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    Official: LA orders up to 25 electric buses for transit duty in car-loving city
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    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has signed a contract with BYD Motors for up to 25 new all-electric buses, of a $30-million clean air bus technology pilot project. This is the first time Metro has purchased and placed into revenue service any all-electric ...

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    Los Angeles: Honda Accord PHEV: 115 MPGe for $39,780
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    This morning, Honda announced a bunch of impressive numbers for the upcoming 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid at the Los Angeles Auto Show. To wit: 115 MPGe, estimated 49 city/45 highway/47 combined fuel economy and an MSRP of $39,780. During the announcement, the Accord PHEV was called the "highest ...

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    Study: LA smog has less of a chokehold than years ago, NOAA study says
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    If you visited or lived in the Los Angeles area many years ago, you why it was called, unofficially, the City of Smog. In the early 1970s, I attended the LA Zoo with my third grade classmates on one of those given days when the South Coast Air Quality Management District likely issued a smog ...

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    Los Angeles: Mazda reveals 2013 CX-5 for U.S. with Skyactiv, gets up to 33 mpg
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    We already drove a pre-production 2013 Mazda CX-5 through scenic Iceland, and the Japanese automaker showed us the finished (European) product at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. Here at the Los Angeles Auto Show, however, Mazda has officially announced exactly what's in store for the ...

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    Los Angeles: 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a pastel paradise
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    The Chevrolet Spark is only 144.7 inches long – nearly two feet shorter than the subcompact Sonic. But while the Spark is small in size, designers have made a real effort to make sure that it can still stand out in a crowd. The Spark took the stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show in four ...

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    Los Angeles: 2012 Green Car of the Year winner is the Honda Civic Natural Gas
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    The 2012 Green Car of the Year award was snagged from the electric and diesel jaws of its competitors by the Honda Civic Natural Gas. In a year full of standard gasoline powertrain alternatives, the Civic beat out the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius V and the Volkswagen Passat ...

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    Official: 2013 Ford Escape gets Focused design, EcoBoost power
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    We Americans have a long history of clamoring for the forbidden fruit that automakers offer in Europe. Such has been the case with the Ford Kuga crossover – the cuter equivalent of the more traditionally styled Escape here in North America. But under the automaker's One Ford plan, the ...

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    Official: U.S. Chevy Spark revealed ahead of Los Angeles show
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    On Wednesday, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The small hatchback has been tweaked for the North American market, and the hope is that the Spark takes off like wildfire with buyers. Chevrolet thinks the Spark will find favor with buyers living in cities, as ...

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    Report: How much is that parking spot? Dynamic pricing says that depends
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    Think parking in downtown Los Angeles is confusing now? Just wait until some meters start charge rates that vary based on demand. A pilot program approved the City Council of Los Angeles seeks to impose logic to radically alter the way meter prices are set in the city's center. City officials say ...

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    LA to charge a toll for driving solo in HOV lanes with new ExpressLanes
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    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will convert sections of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 from high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to what it calls "ExpressLanes," which will allow drivers who fly solo if they're willing to pay a toll. To fight congestion, toll charges ...

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    LA 2009: Mazda unveils North American spec Mazda2
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    2011 Mazda2 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The 2011 Ford Fiesta may have been the big B-segment reveal last night, but Mazda has finally decided to bring its own compact runabout to North America, and it's based on the same architecture as it Blue Oval sibling. Originally launched in ...

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    2011 Infiniti M wraps tons of tech in an attractive wrapper, hybrid coming in mid-2010
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    2011 Infiniti M – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Take a look over Infiniti's current line-up and two vehicles stand out: The M and the QX. Both vehicles have been soldiering on while the brand's volume models (G and FX) have undergone major redesigns, leaving Infiniti's flagship ...

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    LA 2009: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, mass-market potential has four doors
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    2011 Chevrolet Cruze – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is finally coming Stateside and during a private event held earlier this evening ahead of the LA Auto Show, General Motors – 20 minutes after announcing the departure of Fritz Henderson as CEO ...

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    Autoblog Green Podcast #14
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    We're back for AutoblogGreen Podcast #14. In this installment, we recap the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo and many of the interesting things we saw at that show. Everything from converted Russian hatchbacks as NEVs to excessively fast electric drag racers. Sam is currently covering the LA Auto Show for ...

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    Louisiana will get two new biofuel plants
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    It was announced Friday that two new biodiesel plants will be built in Louisiana, according to the Advocate and WBRZ 2 TV news. The two plants, to be built by a subsidiary of the Shaw Group for $1.5 billion, will be in West Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes and will initially produce 100 million ...

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    Peterson Museum exhibit to cover history of automotive power
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    I wish I lived closer to Los Angeles so I could visit the exhibit starting today at the Peterson Automotive Museum. They are reviewing the history of automotive power, including steam, electric, hydrogen, solar and jet-powered vehicles, CNN reports. It seems people have been worried about running ...

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