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    Quick Spin: 2013 Honda CR-Z
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    The tail lights of the Tesla Roadster were a green flag to my inner Andretti, and before my brain had finished processing the scene in front of me, my fingers had already engaged the sport mode button to the left of the instrument cluster, while my right foot tipped the suddenly-awakened gas ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost
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    A Sneak Peek At Our Three-Cylinder Future Remember the good old days, when compact cars were powered by six-cylinder engines? Yeah, neither do we. It's been a long time since a mainstream brand offered anything other than a four-banger in its econoboxes, and for good reason. While a half-dozen ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid
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    Leaping Past Others In The Premium Hybrid Chase It is now clear that gas-electric hybrids, while constantly being refined, are simply never going to gobble up huge slices of any major car market. They are needed, sure, but consumers are already wanting to see what's next, what's even more ...

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    Quick Spin: Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept [w/video]
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    Prelude To A Beetle Speedster? Driving $2 million prototypes on public roads is risky, so rather than increase the count of gray hair on their heads, Volkswagen's public relations team invited us up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to spend some time in its all-electric E-Bugster Concept. But don't ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Ford Focus Electric
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    The EV Incognito You know those "spot the difference" side-by-side photos that are commonly reserved for Highlights magazines in a dentist's waiting room? "Can you find seven differences between these two pictures?" Park a 2012 Ford Focus Electric next to its gasoline-powered kin and you'll ...

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    Quick Spin: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
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    Mild-Mannered Fun At 45 mpg The world doesn't need another automaker claiming to have cracked the code for a fun-to-drive hybrid. The concept hasn't worked particularly well in any application. Just ask Lexus. And Honda. Twice. Granted, we don't know how Volkswagen plans to pitch the 2013 Jetta ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Mercedes ML350 BlueTEC w/ On&Offroad Package
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    Getting Deliciously Dirty With Clean Diesel Back in July, our man Bowman got his first chance to drive the new Mercedes M-Class in the wilds of Montana, and he came away particularly impressed by the ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic. It's great news that this updated diesel powertrain is coming to the ...

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    2014 Audi e-tron Spyder [w/video]
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    Ahhh, the beautiful and elegant Audi e-tron Spyder. As much fun as it was to ride in the all-electric e-tron back in 2010, getting a chance to drive the updated topless coupe was something our lucky companions at Autoblog could not pass up. We wanted to let ABG readers know where to find it ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Coda Sedan
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    A Chinese EV From California's Newest Automaker "Simple." The word floated around the room and landed gently on our notepad during the morning press conference. Initially, it seemed like a perfect fit. But the more we learned about the new all-electric 2012 Coda sedan, the more we realized that ...

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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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    Quick Spin: Review: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid [w/video]
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    A Feature-Packed Family Hauler That Sips Every time we read Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we find something new. Adams was able to spin phrases that hit on multiple levels, and his work requires repeated attention to be enjoyed in full. We wouldn't be surprised if the ...

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    Quick Spin: Review: 2011 Think City
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    Bankruptcy Brings This EV's Range To Zero We're all passionate about saving the world, but the amount of enthusiasm we each have is different for everybody. What's your passion level? Let's turn the question into a sliding scale; on one end sits, say, BP, while on the other end, we find Ed ...

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    Bibendum 2011: Audi A3 e-tron is practical, fun and years away
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    As the Audi plug-in vehicle stable grows and grows – there are now multiple versions of the original all-electric R8 e-tron, the A1 e-tron, the A5 PHEV and the e-tron Spyder – it was only a matter of time before we got an up-close-and-personal look at the A3 e-tron. Our chance came ...

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    Quick Spin: Quick Spin: 2012 Infiniti M35h
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    Appealing To Both The Fast And Frugal

    2012 Infiniti M35h - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It is time for enthusiasts to embrace hybrid powertrain technology. A few short years ago, the mention of "hybrid power" conjured up images of low displacement engines, tiny electric boost motors ...

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    Quick Spin: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist
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    The TriShield's Big Sedan Does The Electric Slide

    2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's hard to talk about all of the good things General Motors is doing these days without referencing the Chevrolet Volt – it is perhaps the most talked-about car ...

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    Quick Spin: 2010 Plug-in Prius prototype is just like your mother's Prius, but better
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    2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's been two-and-a-half years since we last got behind the wheel of a plug-in Prius. The name is the same, but today's plug-in Prius is a totally different vehicle, and it was high time to see what changes Toyota has ...

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    Quick Spin: Mitsubishi i is a good car with a bad name
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    Mitsubishi i – Click above for high-res image gallery
    We're looking at a long, nearly straight, almost totally traffic-free downhill. We'd climbed up to the base of the Palm Springs to Idyllwild Ariel Tramway. Our goal was to see how fast Mitsubishi's tiny i could go. We're on the gas, and ...

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    Quick Spin: 2011 Chevrolet Volt charges toward production
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Three years ago this December we first walked into a Manhattan conference room for a background briefing on a new concept being developed by General Motors for the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. Earlier that year, the release of a ...

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    Quick Spin: Nissan Leaf the tip of mass market EV spear
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    Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Nissan has gone into a back room, pulled out its Ouija board and decided that the time is right to make a huge bet. The Japanese automaker, along with its partner Renault, wants to be the world leader in pure electric vehicles. Even ...

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    AltCar 2009: Coda Sedan test ride; wish we could drive the $30,000 (or so) electric vehicle
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    Coda EV Sedan - click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in August, members of the Diamond Bar Electric Vehicle Association were treated to rides in t he Coda all-electric sedan with Coda Automotive CEO Kevin Czinger at the wheel. This past weekend, AutoblogGreen was given the same opportunity ...

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