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The BMW i8’s sports car performance and small car fuel economy won it the International Engine of the Year award for the third year in a row. The i8 plug-in hybrid took the award in the 1.4-liter to 1.8-liter displacement category. Winners were recognized Wednesday during the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart. Judges have […]

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The all-electric range provided by a plug-in hybrid is the biggest reason to buy one, but that did not stop Kelley Blue Book from naming a 25-mile range Toyota over a 53-mile range Chevrolet. For the 2017 list of “5 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000,” Toyota’s Prius Prime took top honors over the runner […]

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Porsche is now positioning the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid as the flagship in the Panamera line for its power delivery. The German automaker sees the all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid sports car hitting impressive performance numbers for power and torque. The Volkswagen division says it also emphasizes the “high importance of electromobility to Porsche.” The […]

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BMW AG has recalled more than 19,000 i3 range-extended (REx) vehicles sold in the U.S. due to potential fuel vapor leaks that could cause a fire. The recall affects 2014 to 2017 model year models manufactured between March 2014 and December 2016. BMW discovered the car’s fuel tank vent line can rub against the sleeve […]

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The Nissan-Renault Alliance has made a 180-degree course correction on its view of future hybrids after taking a controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Speaking with British publication Auto Express, Takashi Shirakawa, head of Nissan’s European research and development, confirmed that the Japanese automaker is working on a new plug-in hybrid vehicle. Shirakawa hinted that the […]

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A facelifted BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will arrive next year with more horsepower and additional driving range. British publication Auto Car asserts that the 2018 i8 will adopt the upgraded gasoline-electric powertrain currently being tested in a fleet of protype vehicles as well as powering two i8 safety cars used in the Formula E electric […]

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Mercedes-Benz is rapidly electrifying its model lineup as evidenced by the next-generation A-Class and B-Class versions being offered with gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrains. Due up first is the subcompact A-Class (example pictured above), which spy photographers have caught testing at Germany’s Nürburgring. Both vehicles will be built on the new MFA 2 platform, which was […]

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Following its online debut last month, Mini’s 2017 Countryman SE ALL4 plug-in hybrid made its first public appearance Wednesday at the Los Angles auto show. The new Countryman borders on Not-So-Mini by growing larger in every dimension – head, shoulder and leg room expand for both front and rear occupants. The cargo space grows the […]

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Karma Automotive has opened up a new technical center in Troy, Mich., to tap into automotive engineering expertise. The maker of the newly launched Revero luxury plug-in hybrid has 36 employees in place to work at this facility, with the goal of expanding to 150 employees within three years. The company thinks its technical center […]

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Toyota has launched a TV advertising campaign geared at very specific prospective customers rather than a general national TV campaign to sell the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. That market niche equates to “tech-savvy, knowledge-hungry drivers ages 18-49 with household incomes of $75,000 or more and who tend to be environmentally conscious but also economical,” said […]

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