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    15 fuel-sipping three-cylinder city cars available in Europe
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    The most common engine configuration for European cars is the classic inline four. But, since fewer cylinders means less chances for fuel to burn, some automakers have been incorporating three-cylinder engines into city and supermini models that don't need a lot of horsepower. This happens ...

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    Opel/Vauxhall launch ecoFLEX version of the new Astra
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    Like many other Opel/Vauxhall models across the range, the new Astra is getting a low-CO2 version to compete in the green market. Named ecoFLEX, the new Astra uses an updated version of the 1.3-liter CDTi engine that was co-developed with Fiat and produces 95 horsepower. This engine, along with ...

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    Volvo Trucks start field tests of methane-diesel engines
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    Volvo trucks has announced new field tests of bi-fuel methane-diesel engines in partnership with seven different Swedish companies, adding a new technology to the brand's at-fuel tests with DME and hybrid engines. The new engines, which are based on the Euro-V compliant 7-liter model, reduce fuel ...

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    Nissan installs 1.5-liter dCi engine to European Cube
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    Want an oil-burning little box? Europeans can. They are able to get the boxy Nissan Cube with a Renault-sourced 110 hp 1.5 liter diesel engine, thanks to the underpinnings that are related to the Nissan Micra and the Renault Clio. The engine is only Euro-IV compliant, but regulations in Germany ...

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    Peugeot updates 1.6-liter HDI engine to meet Euro-V regulations
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    The new year means it's time for Peugeot to update its 1.6-liter HDI diesel engine and adapt it for the Euro V specifications. The new engine gets two additional horsepower added to the current 110 hp and its torque is increased by 12.5 percent. The existing overboost function increases available ...

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    Enter the Rumormill: Porsche preparing 911 hybrid for 24 hours of Nürburgring?
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    Some people believe that the battle for low fuel consumption in passenger cars is a competition between diesel and hybrid gasoline cars. These two contenders are also fighting it out in resistance races, where the way to beat diesels such as the Peugeot 908 HDi and the Audi R15 TDI seems to be: ...

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    China extends vehicle scrappage scheme, increases maximum bonus
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    China has announced the extension of the country's vehicle scrappage scheme for 2010. Motorists will be able to trade in cars that are considered "highly pollutant" and receive a state subsidy worth between 5,000 yuan (about $730) and 18,000 yuan ($2,600), which is a significant increase over ...

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    France changes vehicle scrappage plan rules, gives Tesla buyers an effective 20 discount
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    France had one of Europe's most ambitious "cash for clunkers" plan, but the fun will end in the new year. Starting January 1st, France's program will only pay out the largest award – €1,000 – to buyers of just one model: the smart fortwo cdi. The reason can be found at the ...

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    Ford collaborates with Cologne on electric delivery van deployments
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    Ford of Europe has its headquarters in the German city of Cologne (Köln), so an electric vehicle partnership between the city and the automaker doesn't come as a surprise. Ford of Germany, the city of Cologne, RheinEnergie AG, and the University of Duisburg-Essen have signed an agreement to ...

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    French postal service finally chooses the Venturi-powered Citroën Berlingo
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    After the call for offers by La Poste, the French Postal Service, a 250-unit contract for electric delivery vans has been awarded to the Citroën Berlingo First. The model, which is based on the standard Citroën Berlingo, features batteries and a powertrain developed by Venturi. The ...

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    Fiat confirms 2-cylinder SGE powertrain for 2010
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    Fiat 500 Multiair concept - Click image for gallery
    Fiat's rumored 2-cylinder engine has finally been confirmed for the Fiat 500 and will start production in Poland next year. The small displacement engine, called SGE, uses all the goodies from Multiair technology and is able squeeze three ...

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    Renault and AutoVAZ considering joint venture to build electric cars
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    Renault Fluence ZE Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Since Russia is an oil-producing nation, you might not think that it would be a big promoter of electric cars. For the most part, you'd be right, but Renault's chief operating officer, Patrick Pelata, has said that the French ...

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    A little piece of history: Toyota's first hybrid [w/VIDEO]
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    Toyota Sports 800 GT Hybrid - Click above to watch the video after the break
    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Toyota_s_First_Hybrid_Built_in_1977_and_Gets_73_MPG_VIDEO'; Now that Toyota has announced it will bring a new hybrid concept vehicle to the Detroit Auto Show, let's take a look back in ...

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    BMW rumored to quit hydrogen but just dropping Hydrogen 7
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    BMW Hydrogen 7 - click above for high-res image gallery
    We hadn't heard much about BMW's Hydrogen 7 for a while. Some people thought this signaled the end of the Bavarian marque's interest in hydrogen technology. The rumor was so widespread that the Germany newspaper Handlesblatt even recently ...

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    Ricardo and Qinetiq announce reduced-cost lithium-ion battery
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    Ricardo and Qinetiq announced a new technology to produce cheaper lithium-ion batteries this week. Called Red Lion, the key to their claimed achievement is a new chemistry inside the cells. Instead of using cobalt cells, Red Lion batteries use iron sulphide which have an added benefit of weight ...

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    Ireland announces vehicle scrappage plan, EV tax break and carbon tax
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    Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has announced a cash-for-clunkers program for the Republic that will start next year. The plan, announced during the presentation of the 2010 budget, is set to help Irish motorists get rid of cars more than 10 years old with a €1,500 reduction in the ...

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    Nissan will bring Leaf electric car to Salon EVER in Monaco
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    2010 Nissan Leaf - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The tiny European state of Monaco has announced the final details for the next Salon EVER , devoted to ecologic vehicles and renewable energies. The exhibition will be held March 25-28, 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum and, for this edition, ...

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    City of Paris and Europcar fight for Autolib' trade name
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    The story of the Paris' easy EV rental project, dubbed Autolib', is not a bed of roses. First of all, there were continuous delays announcing the specifics of the service. Finally, we found out it would consist of 3,000 cars that will be available 24/7 at a cost of €5 per half an hour. Now, ...

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    Nissan announces 2010 facelift for the Qashqai, includes low-CO2 version
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    Nissan has decided to update the successful European-model Qashqai for the next model year. We've come to expect aesthetic changes in these yearly revamps, like the LED daytime lights. The bigger news is the announcement of a Pure Drive version of the Qashqai, which refers to the Nissans' green ...

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    Tesla Brabus Green Package includes free electricity, at home and away
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    Tesla Brabus Green Package - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Brabus has launched a special edition of the Tesla Brabus Green Package which includes one free year of electricity. Mind you, the modifications to the Tesla in the Green Package are not related to the powertrain, but there is of ...

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