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No other automaker has been nearly as successful in proliferating hybrids as Toyota, but a few are determined to change that. Entering this year, Toyota proclaimed it had sold 10 million hybrids globally since introducing the 1997 Japan-market Prius, and in North America the count is over 3.2 million, but signs of weakening can be […]

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When Toyota releases its next-generation 2018 Camry Hybrid this summer, eyes will be on how it does in taking back sales in the competitive midsized hybrid sedan segment. To come in three trim levels, the most-efficient and base-level 52-mpg LE will match the fuel economy of the 52-mpg Prius – a remarkable 30-percent better than […]

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While electric cars dominated just two years ago at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, with more competitive entries out, this year the leading Faraday Future FF91 finished 40th. The specially prepared 1,050-horsepower car completed the course 23 seconds ahead of a Tesla run last year, but its time of 11:25.082 was actually far behind the […]

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The next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf won’t only offer as much as double the range of the present 107-mile version, it will also come with the basis for autonomous driving. This latter bit was revealed by the Japanese automaker’s latest teaser – not an underexposed photo, but a video highlighting its Pro Pilot Assist semi-autonomous system. […]

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Ford has been seen testing an Escape plug-in hybrid believed to be coming in the next year or two. The “Escape Energi” builds on lessons learned from a prior generation of experimental plug-in Escapes, and no doubt merges tech from its current plug-in Fusion and C-Max. Tech details are otherwise absent, but without citing a […]

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With all the talk of plug-in electrified cars these days, hybrids have assumed a quieter background role, but their value remains nonetheless. In part because they’ve been on the market longer, and tend to cost less than comparable plug-in electrified vehicles, they actually sell in higher volumes while still doing their share in saving fuel […]

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New spy photos of the 2018 Nissan Leaf indicate that prior reports that it would appear more “mainstream” have been fulfilled. Shot at a test track, with heavy camouflage masking removed, hints of the 2015 IDS concept can be seen, and gone are quirky design cues of the first generation. No interior shots were provided […]

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Last week U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said California’s right to regulate its own auto emissions was not being reviewed – sending a sigh of relief for some, uncertainty for others, but the state intends to hold the line come what may. California is defiantly moving ahead on rules the Trump administration has put the […]

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV Bolt EV has been declared by the insurance institute of Highway Safety as a very safe car. How safe? It is the first all-electric vehicle for 2017 to win am IIHS Top Safety Pick, and the new compact crossover rolling out nationwide this year did so by earning “good” ratings in […]

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Tesla is expected to begin production of its Model 3 late next month and it will be a big deal. The automaker is counting on the Model 3 as the next step in its “Master Plan” of sustainable transport, and many are waiting to see how things go for the electric sedan first revealed March […]

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