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    Report: BYD launching Qin PHEV in South America in 2014
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    Chinese automaker BYD is preparing to launch its second-generation Qin plug-in electric hybrid in Costa Rica next year. No details have been released yet on launch date, pricing, warranty or amenities. Sales will commence in Central and South America through what BYD describes as the region's ...

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    Report: Traffic, pollution cause Chinese cities to slow new car sales
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    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: Revived Saab could finally bring electric drive to the 9-3
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    Since the owner's name is National Electric Vehicle Sweden, there's got to be some plug-in action happening in the rebirth of the Saab brand, right? There sure is, but not until next year, says Automotive News. NEVS, which acquired Saab out of bankruptcy in August 2012, is slated to re-start ...

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    Official: The Zinoro 1E is an electric X1 from BMW Brilliance [w/video]
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    The Zinoro 1E is the electric BMW you never knew existed, but will soon be available to the public. In China. That's right, the i3 is not the only battery-powered vehicle the Bavarian company has had a hand in building recently. Its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) revealed ...

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    Official: Smart Fortwo electric drive plugs into China
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    That's one really small car for China, one giant leap for a European electric-vehicle maker. In this case, the EV in question is the all-electric Smart Fortwo ED and the automaker is the German company Daimler which is taking up a position as the first European automaker to start selling an EV in ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf will blow into China as the Venucia Morning Wind
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    The name for the Chinese version of the all-electric Nissan Leaf has a real touchy-feely vibe to it, if you can get past the snickering. The Japanese automaker and its Chinese collaborator, Dongfeng, will sell the EV as part of the partnership's Venucia advanced-powertrain sub-brand. The ...

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    Report: Daimler, BYD on track to reveal Denza EV for China next year
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    There will be no Summertime Blues for the Daimler-BYD electric-vehicle collaboration in 2014. The two companies are still on track to start sales of the Denza EV in China next summer, according to Automotive News. Denza will unveil the production version of the car at next April's Beijing Motor ...

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    Video: BYD pits its Qin Plug-in Hybrid against, well, almost everything on the drag strip
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    We don't know if episodes of "Pinks" are shown in China, but Shenzhen-based automaker BYD appears to be doing its best simulation, by pitting its Qin plug-in hybrid sedan against all comers. Two recent YouTube videos show the sedan facing off against Mustangs, Minis, Porsches and all sorts of ...

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    Report: BYD may be singing electric bus blues on testing, wage issues
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    Omaha, we have a problem. BYD, the China-based vehicle maker that's about 10 percent owned by Warren Buffett ("The Oracle of Omaha") is facing questions about the reliability of electric buses that are targeted for use by the city of Long Beach, CA, after cracks were found in some of the buses' ...

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    Report: First Tesla Model S makes it to Chinese mainland for only $410,500
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    Tesla Motors has big plans for China and has already started taking reservations from the mainland for its Model S. One man, however, has a jump on the rest of his 1.3 billion fellow citizens, having taken delivery of the first example thought to have made it into the country. And it only cost ...

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    Report: Taiwanese taxi group orders 1,500 e6 EVs from BYD
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    Taiwan may be small in the grand scheme of things - the island off of China's southeastern coast is slightly larger than Maryland - but it's a big deal for BYD and sales of that automaker's e6 electric vehicle. BYD Taiwan, a partnership between BYD Hong Kong and Taiwan Solar Energy Co., has ...

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    Report: New CEO for A123 Systems as battery company turns more to China
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    A123 Systems, the lithium-ion battery maker that was acquired out of bankruptcy in January, has promoted Jason Forcier to chief executive officer and said it would attempt to build up its business by attracting more China-based customers, Reuters reports. The company also said its executives ...

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    Report: Beijing shuts down highways, airport in fight against smog
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    The Chinese government is desperately trying a variety of methods to reduce its capital city's heavy layers of air pollution. Pollution taxes, urging residents to stay indoors, government support for EVs and limited license plate registrations have all been used. This month, things have gotten ...

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    Report: China's Trumpchi plug-in hybrid will debut in next Transformers movie
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    The Trumpchi E-jet, the plug-in hybrid vehicle first showed off earlier this year by China-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd. (GAC), will make its on-screen debut in next year's installment of the "Transformers" movie franchise. Your guess is as good as ours if the car will be a good robot ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S ready for sale in China
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    Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has never been one to shy away from a big stage, so it's only fitting that the California-based electric-vehicle maker puts itself on the world's biggest. The company is making its Model S luxury sedan available in China, confirming to China-based microblogging site ...

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    Official: California companies fined $3.6 million for importing dirty ATVs
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    One California-based consultant just got busted for double-dipping on four-wheelers. Chi Zheng, whose Los Angeles-based companies MotorScience Inc. and MotorScience Enterprise Inc. specialized as a consultant for all-terrain vehicle imports from China, had his companies fined $3.6 million for ...

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    Official: Global petroleum use hits record high, thanks to boom in Asia
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    An ever-increasing number of fuel efficient vehicles combined with changes in driving habits have contributed to reduced petroleum consumption in recent years in both North America and Europe. Despite this, global petroleum consumption is on the rise, according to the US Energy Information ...

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    Report: Chinese EV company registers 'Snowden' for EV tech trademark
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    Turns out, there is a quick way to get a lot of free publicity for your electric car company. Take the biggest name in leaks and apply it to you plug-in vehicles. That's the idea behind Chinese electric car technology company Hong Yuan Lan Xiang's (HYLX) new tradmark registration application. The ...

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    Report: In China, Tesla future is uncertain; Elon Musk calls it a 'wild card'
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    Big seller or Franken-vehicle? Analysts are pondering this question as Tesla Motors prepares to open its first mainland China showroom in Beijing later this year (a Hong Kong service center was opened in 2011) and start sales in the world's largest automotive market, the San Jose Mercury News ...

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    Official: Renault-Nissan will start boosting BRIC production in 2015 with modular production
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    Renault and sister company Nissan, long advocates of electric-drive adoption, are gearing up for increased demand in emerging global markets by starting production on a modular-based platform in India in 2015. The Renault-Nissan Alliance said last week that it would start producing its Common ...

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