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    Report: Honda Odyssey hybrid under consideration in Japan, but not US
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    "Over time you can expect to see broader application of our two motor hybrid system" - Sage Marie The idea of a hybrid minivan is not new, at least in Japan. Toyota sells the Estima - the world's first hybrid minivan, it has been available since 2001 - and the Aphard hybrids there. The US is ...

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    Quick Spin: Toyota Estima Hybrid Minivan
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    You know how they say someone should make a hybrid minivan? Well someone does and it's Toyota and the product in question is called the Estima. In fact, Toyota has been selling the gas-electric people mover in Japan for over a decade, putting the world's first hybrid minivan on sale in 2001. The ...

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    Official: US Prius Plug-In Hybrid gets price cut, won't get JDM two-tone paint
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    Compared to last year's model, there's not much that's new in the 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid –except the price tag. The nominally updated PHEV will lose $2,010 off of its base price while keeping all of the tech and options from the 2013 model. The new base model will therefore start ...

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    Official: Nismo offering Japanese Nissan Leaf owners more range, better performance
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    Nissan has sold tens of thousands of Leaf EVs around the world, but at least for the moment, only buyers in Japan will get to trick their electric vehicles out with the company's new Nismo Performance Package. The NPP's various modules will improve the aerodynamics, driving performance and even ...

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    Official: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will get 49 mpg city in US, starts at $37,260 in Japan
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    Two bits of news about the upcoming 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid have been released, but still not enough to have a complete picture of the revamped gas-electric that will come to the US this October. First, and this applies to the US model, the Accord Hybrid has been given an estimated ...

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    Mitsubishi sets Outlander PHEV debut for Jan 24 in Japan
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    The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is just around the corner, at least in Japan. There, the first plug-in hybrid crossover will go on sale January 24 with an MSRP of between 3,324,000 and 4,297,000 yen (between US$38,800 and $50,200), including Japan's consumption tax. After government incentives, the ...

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    Honda CR-Z enjoying high early demand in home market?
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    2011 Honda CR-Z – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The new Honda CR-Z has only been on sale in Japan for two weeks, and already the automaker has received over 7,000 orders for the small hybrid. This represents about 60 percent of the 12,000 units that Honda anticipated to sell ...

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    Mitsubishi, Japan Delivery System develop electric vehicle charging system for apartment buildings
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    It's well known by now that, aside from the cost, the biggest hurdle to the adoption of EVs may be a lack of charging infrastructure available to people most likely to use these vehicles. Those would be urban dwellers, many of whom live in apartment buildings. If apartment residents are lucky ...

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    Man in the Box: Driving the 2008 Nissan Cube
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Japan-spec 2008 Nissan CubeThe Nissan Cube is coming to the U.S. next Spring, and we'll get our first look at the U.S.-spec car when it makes its debut at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. I recently had the opportunity to drive a Japanese-market edition ...

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    CEO discusses Honda's green future
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    Honda has big plans for the future. In addition to their already admirable goals of CO2 reductions, they called out from the rooftops earlier this month that they are going to be building next-generation clean diesel engines that will meet the Tier 2 BIN 5 NOx emissions standards here in the ...

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