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Classic VW Bug Goes Electric

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A California man has become the state’s self-appointed expert for converting classic Volkswagen Beetles into snazzy-looking electric cars. David Bernardo specializes in models that came off the assembly line between 1958 and 1966. After removing the original motors and substituting electric ones, he places battery packs in two separate locations on each vehicle. To retain [...]

Pre-Paree: Paris Motor Show Set for Oct. 4

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Alternative-fuel vehicles will be front and center at this year’s Paris Motor Show, which opens Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 19 at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles. In addition to the Volvo XC90, major debuts are scheduled by the likes of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes AMG GT, and the Jaguar [...]

Nissan Leaf News: 2015 Specs, Tiny Price Increase

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Nissan Motor officials announced this week that the 2015 Leaf’s price will rise slightly and that the new models will include some design changes inside and out. For starters, the color choice known as Glacier Blue is gone, replaced by Morning Sky Blue. The 2015 Leaf features a sticker price for the base model just [...]

June: Big Month for Ford Fusion Energi

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Final sales figures for June delivered a surprise in the hybrid plug-in segment, with Ford’s Fusion Energi outselling major competitors Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in. Ford reported that its flagship plug-in sold 1,939 units during June, marking the car’s best month ever. Video: FFEnergi’s Competitor View a detailed review of Ford Fusion Energi’s primary [...]

Most Popular Car Color is …

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For the eighth year in a row, the most popular color for new cars is white, according to statistics compiled by companies that sell automotive paint. For the past two decades, in fact, the top three car colors have shifted among white, black, silver, gray, red and green. The overall best-selling color has been green, [...]

Experts: Do 4 Things to Prevent Car Theft

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) warns summer motorists that car theft rates tend to go up during vacation season. The organization says the quickest, easiest ways to prevent vehicle theft are simple and relatively inexpensive: Use steering-wheel locks and audible alarms. Park in well-lighted, busy areas and hide valuables, or better yet, take them [...]

Chevy Volt: 500,000,000 Electric Miles So Far

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Chevrolet announced this week that drivers of the Volt have traveled a grand total of a half-billion miles on electric power alone. The extended-range EV first arrived in showrooms toward the end of 2010, and in less than three years, according to GM, Volt drivers in the U.S. have saved about 25 million gallons of [...]

Tesla to Build EV Plant in Europe

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed that his electric car company expects to construct a new assembly plant somewhere in Europe if sales figures on the continent continue to improve. Musk noted that the magic number is likely 160,000 units per year, saying, “My aspirations for Europe are that we sell a comparable number of [...]

Revealed: Top 4 Rules for Buying Used Cars

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Experts say consumers often miss out on the best used-car deals by overlooking four otherwise simple pieces of advice. Know what type of car you want and need before the “shopping phase” begins. Consumers who understand their own needs typically find the best bargains. Never wait until you are in dire need of a car [...]

McLaren ‘Going Hybrid’

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McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt announced this week that the sports car maker would build hybrid technology into all its vehicles in the future. The auto executive also noted that the fabled company is seriously considering an all-electric model as an addition to its elite lineup of supercars. Flewitt pointed out, “All models will be hybrids, [...]

Calif. Emissions Down, Thanks to EV & Hybrid Cars

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Fresh data from Next 10, a non-profit that studies auto emissions and energy consumption, shows a direct connection between increased hybrid car sales and lower pollutants in California. In fact, the state’s overall auto registrations went up by just 1.5 percent between 2011 and 2012, whereas hybrid and EV registrations increased by a whopping 16 [...]

Pitt, Bullock, BMW i3: The ‘Green Dream Team’

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Celebrity Sandra Bullock was front-and-center at Brad Pitt’s New Orleans charity gala this week, auctioning a BMW i3 electric car to raise funds for Pitt’s green non-profit, the Make It Right Foundation. MIR constructs environmentally-sound residential buildings in New Orleans, Los Angeles and elsewhere. The BMW i3 is called one of the greenest cars currently [...]

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