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    Report: Fiat 500, Chevy Volt listed among biggest product flops of 2011... but should they be?
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    'Tis the season for thin news cycles and cheesy top ten lists. Yahoo! Finance has thrown its hat in the top ten ring with its list of the biggest flops among all consumer goods introduced for 2011. Both the Fiat 500 and Chevrolet Volt have made it among the chosen few, rubbing elbows with such ...

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    Report: Ford F-150 EcoBoost hits 100,000 sales
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    Ford bet big on the combination of light duty pickup trucks and boosted V6 power, and it appears the gamble has paid off. The Detroit News reports that Ford has reached 100,000 F-150 sales in 2011, just as the automaker promised it would. Overall, EcoBoost models accounted for 40 percent of all ...

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    Report: Average fuel efficiency rises to 22.4 mpg for Model Year 2011 vehicles
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    If Americans can't buy fuel efficient vehicles, then they're not going to do so. Between July and September, passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. averaged 22.2 miles per gallon, down from 22.5 mpg in the second quarter of 2011. It's believed that the decline in fuel economy was due to extremely ...

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    Frankfurt: Smart whirs $4,000 ebike into Frankfurt
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    Well, if they can't quite master the business case for small city cars, maybe Smart will resort to two-wheelers as part of their plan to become the world's urban savior. First revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the electric Smart ebike shown here will go on sale in 2012 and is set to cost ...

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    Honda Brio minicar debuts in Thailand
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    Late last week, Honda unveiled the production version of its Brio minicar in Thailand. Slated to hit the market in India and Thailand later this year, Honda says that the Brio will "raise the bar and and set a new standard for eco-cars in terms of design, packaging, cabin comfort and ...

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    Toyota Yaris HSD concept to bow in Geneva
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    Toyota has announced that the company will be showing off a new concept at next month's Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese stalwart has big plans for the B-segment in the near future, and those include bringing a full hybrid system to some of the smallest cars on the road, and we'll all get a ...

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    How Mulally put the Ford Explorer on a crash diet
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    2011 Ford Explorer – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to Bloomberg, the Ford Explorer can thank Alan Mulally for its stay of execution. When the former Boeing executive took the helm at FoMoCo, the powers that be urged him to make a decision on the ancient SUV. Mulally ...

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    Report: Chevy to unveil Volt-based Amp crossover in Detroit?
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    Chevrolet Volt MPV5 at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to Car and Driver, General Motors may have something special planned for the Detroit Auto Show in January. Word on the web is that The General is planning to pull back the sheets on the ...

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    Video: Honda CR-Z gets the K-Series engine it was meant to have
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    LHT Performace KR-Z – Click above to watch video after the jump
    It was only a matter of time before some inventive soul set about curing what ails the 2011 Honda CR-Z; namely, the anemic hybrid drivetrain. It looks like the crew at LHT Performance have gutted the electrified bits and ...

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    Honda reveals new Brio city car prototype in Thailand [w/video]
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    2011 Honda Brio – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Honda has pulled the sheets off of its new small-car prototype at this year's Thailand International Motor Show. Called the Brio, the vehicle is slated to hit the market in India and Thailand in 2011. Honda says that it intends to ...

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    Lexus to 'Darkcast' mobile talk show in CT 200h [w/video]
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    Lexus 'Darkcasting' – Click above to watch the teaser video after the break
    Lexus is continuing its "Darker Side of Green" advertising campaign for the new CT200h with a new video series. Comedian Whitney Cummings will interview a host of unique personalities as they drive the new hybrid ...

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    SEMA 2010: 2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen is a rare oddity
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    2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Heads up, CR-Z fans: Honda has announced that the company will be releasing a mere 300 Mugen accessory kits for the Japanese sport hybrid. The ultra-rare bodywork includes bits like a completely revised front fascia with an ...

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    2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid to start at $60,565
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    2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    After putting the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid through the wringer (meaning: we assessed it for our first drive), we dubbed it, "a Porsche Cayenne Hybrid for the people." Why'd we compare it to a Porsche? Well, the ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
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    A Porsche Cayenne Hybrid For The People

    2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Fuel economy is a funny thing. In Europe, better efficiency has always boiled down to two simple concepts: diesel fuel and turbos. But like the 35-year-old who won't drink ...

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    Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will qualify for $1,300 tax credit
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    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hyundai has announced that its 2011 Sonata Hybrid will be eligible for a full $1,300 tax credit. The electrified mid-size sedan officially goes on sale later this year, and the company says that the first 60,000 buyers will ...

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    Chevrolet statement looks to clear the air on how Volt works
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    After yesterday's media inferno surrounding whether or not the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a true electric vehicle, General Motors is out to set the record straight. The company has released a statement on its Chevrolet Voltage blog ...

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    2011 Audi A1 dual-charged 1.4-liter TFSI model hits nearly 40 mpg
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    2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Audi will pull the wraps off a hopped-up version of its diminutive A1 hatch at the year's Paris Motor Show, but even in its high-output trim, the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI promises to be a green machine. The 1.4 TFSI model packs a ...

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    Lexus maximizes aerodynamic performance of CT 200h down to 0.28 Cd
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    Lexus CT 200h aerodynamics – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Aerodynamic performance is getting increasingly important for every new vehicle as automakers strive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce noise. That's especially true for hybrid vehicles as manufacturers aim for MPG ...

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    Ford announces Xcel Energy as first customer for Transit Connect Electric
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    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford and its conversion partner Azure Dynamics have announced that electric and natural gas utility Xcel Energy will be the first customer for the upcoming Transit Connect Electric. Starting late this year, Xcel will get ...

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    Report: 2011 Ford F-150 to get electric power steering
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    Since Ford is replacing the entire engine lineup for the 2011 F-150 pickup trucks, it has apparently decided not to reinstall at least one component that is usually bolted to those engines: the hydraulic power steering pump. According to PickupTrucks.com, the updated models will be the first ...

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