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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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Stop-start is a feature found on more vehicles as the years go by. More than half of light-duty vehicles worldwide will be so equipped, according to a Navigant study. Stop-start vehicles incorporate a simple yet valuable feature: they eliminate idling by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, and then restart it automatically […]

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If you’re in the market for a new car, could an all-electric model possibly fit the bill? Given yet-modest EV sales in America, undoubtedly many people would answer “no,” or they lack sufficient information to say “yes.” Last month, a national survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists found 25 percent of American households could […]

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The way some people look at electric cars is not unlike how a shy young teenager contemplates a mildly attractive person of the opposite sex. She’s interesting, but what if something goes wrong, and what else might he find if he waits? That plus lack of sufficient knowledge and inexperience keeps the two apart. And […]

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