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    GM says young people like Chevy Spark because it's efficient, cheap
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    General Motors is touting some numbers it has, showing that its venture into the low-priced, high mileage mini-car segment seems to be paying off by bringing in young and female buyers who've never owned a Chevrolet before. Since launching in the summer of 2012, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark has sold ...

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    Rumormill: Was Tesla Model S January's best-selling plug-in?
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    And America's best selling plug-in vehicle for 2013 is...the Tesla Model S? That's what Inside EVs calculates by way of extrapolating the company's production capacity of 400 units a week and the fact that the company's still working down its backlog of orders. Tesla, of course, is mum on its ...

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    Official: Average new-car fuel economy hits record 24.5 MPG in January
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    Average new-car fuel economy figures ended two straight months of in January and reached an all-time record of 24.5 miles per gallon, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says. Once again, Americans appeared to respond to higher gas prices by buying more ...

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    By The Numbers: January 2013 advanced-powertrain vehicle sales jump 57% from 2012
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    So far, 2013 has been a Happy New Year indeed for green-vehicle advocates. January's US alt-fuel vehicle sales jumped about 57 percent from 2012 numbers on continued strong demand for the Toyota Prius and a surge in Ford's hybrids and plug-ins. Americans bought 42,000 advanced powertrain ...

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    Official: Nissan 'almost' sold out of 2012 Leafs
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    Nissan has "almost" sold all of its model-year 2012 Leafs in the US on a jump in demand for the all-electric model during the latter part of the year, Nissan spokesman Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen. The Japanese automaker had less than 900 Leafs on hand at the beginning of the year and will ...

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    Report: EV advocate Chelsea Sexton explains what gets potential buyers charged up
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    Our friend Chelsea Sexton, co-founder of EV advocacy group Plug In America, says that Nissan, Coda and other electric-vehicle makers need to focus more on the heart and less on the head when it comes to pitching EVs to prospective buyers. Sexton, who was recently hired by Nissan as a consultant, ...

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    By The Numbers: November alt-fuel sales stay solid with higher Ford C-Max, Nissan Leaf demand
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    November's US alternative-fuel vehicle sales remained steady relative to recent months as strong sales for Ford's C-Max hybrids and the all-electric Nissan Leaf offset the effect of lower Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid sales than October. Year-over-year growth rate slowed markedly ...

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    Exclusive: Nissan Leaf's November, December sales likely to climb back to 2011 levels
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    Nissan is apparently past the problems that plagued sales of its all-electric Leaf earlier past year and is likely to either surpass or be close to matching its 2011 sales numbers for November and December, according to a company executive at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Nissan ran into supply ...

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    Report: Renault Twizy is Europe's best-selling electric vehicle
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    Good news or bad news? That's what some electric-vehicle advocates may be asking after the Renault Twizy mini-car was reported to be Europe's best-selling electric vehicle. The two-tandem-seat Twizy moved 7,895 units between its March debut and the end of September, Business Insider ...

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    Study: California leads in green car sales, but there are surprises on the lists
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    A recent study of new car registrations by Edmunds reveals that some big car-buying states aren't as interested in electric or gas-electric hybrids as other states. It's no surprise that California – the Number One car-buying state – is the top green car buyer as well. A large number ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf: 42,700 sales and counting
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    We'll it ain't quite 50,000, but they're getting there Nissan says it has sold 42,700 all-electric Leafs worldwide and won't slow down its efforts to broaden sales of zero-emission cars. That's what Plug In Cars reports, citing Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga, who also said that ...

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    By The Numbers: September alt-fuel sales continue rapid clip, plug-ins sell 5,000+ for first time ever
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    For the second straight month – and the third out of the last four – U.S. alt-fuel sales in September doubled year-earlier totals as consumers gravitated towards advanced-powertrain vehicles. Monthly plug-in vehicle sales eclipsed the 5,000 mark for the first time ever because of ...

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    Official: Ford C-Max Hybrid is Blue Oval's best-selling hybrid in first month of sales [w/video]
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    The bad news for Ford is that its C-Max Hybrid wagon was solidly beaten by sales of the Toyota Prius V last month. The good news is the C-Max outsold all of Ford's other hybrids in its very first month, hinting that things could get real interesting between the C-Max and V in the future. Ford has ...

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    Report: Say what you want, Chevy Volt outselling half the cars in U.S.
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    It's like having a ringside seat without having to shell out for the tickets. The Christian Science Monitor is the latest to weigh on the perceived "success" or "failure" of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid, and we can now add that publication to the list of those that consider ...

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    By The Numbers: August alt-fuel sales almost double as gas prices rise
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    Bad news for U.S. consumers turned into good news for sellers of advanced-powertrain vehicles like the Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt, as higher gas prices drove a near doubling of August alt-fuel U.S. vehicle sales compared to numbers from 2011. Domestic hybrid, electric vehicle and ...

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    By The Numbers: June alt-fuel sales double year-earlier figures on Prius surge
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    Alt-fuel vehicle sales across all automakers in June more than doubled from a year earlier. The Prius may be better associated with soft-pedaling drivers, but June showed us that the world's best-selling hybrid is figuratively smoking its tires when it comes to getting some distance from a ...

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    Official: Chevy Volt outsells Nissan Leaf for fifth straight month
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    Carlos, we have a problem. U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in bested the Nissan Leaf battery-electric's for the fifth straight month, with Leaf sales falling behind last year's pace for the first time in 2012, giving pause for those subscribing to Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's ...

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    Report: Ford to exceed EcoBoost target by 100,000 units
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    Ford is having a tough time in Europe right now and its per-share stock price is lagging, but that isn't stopping the automaker from exceeding other goals. The Detroit Free Press reports that sales of the Blue Oval's EcoBoost turbocharged engines are beyond expectations. In fact, Ford is ...

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    By The Numbers: May 2012 alt-fuel sales led by Prius sales jump, Volt gains
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    Any hypermiler will tell you that a fierce tailwind will do wonders for fuel economy. The same could probably apply for U.S. sales of advanced-powertrain vehicles. Continuing high gas prices, a broadening array of hybrid and electric-drive vehicles and figures from a year earlier that were ...

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    Official: Toyota Prius sales surge 54% from a year earlier to monthly record
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    Toyota looked to redeem a relatively slow year for Prius sales in 2011 by broadening its lineup for the world's best-selling hybrid. By the looks of its sales last month, the strategy is working. The Japanese automaker sold 28,711 Prius hybrids in March, the all-time U.S. monthly record since ...

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