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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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As BMW prepares a second-quarter 2014 launch for its all-electric i3, the first model for its i-series sub-brand, the company has taken pains to demonstrate its commitment to a “sustainable” mission. Although not unique in tipping its hat to a minimal carbon footprint – and undoubtedly also a target for the inevitable critics – the […]

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If performance car enthusiasts think the Nissan Leaf is a bit tame for their likes, within three years Nissan intends to produce a “fearless vision of the EV future,” the delta-bodied BladeGlider electric sports car based on the ZEOD electric race car. Tech details are few at this point, but a concept version – accentuating […]

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If driving a Tesla Model S EV as your daily rental is a dream, Los Angeles is where your next business trip needs to be. Green daily rental MPG Car Rental has added the Tesla Model S to its Los Angeles offering. MPG Car Rental said it provides the largest variety of green vehicles in […]

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While established plug-in car makers such as Nissan and Chevrolet have either permanently or temporarily marked down their Leaf and Volt respectively, the purveyor of America’s other top-three best-seller – Tesla Motors –­ quietly updated its Model S pricing last Friday resulting in as much as a 10-percent increase, or higher. While base prices are […]

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The 113th annual New York International Auto Show began letting media in Tuesday, March 26, opens to the public Friday, and runs to April 7. This year it is marked by a larger number of actual production-ready “green” and fuel-efficient cars, and plenty of larger SUVs and crossovers. Fewer are the who-knows-if-they’ll-build-it bleeding-edge green vehicle […]

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Rising gas prices and more product availability has led to increased hybrid share of 3.38 percent. This is in line with last month, and the highest rate since April 2012 (also a time of high gas prices). Since gas prices will at least remain high and probably increase, this trend should continue in coming months. […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. January is generally a slow month in auto sales, as buyers and automakers offer incentives to close out the year in December, resulting in payback […]

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