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    Recharge Wrap-Up: No new Smart Roadster, Africa to UK on one tank, Duke's efficient axial engine [w/videos]
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    Smart will not make another generation of the Roadster, but a Smart SUV might be in the cards. According to Smart's CEO, Annette Winkler, "The Roadster isn't a profitable business case. Everybody is keen on the car, but nobody wants to pay the bill." What Car? states that Smart is likely planning ...

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    Official: VW delivers first XL1 in Germany
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    Volkswagen has delivered the first XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid to a customer from Berlin, Germany. Dr. Christian Malorny received his Oryx White XL1 with black and grey interior from Volkswagen Germany's director of sales and marketing for passenger cars, Thomas Zahn, at the company's Transparent ...

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    Official: Audi calls R18 E-Tron Quattro its 'most complex race car'
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    Technically speaking, Audi's R18 E-Tron Quattro is quite technical. The German automaker says the diesel-hybrid is the "most complex race car" it's ever created. And we'll take their word for it. The Audi, which pairs a V6 turbodiesel powering the rear wheels with two electric motors, is all ...

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    Ol Pejeta Conservancy wants to crowdfund a diesel hybrid safari vehicle
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    Crowdfunding has not been kind to electric vehicle projects. The Derringer electric bike, while cool, didn't make it. The ultra-fast battery charger idea raised just $2,666 out of a $50,000 goal. And there are many more failed examples. (That Kickstarter project for that EV coloring book, on the ...

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    Official: SsangYong arranges 7 seats into XLV diesel hybrid concept for Geneva
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    SsangYong has designed some vehicles that were not exactly 100 percent pleasing to the eye. Powered by a mild-hybrid drivetrain, does the company's new concept vehicle put a little more beauty in the eyes of green-car-enthusiast beholders? That's the question that the South Korean automaker's ...

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    Official: Renault gets $28 million from EC to develop diesel-hybrid vans
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    Renault will receive 20.5 million euros (US$27.9 million) from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans, as the EC broadens its search for ways to cut emissions throughout the continent. The EC said earlier this week that it would provide 3.8 million euros ...

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    Official: UK's Teva Motors announces extended-range diesel-hybrid truck
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    One UK company has got some big names, big supporters and big countries behind its (probably) big truck. Teva Motors says it is building an electric truck that will come with a diesel-powered range extender and will have a 7.5-ton payload. The company is led by Malcolm Power, former vice ...

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    Rumormill: Could VW XL1 provide blueprint for 190-mph, 70-mpg XR1 sports car?
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    The Volkswagen XL1 is a next-generation vehicle focused on one thing: hitting the one-liter per 100 kilometer fuel efficiency bogey (hence its name). That ultra-low level of energy usage translates to 235 miles per gallon, but since VW says the two-seater burns even less than a liter per 100 km, ...

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    Report: VW hints hyper-efficient, 260-mpg XL1 could come to US, but only to show off
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    While the limited-production Volkswagen XL1 diesel-hybrid coupe is earmarked for Europe, a small number of the super-light vehicles may find their way to this side of the pond, Plug In Cars says, citing an interview with Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning. As many as 20 of the projected ...

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    Official: First 1,000 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrids already sold out
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    Since at least May, the plan has been for Volvo to sell the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid before the calendar flips to show 2013. Today, the Swedish automaker announced that the first 1,000 units, all model year 2013 vehicles, have been purchased, and "the order books for next year's cars are already ...

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    Official: New diesel Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 gets down and not dirty
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    And now for some good news for a company that can use it. Peugeot says it has boosted the fuel economy of its 3008 HYbrid4 crossover diesel hybrid by about 30 percent while cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions by about eight percent. The French automaker has upgraded the motor software systems ...

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    Featured: Deep Dive: 2013 Range Rover bows in London, diesel hybrid confirmed
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    This all-new 2013 model might just be the SUV archetype of the future. It's been said that if you want to see what an ordinary sedan will be like in 10 or 20 years' time, you should look at an S-Class from Mercedes-Benz. The thought is that as a leader in innovation, safety, and comfort, ...

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    Spy Shots: Volkswagen's 235-mpg XL1 caught hot-weather testing
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    Earlier this year, we caught the Volkswagen XL1 testing in some cold-weather climates, and as the ultra-fuel-efficient hybrid gets closer to production, some more spy photos have surfaced showing the car performing hot-weather tests. A production version of this diesel plug-in hybrid car is ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid
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    Leaping Past Others In The Premium Hybrid Chase It is now clear that gas-electric hybrids, while constantly being refined, are simply never going to gobble up huge slices of any major car market. They are needed, sure, but consumers are already wanting to see what's next, what's even more ...

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    Official: Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 uses diesel-hybrid tech to achieve 65 mpg
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    Say hello to the latest diesel hybrid, the new Peugeot 508 HYbrid4. This is the third body style to feature the automaker's HYbrid4 technology, the others being the DS5 and the 3008. The four-wheel-drive diesel-electric spits out just 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer, Peugeot says, from a 2-liter ...

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    Official: Volkswagen revisits PHEV Cross Coupé concept for Geneva
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    The Volkswagen Cross Coupe is back and headed to the Geneva Motor Show this week, this time with an innovative plug-in diesel hybrid drivetrain under the hood. Details are scarce at the moment, but the company says a TDI engine works in conjunction with not one, but two electric motors to propel ...

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    Report: Full Pininfarina Cambiano concept renderings leaked ahead of Geneva
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    Italian magazine Quattroruote has somehow procured a set of renders showing every angle of the plug-in Pininfarina Cambiano concept. The show car will arrive at the Geneva Motor Show and is heavyweight celebration of several Pininfarina milestones: the 10th anniversary of the company's ...

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    Chicago: U.S. Army's CERV puts a machine gun on a "green" military vehicle
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    It used to be that we couldn't even find a picture of the U.S. Army's Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) but times have changed. At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is displaying the CERV, which uses a ...

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    Official: Studebaker chief pitches hybrid technology, odd model name for resurgence
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    For someone looking to resuscitate a car company that last produced vehicles during the Johnson Administration, R.W. Reed, CEO of the long-defunct Studebaker Motor Co. sure picked an odd model name for the effort to be taken seriously. But at least he's shooting for the latest ...

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    Report: Mercedes bringing two E-class hybrids, one diesel-powered, to Detroit *UPDATE
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    The Detroit Auto Show is shaping up to be a full-fledged green event. Looks like there are now two more efficiency-minded vehicles to add to the list: an E-Class hybrid and a diesel hybrid E-Class from Mercedes-Benz. The diesel-burning E300 Bluetec Hybrid is obviously the more efficient of the ...

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