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68.7 MPG. No Kidding!

Driving habits can save you big money as test drivers of the new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Found.

The king of compact cars has another impressive jewel in its crown, as editors at website Hybrid Cars managed to juice 68.7 MPG out of the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid on a ten-mile test course. The car's fuel economy is officially rated at 44/44/44 city/highway/combined miles-per-gallon. So what funky feat of driving allowed this amped up gas mileage?

Hybrid Car Cocktail Party Cheat Sheet

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

Study: Hybrid insurance rates will rise

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

Peugeot previews new 508, HYbrid4 version coming soon after launch

Peugeot 508 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hybrid sales plunge in June, but year-to-date numbers aren't too shabby

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

Report: Honda to offer Fit Hybrid for $16,570, let the price wars begin

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

Spy Shots: New Peugeot 508 sedan caught undisguised?

Peugeot's new executive-class sedan has spotted getting ready for a likely photoshoot in Madrid, wearing nothing but a car cover. Given the timing, we're guessing the new 508 sedan will get its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September and then go on sale late this year or in early 2011.

Hybrid sales to top 1.4M, capture 10% of market by 2015

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

Toshiba to build electric motors in Texas for Ford hybrids and plug-ins

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

40 mpg is the new 30 - or is it 60 mpg is the new 50?

2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumormill: Jaguar working on hybrid for 2013 debut, target set at 55 mpg

Since we're already aware that Land Rover is working on some hybrid products for the near future, it only seems fitting that Jaguar would join in too. The report fro

Will more electric cars lead to disappearance of hybrids? Not for a good long while

It's been said that with the emergence of electric vehicles, the hybrid may soon be left for dead; we see it a different way. Yes, hybrids may be viewed as a bridge between gasoline-powered vehicles of today and the battery-electric cars of tomorrow, but this figurative bridge spans a gap much longer than the infamous Golden Gate. If you view the auto industry and look at the numerous technologies that have ev

Do hybrids or diesels reign supreme? Hm. We'll take one of each

We recently reported on a comparison test where Autocar pitted three diesels against a gasoline-powered Alfa and the Honda CR-Z hybrid. The results showed that the diesels were the mileage champs in that test with the CR-Z placing fourth and the gas-fed Alfa in last

NYPD orders up 200 more hybrids from Ford, doubles size of HEV fleet

Imagine a police chase in Manhattan where a Ford Fusion Hybrid pulls up behind the criminal followed by a few Priuses, an Escape Hybrid and a couple of Altima hybrids. Now, think of the scenario where the criminal, driving his gas-g

Honda president says next Insight will beat Prius in mpg fight

2010 Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery

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