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    Official: Biofore concept car is a plant-laden, sustainable ride
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    Old-school surfers have a special place in their heart for the classic paneled station wagons affectionately referred to as "woodies." Now, some folks in Finland are looking to put a new spin on the term with what it says will be the ultimate "green" vehicle. Metropolia University of Applied ...

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    Official: 2014 BMW 5 Series diesel costs $4,800 less than ActiveHybrid in US
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    Hey, for some, $4,800 is the price of their next car. For the Ultimate Driving Machine, it's the price difference between a diesel and a hybrid. BMW has released pricing specs for its 2014 model-year 5 Series sedans, and it turns out that the German automaker appears to view diesel as a superior ...

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    Video: Chevy engineer squeezes 900 miles from one tank in 2014 Cruze Diesel
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    Tessa Baughman didn't exactly set any speed records on a recent visit to her Arkansas family from Michigan, unless you factor in the time saved on not filling up a few times. The energy engineer for the Chevy Cruze Diesel, interviewed in a short General Motors video (available below), said she ...

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    Report: GM 'thanked' by biodiesel groups for making the Cruze Diesel B20-ready
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    As if one of the world's largest automakers needed additional advertisement, General Motors now is getting big-time support from biodiesel advocates for being the first US automaker to have made one of its light-duty models be able to run on diesel with a 20 percent biodiesel mix, i.e. B20. The ...

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    Official: Diesel, hybrid sales rocket past overall US market growth rate
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    Hybrid sales have grown rapidly in the US during the past couple of years – well outpacing the overall automotive market – and it looks like diesel sales are beginning to follow that trajectory as well. US hybrid light-duty vehicle registrations have jumped 34 percent from 2010 ...

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    Official: E. coli used to create diesel-like biofuel in UK study
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    Mention the term "e. coli" here in the US, and one gets visions of sick cows and poisonous burgers. Reference e. coli with some groundbreaking work performed by UK's University of Exeter, and things get a little more positive. The university, with some funding from Shell, created a plant-based ...

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    Report: GM's Opel may add electric side to diesel engines
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    General Motors' Opel division is confident that its slate of diesel engines will allow it to meet stricter European emissions standards set for 2020. As for the even stricter ones expected in 2025? Not so much. Stop us if you've heard this before, but that's why Opel says it will consider adding ...

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    Video: Translogic visits Solazyme, finds algae diesel works well in VW Jetta TDI, navy ships
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    As we learned when we visited last fall, Solazyme is doing some interesting things in its South San Francisco lab. Now, our friends over at Translogic put together a video showing the algae-derived diesel being used in a Volkswagen Passat TDI – as well as getting burned by the US ...

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    Report: Diesel benefits shrink as gas engines get more fuel-efficient, torquier
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    Could all of the work some automakers are doing to increase diesel engine adoption in the US be going up in a cloud of smoke? Maybe so, as torquier and more fuel-efficient gasoline engines and cheapening hybrid technology are cutting into what had been perceived as the advantages of diesel ...

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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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    Poll: Who should win 2013 World Green Car of the Year?
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    Which is best new green car in the world – the all-electric Renault Zoe, the all-electric Tesla Model S or the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid? Those are the three finalists for the 2013 World Green Car of the Year award, and the winner will be announced later this week at the 2013 New York ...

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    Report: Audi to offer diesel-powered A4 in US next year after all
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    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Audi has confirmed plans to offer a clean-diesel version of its A4 sedan in the US. Yes, you're right, the same news came out almost exactly two years ago, but then things changed and the marque's last diesels-in-the-US update dropped the A4 from the list. ...

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    Report: Citing "public health," French minister calls for higher diesel taxes
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    France's environment minister says diesel fuel, which powers about 80 percent of the country's light-duty vehicles, should be taxed at higher levels for the sake of public health, Bloomberg News reports. Delphine Batho, in a radio interview, said the idea of increasing diesel taxes is a "public ...

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    Official: Chicago Auto Show will recreate 1895 road rally with alt-fuel vehicles
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    The Chicago Auto Show is pitching an alt-fuel road rally that's likely to be far quicker than the one that inspired it more than a century ago. On February 15, 13 vehicles ranging from the Tesla Model S all-electric to the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid to the Chevrolet Volt extended-range ...

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    Trucking association files appeal in federal court on CARB regulation
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    The California Construction Trucking Association has filed a notice of appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It's the latest in a two-year legal battle against the California Air Resource Board's heavy-duty, on-road truck and bus regulations. The CARB diesel engine regulation ...

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    Exclusive: Why GM's 2.0-liter diesel is cleaner in America's Cruze than it is in Europe
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    The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze will have three different engine options soon, including the new 2.0-liter diesel powerplant that is debuting here at the Chicago Auto Show. The other powertrain choices include the made-in-Toledo 1.4 turbo gas engine used in the Eco and upper trim models and the ...

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    Study: Scientists sound alarm on soot's effect on global warming
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    Well, this bit of news isn't going to make German automakers or truckmakers terribly happy. Following the connection between diesel fumes and cancer, scientists have found that the black particles created by burning fuels – i.e. black carbon or soot – do more to warm the earth than ...

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    Official: EU: European countries must reduce diesel emissions
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    Europeans drive a lot of diesel-powered vehicles. This is intentional. Since diesel is inherently more efficient than gasoline, many European countries give tax advantages to diesel fuel. In response, automakers in Europe offer several small diesel vehicles with high-torque engines, offering high ...

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    Official: Mercedes-Benz ML250 BlueTex, B200 CNG named "most environmentally friendly" in class
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    Two Mercedes-Benz models, the ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic and the Mercedes-Benz B200 Natural Gas Drive, have been named the most eco-friendly cars in their class by the popular German auto magazine Auto Test, which awarded them the title "Winners in Green." The environmental car ranking, published ...

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    Official: German automakers renew push for clean-diesel sales in US
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    Germany's largest automakers are renewing their pitch for their clean-diesel vehicles in the US as a way for consumers to combat high gas prices without having to resort to the (often) even pricier hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Porsche and ...

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