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    Official: Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe is a green fun-machine we want to drive
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    Think back to January's Detroit Auto Show. Those of you that are fans of the Volkswagen brand, impressed with green technology or simply fall into the "diesel geek" category, will almost certainly remember VW's CrossBlue concept with its diesel/electric hybrid powertrain, seating for seven, and ...

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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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    Report: Mitsubishi Pajero successor still years away, but plug-in hybrid tech likely
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    You might not know it from looking at today's Mitsubishi showrooms, but the struggling Japanese automaker has a pretty enviable reputation for producing robust off-roaders. Its Pajero SUV built a solid reputation worldwide on the back of its durability in harsh climates, earning it consideration ...

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    Geneva: Audi A3 E-Tron is a look at battery-operated things to come
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    Audi officially unveiled the A3 Sportback E-Tron at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. While not a production model, the plug-in hybrid gives us a good glimpse at what the German automaker has in store for future products. The five-door gets around thanks to parallel hybrid drivetrain comprised of a ...

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    Report: California HOV access could be extended 10 years for green cars
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    A few years ago it was not uncommon to hear a Toyota Prius buyer say, "I got it for the sticker." The yellow sticker they were referring to allowed the driver to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (carpool) lane even when alone in the car which, as every other LA driver knows, led to the frequent ...

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    Opinion: Are battery-powered cars losing their charge?
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    Sales of plug-in hybrids tumbled to nearly half their level from September and October. The optimist would be likely to note that sales of the Chevrolet Volt were up 30 percent in November, at least when compared with year-ago numbers. But pessimists, of which there are many, would be more ...

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    Report: Fisker seeks financial partner after "tough year"
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    After facing what could be charitably described as a terrible year, Fisker founder and Chairman Henrik Fisker admitted in a recent interview that his company is "actively engaged in conversations with potential strategic partners." Speaking with TheDetroitBureau.com, Fisker went on to say that ...

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    Rumormill: Next Toyota Prius to get electric all-wheel drive
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    If rumors are to be believed, big changes are in store for the next Toyota Prius. UK outlet Auto Express recently spoke with a Toyota engineer who leaked details concerning the development of the popular hybrid's successor. According to that engineer, "The next Prius will redefine the hybrid as ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
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    The Accord Gets Friendly With A Volt-esque Powertrain After 30 years, Honda is trying to teach the old Accord new tricks, and they're of the plug-in variety. We've been teased by various prototypes at auto shows and in spy shots, but Honda will finally start selling the 2014 Honda Accord ...

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    Paris: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is world's first production plug-in hybrid CUV [w/video]
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    Though Mitsubishi first showed us the form of its 2013 Outlander in Geneva a while back, the company saved its plug-in hybrid crossover for this week's Paris Motor Show soiree. Mitsubishi is quite proud to offer what it says is the world's first production PHEV utility vehicle, a new model that ...

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    Paris: BMW Concept Active Tourer breaks with tradition, goes front-wheel drive [w/video]
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    We've seen the leaked photos and finally the web reveal before the Paris Motor Show, but now the BMW Concept Active Tourer is here, in all its diminutive, plug-in glory. BMW is billing its two-box Concept Active Tourer as a study in both design and powertrain. With an upright driving position ...

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    Paris: Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept is bursting with interesting tech
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    Audi has lifted the sheet on its newest concept car at the Paris Motor Show, a vehicle called the Crosslane Coupe Concept that hits just about every concept car meme that we know of. The angular Audi is, at once a coupe, a convertible and a crossover; it is a two-seater and a 2+2, it has a hybrid ...

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    Electric mini Hummer tempts motoring ironists
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    There's good news for you if you're still lamenting the loss of Hummer. UK-based customizer Prindiville will gladly whip you up a new officially-licensed, pint-sized version of General Motors' fuel-thirsty off roader. This machine doesn't get its power from a heady V8, though. Instead, the ...

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    Report: GM will sell 2,500 Chevy Volts in August, the most ever
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    We should be getting August's official sales numbers early next week, but the Detroit Free Press is already reporting that General Motors will have something to be proud of in the announcement: 2,500 Chevrolet Volt sales, the car's best month ever. Previously, the best month of sales was March ...

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    Spy Shots: Volkswagen's 235-mpg XL1 caught hot-weather testing
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    Earlier this year, we caught the Volkswagen XL1 testing in some cold-weather climates, and as the ultra-fuel-efficient hybrid gets closer to production, some more spy photos have surfaced showing the car performing hot-weather tests. A production version of this diesel plug-in hybrid car is ...

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    Official: Fisker Q&A sheds light, lots of light, on Karma problems, lots of Karma problems
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    Despite what some media outlets are saying, the long list of questions and answers about the Fisker Karma now floating around (and available below) is not a leaked document. Instead, it is part of Fisker's ongoing customer service operations, Roger Ormisher, Fisker's head PR director, told ...

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    Official: Fisker: cooling fan responsible for Karma fire; voluntary recall has started
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    After two short "we're looking into it" official statements (1, 2), Fisker Automotive has announced that it has completed a "detailed investigation" into the strange, spontaneous combustion of a Karma plug-in hybrid that happened in Woodside, CA last weekend. The result? A voluntary recall to fix ...

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    Official: Tony Posawatz replaces Tom LaSorda as Fisker CEO
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    Tony Posawatz is a familiar face in the green car world, having played a prominent and public role in the development of the Chevrolet Volt as the vehicle line director for GM's plug-in hybrid. Today, we learn that Posawatz – who retired from GM last month – will be spending even more ...

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    Report: Fisker Flambé: Second Karma spontaneously combusts [w/video]
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    By all accounts, the Fisker Karma is one hot car. For a couple of owners though, perhaps it's too hot. Similar to a situation in May, when a Karma caught fire for no apparent reason in a Texas garage, another has burst into flames in a Woodside, CA parking lot. Rudy Burger was returning to his ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Hybrid officially gets 47 mpg across the board; Energi hits 85 mph in EV mode
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    Two new announcements about Ford and its upcoming C-Max line of vehicles arrived today, emphasizing the vehicles' efficiency and electric performance. For the C-Max Hybrid, the previously predicted miles per gallon rating of 47 mpg is now official, per the EPA, and will apply across the board. ...

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