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    Toyota wants to know: Does Prius belong in the dictionary? Does Prii?
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    Toyota's "What's the plural of Prius?" contest has garnered more than 1.5 million votes so far spread among the five choices: Prien, Prii, Prium, Prius and Priuses. In the lead is "Prii," with 25 percent, followed a hair later by "Prius" at 24 percent, then there's daylight with "Priuses" at 20 ...

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    Chicago 2011: Lexus CT 200h by Five Axis sneaks into the Windy City
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    2011 Lexus CT 200h by Five Axis – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Yes, it is indeed a bit odd that Lexus chose to show off a tuned version of its CT 200h hatchback at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Generally speaking, such machines are reserved for events more along the lines of the ...

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    Chicago 2011: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist live in the Windy City
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    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We received the first details about Buick's new Regal eAssist earlier today, but we've just returned from seeing the car in person before the Chicago Auto Show officially kicks off tomorrow. Visually, the more ...

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    Officially Official: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist will get 26/37 mpg
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    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors debuted the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist technology at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, the automaker told us that this new fuel-saving feature would quickly spread across many other models in ...

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    Chicago Preview: Lexus bringing tuned... CT 200h?
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    If you just can't wait for SEMA 2011, head to this year's Chicago Auto Show. Lexus is bringing a little Las Vegas to the Windy City with a version of the company's CT 200h hybrid hatchback tuned by the go-fast gurus at Five Axis. The car wears a custom widebody kit, unique paint and a lower ...

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    Report: Buick Regal Hybrid coming to Chicago Auto Show
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    2011 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to a report from Ward's Auto, General Motors will be debuting a hybrid version of the Buick Regal sedan at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The electrified Regal will use the same eAssist architecture that debuted in the ...

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    Chicago 2010: GM uses clear plastic to illustrate direct injection
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    Cutaway engine displays at Chicago Auto Show – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automakers have long grappled with a way to showcase exciting new technology in an interesting and informative yet still simple-to-understand way. One traditional method that's been used for years for this ...

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    Quick Spin: Ford Transit Connect Electric a good sign of things to come
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    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Not only did Ford reveal the all-electric version of the Transit Connect Electric at the Chicago Auto Show this week, but they also pulled the electric vehicle (EV) into the snowy Chicago streets and allowed us to take ...

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    Chicago 2010: The greenest vehicles at the auto show?
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    Greenest vehicles in Chicago – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Yes, there were plenty of electric, hybrid, ethanol and diesel vehicles here at the Chicago Auto Show. There are even some cars and trucks that use some combination of multiple green fuels or powertrains. But those are ...

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    Chicago 2010: Bad Timing Dept. - Prius MotorWeek Drivers' Choice winner; Toyota declines JDM award
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    2010 Toyota Prius – MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award winner for Best of the Year
    By February of each year, we are always right in the middle of awards season, and no, we're not talking about the Golden Globes, Grammys or Oscars. We are, of course, referring to Car and Truck of the Year ...

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    Chicago 2010: Toyota shows off Camry Hybrid pace car
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    Toyota Camry Hybrid pace car – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last year at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford trotted out a version of its new 2010 Fusion Hybrid that had been the first hybrid vehicle to pace a NASCAR event. Toyota used the exact same show one year later to show off its ...

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    Chicago 2010: Bridgestone's new tires can improve fuel economy by four percent
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    Bridgestone Ecopia Tires – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Tires can really suck gas. Overcoming rolling resistance can account for anywhere between five and 15 percent of a light-duty vehicle's fuel consumption, and standard tires don't put a priority on reducing that resistance. ...

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    Chicago 2010: Fisker Sunset shows up in black
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    Fisker Sunset in black – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While walking the hallways at the Chicago Auto Show looking for interesting things to write about, we stumbled upon the Fisker booth and found a pair of extended-range plug-in hybrids to point our DSLR lenses at. We were ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Fusion Hybrid wins first annual Hermance Award
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    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    What the heck is the Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award? First of all, the award was named after the late Dave Hermance, who was a leading hybrid vehicle proponent who worked for Toyota prior to his death in an experimental ...

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    Chicago 2010: Kia Ray PHEV concept live from the show floor
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    Kia Ray PHEV concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We already got most of the details on the Kia Ray PHEV concept (click here to refresh your memory), now we have live photos to share. As we heard before, the Ray uses the same 106.3 inch wheelbase as the Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV ...

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    Report: Audi A1 to spawn five-door, convertible, S variant
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    2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It should come as no surprise that Audi will offer a number of different variants of its new A1 compact hatch. What is surprising (kinda) is that the forthcoming S1 will be the first modern, performance-focused Audi to lack all-wheel ...

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    Chicago 2010: Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept shines with solar roof
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    Kia Ray PHEV concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    After a couple of teaser images, we can now finally show you all of Kia's new plug-in hybrid concept. Debuting here at Chicago Auto Show, we now know a few more details about the concept, but we are still largely in the dark about the ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Taxi burns CNG, LPG and four acres of space
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    Ford Transit Connect Taxi – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hot on the (w)heels of the Ford Transit Electric, the Transit Connect Taxi drove onto the stage at the Chicago Auto Show today running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The clean-burning utility van – based on the ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Electric uses the "Force Drive"
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    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As expected, Ford brought the latest (and greatest?) incarnations of the Transit Connect utility van to the Chicago Auto Show today. The battery-powered Transit Connect Electric was up first, perhaps because it fits so ...

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    Chicago Preview: Ford Transit Connect Electric and CNG-powered taxi van
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    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res gallery
    Ford's electric vehicle (EV) naming scheme is becoming clear: add the word "electric" to a vehicle's standard name and presto, you've got the name of your new EV. Example Number One: the Ford Focus Electric. Example Number ...

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