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A 963-horsepower hybrid will be the flagship for this luxury sports brand

Hybrid cars are the antithesis of powerful vehicles. They're compact. They're slow to accelerate. They appeal to fuel-saving sensibility instead of automotive grace. At least that's what you think, right?

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It's a mere two months before GM is scheduled to start delivering its Chevy Volt to retail customers, yet there are still unanswered questions about how the would-be revolutionary vehicle works.

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In Translogic episode 6.3 we explore biodiesel, the alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel. Yes, there are big benefits, but the question remains: Will it work for the average diesel passenger car?

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It's now been just over a decade since the first hybrids, the original Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, were introduced. After a slow start, rising fuel costs caused consumer interest to take off mid-decade. Today, most consumers have some idea of what a hybrid is, but many are unaware that hybrid systems from competing manufacturers have entirely different hardware and function in dramatically dissimilar ways. That's why, for instance, you can't drive a Honda Civic hybrid on electric power alone

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Take the internal combustion engine and computer-controlled automatic transmission that can be found in just about every single automobile sold in the past 50 years, add a complex electric motor, high-tech battery pack and a bunch more electronics to make them all play nicely together... and you've got a hybrid. When viewed in this manner, it comes as little surprise that repair costs might be a wee bit higher for a hybrid vehicle than for its conventional siblings ($182 on average higher, for w

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Peugeot 508 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2009 Honda Fit Sport – Click above for high-res gallery

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2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

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The 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid will hit dealer lots later this year and Nissan has once again decided to limit sales of the model to just nine states. Nissan gives several reasons why it has limited the Altima Hybrid to just nine markets (California, Oregon, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) but we think that it mainly boils down to an issue of supply for many of the hybrid components licensed from Toyota.

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Ford Escape PHEV prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Peugeot 908-HY hybrid prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

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