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As Kia’s first dedicated hybrid, the Niro blends very good fuel economy, sporty intentions, and crossover styling. Proof that it hits a sweet spot is best shown by how many people are buying them, and thus far the 43-50 mpg compact crossover has surpassed three dozen entries in the U.S. hybrid market to fourth-best-seller through […]

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Shopping for a compact crossover with a hybrid powertrain? Honda may soon have an answer for you. The Japanese automaker is set to unveil its CR-V Hybrid Prototype at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewing the popular crossover’s electrified powertrain. While this Hybrid Prototype is technically a pre-production version of a model planned for Europe, […]

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Although the Trump administration has retracted a commitment to previously settled mpg regulations, consumers overwhelmingly want things to move ahead. This is just one of several findings of a non-partisan survey from Consumers Union supporting CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) rules set by the Obama administration, and put on hold at the behest of automakers. […]

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Audi’s all-electric e-tron quattro is not expected until 2018, but the company says it is a musk have. Not a typo, an advertisement by Audi of Berlin is being interpreted as taking a direct crack at Tesla chief Elon Musk in promoting its pending luxury performance SUV. The company which has been making inroads toward […]

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Today the most efficient gas-powered pickups are rated for only 22 mpg and while plug-in tech could easily double that or more, thus far only startups are announcing plans to do so. While legacy automakers raise prices on incrementally improved conventional tech, and report increased sales for pickups and SUVs – all while petitioning President […]

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Audi has confirmed its all-electric e-tron quattro SUV will come to market next year with “300 miles” range, and possibly more. Introduced as a pre-production concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2015, the production version will be among the first premium all-electric SUVs, joining the Tesla Model X and the planned Jaguar I-Pace. For […]

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Audi launched the Q8 plug-in hybrid SUV concept that will quickly go from design to production level. Unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show, Audi is touting the new SUV model for being dynamic, highly efficient, and comfortable – and going to production in 2018. Audi is promoting the utility functionality, performance, and […]

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On the first business day of the new year, Ford has announced something to please electric car fans, something for pickup and sports car enthusiasts, and it even threw a bone to incoming President Donald Trump. Included in its plans are seven confirmed electrified vehicles due over the next five years out of 13 promised […]

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Data mined from a consumer survey yielded several take-away points regarding the upside potential of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs). The survey, conducted from April 1 to April 8 by Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned Scientists, was directed at 1,213 licensed and active drivers in nine states in the Northeast, deemed under-served with PEVs, […]

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Volkswagen has unveiled yet another hybrid SUV concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, but this one could actually preview a vehicle that could soon be introduced into the VW lineup. Called the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE, the full-sized plug-in hybrid SUV has a theoretical electric driving range of 31 miles and a combined fuel […]

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