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Now that gas prices are declining and automakers report they’re booking increased sales and profits for SUVs and pickups, fuel efficiency isn’t all that important anymore, right? Well, if you’re not one of the American consumers who make long-term financial decisions based on short-term information, or if you simply like the idea of saving fuel, […]

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As of September 2014, the global number of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) sold crested to nearly 604,000 with certain models rounding out the bulk of these. In fact, the top-10 models from various manufacturers have accounted for 77 percent of the total at an estimated 464,956 units. Counted are both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids […]

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From the Paris motor show this week, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confided he is unsure global emissions regulations will not stifle its ability to sell its electrified products. “We have to comply,” he said to Automotive News in an interview during press days before the show was open to the public. “And we have to […]

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Of 23 hybrid sedans sold in the U.S., five happen to sell among the best in no small part because they’re the ones that deliver the best mpg compared to non-hybrid stablemates. Compared to otherwise nearly identical non-hybrid siblings rated in the mid-20s to low 30s, the hybrids on this list get between 13-16 mpg […]

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Long before there were “hybrid cars” there were basic little internal combustion powered city cars, and for five-and-a-half decades, the UK’s MINI was definitely on that list. Still posing as minimalist, since 2001 the brand has been a jewel in German automaker BMW’s portfolio of “premium” products, and a more upscale lifestyle statement than from […]

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There are now more than six dozen alternative energy cars for sale in America, but we thought we’d summarize five that provide an exceptional balance of value and efficiency. These do relatively well in monthly sales, so that means we’re not the only ones who’ve figured out these can make sense. To be fair, we’ll […]

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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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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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