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In Canada, Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology proves popular again for the Japanese automaker in July. Mazda Canada announced sales for July 2013 today totaling 6,939, which represents an increase of 4 percent compared to July 2012. Total year-to-date sales of 42,880 are down by 3% versus 2012. Sales in July were led by the compact Mazda3, […]

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The Chevrolet Volt came out of the IIHS’ recent round of small overlap front crash testing with an acceptable rating, something that can’t be said for its closest rival, the Nissan Leaf. “Driver space in the Volt was maintained reasonably well, and data taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of significant injuries,” said […]

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The Honda Accord Hybrid was awarded the 2014 Canadian Green Car Award. The Accord Hybrid was selected by a panel of Canadian automotive journalists among five other category winners as the vehicle that best combines environmental benefits and mass-market appeal. David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada, presented the second annual Award trophy to Dave […]

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What is the flat-out best value in new cars today? It’s the Toyota Prius, says Consumer Reports’ annual Best & Worst-Value Ranking. The regular Prius – now distinguished from its “family” members as the “Liftback” – has now been named best value two years in a row, outdoing the Honda Fit which held the spot […]

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Soccer moms seeking a hybrid to haul more than five passengers have, until now, been ignored by automakers. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid and other full-size SUVs offer third-row seating, but those vehicles are bigger, heavier and more expensive than many families require. How about a new format, something like a hatchback with a higher seating […]

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After years of rumors about a family of Prius vehicles, Toyota announced it will unveil the Prius MPV at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in January. Of all the directions that Toyota could have taken for its next Prius model, the company opted for more overall space, a higher roof, and a broader rear end […]

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When will we ever get a hybrid gas-electric minivan? That’s been the most frequent question over the years from hopeful (but frustrated) hybrid shoppers. After all, they say, Japan has had hybrid minivans for about a decade. The explanation that Japan’s minivans are much smaller than US models—and therefore better suited for Toyota and Honda […]

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