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    First Drive: 2015 Toyota fuel cell hydrogen vehicle prototype
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    Satoshi Ogiso, dubbed "the grandfather of the Prius," said in a recent interview in Tokyo, "Earlier would have been better, but it's taken a long time to get to this point." The point Ogiso was talking about was the arrival of representative prototypes of Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid [w/video]
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    No One Ever Said Dethroning A Prius Would Be Easy It's generally not polite to start a story about a new Ford by referencing a very popular Toyota, but we're going to make an exception this time. With fuel prices continuing to creep upwards, sales of advanced-powertrain vehicles are booming (in ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV [w/video]
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    Tesla-Hearted Toyota Offers Real Sport And Utility The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the most advanced Alpha prototype electric vehicle we've ever driven. Or maybe it's a poster child for the 21st Century automotive industry where all sorts of new things are being tried, like when old-school automakers ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Wagon
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    Sampling Chevy's New Overseas-Only Diesel-Powered Wonder Wagon Since it came on the scene in 2009, General Motors' first truly global modern-day product, the Chevrolet Cruze, has become the company's best seller. Over 1.5 million deliveries – admittedly 46 percent to rental fleets, 12 ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
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    Diesel Versus Electrons Debate Continues When it comes to the hybrid market, we assume – as most of you probably do as well – that the United States is at the top of the list to get whatever hybrid models an automaker builds. That vision is apparently altering for the Germans, ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Honda Fit EV [w/video]
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    Reminding Us That EVs Are Becoming Less Of A Compromise The 2013 Honda Fit EV, the Japanese automaker's highly anticipated answer to the Nissan Leaf, is quick, agile and actually quite fun to drive. Its cabin is roomy, outward visibility good and its styling is anything but odd. The platform is ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Fisker Karma [w/video]
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    A Genuinely Good Idea That's Compromised By Design Fisker is a company driven by design. I can't tell you how often I heard that line from the company's namesake, its PR people and engineers during my brief trip to Los Angeles to drive the production version of the 2012 Fisker Karma. And it's ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius C [w/video]
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    Baby Of The Family Will Play A Big Role Toyota's new 2012 Prius C doesn't look like a math problem, but that's what it is. Hidden behind its attractive hatchback body and Toyota Synergy Drive hybrid powertrain, the Prius C is just a bunch of numbers. Numbers like the car's miles per gallon ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Lexus GS 450h [w/video]
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    Lexus' Best Compromise Yet Ever since the Prius unexpectedly became the Xerox of hybrids and a greenie icon, Toyota has been trying to figure out how to apply the technology to its other models. Its results have been decidedly mixed, nowhere more so than with its luxury lineup. But with the 2013 ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Up! [w/video]
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    VW Finally Rediscovers Its (Very) Small Car Roots Big old Volkswagen is back to thinking small, and it's finally doing it right. After two frankly awful attempts at supplying the rest of the world with cheap tin boxes called Fox and Lupo, company bosses have done some soul searching and this is ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
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    Meeting The Next-Generation Chevrolet Mid-Size It's been a very long time since the midsize market went easy on American automakers, and recent years have conspired to make an uphill sales slog even steeper with a rash of new and redesigned models. Kia and Hyundai have taken up arms by offering ...

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    First Drive: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0
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    A Flywheel-Equipped Race Car Leaves Us Whirring for More Spinning at 36,000 revolutions per minute just two feet from my right thigh, a 31-pound flywheel is screaming like a five-horsepower Shop-Vac with the filter removed. The sound pierces the composite shell of my racing helmet and drills ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Mitsubishi i
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    Light Weight, Rear-Wheel Drive And Instant Torque Bubble Up There are two simple truths about the Mitsubishi i that should help this funky little electric car sell well in the U.S. once it goes on sale later this year. First, it looks like absolutely nothing else on the road today. Second, the ...

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    First Drive: 2012 BMW ActiveE
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    How does one make the decision to put $2,250 down and then pay $499 a month for a 24-month lease of an all-electric BMW? Autoblog's Damon Lavrinc is currently working out his personal answer to this exact question about the 2012 BMW ActiveE and recently got the chance to test out the all-electric 1 ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
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    The fuel-efficient technology inside the new 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv is something we know a little something about. By shunning expensive electric additions to the powertrain (for now), Mazda expects to be able to compete with its competitors on both fuel economy and price. With some driving flair ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is evolutionary
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    You say you want an evolution? Well, look no further than the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. It's not game-changing like the Nissan Leaf. It's no Chevrolet Volt. But it's truly the most advanced Prius ever to hit the streets. From behind the wheel, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid drives much the ...

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    Touring the Better Place Visitor Center in Tel Aviv
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    A quick spin in the Laguna EV at the epicenter of the Better Place project Ask any addict why they don't quit, and they'll probably tell you it comes down to one sticking point. The addiction could be to caffeine or cocaine, but whatever the excuse – from work stress and social factors to ...

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    First Drive: First Drive: 2012 Toyota Prius V
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    Toyota Masters The Art Of The Conjunctive The hybrid lexicon is a language built on a foundation of disjunction. Buyers may have phenomenal fuel economy or space for kids and cargo. You can embarrass your neighbors at the fuel pump or have a satisfying driving experience. In fact, opting for a ...

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    First Drive: First Drive: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
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    Green Speed I had been anticipating the pre-dawn run to the airport for a few days. Having spent the week with a Porsche Panamera Turbo, complete with the torque-boosting Sport Chrono pack (yes, that one), the blast to SFO was a fitting sendoff. It was also perfectly timed. I was boarding a ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Fisker Karma
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    2012 Fisker Karma – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Business partners Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler are visibly on edge. While they want to dedicate every ounce of their focus on this all-important launch of their first baby, the 2012 Fisker Karma, their attentions are being ...

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