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It’s fairly obvious what many people think of the giant sport utes that roam the roads like the mastodons and woolly mammoths of another age: They’re too wide. They’re too tall. They drink too much gas. Yes, it’s easy to condemn big sport-utility vehicles, but the fact is, a lot of folks actually need them […]

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An electric traction motor (right) and stator (left) at the GM’s Powertrain Engineering Development Center. General Motors said on Tuesday it will set up a $246 million facility to build electric motors to power future hybrids. The first GM-designed and built electric motors would appear in 2013 in rear-wheel-drive two-mode hybrid vehicles. “In the future, […]

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Photo: Michael Coates, HybridCars.com. All rights reserved. It’s not the first hybrid stretch limousine, because a Canadian firm converted a Prius into a 10-seater last year. But it does appear to be the first stretch limo built from the body of a hybrid SUV, which would make it the world’s largest hybrid gas-electric vehicle—if it […]

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When the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Two-Mode Hybrid was named ‘Green Car of the Year’ by Green Car Journal last November, a lot of folks scratched their heads. Sure, the super-sized hybrid boasts relative benefits over comparably sized gas-powered SUVs, but is that enough to regard the Tahoe Hybrid as eco-friendly? The official EPA fuel economy […]

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Carmakers spend big bucks to establish their brands as leaders in the race toward greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. Yet, many of the eco-friendly and high-tech innovations in our vehicles begin in the R&D departments of large auto suppliers—the companies that supply components and systems to automobile manufacturers. For example, you might know Continental […]

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Dan Neil, the Pulitzer-Prize winning auto journalist of the Los Angeles Times, says the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid deserves praise. “For sheer execution, you can do nothing but throw rose petals at the thing.” But he also poses a long list of questions about GM’s 6.0-liter V8 hybrid, which he calls, “a fantastically fuel-efficient vehicle that’s […]

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