight - click above for a high-res gallery
    Honda's new Insight went on sale in hits homeland about a week ago, and already it's under attack. Before it hit the market, there were rumors that it would be much cheaper than the Toyota Prius. Toyota, however, has other ideas. The Insight ...

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    Nissan EV could come to US in 2010, two years earlier than expected
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    Nissan appears to feel the electricity in the air, and has said it is open to selling its EV to retail consumers two years ahead of schedule. That doesn't mean it will go on sale everywhere -- said a Nissan rep, "if a market is ready for it, we'll go ahead earlier." When it does arrive, it will be ...

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    REPORT: GM says next-gen hybrid pickups could have 50% better towing
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    General Motors isn't saying how it plans to do it, but according to our friends at PickupTrucks.com, it is saying that consumers are "...going to see substantial improvements in towing capability in our next hybrids." Right now, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid can pull 6,100 ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Volkswagen Golf VII already in the cards
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    The current Volkswagen Golf (a.k.a. "Rabbit"), which is a 2010 model, hasn't made it through the front nine, and already the next Golf is being teed up behind it. The new model is planned for 2012, two years earlier than planned, perhaps because VW wants to recast what the Golf represents with a ...

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    Peugeot delaying launch of plug-in hybrid?
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    Peugeot plans to offer its 3008 CUV with a diesel-electric hybrid by 2011. The step after that is to add plug-in capability, but those plans have been pushed back "a year or two" because of the economy. With R&D budgets pinched by slim sales, the investment in the technology simply can't be ...

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    REPORT: Cadillac considering four-door Converj
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Cadillac Converj Concept
    GM is beating on the drums -- softly, to be sure -- and the message they're sending is that the Cadillac Converj Concept could see production. The first issue with building such a car is money, and GM's problems in that arena are ...

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    On the Rebound: Scientists invent regenerative shocks
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    Scientists at Tufts University have patented a shock absorber that converts compressive energy into electricity, which can then be stored in a hybrid vehicle's batteries. Called the Power-Generating Shock Absorber (PGSA), actually an electromagnetic linear generator, it uses "magnet arrays, high ...

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    ROUSH unveils liquid propane-powered Ford F-250
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    LPG has come to the masses massive, with ROUSH introducing a conversion for the Ford F-250. The changes are minimal: fuel tank and pump, stainless steel fuel lines, aluminum fuel rails and PCM calibration. They'll mean cheaper running costs but no loss of horsepower, torque or towing capacity. ...

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