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 |  Apr 21 2014, 9:48 AM

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McLaren has promised one new model each year and while there are plenty of rumors as to what will arrive in 2015, we can confirm it won’t use hybrid power.

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 |  Jan 27 2014, 9:05 AM

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When the next-generation Toyota Prius arrives it will come equipped with the company’s latest and greatest hybrid powertrain and ride atop an all new platform, but the most dramatic change might just be the way it looks.

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 |  Jan 21 2014, 3:49 PM

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Bentley’s yet-unnamed SUV will be on sale in 2016 and not long after it materializes in a gated community near you, there will also be a plug-in hybrid variant. 

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 |  Oct 22 2013, 8:29 AM

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The Mazda3 hybrid will make its official public debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and it won’t be the only Mazda3 variant being unveiled.

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 |  Oct 17 2013, 7:45 AM

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In development for three and a half years Volvo has today announced what could be a revolutionary new technology for the auto industry, incorporating batteries into a car’s body panels.

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 |  Oct 12 2013, 9:20 AM

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Mazda has unveiled its hybrid Mazda3 model, which will be heading to dealerships in Japan next month.

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 |  Aug 21 2013, 7:18 AM

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Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo has been a vocal opponent of electric cars, but when it comes to hybrids he’s championing the technology, announcing that more gasoline-electric models will join the brand’s exotic stable.

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 |  Jun 20 2013, 11:33 AM

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For many folks hybrid vehicles have a negative aura about them. Some of that is the fault of poorly executed models over the past two decades, and some is due to the most successful, and arguably best engineered hybrid, the Toyota Prius. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 29 2013, 5:01 PM

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The Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S has made history, completing the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled zero CO2 emission lap at the Nurburgring.

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 |  Apr 23 2013, 8:31 AM

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California is home to the most green car shoppers in the nation, with eight of the top 10 cities actually located on the west coast.

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 |  Apr 12 2013, 7:03 AM

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Aston Martin will set a new milestone at this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring, being the first automaker to race a hydrogen-powered car.

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 |  Dec 21 2012, 8:31 AM

With Toyota the outright leader in global hybrid sales, it comes as little surprise that its Lexus luxury division is also out in front when it comes to sales of gasoline-electric vehicles.

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 |  Dec 13 2012, 8:19 AM

While a mid-cycle update and not an all-new model, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class makes a small yet important change to the car’s design, dropping a feature that has characterized its look since 1995.

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 |  Oct 03 2012, 8:48 AM

Jaguar’s new F-Type looks remarkably like its design study, though it’s missing two things. First is a major feature of the C-X16 concept it’s based on and the second is something found in any true sports car; an advanced hybrid drivetrain and a manual transmission.

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 |  Aug 03 2012, 10:07 AM

Although new propulsion systems are growing in popularity and becoming more efficient, a study conducted by the panel advising the energy department has found that the internal combustion engine will remain the main source of vehicle power until at least 2050.

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 |  Jun 14 2012, 7:31 AM

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti’s high-tech Emerg-e sports car certainly looked fast, and the claimed performance numbers are impressive, but does it live up the hype in the real world?

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 |  May 22 2012, 8:01 AM

Fuel economy is now the number one purchase consideration for new car shoppers, sparking a massive swing in interest for alternative fuel vehicles.

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 |  Jan 12 2012, 8:30 AM

US diesel sales rose 27.4-percent in 2011 while hybrid sales dropped 2.2-percent, numbers that reflect a changing automotive climate in America and fly in the face of conventional stereotypes about diesel cars.

But thanks to offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen Group, diesel-powered passenger vehicle sales are on the rise in America. The 2.2-percent decrease in hybrid sales is, however, a little bit misleading, due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the floods in Thailand. Both those natural disasters affected the production and availability of America’s most popular hybrids, including Toyota‘s Prius.

Nonetheless, expectations are high for diesel sales with Baum and Associates stating that sales could more than double from 3-percent of the market today to 6- to 6.5-percent by 2015. J.D. Power & Associates believes the US diesel market share could increase to 7.4-percent by 2017.

To aid in the projections, American and Japanese automakers are also expected to introduce diesel variants of their models in North America including GM’s new Cadillac ATS, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mazda CX-5.

 |  Nov 30 2011, 1:09 PM

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The head of Toyota‘s Prius program thinks that Toyota will be able to sell as many as 1 million hybrids anually by 2015. Satoshi Ogiso, who was responsible for developing the original Prius, said that hybrids could sell as many as 2 million units by 2020.

Toyota Hybrid sales topped out at 690,000 in 2010, and many felt that if it weren’t for March’s earthquake and tsunami, the pace of sales would have accelerated even further. Prius sales (including the Prius c, Prius V and other variants) will account for half of hybrid sales.

Ogiso said that model line-up expansion would be kept under control for the Prius, but some expansion may occur. A sports car model was also hinted at, but appears to be some ways off.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Oct 06 2011, 9:45 AM

Expected to arrive some time next year, the successor to the Ferrari Enzo could make use of hybrid technology admits company CEO Amedeo Felisa.

Speaking at the launch of the new 458 Spider, Felisa admitted as much and even confirmed that Ferrari is currently testing prototype hybrids. While still a stretch at this point, Ferrari has used Enzo and its predecessors like the F50 and F40 to launch new technologies, with the F50 being the first to utilize a carbon fiber chassis.

The ‘F70′ will continue to use a carbon fiber base, confirms Felisa, as well as a mid-engined V12 for motivation.

That V12 could be joined with a Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), a technology that Ferrari developed for use in its F1 cars. This would also continue Ferrari’s long-standing tradition of using the pinnacle of motorsports to develop technologies for its road cars.

As for the rest of the Ferrari lineup Felisa commented that carbon fiber tubs or monocoques will not be used, maintaining that the cost and risks are simply too big to justify for standard production models.

[Source: InsideLine]

 |  Aug 22 2011, 11:53 AM

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Ford and Toyota shocked the automotive world with the announcement that the two companies will join forces to create a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs.

The companies signed a memorandum of understanding, and will do further research and studies regarding the project. The new system is said to be rear-drive based, and uses different technology than both Ford and Toyota’s current hybrid systems.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s head of global product development, stated that the two companies would not be sharing platforms, but rather sharing costs developing hybrid and telematics systems, which would be implemented into brand-specific vehicles. Takeshi Uchiyamada, Executive Vice President of Toyota, also stressed the importance of developing new telematics technology, though Ford’s own SYNC system, developed with Microsoft, has been criticized for being too complex and unreliable.

 |  Jul 01 2011, 2:10 PM

Get back into traffic with the rest of us, electric vehicles… your time is up. If you’re in California and drive a hybrid, today is the day your six-year privilege to the HOV lane expires.

About 85,000 hybrid vehicle owners have to share the regular highway lanes, as the yellow sticker that gave them access to the dedicated HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes expires today (July 1, 2011). They’ve had a great six-year run of leaving other non-electric vehicles behind, but all good things must come to an end.

When these yellow stickers were being issued, only three hybrid vehicles qualified – the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and Honda Civic Hybrid. If you get caught driving by yourself in the HOV lanes tomorrow, prepare to pay some big fines – and don’t expect all those people who you’ve been passing for the past six years to feel sorry for you.

 |  Jun 14 2011, 8:02 PM

With Ford planning to blitz the auto-market in the first quarter of 2012 with its eight new models, the American automaker hopes the Fusion will make a major impact with its next-gen sophisticated hybrid system.

According to a source inside Ford the Blue Oval is targeting a 47-48-mpg rating for the car in the city, with an even higher rating for the highway. Currently the Fusion gets a 41-mpg rating in the city, making for a significant increase.

Closing in on the 50-mpg mark, the Fusion Hybrid would then be encroaching on the 50-mpg average Toyota Prius.

[Source: FordInsideNews]

 |  Apr 15 2011, 9:56 PM

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Almost a year ago General Motors first showed off the Volt MPV5 (above), hinting that it would build a Voltec-powered extended range electric car designed for families. Now comes word that GM has filed for trademark protection on the name ‘Crossvolt’ indicating that this is a name being considered for the new model that is likely to ride on a modified version of the Chevy Orlando’s platform.

Previous reports have indicated Chevy will introduce a whole lineup of Volt-style models in the future, with other names being trademarked recently including ‘Amp’ and ‘Strobe’.

GALLERY: Chevy Volt MPV5

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[Source: Car & Driver]