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Mercedes-Benz has officially started production on its 2015 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and will be immediately available, at least in Europe for now. This is the company’s first-ever use of plug-in technology, although certainly not its first hybrid so this isn’t a complete unknown. The system uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that by itself produces […]

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Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the results of its latest round of crash testing, it looks like Consumer Reports (CR) is piling on the bad news. Both the Mazda5 and — perhaps more relevant to us — the Nissan Leaf scored poorly during the […]

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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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Lately automakers have found ways to make some seriously powerful cars produce surprisingly respectable mpg numbers to assuage their federally induced consciences, but there are some notable exceptions. Among many of the most-coveted internal combustion chariots, it remains true that if you want it all, you will still have to pay. And pay again. Most […]

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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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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has reached an agreement with Tesla Motors to provide machinery for the car maker’s planned battery plant. According to the Nikkei, the initial investment is said to be between 20- to 30 billion yen, or roughly between $200- to $300 million, although the exact details will be made official before the […]

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Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight. The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure. Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, […]

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Among America’s 10 most fuel-efficient cars, you might expect only late-model examples, but two on the EPA’s official list – and up to five unofficially – are dated from the mid-1980s and early ’90s and ranked alongside the Toyota Prius PHEV, Chevy Volt, and BMW i3 REx. One of the EPA-acknowledged cars is actually a […]

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In addition to hopefully re-launching the Karma series hybrid, Fisker Automotive’s new owners aim to introduce a second plug-in model within the next three years. However, both Lu Guanqiu, chairman and founder of Wanxiang Group Co., which bought Fisker during a bankruptcy auction earlier this year, and Pin Ni, president of the company’s U.S. unit, […]

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Just a few days ago there were several individual stories floating out there – each potentially unrelated but important nonetheless. First, the news that Opel was killing its Ampera plug-in hybrid, then LG Chem announced that it was working on a 200-mile-range EV with one automaker (but not confirming which one). Next was the bit […]

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