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    Official: Audi says new 48 volt micro-hybrid system improves fuel economy, paves way for electrification

    Most cars use a 12-volt system to power their electrical components. But, with more and more electric bits and bobs being added to new vehicles, a dozen volts is looking a bit weak these days. In fact, Audi says that standard 12-volt systems are being stretched "to their very limits." Enter 48 ...

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    Official: SsangYong arranges 7 seats into XLV diesel hybrid concept for Geneva

    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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    Report: Mild hybrid Malibu Eco with eAssist not meeting GM's sales targets

    General Motors is getting some bad news about its eAssist mild hybrid technology – it's not very popular. That's being made clear by soft sales for the highest-volume eAssist model, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. The Malibu Eco does offer noteworthy technology perks: 2.4L four-cylinder ...

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    Exclusive: Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part IV: General Motors Engineering

    There were lots of comments on my last two columns (speaking with Ford and Chrysler execs about CAFE regulations), and some were very savvy on EVs and hybrids. But most seem to have little knowledge of what really goes into designing, developing, validating and successfully marketing a desirable, ...

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    Video: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist doesn't waste gas by running in place

    In its latest 30-second advertisement pitching the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist, Buick makes an interesting point: since people don't constantly run in place, its near-luxury mid-size sedan doesn't either. The ad thus extolls the virtues of eAssist, a fuel-saving mild hybrid setup with stop-start ...

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    Report: 2013 gas-electric Subaru to feature mild hybrid setup, not Toyota's tech

    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: Audi to equip all Chinese-made vehicles with mild hybrid tech starting in 2012

    According to Dominique Boesch, general manager of FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company's Audi sales division, German automaker Audi will equip all of its Chinese-made vehicles with mild hybrid technology starting in 2012. If true, then Audi will become the only automaker to make stop-start ...

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    Hafei Motor will equip compact MPVs with mild hybrid tech to boost sales

    Hafei Motor aims to crush its competition by equipping its compact multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) with mild hybrid technology. That sounds good, but who's Hafei Motor? Hafei Motor Company is a subsidiary of Harbin HF Automobile Industry Group. In 2009, Hafei Motors was purchased by Chang'an ...

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    Official: Buick LaCrosse with eAssist priced from $29,960*

    2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As expected, Buick has announced that its new 2012 LaCrosse with eAssist is priced identically to its more powerful V6-powered sibling. That means that $29,960 (*plus an $860 destination charge) will get the buyer either ...

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    Maxwell CEO says ultracaps are perfect for General Motors' eAssist hybrids

    2012 Buick Regal eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When General Motors debuted the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2010, the automaker made it clear that this fuel-saving technology would find a home in other models soon. Last month, the ...

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    Volvo launches stop/start S60, V60 DRIVe models in Europe

    Back in 2008, Volvo launched its DRIVe range of vehicles in Europe. At that time, the Swedish automaker claimed that every DRIVe model would offer "best in class consumption" and "lowest CO2 emissions levels." The Volvo C30, S40 and V50 were the first models to be tagged with the DRIVe badge, but ...

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    Iran's gas prices increase; Khodro Company decides to produce micro, mild hybrids

    What a coincidence. Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently removed government subsidies on gasoline, causing prices to quadruple overnight. This week, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), the region's largest automaker, has announced its future models will incorporate micro hybrid (ie. start/stop) ...

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    Report: General Motors bringing back mild hybrids next year

    Let's try this again, shall we? General Motors has announced that it will jump back into the mild hybrid game by the third quarter of 2011. Larry Nitz, the company's director of hybrid and electric powertrain engineering, made the announcement at a seminar in Traverse City, MI, though he declined ...

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    Bosch modifies start/stop system for automatic transmissions

    Since introducing its start/stop technology back in 2007, Bosch has sold 1.5 million of the fuel-saving systems to automakers worldwide. Most of Bosch's start/stop systems have resided in vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. Recently, Bosch began working with numerous automakers – ...

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    Study: Mild hybrid market to hit sales peak soon

    2010 Honda Insight – Click above for high-res image gallery
    While some may think that sales of so-called mild hybrids will steadily increase in the coming years, a new report suggests that the market for mild hybrids is close to reaching its peak. Just Auto points out that mild hybrids such ...

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    SAE 2010: GM confirms next generation two-mode and mild hybrids coming

    AutoblogGreen had a chance to chat with Micky Bly, executive directory of hybrid vehicle development and batteries at General Motors the evening before the opening of the 2010 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress. We asked Micky about GM's plans for hybrid vehicles going forward. While ...

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    Buick Regal likely to be launch platform for next GM hybrid system

    2011 Buick Regal – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Last night, General Motors publicly unveiled the 2011 Buick Regal that goes on sale in North America in the first half of next year. The Regal will be Buick's new mid-sized sedan entry and is essentially just a re-grilled version of ...

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    BMW to launch third hybrid model within the next 12 months

    BMW ActiveHybrid X6 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Our leader Sebastian was down in Miami on Friday for international media launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and we'll have his review shortly. During the event, AutoCar's Greg Kable spoke with BMW project leader Peter Tünnermann ...

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    Ford adding more hybrids but not until 2012, DI based start-stop coming

    During the Ford 2010 model preview in Dearborn this week, one of the efficiency improvements promised for the near term by Powertrain VP Barb Samardzich was increased hybrid applications. When we asked Fusion hybrid applications manager Gil Portalatin about potential future applications, it turned ...

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    What is a mild hybrid?

    click above for a high res gallery of Honda's IMA hybrid system
    People like to categorize the world. It helps our brains figure stuff out, because we can only manage so much information. Lumping things into bins helps get information down to a manageable level. Unfortunately, most things don't ...


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