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    Lesson learned, again: lower gas prices hurt hybrid sales
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    Between declining gas prices and an improving economy, full-size pickup sales in the US are up 6.5 percent year to date and represent the best-selling vehicle line in two-thirds of US states, according to TrueCar. And the economy is a rising tide of sorts for most vehicle sectors, as gas-powered ...

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    Official: SsangYong arranges 7 seats into XLV diesel hybrid concept for Geneva
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    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: BMW i electric sub-brand won't add plug-in SUV model
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    To paraphrase George H.W. Bush, read their lips: no SUVs. That's what BMW executives are saying when it comes to the electric-drive i sub-brand it is about to launch with the plug-in i3. Car Advice spoke with i3 project manager Roland Kowalski, who said the German automaker is targeting city ...

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    Official: Zap Jonway will debut four EV models in China this year
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    California-based Zap Jonway says its China-based Jonway Auto division will debut four electric-vehicle models in the world's most populous country later this year, as the company looks to capitalize on plug-in vehicle incentives from the Chinese government. Jonway will make two versions of its ...

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    Official: Zap figures why not throw battery swap into upcoming E380 electric SUV
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    Zap Jonway is trying a lot of different angles in its 380 SUV lineup. Not only can you buy the A380 SUV CNG hybrid version with extended range, now you can swap out batteries in the upcoming E380 SUV battery electric version, as well. And get this – you don't even have to do the battery ...

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    Video: Toyota shows off RAV4 EV's eco tricks with new videos
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    If a picture paints a thousand words, Toyota's hoping that a couple videos do a little better than that for its RAV4 Electric Vehicle. The Japanese automaker recently released a couple of videos touting the EV and its evolution through the company's partnership with Tesla Motors. The first ...

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    Official: Been dreaming of an electric Hummer? Here you go
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    Over the years, there have been attempts to green up one of the world's most iconic gas guzzlers, from the fanciful to the conceptual to the ER-EV. Now, a car customizer across the pond is epitomizing this ultimate dichotomy by building a battery-electric Hummer. Prindiville, which so far has ...

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    Report: Nissan's Paris-bound EV concept could fill out CUV niche
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    The types of pure electric vehicles available on the market are quite limited. For now, we've got compact and midsize cars and high performance sports cars. More are coming, but that's it today unless you want to get a conversion. What if you were looking for an official, electric SUV or a ...

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    Official: Green Automotive will acquire Liberty Electric Cars for about $17 million in stock
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    There must be a market out there for quarter-million-dollar all-electric Range Rovers, right? Green Automotive Co., which makes all-electric buses, will acquire U.K.-based Land Rover-conversion company Liberty Electric Cars for about $17 million in stock. GAC agreed to buy Liberty Electric for ...

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    Report: Mobius Motors plans $6,000 SUV for Africa
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    Ultra low-cost transportation doesn't have a particularly successful history in the recent past. Just ask Tata. The company's Nano subcompact was supposed to revolutionize the way low-income families the world over moved themselves, but as it turns out, even those with no money don't want to be ...

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    Report: Tac Motors will have MotoCzysz make electric-SUV powertrain
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    Brazil-based Tac Motors has reached an agreement for electric motorcycle maker MotoCzysz to make the electric powertrain for Tac's new electric SUV, the eStark. The agreement is worth about $27 million and will involve MotoCzysz making 3,600 powertrains – each about the size of a suitcase ...

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    Official: Amp opens first dealership in Cincinnati
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    Amp, the Ohio-based maker of battery-electric SUVs, has opened its first dealership in Cincinnati and said first deliveries would start by year end. Amp of Cincinnati opened last week and showed off both its Jeep Grand Cherokee- and Mercedes-Benz ML350-based battery-electric vehicles. The ...

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    Official: 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel offers monster torque, 28 MPG HWY
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    Porsche is getting in on the diesel craze with its first diesel-powered vehicle ever offered in the U.S. The 2013 Cayenne will be available with a turbo-diesel V6 option pumping out 240 horsepower, permanent all-wheel drive and a staggering 406 lb-ft of trailer-towing torque. That's enough power ...

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    Report: Bentley to unveil plug-in hybrid SUV concept in Geneva
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    The legendary Ettore Bugatti once famously (and derisively) referred to Bentley cars as "the world's fastest lorries" – the British term for heavy trucks. Fast-forward a few decades and Ettore's proclamation is edging toward the truth, as the British brand is rumored to be launching its ...

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    Report: Facing high gas prices, dealers get cautious with big SUVs
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    The average gas price in the U.S. is over $3 right now, and there's a good chance it'll go higher before too long. What do you do in this situation if you're a car dealer with a lot full of SUVs and big crossovers? You start being cautious. That's the takeaway point from an Automotive News ...

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    Paris takes a stab at banning SUVs, old diesel vehicles
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    Better get used to Paris' new transportation reality. The grand European capitol is thinking about taking another step away from unthinking private car-based transportation. The long-awaited Autolib car-sharing program recently got a boost and of course there is the Velib bike-sharing program. ...

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    U.S. car buyers want large vehicles, SUVs again thanks to "stabilizing gas prices"
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    In the market for a new car this summer? Has it been long enough since the last gas price spike that you're not really worried about possible pain at the pump? If so, then you're like a lot of U.S. car buyers right now, according to new figures from AutoTrader.com. Autotrader analyzed recent ...

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    Report: Large SUV segment outpacing small car sales growth in America
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    Finally, after years and years of stagnation and painfully slow sales, small cars are starting to grab a foothold in the United States. Or are they? While conventional wisdom makes us believe that Americans are ready to take the ...

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    Ford will increase SUV production because of "low supplies," increased demand
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    It wasn't all that long ago that Ford was temporarily idling plants that were building SUVs and shifting some over to smaller cars because of low demand for the gas guzzlers. Those days are apparently over, because Ford Americas president Mark Fields told Automotive News [sub. req.] that FoMoCo ...

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    REPORT: 9 of Top 10 clunkers being traded in are large trucks
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    The fickle nature of the American consumer is on obvious display in car dealerships across the country right now. With the government sponsoring a giant garage cleaning through the CARS ("cash for clunkers") program, people are taking old vehicles and turning them into new ones, with a fancy ...

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