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A report of what is presented as a sneak peek of a 2016 Prius Liftback (pictured top) and double-electric-range Prius Plug-in Hybrid are shown on a Taiwanese website. If the images are real, they may be the only ones known of the much-anticipated next-generation hybrid cars. The drawings look fairly convincing, having resemblance to the […]

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According to the U.S. EPA, a plug-in hybrid like a Ford Fusion Energi can save 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) tailpipe emissions per year compared to a 26-mpg non-hybrid Fusion, or enough to plant 79 trees. This is based on 15,000 annual miles, the trees are just a theoretical way to offset the greenhouse […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall U.S. passenger vehicle sales for June were strong albeit less than May which was the best seasonally adjusted rate since July 2005, with a […]

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Despite being a luxury product by a startup priced 2-4 times more the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, the Tesla Model S has outsold the two other plug-in electrified vehicles this year and is thus far 2015’s top selling PEV in America. Its estimated 11,900 U.S. sales – even with room for error – clearly […]

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Today from Japan, Toyota, Honda and Nissan overcame previous lack of unanimity on the subject of fuel cell vehicles and agreed to morally support one another and financially support the country’s fledgling hydrogen industry. The occasion was a rare joint press conference held by JAMA, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association. With each expressing varying degrees […]

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Nissan’s 2,074 Leaf sales in June were nearly flat next to May’s 2,104 as the carmaker continues to keep the car relevant in the eyes of buyers. Despite the 2016 Chevy Volt’s presence on the horizon cannibalizing 2015 Volt sales down more that 35 percent this year, and implicitly threatening the Leaf, so far Nissan […]

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The big news from General Motors today is sales are up, trucks and SUVs are leading the way – and the Volt is hanging on until the 2016 replacement begins deliveries in a couple months from now. Specifically, 2015 Volt sales were 1,225 units, down 31.1 percent from 1,777 sold in June 2014, and below […]

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for 67 mpg gas gallon equivalent (GGE) and 312 miles range. And, fuel is free, as is maintenance, an infotainment suite, 24/7 customer support, roadside assistance, maintenance, rental benefits, and more – with asterisks attached to all these […]

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Not to be confused with cars that guzzle fuel, Consumer Reports’ “Thirsty 30” list spotlights late model “oil-guzzling” cars that consume excessive oil too early in their lifecycles, but several automakers say these conditions are OK. According to the watchdog report, two percent of newer cars or more than 1.5-million 2010-2014 model year vehicles on […]

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In the second week of June, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz intimated that the 2016 Prius would be revealed soon and it’s expected to be on sale by the end of this year. When “soon” exactly is was not clear, but it could be at the very end of October at the Tokyo auto […]

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