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On Wednesday Volvo introduced the U.S. to its all-new 2016 XC90 seven-passenger SUV at the LA Auto Show and among variants is its first hybrid for this market – a plug-in model. A non-plug-in hybrid version is not being imported, and Volvo is going straight to the top with the large, opulently appointed family hauler/executive […]

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The present Volt is a four-seat vehicle, a sore point for some would-be buyers, and General Motors has designed a compromise solution that might be called a 4.5 seater. This week a focus group of Volt owners was permitted a sneak preview of the 2016 Volt prior to its January reveal in Detroit and technically […]

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The pending 2016 Chevrolet Volt was previewed by a focus group in California this week, allowing impressions to leak out. Stylistically, the Volt now riding on the D2XX platform shared by the redesigned Cruze is wider, longer, probably improving potential road handling, and accommodating more back seat space. The top image is a photoshopped mirror […]

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In response to Volt owner requests, GM has given the Volt a GPS-enabled sense of where “home” is, and the car can be programmed to know when it arrives at its owner’s home base – i.e., the garage, or where ever that may be. Based on owner-set charging preferences for their “home” charging location, the […]

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The Toyota Mirai drives essentially like a normal car. Toyota has said it wants its first fuel cell vehicle to be an electric car with no perceptible compromises for consumers, so would you expect it do otherwise? During a brief local test drive today, we were able to at least get a feel, and can […]

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Priced like a Lexus, and with customer service promised to be as good as Toyota’s up-market line too, its Mirai fuel cell sedan will be priced when launched next year from $57,500 with fuel included for initial buyers. Lease prices for the car loosely likened to a next Prius will be $499 per month for […]

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Toyota announced tonight it will work with Air Liquide toward planting 12 fuel cell vehicle refueling stations in five Northeastern states for its new pending fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. Timing for the launch which was announced tonight by CEO Jim Lentz for this “hydrogen highway” is not being disclosed, and details of the collaboration […]

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In certain regions, the Tesla Model S may be a victim of its own success. It’s fast, cool, high-end, and exclusive. Or rather, it’s becoming not exclusive, even near ubiquitous in some neighborhoods, so to remedy this, T Sportline has a solution. It wants to amp up the exclusivity factor, and at next week’s LA […]

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AutoGuide.com has named the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid as its 2015 Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year. What makes this car the standout, and not some other choice? Our sister site AutoGuide observes the newly launched car blends style, technology and capable performance in one lightweight, uber-cool, package hitting a sweet spot of qualities […]

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By now maybe you’ve heard Honda is back in the hybrid game in a big way with its 50-mpg Accord Hybrid. The company that launched America’s first hybrid in December 1999 then fell behind Toyota in hybridization as it also introduced a 2004 Accord Hybrid V6 only to cancel it in 2007 now needs no […]

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