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TrueCar, Inc. reports a shift in consumer new vehicle preferences this year, away from hybrids and toward pickup trucks. The negotiation-free car buying and selling platform reported demand for Toyota’s Prius is softening, as gas prices stabilize. Simultaneously, the company stated a sustained economic recovery is boosting demand for full-size pickup trucks. This shift in […]

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Every vehicle involves compromises, and the one that meets your needs ideally has the least. For those of you wondering whether a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) would be a better choice, this will compile in one place a number of the more prominent pros and cons for each. It […]

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Despite some discussion as to whether Toyota would be well served to identify its fuel cell vehicle with its “Prius family,” it appears the FCV Concept’s name will be Mirai. Toyota has not made an announcement that this is the case, but according to Bloomberg citing an unnamed source, the vehicle will be so-called nearer […]

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Blending part-time electric drive and posh performance, Porsche’s 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the greenest car yet offered by the automaker from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Last fall as the proud brand launched this, its first plug-in sedan, it had dug out the history book to remind all that its e-pedigree dates to Nikola Tesla’s day, when […]

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New-vehicle shoppers rank safety and information features like back-up/blind spot cameras, recall advisor, stolen vehicle recovery and collision sensors high among “must have” technologies for their next purchase. These findings come from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). While 43 percent of consumers rate USB/auxiliary ports as the No. 1 “must have” feature, safety-related technologies were predominantly […]

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Will you be keeping your current light vehicle for twelve years or more? A new study released yesterday states the combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. remains steady at 11.4 years, based on a snapshot of vehicles in operation taken Jan. 1 of this year, according to IHS […]

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Still a comparatively small part of the automotive landscape, electric cars and plug-in gas-electric cars often elicit questions such as, “What about the battery?” or “How long will the battery last?” The implication may be first adapters are sort of like the crew of Star Trek: “Boldly going where no man has gone before.” Critics […]

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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced yesterday global sales of the Corolla have reached 1.22 million units in 2013, according to the company’s internal data based on individual vehicle sales reporting from its distributors. Toyota said the 5 percent year-over-year increase confirms the Corolla’s perennial popularity among loyal customers in approximately 150 countries and regions […]

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In very “un-green” news, our desire to simply change is viewed as the main reason we shop for a car today, according to a new study from the car-leasing marketplace Swapalease.com. How much influence does “change” have on today’s car shopper? In the past, financial motivations drove the behavior of car shoppers, but now it […]

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Ford made the bet America was ready to downsize their pickup truck engines and go for V6 power and it looks like the company was right. More than 57 percent of Ford Motor Company’s F-150  retail sales so far this year are powered by V6 engines. This is the highest six-cylinder engine mix in the […]

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