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    Exclusive: Tesla answers questions about battery swap announcement

    After last night's initial public demo of the Tesla Model S battery swap, we attended a small press conference with Tesla CEO Elon Musk where he answered questions about the program. You can get the early details about the swap stations in our first post and then dive into our back and forth with ...

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    Report: Electric Volvo C30 won't arrive in U.S.

    Volvo C30 EV – Click above for a high-res image gallery
    In a decision driven by upcoming EU regulations, Volvo has announced that it will not bring its C30 electric car to the U.S. market. Instead, the lithium ion-powered vehicle will only be sold in the European Union. Drafted EU ...

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    REPORT: Diesel Beetle, electric Up! coming from Volkswagen

    Volkswagen Up! Lite concept - Click above for high-res gallery
    Volkswagen Group of America President, Stefan Jacoby, has confirmed that the next-gen New Beetle, due to hit North American as a 2012 model, will be offered with a clean diesel engine. The current New Beetle was last offered with a ...

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    Audi twists e-tron 3319 lb-ft torque rating

    Audi e-tron concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    When introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Audi boasted its all-electric e-tron was fitted with four electric motors producing "230 kW (313 hp) and 4,500 Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft) of torque." While the e-tron's styling may have ...

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    LA 2009: Audi e-tron, orange you terribly sad it was repainted

    Audi e-tron concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We weren't exactly electrified by Audi's e-tron concept when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in blazing red paint this past September, but we did like the color. So, when the e-tron reappeared at the LA Auto Show this week ...

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    STUDY: Cash for Clunkers helped Japanese way more than Detroit 3

    While there is no question that Obama's Cash-for-Clunkers program accelerated vehicle sales this summer, a new report by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute shows the big winners were from Japan, not Detroit. According to the study, nearly 85 percent of the trade-ins ...

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    Follow-up: Toyota may not produce hybrid Yaris after all

    2009 Toyota Yaris - Click above for high-res image gallery
    A Toyota insider is countering yesterday's report that the automaker is planning a Yaris-based hybrid to be built in France. Such a vehicle would be unnecessary, according to the unnamed source. Today's Toyota Yaris is already a fuel ...

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    REPORT: Tata Nano passes European crash testing

    2009 Tato Nano - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Tata Nano, the diminutive Indian four-door econobox rumored to eventually arrive in U.S. showrooms, has reportedly passed current European impact testing. According to Autocar, the offset front and side impact tests took place at the ...

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