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Although it’s taken a few days to filter out to North American media, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that the country will offer a substantial subsidy for the new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being launched in early 2015. “This is the car of a new era because it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide and […]

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In a classic case of misquotes and misinformation, earlier reports of Opel canning the Chevrolet Volt-based Ampera before General Motors launches its second generation without a replacement might not be entirely accurate. Today, while reports from Reuters and Automotive News Europe do confirm that Opel is indeed killing the Ampera, the company is also working […]

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Focusing on the actual driving part of being at the wheel is getting more and more difficult. Not so many years ago, there was little in a car to draw the driver’s attention away from the road beyond the windows, mirrors and speedometer. Today, even a regular mid-market car can feature a plethora of displays, […]

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Toyota is launching a redesigned Yaris for the 2015 model-year. The 2015 Yaris, like the previous-generations, comes in 3-door and 5-door liftback configurations, but with an updated outside and inside appearance. Toyota states the new Yaris combines an energetic shape with a more comfortable cabin. Toyota said the 2015 Yaris receives an aggressive new look […]

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Daimler has been very involved with fuel-cell electric vehicle research and various prototypes since the early 1990s. And, the German giant has been public about the genesis of its technology, including early involvement with Canadian experts Ballard Power Systems, however the company still hasn’t launched a publicly available FCV. With hydrogen power getting more general […]

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Today Nissan added Los Angeles its “No Charge to Charge” promo making this its 11th market to receive free public charger access with purchase of a new Leaf. The package gets those who lease or buy the all-electric mid-sized hatchback an RFID chip enabled EZ-Charge card, and access to hundreds of potential chargers in the […]

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Given that the Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in both the United States and Canada for what feels like forever, it’s no surprise that the company’s upcoming 2015 model has caused plenty of concern. Both the unproven aluminum-intensive construction meant to drastically decrease weight and Ford’s increased reliance on its turbocharged EcoBoost engines […]

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The 2014 Lexus CT 200h was named Favorite Hybrid at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Drive Revolution event last week in Portland. During NWAPA’s annual summer event, journalists assessed the green vehicle market, learned and engaged about upcoming technology and shared what’s worked in the Pacific Northwest with the rest of the nation. NWAPA […]

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General Motors revealed 97 percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. This 97 percent of Malibu sold in the U.S. represents about 83,000 vehicles, added GM. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an […]

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Tesla will be doing something new to the company in the coming months: producing more than one type of vehicle at a time. The company started with just the hand-built Roadster in 2008, then ceased that and switched over in 2012 exclusively producing the Model S. Now in order to add the pending Model X […]

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