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    Official: KSPG testing low-noise EV range extender engine
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    If you're going to add a gas-burning engine to an electric vehicle, it makes sense to have it be whisper quiet. We haven't heard the engine ourselves, but supplier KSPG AG said during the Detroit Auto Show this week that the range extender it put into a Fiat 500 for test purposes introduced ...

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    Exclusive: Teeny-tiny Cars: Are they cheap and fuel-efficient enough to justify their drawbacks?
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    The San Francisco US press launch of the teeny-tiny two-seat 2008 Smart Fortwo involved an interesting presentation and drive experience. I learned that its history dates back to the late 1980s when SMH (Swatch watches) CEO Nicolas Hayek decided that a substantial number of people wanted a small, ...

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    Featured: Fiat 500e, the best EV conversion yet?
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    We began our Fiat 500e Los Angeles press-launch drive with 95 miles showing on our 500e's range gauge – interesting, since the car's EPA-rated range is 87 miles city/highway combined. Because the 500e's range-calculating algorithm looks at the last 100 miles, then the last 10 miles and the ...

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    Official: Tesla adds $6,500 'Performance Plus' option to Model S; adds range, improves handling
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    Tesla Motors is adding a special performance package for its all-electric Model S that not only will add miles of single-charge range, but will make sure those miles aren't driven sideways. The automaker is charging $6,500 for its new "Performance Plus" option, which includes wider rear tires, ...

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    Official: Fiat 500e priced at $32,500, leases start at $199/month
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    Something interesting happened on the way to make the 2014 Fiat 500e a real car. As the idea for the car was bandied about in public for many years, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne complained bitterly, saying the only reason the car was coming to market was because mean ol' California was ...

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    Video: Consumer Reports kinda, sorta likes the electric-powered Fiat 500e
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    Last month, Consumer Reports decidedly panned the Mitsubishi i after a test drive of the small electric vehicle. The magazine doesn't dislike everything little and battery powered, though, and was quite a bit kinder to the Fiat 500e, saying it is "actually kind of a cool little car." CR released ...

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    Official: 2013 Fiat 500e gets 116 MPGe (combined) and 87-mile range
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    The all-electric 2013 Fiat 500e probably won't turn a profit, but that doesn't mean Fiat and Chrysler engineers haven't done a good job ramping up the hatchback's fuel economy numbers. Chrysler has just announced that the little EV has been rated at 116 Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe) ...

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    Los Angeles: Fiat hopes sex sells with 500e: "Stop Global Warming, Start Global Hotness"
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    In the 1983 Chevy Chase film "National Lampoon's Vacation," sexiness (at least of the female variety) was personified by Christie Brinkley driving a Ferrari 308 that got about 15 miles per gallon. Nearly three decades later, Fiat brand chief Olivier Francois is pitching a kinder, greener ...

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    Report: Fiat won't sell electric-powered 500 in Europe
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    It's bad enough incurring losses in dollars. There's no need to do it in francs, lire and pounds as well. That's the thought process behind Italian automaker Fiat and its decision to hold off on selling a battery-electric version of its 500 compact in Europe. Fiat global brand chief Olivier ...

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    Video: Fiat shows off performance, efficiency gains of TwinAir engine
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    Small engine, big pitch. Italian automaker Fiat is using a new video to wax poetic about its TwinAir family of engines designed to boost performance in its smaller cars while cutting fuel use and emissions. The three-plus-minute video, put together by Frame Communication, outlines the TwinAir ...

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    Report: All-electric Fiat 500E confirmed for LA Auto Show
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    It looks like the all-electric version of the Fiat 500 will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. No word on whether Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne will bring the house down with his "we don't really want to build this car" routine. The LA Auto Show has confirmed that the ...

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    Report: Marchionne: We're only making Fiat 500 EV because California's forcing us
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    It's a near-endless tale, the story of the all-electric Fiat 500. Whether you're looking back at 2010, 2011 or earlier in 2012, there's been reports and claims and stories. Today, there's more. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently spoke to the media about his companies' fuel-efficiency ...

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    Report: These electric vehicles aren't really, real; just California compliance EVs
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    California may be the Golden State, but when it comes to the upcoming debuts of a number of battery-electric vehicles, prospective buyers may want to associate the most populous U.S. state with the color red. As in herring. That's the conclusion of Green Car Reports in its evaluation of a number ...

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    Karabag gives Fiat 500 an electric forklift drivetrain, makes it cheaper than gas version
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    Karabag has been selling conversions of a few Fiat models for a while now, but a new configuration of the 500, along with a low lease price, could see them moving more out the door. The new Karabag 500e makes use of the same electric drivetrain components that German forklift maker Linde ...

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    Exclusive: Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part III: Chrysler
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    As regular readers know, I set out this year to interview as many Detroit automaker executives as I could at the Detroit and Chicago auto shows to get their takes on meeting future fuel economy standards. And these reports are generating a lot of comments. For example, "Nick" responded to my ...

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    Report: Fiat will start building battery-electric 500 this year, CEO tweets
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    Fiat will start building a battery-electric version of its 500 compact this year, marking the Italian automaker's entrance into the EV production market. So said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne in an official Chrysler tweet recently that said: Marchionne: at Chrysler we are working on an ...

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    Report: Next Toyota Avalon to best Fiat 500's fuel economy?
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    The Fiat 500 is 139 inches of A-segment fury, with a heaping dose of cute and a dash of fuel efficiency. In fact, the manual transmission-equipped cinquecento averages 33 miles per gallon in mixed driving, which is better than most things on the road. Impressed? Toyota isn't. The Detroit Free ...

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    Report: Italian Environment minister: Hey Fiat, you missed the boat on EVs
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    Italian automaker Fiat SpA missed a chance to benefit from growing global interest in electric-drive vehicles by giving up on some of its advanced-powertrain development efforts in favor of trying to develop more fuel-efficient internal combustion engines. That's the feeling of Corrado Clini, a ...

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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: Libyan rebels claim Gaddafi's all-electric Fiat 500 as prize
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    Libyan leader (ex-leader?) Muammar Qaddafi apparently had some unusual items in his personal collection. Rebel forces stormed his compound this week, and we now know he had a scrapbook dedicated to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, lots of weapons and, oddly, a doorless, all-electric ...

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