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    Nissan accelerates Leaf availibility in Chicago to launch this fall

    On Thursday, Nissan America officials joined Governor Pat Quinn and the city of Chicago in announcing an accelerated Illinois rollout of the Leaf for this fall. Why the hurry up? Well, because the state of Illinois is ready, Leaf-ready. Back in February, Governor Quinn announced an investment of ...

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    Toyota says plural of Prius is "Prii"

    The world can now rest easy. Toyota has officially embraced "Prii" as the plural of Prius. The Japanese automaker made the announcement over the weekend at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show after inviting the public at large to vote for the phrase that best fit the company's new gaggle of hybrids. The ...

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    Chicago getting 280 electric vehicle charging stations thanks to 350Green

    The city of Chicago and 350Green have inked a $1.9-million contract that calls for the installation of 280 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2011. 350Green, a developer of plug-in vehicle charging networks, will install 73 DC fast-charge units and 207 Level 2 charging stations ...

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    Chicago 2011: With two new models coming, "There is a future for Smart"

    2011 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Smart has delivered its first ForTwo Electric Drive and the 2011 ForTwo is equipped with a suite of first-time features such as cruise control, navigation and eight airbags. But no matter the advances heaped upon ...

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    Toyota wants to know: Does Prius belong in the dictionary? Does Prii?

    Toyota's "What's the plural of Prius?" contest has garnered more than 1.5 million votes so far spread among the five choices: Prien, Prii, Prium, Prius and Priuses. In the lead is "Prii," with 25 percent, followed a hair later by "Prius" at 24 percent, then there's daylight with "Priuses" at 20 ...

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    Chicago 2011: Lexus CT 200h by Five Axis sneaks into the Windy City

    2011 Lexus CT 200h by Five Axis – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Yes, it is indeed a bit odd that Lexus chose to show off a tuned version of its CT 200h hatchback at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. Generally speaking, such machines are reserved for events more along the lines of the ...

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    Chicago 2011: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist live in the Windy City

    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We received the first details about Buick's new Regal eAssist earlier today, but we've just returned from seeing the car in person before the Chicago Auto Show officially kicks off tomorrow. Visually, the more ...

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    Officially Official: 2012 Buick Regal eAssist will get 26/37 mpg

    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors debuted the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist technology at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, the automaker told us that this new fuel-saving feature would quickly spread across many other models in ...

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    Chicago inching closer to freeway congestion charges?

    Chicago ranks number three on the list of cities with the worst traffic. Following a study by the Municipal Planning Council and the Illinois Tollway, one suggested way to remedy the issue is the introduction of congestion pricing on Chicago-area toll roads. This isn't the flat-fee congestion ...

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    Chicago 2010: GM uses clear plastic to illustrate direct injection

    Cutaway engine displays at Chicago Auto Show – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automakers have long grappled with a way to showcase exciting new technology in an interesting and informative yet still simple-to-understand way. One traditional method that's been used for years for this ...

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    Quick Spin: Ford Transit Connect Electric a good sign of things to come

    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Not only did Ford reveal the all-electric version of the Transit Connect Electric at the Chicago Auto Show this week, but they also pulled the electric vehicle (EV) into the snowy Chicago streets and allowed us to take ...

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    Chicago 2010: The greenest vehicles at the auto show?

    Greenest vehicles in Chicago – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Yes, there were plenty of electric, hybrid, ethanol and diesel vehicles here at the Chicago Auto Show. There are even some cars and trucks that use some combination of multiple green fuels or powertrains. But those are ...

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    Chicago 2010: Bad Timing Dept. - Prius MotorWeek Drivers' Choice winner; Toyota declines JDM award

    2010 Toyota Prius – MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award winner for Best of the Year
    By February of each year, we are always right in the middle of awards season, and no, we're not talking about the Golden Globes, Grammys or Oscars. We are, of course, referring to Car and Truck of the Year ...

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    Chicago 2010: Toyota shows off Camry Hybrid pace car

    Toyota Camry Hybrid pace car – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last year at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford trotted out a version of its new 2010 Fusion Hybrid that had been the first hybrid vehicle to pace a NASCAR event. Toyota used the exact same show one year later to show off its ...

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    Chicago 2010: Fisker Sunset shows up in black

    Fisker Sunset in black – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While walking the hallways at the Chicago Auto Show looking for interesting things to write about, we stumbled upon the Fisker booth and found a pair of extended-range plug-in hybrids to point our DSLR lenses at. We were ...

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    Chicago 2010: Kia Ray PHEV concept live from the show floor

    Kia Ray PHEV concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We already got most of the details on the Kia Ray PHEV concept (click here to refresh your memory), now we have live photos to share. As we heard before, the Ray uses the same 106.3 inch wheelbase as the Hyundai Blue-Will PHEV ...

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    Chicago 2010: Kia Ray plug-in hybrid concept shines with solar roof

    Kia Ray PHEV concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    After a couple of teaser images, we can now finally show you all of Kia's new plug-in hybrid concept. Debuting here at Chicago Auto Show, we now know a few more details about the concept, but we are still largely in the dark about the ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Taxi burns CNG, LPG and four acres of space

    Ford Transit Connect Taxi – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hot on the (w)heels of the Ford Transit Electric, the Transit Connect Taxi drove onto the stage at the Chicago Auto Show today running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The clean-burning utility van – based on the ...

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    Chicago 2010: Ford Transit Connect Electric uses the "Force Drive"

    Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As expected, Ford brought the latest (and greatest?) incarnations of the Transit Connect utility van to the Chicago Auto Show today. The battery-powered Transit Connect Electric was up first, perhaps because it fits so ...

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    Officially Official: Nissan Juke coming to America

    Nissan Juke – Click above to enlarge
    We've now officially heard it from the horse's Nissan's mouth. Today at a pre-Chicago Auto Show event, Nissan confirmed what we've been hearing for the last month: the funky Juke will jive its way to America this fall. The small crossover was presaged ...


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