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Lexus says it will be unveiling the 2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid sedan next month at the Geneva Motor Show. It will follow the next-generation Lexus LS 500 that was shown in January at the Detroit Auto Show. The Geneva Motor Show will be held March 9-19, 2017. The Detroit Bureau reported that Lexus is […]

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Toyota has just passed the 10-million mark for hybrid sales worldwide. The Prius is Toyota’s most well-known hybrid, and of course the world’s first mass-market hybrid, but the company now sells much more than just the Prius. Toyota offers 33 different hybrid models across the world, covering 90 countries and regions. The brand is aiming […]

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Japanese car buyers now have a new kind of hybrid model to choose from. The Nissan Note e-Power, for now available only in Japan, is a series hybrid that uses its 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine as a generator to charge the 1.5-kWh battery while an electric motor drives the front wheels. As such, it’s a twist […]

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Toyota is hedging its bets to meet increasing global emission standards, with expanded development of its gasoline-hybrid technology now added to the list. The automaker said today it will expand the development of its hybrid technology over the next five years. That will support compliance with introducing more lower-emission engines as emissions standards increase in […]

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Renault-Nissan will be bringing its new hybrid technology with “e-Power” transmission to Europe to respond to diesel’s decline in the market, CEO Carlos Ghosn said yesterday in Paris. The “e-Power” transmission had been introduced a day earlier by Nissan for its Note subcompact hatchback sold in Japan. The new gasoline-engine hybrid technology provides a hybrid […]

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Improvements in plug-in electrified vehicle coming to market soon could make traditional hybrids obsolete in the U.K., warns an automotive analyst. Battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have sold more at this point than in all of 2015 in the U.K. at a time when the British government approved another 10 million pounds ($12.2 […]

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China may be ready to support hybrid vehicles, instead of counting on plug-ins, as the pathway to reduce tailpipe emissions and dependence on imported oil. The Chinese government wants one in four vehicles to be traditional hybrids that run on both gasoline and electricity by 2030. Bloomberg reported that statement comes from a transcript of […]

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Electric cars are known for ferocious acceleration, and so are Ferraris. Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne took a Tesla for a spin, and acceleration aside, he found it wanting. Indeed, he called it “obscene.” Context matters, of course. According to a CNN report, Marchionne called the experience – presumably in a Model S – “obscene” because […]

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If you want to buy a new car and live in the Netherlands, you may soon have to go EV. Well, within the next decade, anyway. A motion recently passed in the lower house of the Dutch Parliament would ban sale of non-electric vehicles – including hybrids which are now popular in the Netherlands – by 2025. The […]

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Seven of the 29 hybrid vehicles offered in Canada promise lower cost of ownership than their conventionally-powered equivalent. This info came yesterday when automotive cost-of-ownership data research firm Vincentric released its Canadian Hybrid Analysis. In it, seven of 29 hybrid vehicles analyzed were identified as having a lower total cost-of-ownership than their closest all-gasoline counterparts. […]

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