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Honda built a legacy of innovation by taking the high road when engineering automobiles that became known as the “Honda Way.” This determined focus resulted in the Civic CVCC engine, the first engine to comply with the 1975 Clean Air Act without a catalytic converter in 1974. Several other “firsts” followed: The world’s first mass-produced […]

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Audi’s midsized A6 has long been a well-regarded luxury performance sedan and this year the German automaker is offering it to the U.S. in diesel flavor. Counting the extra-potent S6, there are now five A6 variants available, and the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo diesel in the A6 TDI quattro Tiptronic might just make choosing between these […]

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Toyota’s Prius c has established itself solidly as the third-best-selling hybrid being the lowest price Prius, and the highest mpg car “without a plug” sold in America. The subcompact c is a full hybrid and one of four Prius “family” members, the others being the regular “Liftback,” the wagon-like Prius v, and the Prius Plug-in […]

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Ford’s 2014 C-Max Hybrid continues forward with minor efficiency enhancing tweaks for the hatch that launched as a new model in September 2012. In the U.S., the front-wheel-drive C-Max is only available in hybrid form, but in Europe it’s available with other conventional powertrains. The EPA classifies it as a “large” car. Ford’s purpose in […]

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Since its introduction in spring of 2013, Audi’s A8L TDI quattro has been generally received as a worthy alternative within the German automaker’s all-wheel-drive flagship line. Why people have been keen on the diesel-burning A8L soon became apparent when we spent a week with an options-laden 2014 example stickering at $99,445. The A8L TDI combines […]

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Based upon the Prius Liftback, the plug-in version of Toyota’s mid-sized hybrid hatchback remains the same for another year but one thing did make it more attractive – a price cut. This year the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) sees significant decreases for both the “Base” and “Advanced” variants of the same subsidy eligible […]

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Redesigned for last year, Ford’s Fusion Hybrid continued forward into 2014 with only minor updates as it continues also to gain market share against Toyota. This it has done despite some controversy over its ability to as-easily reach its estimated EPA mileage rating. The Fusion Hybrid finished 2013 as the third-best selling hybrid in America, […]

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While there is not as much to report about the carried-forth 2014 Nissan Leaf as there was in 2013, the big news is the electric car holds a number of distinctions and is carving out a niche in the American automotive landscape. Introduced in December 2010, it was refreshed last year with 11 more miles […]

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Why mess with a good thing when your world-famous hatchback dominates with one-quarter the U.S. sales among 45 other hybrids, and none of them come even close in volume? This thought probably occurred to Toyota as it kept the midsize Prius Liftback it redesigned for 2010 the same in 2014, just like it did in […]

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In making the 2014 Cadillac ELR a reality, General Motors has come very close to reproducing its 2009 Cadillac Converj concept for the street. Unveiled at the ‘09 Detroit Auto Show, the compact plug-in Caddy was a design exercise built around the yet-to-be-launched Chevy Volt’s powertrain, and the ELR follows through on statements GM made […]

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