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    Exclusive: There's a truly unfair assumption that green cars are too expensive
    Low Gas Prices Might Actually Create Buying Opportunity 1416337140

    It's been a rough year for green car manufacturers. To many consumers, it appears that so-called green vehicles cost more and are more challenging to operate (limited range, low availability of "exotic" fuels, etc.) And with gasoline prices plummeting, American consumers are much less likely to ...

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    Study: Does each carsharing vehicle really prevent 32 car sales? [UPDATE]

    Carsharing is a big deal in many urban centers, and it's only going to get bigger. Last fall, one study predicted that the 2.3 million users around today will grow to more than 12 million by 2020. While that's good news for cities already dealing with congestion, some are sounding the alarm that ...

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    Official: J.D. Power asks EV buyers why they buy EVs

    Lack of refueling costs is very good. Low emissions are even better. That's a brief synopsis of an also-brief report from J.D. Power, which attempted to suss out the reasons why Americans buy electric vehicles, among other things. Of those who bought electric vehicles, 32 percent cited ...

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    Report: Traffic, pollution cause Chinese cities to slow new car sales

    Dalian will become the fifth China city to restrict new car sales, reflecting the country's growing emissions and traffic issues and the government's efforts to deal with them, Automotive News reports. Beijing, Shanghai, Guiyana and Guangzhou already have sales restrictions, and Hangzhou and ...

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    Report: Slow sales in Europe mean EVs often going to fleets

    In Europe, car rental and car sharing are getting tapped into by automakers to "move the metal." Electric vehicles may come equipped with cutting-edge technology, but when buyers balk, automakers are quick to dump them on fleets. EVs only made up 0.23 percent of new car sales in Western ...

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    Report: Values of small used cars fall in lockstep with gas prices

    The Detroit News reports used small-car prices are plummeting right along with fuel prices. The news comes courtesy of a National Automobile Dealers Association study, which says gas prices have dropped an average of 3.5 percent compared to last year. In yet another shocking reminder of just how ...

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    Study: U.S. diesel auto sales up 27% in 2011 while hybrid share shrinks

    A plethora of new diesel offerings is driving sales, according to a new report from the Diesel Technology Forum. Sales of diesels rose 27.4 percent in 2011, according to numbers from and market researchers Baum and Associates. The Diesel Technology Forum pegs the overall market ...

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    Spike in small-car sales ups average fuel economy to 22.7 mpg in first quarter of 2011

    2011 Hyundai Elantra – Click above for high-res image gallery
    A first-quarter spike in small (subcompact and compact) car sales, attributed mainly to rising gas prices, boosted the average fuel economy of light vehicles (LVs) in the U.S. to 22.7 miles per gallon, coming within ...

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    Rising gas prices fail to spark sales of compact cars

    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The price for regular gasoline in the U.S. averages $3.06, up from $2.65 that Americans paid for a gallon of fuel a year ago, but consumers apparently haven't adjusted their auto-buying habits to lessen the pain at the pump. ...

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    U.S. car buyers want large vehicles, SUVs again thanks to "stabilizing gas prices"

    In the market for a new car this summer? Has it been long enough since the last gas price spike that you're not really worried about possible pain at the pump? If so, then you're like a lot of U.S. car buyers right now, according to new figures from Autotrader analyzed recent ...

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    Report: Sales of 30+ MPG cars fell 10% in first five months of 2010

    Every month, Ward's Auto posts its Fuel Economy Index (FEI) numbers. Last time around, we noted that Ward's witnessed a decrease in buyer interest in fuel-efficient vehicles. While the numbers did indicate that overall fuel efficiency was still on the rise, it was also evident that buyers were ...

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    Hybrid sales up 18 percent in March, trail overall market increases

    2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The numbers are in for Mach sales and hybrids have fared well compared to last year. Hybrid automakers can't heave a sigh of relief quite yet, because sales have fallen short of the overall industry rise compared to a year ago. ...

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    Report: Number of cars in the U.S. dropped by four million in 2009 - is America's love affair ending?

    2009 was not a good year for car sales. No surprises there. An interesting side effect of lowered sales last year, though, is that the total number of vehicles in the overall U.S. car fleet dropped. There were 250 million cars here in 2008, and only 246 million at the end of 2009. We may have ...

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    Sales of natural gas powered cars increase in Germany

    Despite the general economic downturn – felt in Germany as much as anywhere else – sales in Germany of natural gas (CNG) powered cars increased by 14 percent this year. Specifically, the increase saw 6,561 more CNG vehicles sold this year so far, adding about 80,000 CNG vehicles to ...

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    Hybrid sales up despite another down month overall, Prius leads charge

    2010 Honda Insight - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Initial strong sales of the 2010 Honda Insight slowed last month, but new models of the Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion helped give hybrids car sales in June 2009 a nine percent increase over last June. In the U.S., dealers sold 26,205 new ...

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    2009: Year of the hybrid sales boom bust?

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 Honda Insight
    Three things to note: The new Honda Insight went on sale in Japan earlier this year and has been selling well. Toyota has sold a million hybrids in the U.S. Ford has built 100,00 hybrid SUVs. Sounds good, right? Not ...

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    We can get down to 130 g/km of CO2 in 2012!

    Photos by WWF - Adena China
    After the long story regarding the future CO2 emission limits in the EU - worthy of a telenovela - it looks like the average will be set at 130 g/km (we'll likely get the final confirmation in December). As for how automakers will go about reaching this goal, there is ...

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    Sales of low-polluting cars in China going down

    The sales of lower emission cars are down in China. During the first half of this year, sales of these cars are down 11.67 percent, according to an article published by the Chinese official news agency, Xinhua. The data is important because car sales in China were up a 30 percent in 2006. Experts ...


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