Top 10 Automotive Stories of 2012

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Top 10 Automotive Stories of 2012
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With a heavy heart the staff of AutoGuide.com say goodbye to 2012, along with its triumphs and tragedies. We await the New Year with open arms, and welcome its promise of a better world. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 was a year of the dragon, and it proved to be the stuff of legend,… Continue Reading...

German Automakers Form Coalition to Educate US on Diesel Tech

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German Automakers Form Coalition to Educate US on Diesel Tech
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A whole slew of new diesel-powered cars have been announced for the U.S. recently, and to help them gain mainstream acceptance, six German automotive companies are teaming up to start the “Clean Diesel. Clearly Better,” campaign, which hopes to educate Americans on diesel technology. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Planning Diesel R Models

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Volkswagen Planning Diesel R Models
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Volkswagen will look to bring to market high-performance diesel models under the newly formed R performance division. In an interview with Autoblog, Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, the man in charge or Vee-Dub R has confirmed as much, telling the outlet that, “The future is diesel and all-wheel-drive.” And while he didn’t say as much, that… Continue Reading...

BMW to Bring Diesels to Japan with X5 xDrive35d: Tokyo Motor Show Preview

BMW to Bring Diesels to Japan with X5 xDrive35d: Tokyo Motor Show Preview
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For European automakers, diesels may rule the road back at home, but they’ve had a challenge convincing North American consumers to adopt the gasoline alternative. And if that’s considered an uphill battle, selling diesel cars in Japan, the land of the hybrid, is a virtual Mount Everest. To date, BMW has never offered a diesel… Continue Reading...

2012 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

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2012 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced
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Recognized each year at the LA Auto Show, the finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year award have been released, spanning the gamut of possible alternative fuel vehicles. The nominee include the Ford Focus Electric, the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, the Mitsubishi i, the Toyota Prius v and the 2012 Volkswagen Passat… Continue Reading...

Most Large Chrysler Group Models to Get Optional Diesel Engine

Most Large Chrysler Group Models to Get Optional Diesel Engine
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Chevrolet’s decision to offer a diesel-powered Cruze compact in the U.S. is a sign that GM is testing the waters to see how American’s react to the gasoline alternative. Chrysler, says company CEO Sergio Marchionne, has much more ambitious goals for the often-criticized fuel. Starting with the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Chrysler Group will… Continue Reading...

Mercedes-Benz Recalling Diesel Models Over Faulty Filters

Mercedes-Benz Recalling Diesel Models Over Faulty Filters
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It’s happening again. Last year, Mercedes-Benz had to issue a recall on its diesel models over a leaking fuel-filter, and now they have to address this issue all over again. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), certain 2011 and 2012 Mercedes BlueTec diesel may have a possible fuel leak, which can actually… Continue Reading...

Chevy Cruze Diesel Coming to America Next Year

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Chevy Cruze Diesel Coming to America Next Year
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Chevrolet will begin selling a diesel version of its new Cruze compact sedan starting in 2012. Currently the car is available with two gasoline engines, but according to GMInsideNews, sources at the Lordstown, Ohio plant that builds the car are confirming the diesel model will arrive for the 2013 model year, with sales starting some… Continue Reading...

Range_e Range Rover Sport Plug-in Diesel Hybrid to Debut in Geneva

Range_e Range Rover Sport Plug-in Diesel Hybrid to Debut in Geneva
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Land Rover will unveil the next step in its mission to become a ‘greener’ automaker at the Geneva Auto Show in just a few weeks time. Set to take the stand alongside the new 3-door and 5-door Evoque models is the Range_e Range Rover Sport. Powered by a turbo-diesel V6 engine, mated to a plug-in… Continue Reading...

Mazda to Confirm Diesel Car Sales in North America at New York Auto Show

Mazda to Confirm Diesel Car Sales in North America at New York Auto Show
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Mazda has long been rumored to be planning to offer diesel-powered vehicles in North America and an official announcement is expected at the New York Auto Show in April. With relatively low fuel economy across its fleet, Mazda no longer has access to Ford’s more advanced hybrid powertrains. The company is working with Toyota to… Continue Reading...

Volkwswagen XL1 Concept Headed for Limited Production in 2013

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Volkwswagen XL1 Concept Headed for Limited Production in 2013
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Volkswagen‘s 261-mpg XL1 concept car is headed to production, easily besting fuel economy claims by cars like the Chevrolet Volt. Unveiled this week at the Qatar Motor Show, the vehicle is actually billed as a prototype and not a concept, with Volkswagen commenting in an official press release that this latest rendition of its 1… Continue Reading...

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Turbodiesel to Debut at Geneva Auto Show With 124-MPG

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Turbodiesel to Debut at Geneva Auto Show With 124-MPG
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Volvo will strive to be the first to market with a diesel plug-in hybrid, debuting a near production ready V60 wagon at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The V6 Plug-in Hybrid will get a claimed 1.9 l/100 km says Volvo, which translates to an incredible 124-mpg. Combining a 5-cylinder turbodiesel with 215-hp and 325… Continue Reading...

Audi to Offer Diesel Engines in All High-Volume Models

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Audi to Offer Diesel Engines in All High-Volume Models
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Jetta TDI owners, your Audi has arrived. Audi is looking to significantly expand its diesel engine offerings to include all high-volume models, which is certain to include the A4. Currently Audi only offers diesel versions of its low volume A3 and the large Q7 SUV. In an interview with Automotive News, Audi of America president… Continue Reading...

Volvo to Offer Diesel Model in the U.S.

Volvo to Offer Diesel Model in the U.S.
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Recent reports have suggested that everyone from Mazda to General Motors is preparing to launch a diesel engine in North America and now Volvo appears to be joining that list. In a bid to meet the 2016 35-mpg CAFE regulations, automakers are doing whatever they can to improve fuel economy and diesels are an excellent… Continue Reading...

Report: Volkswagen’s New Mid-Size Sedan to Be Offered as a Diesel

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Report: Volkswagen’s New Mid-Size Sedan to Be Offered as a Diesel
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Volkswagen will offer its new mid-size sedan with both gasoline and diesel engines says VW North America boss Stefan Jacoby. In doing so VW will be the only automaker in North America to offer a mid-size diesel sedan, competing against the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion. The popularity of hybrid… Continue Reading...

Geneva 2010: Hyundai i-Flow a Future Vision for the Sonata

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Geneva 2010: Hyundai i-Flow a Future Vision for the Sonata
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Hyundai unveiled its i-Flow concept vehicle, calling it a preview for a future D-Segment contender. According to Hyundai, we may see the i-Flow’s styling and technology in a 2011 production model. Would it be too much to expect it in the 2011 Euro-spec Sonata? The seventh of a series of concepts from the Russelsheim design… Continue Reading...

Geneva Preview: Hyundai i-Flow Concept a Hybrid Diesel That Gets 78-mpg

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Geneva Preview: Hyundai i-Flow Concept a Hybrid Diesel That Gets 78-mpg
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Hyundai has just revealed the first photo that shows its new i-Flow concept in full. The concept car is set to be revealed at next week’s Geneva Auto Show and is a look ahead at the future of the Sonata in Europe. With a new Sonata having just been launched in North America and Korea,… Continue Reading...

Report: Land Rover to Launch Diesel Hybrid Range Rover Sport Model in 2012

Report: Land Rover to Launch Diesel Hybrid Range Rover Sport Model in 2012
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Land Rover is currently developing a diesel hybrid version of its Range Rover Sport model with a targeted sales date in 2012. A small fleet of five vehicles is expected to be road-ready and testing next year. Currently Range Rover has an excellent luxury and off-road image, but a terrible reputation when it comes to… Continue Reading...
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