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Adorned with Infiniti’s’ new “Q” nomenclature, packing a familiar powertrain, and designed as a new model, the Q50 Hybrid is one of the more compelling performance hybrids going. Launched in 2014, with negligibly changed 2015 models to be at dealers this fall, the Q50 Hybrid is a challenger not just to the few performance hybrids […]

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Among conventionally powered vehicles, Honda’s completely redesigned 2015 Fit blends respectable mpg, utility, and reasonable price. Not quite the “TARDIS” of Dr. Who fame which outwardly appeared tiny, but inwardly expanded to large proportions, Honda’s subcompact is nonetheless a case study in smart space utilization. We’d be remiss however not to also mention Honda isn’t […]

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Ford’s Fusion Energi has entered its 2015 model year with only trim and feature updates, and since launching February 2013 has offered a solid balance among the growing crop of plug-in hybrids. It shares its powertrain with the C-Max Energi, and shares its five-passenger, mid-sized exterior and interior design with a stable of Fusion variants. […]

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Honda’s Civic Hybrid has been further refreshed along with its fairly sophisticated 2014 Civic siblings and is one of the most fuel-efficient sedans sold in America. The mild updates follow an inside-and-out redesign for 2012 which boasted bigger engine, more powerful electric motor, and li-ion propulsion battery. Improvements in 2013 helped rectify de-contenting that disappointed […]

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Unlike misbegotten comparos between barely similar plug-in cars pitted together mainly because they run on grid power, a Porsche vs. Tesla shootout is almost valid. The rear-wheel-driven standard 85-kwh Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid both target similar demographics with comparable curb weight, dimensions, 0-60 time, and glamor. Given one’s an EV, however, […]

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Does the idea of a “performance hybrid” seem like a contradiction of terms? You know: hybrids were originally conceived to save fuel and emissions, but in early 2005 the up-line division of the dominant hybrid seller revealed its power-biased pre-production alternative, and in 2007 Toyota’s first Lexus GS 450h spawned a new category. In 2013 […]

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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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Toyota’s Prius v is the wagon in the four-model Prius line-up, and returns unchanged for 2014 along with its outstanding spaciousness-to-mpg ratio. Called the “v” for versatility, the mid-sized car borrows its powertrain and styling cues from the world’s best-selling hybrid, the Prius Liftback, and ranks in the U.S.’ top-five. Now a couple years into […]

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Coinciding with an E-Class mid-cycle refresh, Mercedes-Benz’ choice of a four-cylinder diesel for the new E250 BlueTEC is its first for a U.S. sedan since the mid-1980s, and it replaces the V6 of the previous E350 BlueTEC. The all-wheel-drive 4MATIC we drove for over 1,300 miles also happens to be priced at the entry point […]

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Last week in Indianapolis we had opportunity to drive a Ford E-350 van converted to a plug-in series hybrid by ALTe while learning also of the company’s plans for the alternative energy fleet market. Before retrofitting a 2.0-liter Ford Focus four-cylinder engine/generator, two Remy motors, and 21.6-kwh A123 Systems battery pack, the Ford got around […]

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