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    Report: Nissan beats Tesla in KBB's 'Green Car' list
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    When going from 0 to 60 miles per hour, the Nissan Leaf may be about three seconds slower than the Tesla Model S, but when it comes to Kelly Blue Book's list of "10 Best Green Cars of 2013," the Leaf beats out its more expensive all-electric brethren. KBB put the Leaf at the top of its list, ...

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    Report: Hyundai, Kia delaying and updating new Sonata, Optima Hybrids?
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    Given the recent debacle regarding overstated fuel-economy estimates from Hyundai and Kia, we wouldn't blame the companies for being a little gun-shy about new vehicle releases. That just might be the case for the 2013 Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima Hybrids. With the US Environmental Protection ...

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    Official: 10 predictions for 2013 alt-fuel vehicles: more, better, more
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    Like resolutions and watered down drinks, the coming of the New Year is the time for industry predictions, and tech-research firm Pike Research didn't disappoint when it comes to what it says is in store for the electric-drive vehicle market for 2013. With more than 200,000 plug-ins estimated to ...

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    Report: Motor Trend names Coda Sedan a 2013 Car of the Year Contender
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    Well this ought to help things a bit. The Coda Sedan all-electric vehicle was put on Motor Trend's short list for its 2013 Car of the Year award, marking a much-needed victory for the fledgling Los Angeles-based automaker. Motor Trend praised the sedan's "subtle but undeniable intelligence" and ...

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    Official: 2013 Lexus LS 600h L gets new look, same fuel economy
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    Is this a case of beauty being only skin deep? That's what some hybrid-auto enthusiasts may be asking after Lexus' unveiling of its new luxury lines of vehicles in San Francisco on Monday. Like other members of Toyota's luxury marque, the 2013 LS 600h L gets a slightly revised exterior. It also ...

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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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    Report: 2013 Chevy Volt now available (randomly)
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    If you're a recent Chevrolet Volt buyer and noticed you've been getting a few more miles out of your all-electric range than you expected, you might've gotten next year's version of the extended-range plug-in. This month, General Motors started delivering a few 2013 model year Volts to Chevrolet ...

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    Official: BMW's 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 improves fuel economy by some mysterious amount *UPDATE
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    Anybody out there who knows how to multiply 114 percent by "impressive improvement" gets a prize. In the meantime, we're just going to have to accept the fact that the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 will get better fuel economy than its predecessor. As it is, we know that the German automaker's ...

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    Report: 2013 Chevy Volt getting battery-conservation mode, lane-departure warning
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    One more driving mode, one less color. That's the crux of the changes in store for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. Changes for the 2013 model year will include a driving mode that lets drivers force the car into gas-powered, extended-range mode in situations ...

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    Rendered Speculation: 2013 Nissan 370Z goes hybrid
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    The good people of Road & Track have gone through the trouble of rendering the next-generation Nissan Z for everyone's viewing pleasure, and if their take on the vehicle is anything close to the mark, we can expect a much more streamlined appearance from the sports car in the near future. In ...

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    New details emerge on BMW's 2013 Megacity vehicle
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    BMW Megacity – Click above for high-res image
    British car mag Autocar has more technical details on the construction of the 2013 BMW Megacity electric vehicle. As we learned last month, the Megacity reverts back to a body-on-frame construction technique that most automakers have abandoned ...

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    Report: Production BMW EfficientDynamics sports car in 2013, along with M version?
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    2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    A production sports car based on last year's BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept will reportedly debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and come to market by 2013. According to Germany's AutoBild, the car ...

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    Preview: 526-horsepower Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell
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    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Shortly after introducing the SLS AMG last year, Mercedes-Benz announced that it was also developing a battery electric version of the gull-wing supercar. The first prototype is now ready to be shown to the ...

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    Ford confirms hybrid and PHEV C-Max will be built in Spain
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    2011 Ford C-Max – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford has just provided more details about its first European-market hybrid models. The company's plant in Valencia, Spain will be building both regular and plug-in hybrid versions of the new five-seat C-Max MPV starting in 2013. The ...

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    BMW confirms Megacity electric car for 2013
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    BMW has used the Beijing Motor Show to announce that it will have its much-talked-about Megacity electric car on the market by 2013. Previously, the German automaker had only hinted that it would produce the urban runabout in the first half of the decade. Also of note is that the Megacity EV will ...

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    Report: Audi adding A6 hybrid by late 2012
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    2009 Audi A6 3.0T –Click above for high-res Image gallery
    It's beginning to look like the third hybrid model in the Audi lineup will be the next-generation A6, expected to debut in 2011. Audi has already confirmed that it will launch a Q5 hybrid in production late this year. At the Geneva ...

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    Report: 2013 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics supercar moving toward production
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    BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to Inside Line, which is quoting an unnamed "senior BMW authority out of Munich," the German automaker will indeed build a production version of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept that debuted last ...

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    Hyundai investing $3.3 billion in green technologies by 2013
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    Hyundai Avante LPI Hybrid - Click for high-res image gallery
    Korean automaker Hyundai knows how it can meet South Korea's upcoming new emissions and fuel efficiency legislation: by spending $3.3 billion between now and 2013. About $1.8 billion of that figure will be dedicated to the development of ...

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