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    Nardelli: New fuel efficient model might be out next year
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Dodge Hornet conceptBesides the introduction of the Dodge Challenger, there has been very little good news coming out of Chrysler lately. Sales are down 22% for the year due to a lineup that's still heavy on trucks and SUVs, but there may be some help on the ...

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    Prius Overload: Toyota to bump production 70%
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Toyota PriusIf the Prius went mainstream when Toyota bumped production to 280,000 worldwide units per year in 2007, the fuel efficient hybrid is now primed to kick project green to the next level. When Toyota begins producing the next gen Prius, it'll do so ...

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    Toyota planning second hybrid model, along with rebadged Lexus variant
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    To feed the insatiable demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, and follow the striking success of the Toyota Prius, the Japanese automaker will introduce a second hybrid-only vehicle in 2009. The all-new model will have a 2- to 2.5-liter engine, suggesting it will be larger than their current popular ...

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    All Smarts to get start-stop standard
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    The already fuel efficient Smart fortwo will soon become even more stingy with the petrol when start-stop technology is employed fleet-wide beginning in October. The start-stop technology, which is called "micro hybrid" by Smart, works by cutting off the engine during braking when the vehicle speed ...

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    GM postpones redesign of trucks, SUVs
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    If you've been holding your breath in anticipation of General Motors redesigning its trucks and SUVs, you're probably going to pass out so start breathing again. According to reports, it's gonna be a while. GM has announced that it's postponed any planned redesigns of its pickups and SUVs to a ...

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    2009 BMW X6 gets some preliminary EPA numbers
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    When we had our First Drive in BMW's new X6 Sport Activity Coupe, we didn't get the opportunity to really measure fuel consumption, since the vehicles were gassed-up when we got behind the wheel and were then refuelled during our lunch break. A glance at the on-board computer of the '35i we drove ...

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    How to keep your land barge and still drive green(ish)
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    These days it seems more common to overhear comments about a particular car's appalling fuel economy than idle chatter about the weather, which makes sense when a gallon of gas costs as much as a cheap umbrella. For instance, just the other day there was some guy going on about how his car was ...

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    Cheap cars in India = expensive gas in the States
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    click above to view more images of the Tata NanoA report at CNN kinda states the obvious, that if the $2,500 Tata Nano proves as popular in India as most people think it will be, there will be a huge increase in demand for gasoline there. And if worldwide demand for oil goes up, the price of ...

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    Are Audi's plans for world domination too big?
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    It seems like every carmaker has set themselves the goal of world domination. Toyota's internal master-plan memos leaked out, and then there's BMW nipping right along with lofty goals, too. Here comes Audi, deciding that they'd really like to sell 200,000 vehicles in the US market by 2010. While ...

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    Toyota to launch Eco Drive indicator
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    Beginning this month, ToMoCo will begin outfitting automatic transmission-equipped vehicles in its home market with what Toyota calls the "Eco Drive Indicator." The dash-mounted display informs the driver when they are operating the vehicle in an ecological manner by monitoring acceleration, ...

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    FordBoldMoves Episode 6: The Future of Fuel, the Future of Ford
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    The sixth webisode of the FordBoldMoves documentary begins with a statement of fact: "Ford has the worst fuel efficiency of any automaker in America." That's what we like about these little shorts – they can be brutally honest about the condition of Ford, even if they do tend to end with a ...

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    2008 Honda Fit Hybrid to get Insight engine
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    Guess what happens to fit perfectly between the front wheels of a Honda Fit... the Honda Insight's hybrid powertrain. The distance between the front wheel hubs of both vehicles is identical, and a Honda insider confirmed to Bradley Berman of HybridCars.com that the Fit will arrive in 2007 with the ...

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    Motorcycles getting second looks as gas prices rise
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    While some people are trading in their SUVs or even large cars for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, others are abandoning four wheels for two. Heritage Harley Davidson owner Toby O’Brien has noted an increase in the number of people coming into his store and purchasing motorcycles after ...

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    Revamped Dodge Durango takes Dallas
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    The Dallas Auto Show will be the locale where Dodge officially unveils its refreshed 2007 Durango (shown) today, as well as the hybrid version that DaimlerChrysler is readying for the 2008 model year. The 2007 Durango features revamped cosmetic bits on the body as well as ten new available ...

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    Auto X-Prize: $25mil - 250 mpg - 10,000 units
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    Details are emerging about the upcoming auto-related challenge to be issued by the California-based X-Prize foundation. The organization’s new challenge will award a prize of $25 million to the first group that sells 10,000 vehicles capable of 250 mpg.Throwing in the caveat of moving 10K ...

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    X PRIZE announced for fuel efficiency research
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    The X PRIZE Foundation has hired on Mark Goodstein as the Executive Director of a new X PRIZE contest that will foster entrepenurial innovation in the area of automotive efficiency. We reported in January that a prize of this nature was likely on the horizon and we’re glad to see it made ...

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