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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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The Volkswagen XL1 hybrid car has been named the winner of the Transport category in UK’s annual Designs of the Year Awards. The XL1 is one of 76 designs in seven categories currently on display at the Design Museum in London until August 25. It will now go on to compete for the Design of […]

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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. During a strong overall passenger vehicle sales month in November, alternative-energy vehicles are essentially moving forward as well, and new entries have been added to […]

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Pledging to cooperate in making their states as hospitable as possible to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), governors from eight states yesterday agreed toward a goal of 3.3-million electric cars on their roads by 2025 with an eye toward 2050 greenhouse gas emission targets. “[A]cccelerating the ZEV market is a critical strategy for achieving our goals to […]

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A company focusing on getting out of automotive leases revealed hybrids and green vehicles leases are rising in popularity. Swapalease.com, describing itself as the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, offers insight into which car and truck lease segments are in demand based on year-over-year changes in inventory listings. Cars in the Green/Hybrid segment led all […]

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Last week in Michigan, we had opportunity to sample Toyota’s European and UK-market Auris Hybrid, and came away impressed with its driving dynamics, aesthetics, and functionality, not to mention a compelling spec sheet. What’s so special about its specs? For starters, the freshly minted Auris gets improved mpg and CO2 emissions over the regular Prius, […]

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Launched as a 2013 model in October 2012, Ford’s second-generation Fusion Hybrid rapidly ascended the sales ranks, and is presently America’s fourth-best-selling hybrid. Thoroughly face-lifted and overhauled, the 2013 Fusion Hybrid improved on what was already an otherwise well-regarded full hybridization of Ford’s midsized, five-passenger family sedan. As Ford prepared to launch the new Fusion […]

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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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