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    Report: Tycoon sells Yo-hybrid to Russian state-run institute for 1 euro
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    To paraphrase an old anti-drug campaign, one of Russia's wealthiest men is just saying "nyet" to building what would be the country's first home-produced hybrid-electric vehicle. Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group, which first announced the Yo-hybrid line of vehicles in 2010, is walking away from ...

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    Report: Toyota says hybrids paving road to higher profits in Europe
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    Just like Toyota has taken the dominant hybrid-producer position in the US, the Japanese automaker says greener vehicles mean more green in Europe and Russia. Specifically, Toyota Motor Europe executive Didier Leroy told Bloomberg News that increased sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids are boosting ...

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    Official: Renault-Nissan will start boosting BRIC production in 2015 with modular production
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    Renault and sister company Nissan, long advocates of electric-drive adoption, are gearing up for increased demand in emerging global markets by starting production on a modular-based platform in India in 2015. The Renault-Nissan Alliance said last week that it would start producing its Common ...

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    Report: US to join EU in fighting Russian auto recycling fee as trade barrier
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    If they're not going to get you on the front end, they'll get you on the back end. That's what the European Union is accusing the Russian government of doing with automotive trade restrictions, and the US appears to agree, Reuters reports. The US is joining the EU in a World Trade Organization ...

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    Report: Yo-Auto will cut Yo-Mobile hybrid annual production in half
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    Yo-Auto, the Mikhail Prokhorov-owned automaker that's been making plans to build the first Russia-made hybrid car, will scale down production of its Yo-Mobile to less than half of its previous goal when the car goes live in 2015, Ria Novosti reports, citing company executive Andrei Ginzburg. The ...

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    Report: Yo-Auto unveils first natural-gas/electric SUV, also powered by gasoline
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    When one thinks of Russia and cars, innovation does not immediately spring to mind. One company may be changing that, however. The delightfully named Yo-Auto – or as it is only slightly less delightfully known in Russian, Yo-Avto – is taking a road technologically less-traveled with ...

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    Video: Georgian president drives Nissan Leaf to prove he's not extravagant
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    If you're worried that the Nissan Leaf is a bit pricey (even with incentives), keep in mind that it all depends on your lifestyle. For example, if you're the president of Georgia and you're used to being whisked around in an armored limousine, driving your Leaf to the airport might make you look ...

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    Report: Lada introduces new all-electric vehicle in Russia
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    In 1976, Renault famously (or some would say infamously) introduced Le Car. Now, the French automaker is playing a major role in the unveiling of El Lada. In this case, Renault and sister company Nissan are 50 percent owners of Lada, which is pitching what will be the first Russian-produced ...

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    Report: Yo Mobile, Russia's first hybrid, delayed until 2015
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    Hybrids are generally known more for their fuel economy than speed. True to form, Russia's first gas-electric model just got a little slower. Yo Auto, the hybrid-vehicle maker launched with help from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, said the Yo Mobile model will be pushed back to early ...

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    Report: Prokhorov's Yo-Auto pitches CNG-hybrid crossover 'Yo-Mobile' [w/video]
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    Yo-Auto, the hybrid-vehicle maker launched in part by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, is pitching a crossover hybrid that can run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) and can get about 65 miles per gallon. The company, which is owned by Prokhorov's Onexim Group and ...

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    Report: Prokhorov's Yo-auto will sell Russia's first hybrids by end of 2012
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    Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's Yo-auto will sell the first Russian-made hybrid-electric vehicles by the end of 2012, as Prokhorov previously estimated, and won't be delayed by his decision to run against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in next year's presidential ...

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    World's largest lithium-ion battery plant starts up in Russia
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    South Korea. Michigan. Japan. And Russia? These are some of the lithium-ion battery capitols of the world, and that last one has earned a space on the list thanks to news that "the world's largest high-capacity lithium-ion battery factory" has just started production in Russia's Far ...

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    Frankfurt: Yo-Auto concept is bizarre, has world's funkiest doors [w/video]
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    Next to all the major automakers debuting vehicles at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is a lesser-known firm from Russia that operates under the curious name of Yo-Auto (ë-Avto). The quirky Yo-Concept, unveiled today in Frankfurt, is one of four hybrid vehicles the Russian automaker is ...

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    Mitsubishi signs electric vehicle MOU with region in Russia
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    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, along with Rolf Import, MMC's exclusive Russian distributor, and the Government of Russia's Kaluga Region signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that calls for the three parties to collaborate on several projects aimed at improving the natural environment of the ...

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    Report: Launch of Yo Avto hybrid yo-mobiles delayed?
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    The numbers of pre-orders for Yo-Avto's trio of yo-mobiles (Yo CrossCoupe, Yo Microvan and Yo Furgon) are climbing. Car Advice reports that on the first day of accepting online reservations, Yo-Avto logged an astounding 51,188 orders and that total pre-orders have topped 138,800. Of course, these ...

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    Russia's Yo-Avto breaks ground on hybrid yo-mobile factory
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    Yo-Avto, the joint venture owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group and by Yarovit Motors, has broken ground on a factory for its hybrid vehicles in St. Petersburg, Russia. The facility is being built in the Maryino Industrial Park area of St. Petersburg and, once ...

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    Mitsubishi i-MiEV headed to Russia
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    2010 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (JDM) – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Mitsubishi's electric i-MiEV is either on sale, or will soon be available in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, the UK and 14 other European countries. In addition, the Japanese automaker expects to begin shipping the ...

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    Report: Russia's richest man plans to launch new city car
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    Mikhail Prokhorov, also known as the Richest Man in Russia and hopeful new owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA franchise, is reportedly planning to launch a new city car through his Onexim Group. Reports coming out of Russia are saying that the vehicle will sport some kind of "advanced technology," ...

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    Russia to get lithium battery production courtesy of Thunder Sky
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    Looking to fill a gap in its energy technology profile, Russia is to get its first lithium ion battery production facility with a little help from China's Thunder Sky Energy Group Ltd. The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO), an entity formed to advance projects with "high ...

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    Renault and AutoVAZ considering joint venture to build electric cars
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    Renault Fluence ZE Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Since Russia is an oil-producing nation, you might not think that it would be a big promoter of electric cars. For the most part, you'd be right, but Renault's chief operating officer, Patrick Pelata, has said that the French ...

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