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In 1908, the Model T sparked an explosion for Ford’s sales with a boom heard around the world. After the U.S. was introduced to hybrids before 2000, noises were heard, but advocates still look forward to a “game changer.” One big reason for hybrid and plug-in vehicles has been to reduce emissions and petroleum consumption, […]

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Bolstered by a surge in SUV, pickup, and other mainstream vehicle sales, General Motors’ July sales overall were the highest they’ve been since 2007 – up 9 percent year-over-year, and the Chevy Volt was up 13 percent with 2,020 deliveries. The Volt sold relatively well considering its record, but GM is focused more on the […]

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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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If you’ve noticed the U.S. now has more than 75 alternative-energy vehicles, and gone are the days when “fuel efficient” and “eco-friendly” need be synonymous with “unexciting.” To rank seven sporty green cars, we’ve sifted through our sales Dashboard which tracks the entire U.S. market, and picked the ones we think few people who like […]

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The AAA announced its Automobile Club of Southern California Automotive Research Center chose the Tesla S P85 as its top-scoring green car pick this year. The Palo Alto-based automaker’s car is featured with more than 80 other green vehicles in the latest AAA Green Car Guide.  The top-scoring and best value green vehicles were revealed […]

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Sales in the U.S. for the month of April again saw Nissan’s Leaf ahead in the informal rivalry between it and the Chevy Volt. Ever accentuating the positive, Nissan reported its “best April ever” with 2,088 Leafs sold, and the “14th straight month of record sales,” with April 2014 up 7.8 percent over April 2013. […]

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Introduced a year ago at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, BMW’s 328d proved a satisfying long-legged runner to take back to the 2014 NYIAS this month. Powered by the company’s first four-cylinder diesel brought to the U.S. – an engine that’s seen duty in Europe for several years now – the 328d is […]

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Consumer Reports has named Lexus its top-ranked brand for overall reliability and performance while the Prius was named again “Top Pick” in the Green Car category. In the shopping guide’s rankings of the top automotive brands, Lexus’ overall score of 79 out of 100 was the best of the 23 brands based on the average […]

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Yesterday Kelley Blue Book (KBB) announced that its 2014 5-Year Cost to Own award winners. KBB said these awards are based on the company’s U.S. data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period. Based on KBB’s analysis of 2014 models, Mazda and Lexus are the brand winners for the second consecutive year. In […]

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The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive was named as 2014’s “Greenest” car in a contest that saw a range also of “Greener Choices” and “Meanest” vehicles from an environmental perspective. Smart’s EV was ranked by greenercars.org with a “green score” of 59 out of 100. Rounding out the top-five “Greenest” picks were the Toyota Prius C, […]

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