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    Official: Tesla delivered 2,650 Model S EVs last year, Musk confident of profit in Q1 and beyond
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    All eyes have been on Tesla Motors this past week as it disputed the veracity of an account of a long distance drive by The New York Times reporter John Broder. While it was somewhat amusing to watch NYT counter the original accusation of fakery made by CEO Elon Musk, only to be then publicly ...

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    Official: Nissan 'almost' sold out of 2012 Leafs
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    Nissan has "almost" sold all of its model-year 2012 Leafs in the US on a jump in demand for the all-electric model during the latter part of the year, Nissan spokesman Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen. The Japanese automaker had less than 900 Leafs on hand at the beginning of the year and will ...

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    Report: Big Chevy closeout deals have 2013 Malibu Eco sitting on lots in favor of 2012 models
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    First, the good news: The Chevrolet Malibu is selling at a great pace. Now, the bad news: It's the wrong Malibu. Dealer lots are filling up with 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco models as customers turn to the remaining 2012 models still there. After incentives are added up, the older Malibu costs ...

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    Geneva: 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid plays big brother to the Prius C
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    Toyota has unveiled the 2012 Yaris Hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show – the first B-segment hybrid in Europe. While the vehicle makes use of a 74-horsepower 1.5-liter gasoline engine, engineers mated the internal combustion mill with a more compact 80-hp electric motor along with a smaller ...

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    Video: Parody commerial wants Chevy Volt to be Obama's running mate
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    For the last time, the Chevrolet Volt is not President Obama's car. The Volt isn't his fault, his responsibility or even his idea. To make this abundantly clear: General Motors unveiled the car at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. For those keeping track, that's more than two years before Obama took ...

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    By The Numbers: January U.S. alt-fuel vehicle sales: Prius leaves other hybrids in the dust
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    When it came to January alt-fuel sales, there was Toyota, and then there was everyone else. While the world's biggest maker of hybrids appeared to get back on track and get its supply chain in order after last year's Japan tsunami hampered production, most advanced-powertrain models other ...

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    Report: 2012 Lincoln Navigator, 2013 MKS to get EcoBoost engines
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    Listen up, Lincoln fans, it's time to gear up for an onslaught of seven new or substantially revised vehicles by 2014. Reportedly included in that mix is an assortment of vehicles focused on sipping less fuel than one might expect of a typical Lincoln. Ford's global product chief, Derrick Kuzak, ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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    The Toyota hybrid effort has long been dominated by the amazingly efficient Prius. As a dedicated hybrid, the platform has basked in the warm glow of headlines and celebrity love since the second-generation debuted in 2003. The plucky Atkinson hatch has easily overshadowed other Toyota hybrid ...

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    Spy Shots: This is the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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    Toyota was busy introducing all flavors of the 2012 Toyota Camry to the media earlier this week, but since all that stuff's embargoed, there's not much to tell. Yet. But what isn't under embargo is this collection of spy photos showing the 2012 Camry Hybrid in its birthday suit while shooting a ...

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    2012 Volkswagen Beetle is all-new without the pretense; diesel could offer 40 mpg highway
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    Those lucky Oprah fans who were fortunate enough to be given a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle all those months ago now know what their new set of wheels will look like. Volkswagen has officially yanked back the sheets on the latest take on the 2012 Beetle. Longer and wider than its predecessor, the ...

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    2012 Mazda3 to get Skyactiv engine and gearbox
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    Mazda has announced that it will employ its new SkyActiv technologies in the 2012 Mazda3. The vehicle is set to debut at the upcoming Canadian International Auto Show, and it will boast the Japanese automaker's much-gabbed-about SkyActiv-G gasoline four-cylinder engine and SkyActive-Drive ...

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    DOE: Oil will average $99/barrel by end of 2012; gas $3.29 per gallon
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    According to the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA), crude oil prices are expected to steadily increase over the next two years, hitting $99 per barrel by the end of 2012. Tightening of world oil markets, along with a growth in consumption, will continue to drive oil prices up from the ...

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    2012 Chevy Sonic shown off as sedan and hatchback
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors has officially yanked back the sheets on the newest sub-compact from Chevrolet, the 2012 Sonic. Just don't call it the Aveo. The five-door hatch and four-door sedan are set to be officially unveiled later ...

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    Ford teases Focus electric ahead of CES
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    It's been nearly a full year since Ford made it clear that the automaker is planning to roll out an all-electric version of its Focus, and now we have our first glimpse at what to expect from the car. The Blue Oval has dusted off its first teaser of the New Year with a shot of the charging port ...

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    Officially, Official: Chevrolet to unveil 2012 Aveo at Paris Motor Show
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    2012 Chevrolet Aveo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Chevrolet's all-new B-segment challenger will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month before arriving in the United States next year to take on the Ford Fiesta. The production version of the 2012 Aveo has ...

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    General Motors Australia reveals new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback
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    Chevrolet Cruze hatchback – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The long rumored Chevrolet Cruze hatchback was unveiled today by Holden, General Motors' Australian division. The five-door Cruze was designed and built at Holden's Port Melbourne design studio and will be shown publicly at ...

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    Rumormill: GM to follow Hyundai with four-cylinder-only mid-size cars
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    Hyundai made some news last fall when it launched the all-new 2011 Sonata with a four-cylinder-only engine lineup. It now looks like General Motors might be following suit for its mid-sizers. By leaving out larger V6 engines as a possibility, Hyundai was able to design a lighter structure while ...

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    Ford installing 500 kW solar array at Focus assembly plant
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    When Ford's re-tooled Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne starts building the Focus Electric next year, a chunk of the electrical energy used in the plant will be provided by one of the largest solar arrays in Michigan. Detroit Edison, Xtreme Power and the state of Michigan are partnering with Ford ...

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    Toyota to go big in 2012 with a new BEV, PHEV and Prius family
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    Toyota FT-EV concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Toyota officials confirmed this evening that come calendar year 2012, at least three new environmentally friendly cars will be going into production, starting with a version of last year's FT-EV concept that will hit the streets ...

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    Vauxhall executives to drive Ampera 170 miles from Luton to Ellesmere Port, UK *UPDATE
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    Vauxhall Ampera prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    British drivers won't be able to get their hands on the Vauxhall Ampera until 2012, but a pre-production example will be traversing England on June 22. Severall Vauxhall officials will be piloting the extended range electric ...

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