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A few years ago the notion of a “luxury performance hybrid” may have seemed contradictory, but now numerous automakers are going in this direction and among them, Infiniti’s Q50 Hybrid is a car that stands out. Launched last year as a new model and named with the brand’s new “Q” nomenclature arriving with its 25th […]

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A proposed law against diesel drivers who are caught “rolling coal” would fine them up to $5,000 for this increasingly popular practice of tampering with emission controls. While some in the world are trying to go zero or partial zero emissions, others are finding it a new pass time to modify their trucks to spew […]

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Next week at the New York auto show Toyota will be revealing a hybrid version of its RAV4. No details accompanied a teaser image and mere announcement that this would happen, but there is a relatively good chance it will borrow the powertrain from the Lexus 300h. This is yet to be verified but the […]

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Some have called Audi’s ad for its plug-in hybrid A7 Sportback h-tron hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle clever, others might think – as critics of hydrogen say of hydrogen technology itself – it evokes smoke and mirrors. Actually, the German ad campaign uses a fog machine and purple projectors that created a vanishing effect leaving behind nothing […]

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Finishing ahead of the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Honda Fit and Subaru Legacy, Kia’s electric version of the Soul was announced today as the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Green Car of the Year. “Kia Canada is honored to receive the Green Car of the Year award as selected by the voting AJAC membership” said […]

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Critics of plug-in vehicle subsidization observe consumers and manufacturers get favorable treatment over the conventional vehicle space and while arguably true, one might also ask how things compare to what the oil industry receives year after year. More pointedly, one could also ask whether accusations against alternative energy subsidization are a byproduct of vitriolic politics […]

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On Saturday Honda told existing Fit EV lessees they can have a new lease on life, as it were, with lease extensions including all pre-existing benefits at $199 per year – plus it’s offering new customers used examples of the now-discontiunued car at the same price. Last July the automaker announced it would be bringing […]

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Last June following its April introduction of the seventh-generation Sonata lineup, Hyundai offered a counterpoint to the still-pending – but since revealed Hybrid – the Sonata Eco. What makes an “Eco” an eco, and how economical is it? As you’ve guessed already, it’s not a hybrid, but instead taps a trend we’ve seen elsewhere – […]

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This month Nissan is celebrating its 75,000th Leaf sold in the United States and – pending March sales results in a couple weeks – the car may also now be the top-seller both globally and nationally as it has been trending in that direction. But a Nissan press release doesn’t talk about the unofficial race […]

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Today Tesla announced an over-the-air software update intended to keep Model S drivers from going beyond the limitations of their battery charge. In short, this is the “end of range anxiety” that company CEO Elon Musk tweeted earlier this week that had speculators wondering if some more-far-out solution were lurking beneath the workings of the […]

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