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The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will likely be Nissan's first-ever vehicle sold in North America to be equipped with the automaker's in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system.

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The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will be the first Nissan vehicle equipped with the automaker's first-ever, in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system. The hybrid setup, due in 2013, will be replace the Toyota-based system, which Nissan used in the now-axed Altima Hybrid, according to Masayuki Yasuoka, a senior exec in Nissan's next-generation powertrain group.

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In its latest 30-second advertisement pitching the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist, Buick makes an interesting point: since people don't constantly run in place, its near-luxury mid-size sedan doesn't either.

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On Tuesday August 23, a lone 2012 Infiniti M35h ripped down the UK's rain-drenched Santa Pod Raceway and sped into the record books as the world's quickest hybrid vehicle.

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On Tuesday, August 23, a lone 2012 Infiniti M35h ripped down the UK's rain-drenched Santa Pod Raceway and sped into the record books as the world's quickest hybrid vehicle.

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Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City with the intent to sell it to U.S. buyers by the end of 2012.

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Already available in the U.S., the 2012 Infiniti M35h is finally trickling into dealerships over in Europe. Infiniti says the M35h is currently available at 45 dealerships across 21 European countries and that the hybrid M is cost-competitive with the Europe-only diesel-fueled M30d. For example, Infiniti says the M35h starts at €56,600 ($79,800 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in Germany, only €1,500 ($2,115 U.S.) more than an equivalent M30d.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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With a federal election coming soon in Canada, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has begun to liberally spread the pork. The most recent example is a deal that will relieve General Motors of Canada from the repayment of $200 million in previous government loans in exchange for new investments in plants in Oshawa and St. Catharines Ontario. GM Canada will install a transmission assembly line at its engine plant in St. Catharines to build 6-speed automatic transmissions.

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Click above for high-res gallery of Honda Hybrid spy shots

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