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    Report: Eaton, DOE upgrading and downsizing hybrid power system
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    Eaton is working on upgrading its hybrid electric vehicle power control system by reducing the size of the battery 50 percent and improving the total performance of the system and its charge rate while maintaining battery life, fuel economy and overall vehicle performance. The R&D project ...

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    Report: Citroen says diesel HYbrid4 version will account for 20% of DS5 sales
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    The totally redesigned Citroen DS5 will hit dealerships in November 2011 in France and elsewhere (including China, Russia and Latin America). So, too, will the diesel HYbrid4 version of the DS5. Though pricey (approximately £30,000 or $47,700 U.S. at today's exchange rate), Citroen says ...

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    Report: Buick Verano hybrid coming in 2015?
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    What a bunch of tiny text in that graphic, huh? Too small to be anything interesting, right? Actually, no, as this image from Automotive News reveals the existence of an upcoming hybrid version of the Buick Verano. That's the ponytail-friendly Verano, as we should all be aware of by ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius C headed to UK, rest of Europe?
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    After it leaked out onto the interwebs yesterday, Autocar now claims that, contrary to the magazine's prior report, the Toyota Prius C could indeed be UK-bound – perhaps even destined for Europe-wide distribution. Toyota's baby hybrid is set to make its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo ...

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    Study: Banning hybrids from HOV lanes slows everyone down
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    Whodathunk that banning hybrid vehicles from California's High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes would lead to additional congestion on the state's highways and even longer commute times? Transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley did, and that's why the University's ...

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    Report: Next-gen Nissan Altima Hybrid to feature supercharged 2.5-liter, advanced CVT, li-ion battery
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    The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will likely be Nissan's first-ever vehicle sold in North America to be equipped with the automaker's in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system. The hybrid setup, due in 2013, will be replace the Toyota-based system that Nissan used in ...

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    Report: Honda to launch Fit Hybrid, CR-Z, Insight in China in early 2012
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    Japan's Honda Motor is looking to hybridize China with a trio of gas-electrics in 2012. Word is Honda will launch its über-cheap subcompact Fit (Jazz) Hybrid and two dedicated hybrids – the Honda Insight and the CR-Z hatchback – in China next year. Mibe Toshihiro, executive ...

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    Report: Across the pond: A look electrified vehicle sales in France
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    Here in the States, the Toyota Prius is the reigning hybrid sales champ and the Nissan Leaf dominates the plugged-in segment, but the electrified vehicle industry picture is quite different over in France. Sales of hybrid vehicles in France shot up by 46 percent in September of 2011, grabbing ...

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    Study: Why plug-in vehicles with "small" battery packs should be subsidized in a big way
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    Are plug-in vehicle incentives distributed correctly? Apparently not. A study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University (PDF) suggests that by subsidizing vehicles with big battery packs (that is, bigger than 16 kWh), the return on investment (in terms of reducing gas/diesel consumption and ...

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    Report: Honda teases Insight Exclusive and Freed Spike hybrids
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    Over on its Japanese site, Honda is currently teasing three upcoming hybrids, including an exclusive Insight hatchback dubbed – are you ready for this? – Insight Exclusive. A formal announcement from Honda regarding the trio of hybrid is expected to come soon. In the meantime, here's ...

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    Official: Redesigned 2013 Ford Escape to lose hybrid option, but EcoBoost will provide better MPG rating
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    The Ford Escape Hybrid will soon cease to exist. The next-generation Ford Escape, slated for its grand reveal next month at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, will feature three four-cylinder engine options, including both a 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost lump and a 2.5-liter Ti-VCT ...

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    Report: Gold Rush Alaska: the rare earth boom version
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    A mining project on a mountain ridge on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island may unlock a motherlode of rare earth resources, which are important components of many of today's electric drive vehicles. Between the Bokan Mountain deposit, owned by Canada's Ucore Rare Metals, and the nearby city of ...

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    Lexus reveals $37,995 2012 CT 200h F Sport Special Edition
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    For 2012, luxury automaker Lexus will turn up the sportiness on its CT 200h hybrid hatch with the launch of the F Sport Special Edition. This special edition hatchback comes packing all the features included in the optional F Sport package – revised body kit, 17-inch Liquid Silver alloy ...

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    Report: 2013 gas-electric Subaru to feature mild hybrid setup, not Toyota's tech
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    There's no questioning that Toyota dominates the hybrid vehicle segment. So of course Subaru wants to ditch Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology in favor of its in-house-developed mild hybrid system for the automaker's first-ever hybrid vehicle. According to Just Auto and contrary to ...

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    Report: Toyota Prius C to be called Aqua in Japan, expected to return 94 mpg*
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    Toyota's upcoming compact hybrid, previewed by the Prius C Concept, will reportedly launch in January 2012 in Japan wearing the Aqua name, according to news outlet Nikkei. The compact gas-electric is expected to carry a fuel economy rating of 40 kilometers per liter (94 miles per gallon U.S.) on ...

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    Report: Could plug-in vehicles save the U.S. Postal Service?
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    With the United States Postal Service facing financial woes, Infrastructurist claims to have found a plugged-in solution that will keep the centuries-old, Constitution-formed government agency alive and kicking: four tips that, if successful, would make Benjamin Franklin* proud. Here's an ...

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    Official: Infiniti M35h sets hybrid 1/4-mile Guinness World Record
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    On Tuesday August 23, a lone 2012 Infiniti M35h ripped down the UK's rain-drenched Santa Pod Raceway and sped into the record books as the world's quickest hybrid vehicle. Driven by Tim Pollard, associate editor of the UK's Car Magazine, and overseen by Guinness World Records, the 360-horsepower ...

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    Official: Toyota revises 2012 Prius with minor tweaks inside and out
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    For Model Year 2012, the world's hybrid sales champ, the Toyota Prius, features an advanced infotainment system and mild exterior styling revisions. Toyota says 2012 Prius Liftback (the new name for the standard Prius as part of the extended family) can be equipped with the automaker's ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid headed for Detroit, but coupe hopes dead
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    Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City with the intent to ...

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    Report: Toyota sells 1 millionth Prius in Japan
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    Cumulative sales in Japan of Toyota's Prius hybrid topped the one-million mark last month, the Japanese automaker announced on Monday. Domestically, sales of the Prius hit 1.02 million units as of the end of August. Toyota launched the eco-friendly Prius hatchback in December 1997 in Japan and ...

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