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    Official: 2015 Lexus NX starts at $34,480*
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    Lexus has announced pricing for the 2015 NX crossover lineup, which goes on sale next month. The NX 200t starts at $34,480, and the all-wheel-drive model adds a $1,400 premium to lift the sticker to $35,880 (*destination charges of $925 are not included in the prices). The 200t uses a 2.0-liter ...

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    Study: West coast cities dominate Greenest Car Shoppers list
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    Cars.com has released a list of the ten US cities with the most environmentally conscious car shoppers. Not surprisingly, west coast spots made up the bulk of the locations. The site found its results by compiling data pulled from visitors who shopped for hybrids or other green cars. While ...

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    Report: China considering upping hybrid car incentives
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    Bloomberg reports China may be set to step up subsidies for hybrid and fuel-efficient new automobiles. The country's industry minister, Miao Wei, said, "New-energy vehicles are the future. Fuel-efficient cars are now," while speaking with reporters at the National People's Congress. So far, the ...

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    A decade on, survey suggests buyers still don't understand hybrid cars
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    In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama proclaimed that there would be one million electric vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015. Toyota recently celebrated the building of the company's three millionth hybrid worldwide. More and more automakers are turning to the ...

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    Meet the man who quietly profits from every hybrid sold
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    Alex Severinsky is a Russian man who came to the United States in 1978. He graduated from Ukraine's Kharkiv University of Radioelectronics in 1967 before moving on to an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. from Moscow's Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics in 1975. That's ...

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    J.D. Power says global battery demand may be overhyped
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    As per usual whenever there's great change afoot, finding the shelter of reality among competing storms of He Said/She Said isn't easy – it will probably take us another ten years to find out what's really true right now. J.D. Power and Associates has added more data to the mix with its ...

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    Report: China forcing foreign automakers to give up EV secrets?
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    So you want to sell your foreign cars in China? If you're an automaker, it might cost you a whole lot do so. A report in The Wall Street Journal claims that the Chinese government wants to force foreign companies to divulge their electric vehicle technology secrets in order to sell their products ...

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    Hybrid sales plummet 40% in August; Prius records 37.5% decline
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    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    One month of dreary sales figures doesn't signal the end of the hybrid, but the numbers reported for August hint that without a rise in gas prices, hybrid vehicle sales will likely continue to suffer. Overall hybrid sales dropped ...

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    Report: Lotus bringing a pair of front-engine hybrids to Paris Motor Show
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    Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In addition to the pair of Evoras being introduced at this year's Paris Motor Show, Lotus will also be unveiling two front-engine hybrid vehicles, in keeping with the automaker's promise to offer more gasoline/electric sports ...

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    2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid officially rated at 41 mpg city / 36 mpg hwy
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    2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In what should be a surprise to no one, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Gybrid has been officially certified by the EPA as the most fuel efficient luxury sedan in the U.S. market. Given that the MKZ is really little more than a very ...

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    More details on the 2011 Le Mans technical regulations, now with hybrid power
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    Peugeot 908-HY hybrid prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    On Thursday, June 10, the Automobile Club de L'Ouest (ACO), which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, held its annual press conference and announced new technical regulations for the 2011 event as well as the European ...

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    Report: U.S. government to purchase first 100 Chevy Volts and thousands of hybrids *UPDATE
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In an effort to make the government's fleet of vehicles more green, the Obama administration has reportedly announced plans to add more hybrids this year followed by plug-in hybrids next year. The plan should double the number of ...

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    Report: Diesel and electric vehicles two of many options to meet CAFE regulations
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    2010 Volkswagen Golf - Click above for high-res image gallery
    New CAFE standards set to take affect in 2015 have automakers in a hurried frenzy. Meeting target CAFE numbers of 35.5 miles per gallon within the short five-year time frame is no easy feat. Current standards, set at a fleet average ...

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    Long-Term Thinking: "Cost to Own" mindset grabs hold?
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    2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery
    So many things are changing in the new automotive reality, it's hard to know where to start. Everything from the kind of hose we connect to our cars (liquid filled? electric?) to the sounds the vehicles make is different now than it used to ...

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    NHTSA study indicates hybrids have higher pedestrian crash rates
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    A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that hybrid vehicles are more likely to be involved in accidents with pedestrians and bicyclists under certain scenarios. According to state-level accident data, 77 of 8,387 hybrid vehicles (that's .9 percent) were ...

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    Coming Soon: Downloadable ringtones for your silent electric car?
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    Like to download new ringtones for your phone so that you don't sound like everybody else in the world that opts for the free cell phones from their chosen service provider? The same kind of thing is reportedly in the works for future electric cars. We've been hearing for the last few years that ...

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    Debate rages over whether to extend HOV-lane exemptions for hybrids in CA
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    Besides the potential feeling of environmental superiority, one of the great benefits to having a hybrid in California has been the availability of a magic little sticker set for a vehicle's rear bumper and fender. The "Access OK" tags have allowed its possessors to cruise in the carpool lanes ...

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    Mercedes-Benz now shipping the S400 Hybrid to US dealers
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    2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Mercedes-Benz has apparently begun shipping the new S400 BlueHybrid sedan to its US dealer network, as one of our readers spotted one and grabbed a photo of the window sticker. The S400 is Mercedes' first production hybrid ...

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    China pondering hoarding precious metals used in hybrids and EVs by banning exportation?
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    Ever hear of neodymium? How about dysprosium or yttrium? Thulium or lutetium? These are just some of the metals that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is considering either banning the exportation of, or at least severely limiting the amount that it will let leave the ...

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    STUDY: Despite insurance breaks, hybrids driven more, cost more to fix, and get more tickets
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    2010 Honda Insight EX - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Conventional wisdom is that hybrid vehicles reduce our dependence on foreign oil and emit fewer environment hurting CO2 emissions. When comparing a hybrid to a conventional gasoline-powered model on a mile-by-mile basis, there's some ...

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