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BMW could bring a clean diesel version of the X1, its new compact crossover vehicle, to the US by 2011. The vehicle will go on sale in Europe this fall, where it will be offered as four separate models—three with a diesel system and one powered by gasoline. “We’re hoping that by 2011, overall diesel […]

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What’s the biggest obstacle to mainstream adoption of greener cars? Cost. The new generation of super fuel-efficient high-tech vehicles—including hybrids, clean diesels and electric cars—carry a higher price tag compared to their conventional counterparts. That’s why Honda designed its latest hybrid, the 2010 Honda Insight, with affordability as the main goal. With a base MSRP […]

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There are numerous reports coming out of a BMW 7-Series hybrid having been spotted on German roadways with no camouflage to hide itself. Aesthetically, the only real difference between the gas-electric version and the standard production 7-Series is the presence of “Hybrid Vehicle” badging located just below the hood line. The car is being labeled […]

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In its first month of Japanese sales, customers ordered more than 100,000 of the new third-generation Toyota Prius. This number is 10 times the projected 10,000 unit-per-month sales target the carmaker had set earlier this year. In addition, there were 80,000 pre-orders placed before the car hit dealer showrooms on May 18. That brings the […]

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In the last day or so, numerous sources have reported that an upcoming Buick Crossover due out in 2011 would be the first application of GM’s two-mode plug-in hybrid system – technology that was originally intended for the Saturn Vue. “Those reports are pure speculation,” GM spokesperson, Dayna Hart, told Hybridcars.com. “There are plans to […]

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General Motors announced that it will stop making mild hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura in the United States, and will phase out production of the Buick LaCrosse mild hybrid in China. The elimination of its current mild hybrid technology is one more sign that the company is cutting back on programs […]

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Southern California automaker Coda Automotive announced plans to bring a new electric car to the US from China in 2010. The all-electric sedan is based on an existing gas-powered four-door car, known as the Hafei Saibao 3, built in Harbin, China. Re-engineered with a lithium ion battery, the Coda sedan promises a driving range of […]

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It’s a sign of the times when the ultra-exotic carmakers veer in a greener direction. In the last twelve months, Ferrari, Bentley, and even Rolls Royce have put forth plans to become more eco-friendly. Now, it’s Lamborghini’s turn. The company has announced its intentions to reduce CO2 emissions by about a third in the next […]

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Volvo has shifted its green car strategy to focus on developing plug-in hybrid technology over standard hybrid and electric-only vehicles. The carmaker has announced that it will be building a plug-in electric hybrid, most probably based on its V70 model, by the year 2012. The concept version – introduced at a Monday press conference – […]

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In an effort to boost hybrid visibility, Toyota has lent Nascar a Camry hybrid to be used as an official pace car in the Coca-Cola 600 race to be run next month. It will be the second hybrid car to serve in this capacity. The first was the Ford Fusion hybrid at Nascar’s Ford 400 […]

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