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This weekend Audi will follow through on existing plans to tackle a race track with an autonomous version of its Audi RS7 sans driver. More than sedately piloting a street course, Audi will attempt to turn a hot lap in the 150-mph high-performance car with no human at the wheel. The previously reported goal of […]

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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has scored a perfect “100A” in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2014. This is the second year in a row that it has been nominated as a CDP global leader. The company said this accomplishment recognizes Nissan for its eco-friendly corporate policies and transparent information disclosure about its environmental […]

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An environmentally safe, inexpensive battery developed at Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University (NTU) could lead to electric cars that charge 70 percent in two minutes, and it has a shelf life of more than 20 years. Could this mean bye-bye gas station for today’s fence sitters, or is this just another hopeful battery story prompting excitement, […]

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Who says small cars don’t sell? Chevrolet just announced its Spark / Beat duo has surpassed sales of 1 million units worldwide. Of note, the Spark and the Beat are essentially the same car, offered with different trim levels and engines depending on the market. The Spark first went on sale as the Beat in […]

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Nissan is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States. This according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report. Nissan’s fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel […]

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Volvo managed to obtain 450 horsepower out of a two-liter version of its Drive-E engine. Called High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept, this special version is a triple boost 2-liter engine. The goal was to demonstrate the company’s know-how in emission-reducing turbo technology. “When we launched the Drive-E powertrain family, our aim was to deliver the […]

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If you’ve read that plug-in hybrids are the new shining technological stars, and regular hybrids are no longer so special, that’s not quite fair. One could forgive mainstream journalists from saying so if on deadline and reaching for something pithy to say, and in any case, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are more prominent in […]

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Want your Tesla Model S to stand out even more? Tesla tuner Unplugged Performance has released a Tesla Model S specific set of wheels. Announced today,the UP-01 wheel upgrade package has been co-developed and produced by world renowned wheel manufacturer BBS. “The long term vision for Unplugged Performance is to fill the role as the […]

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Toyota showcased a new hybrid crossover concept during the Paris Motor Show, the C-HR. Toyota explained the C-HR Concept is built on a new platform and measures 4,350mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,500mm high. A lower centre of gravity and greater structural rigidity will contribute to much improved driving dynamics. Interesting, but Toyota did not […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. The overall automotive market returned to a more “normal” level after an exceptionally strong August. The same is true of hybrid and electric vehicles which […]

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