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    REPORT: Japan could require hybrids to emit sound
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    2010 Lexus HS 250h - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Now that hybrid cars have taken the top sales spots in Japan for the last few months, that country's Transport Ministry is reportedly launching an investigation to determine whether it's wise to require hybrid automobiles to emit an ...

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    Lamborghini adding solar power to factory, vows to cut range CO2 35% by 2015
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    In the grand scheme of things, the facilities and products of Lamborghini don't really amount to a hill of beans. After all, the company only has one main factory that produces a few thousand cars a year. While those cars are high-powered and consume a lot of fuel per mile driven, Lamborghini ...

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    Study: 20% of all vehicles sold in U.S. to be hybrids by 2020 [w/POLL]
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    What percentage of new vehicles in the U.S. will be hybrid in the year 2020? Take our poll after the jump!
    According to a recent study conducted by JPMorgan, hybrid sales are about to take off. Last year, there were some 480,000 total hybrid vehicles sold around the world, which represents less ...

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    Hybrids take priority over performance for Toyota in the U.S.
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Toyota FT-HS concept
    It wasn't that long ago that Toyota stood for more than just reliable, appliance-like transport. With roots that include the delectable 2000GT, the Celica all-trac and three generations of both the Supra and MR2, Toyota had – ...

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    Hybrid sales slide 9.9% in 2008
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    Despite all the clamor about how hybrids are going to save the planet, cure cancer, facilitate the second coming, etc., sales of battery-pack-mobiles are down nearly ten percent for 2008. At the beginning of 2008, it looked like hybrids were going to have their best year ever, driven by high fuel ...

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    No, really: Toyota won't create seperate Prius brand
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    The idea of a separate brand for the Toyota Prius has gone from "seriously considering" to "not a 'go'" to, now, "Um, no." That's the word from Miguel Fonseca, Toyota's managing director in the UK, who says that there won't be a Prius sub-brand. However, Fonseca did say that the stork would be ...

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    GM CEO heading to Japan to talk with Toyota, expanding business partnership
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    Click above to enlarge the Creation of Wagoner from our friends at Motive
    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/business_finance/Toyota_offers_GM_a_helping_hand_the_end_is_near'; According to a report by Japan's Kyodo News, General Motors' chief executive and chairman Rick Wagoner is considering ...

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    Toyota seriously considering separate Prius brand
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    This isn't the first time we've heard that Toyota might spin off the Prius as a separate brand much like Scion. But we now have the most concrete news about the automaker's plans we've seen yet.Micheline Maynard of The New York Times talked with James E. Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales ...

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    Rumormill: Could Lexus become a hybrid-only brand?
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    This could be Japanese-only news, or just a case of bad translation, but Toyota Managing Officer Toshio Furutani has apparently told Japan's Nikkei Business News that Toyota wants every vehicle in the Lexus product line to offer a hybrid option, and that "in the medium to long term, Toyota was ...

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    Paris 2008: Honda Insight LIVE REVEAL
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Honda Insight
    The Honda Insight concept took a hushed bow under the lights of Paris today. It's Prius-esque, but in person the car is less evocative of its Toyota challenger. The Insight's width and rather low height give it a substantial presence, and ...

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    Spawn of Volt: More details on more variants
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    Click above for live high-res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt
    GM is not going to let the Volt or its E-Flex powertrain get lonely. The first Volt -- the one due in late 2010 -- hasn't been finished yet, yet is so popular that GM is publicly theorizing about how far it can spread the technology ...

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    Carmakers try different ways to grow green
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    Now that making cars cleaner and more efficient is a mainstream proposition, the only questions are how each carmaker plans to do it. BMW's Efficient Dynamics has allowed it to lower it's CO2 emissions more than any other automaker. In a show of how seriously all automakers are taking the issue, ...

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    Inside the Volt, in video
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    ABC News recently did a segment on the Chevy Volt, calling it "the automotive equivalent of the moon shot." Most of it you've heard before -- GM's in trouble, if the Volt doesn't work then it means more doom, and "industry experts" don't believe the Volt will come out in time. But there was a ...

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    Used Prius prices higher than new model's
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    If vehicles could be sainted, stained-glass artists all over the U.S. would be busy figuring out the best colors for the Toyota Prius to shine in. Brand new examples of the motorized mollusk that everyone can't wait to buy spend just five days on dealer lots. Last year's model lasts just fifteen ...

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    Ferrari cutting CO2 output by 40%, hybrid sports car in the works
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    Mainstream automakers are faced with the reality of improving the efficiency and cleanliness of everyday vehicles, but companies like Porsche and Lamborghini say drastic change would effect the underlying character of their products. Ferrari apparently doesn't feel the same way, as the exotic ...

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    Mercedes outlines its "Road to the Future"
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    Mercedes-Benz has laid out a long Road to the Future, detailing its efforts to create "fuel-efficient and environmentally-sustainable premium automobiles without the need to forgo the characteristic brand features." That's fancy talk for having your German chocolate cake and eating it, too.The ...

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    Honda's next hybrid could revive Insight name
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Honda CR-Z conceptFirst Honda said it was going to press the reset button on its hybrid efforts and come out with something bolder than the Civic Hybrid. Then it laid out plans for a number of hybrids that would be priced considerably more aggressively than ...

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    Nardelli: Chrysler open to more partnerships
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    Last month, a major announcement was made regarding an effort between Nissan and Chrysler to share products. Specifically, Nissan will build a small car for Chrysler and receive a large truck in return. It seems as if the Pentastar brand could use some more help when it comes to offering the types ...

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    The US according to Lutz: ethanol, yes, diesels, not so much
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    In the fuel economy and future tech debate, the hybrid vs. diesel vs. hydrogen fuel cells vs. smaller cars and smaller engines always provokes a fair bit of discussion among Autoblog commentators. At this point, no one yet knows what's going to win since nobody knows how the volatile mix of ...

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    Buick LaCrosse Hybrid debuts in China
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    Click image to enlargeShanghai GM today introduced the first mainstream hybrid in China's upper-medium vehicle segment: the Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid. The car is part of Shanghai GM's push to earn truly worthy green credentials -- the kind that surpass Chinese requirements and meet European ...

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