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Netherlands Highway Glows in the Dark

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In fulfillment of a 2012 energy-conservation plan, the Netherlands has completed installation of a “glowing” highway that eliminates the need for streetlights. The unique roadway is the creation of Studio Roosegaarde, and is already getting reams of international media attention. The cutting-edge design studio’s highway expanse resembles a fairytale land, according to those who have [...]

Revealed! Best Used Cars Under $8K

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Kelley Blue Book has revealed its annual listing of best used cars in the “under $8,000” category. The top three spots include the 2007 Honda Civic, the 2011 Hyundai Accent, and the 2005 Honda Accord. Rounding out the ten, beginning with fourth place: 2005 Toyota Camry, 2007 Mazda 3, 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2005 Honda [...]

Surprise! Here are ‘Real’ MPG Champs

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Automotive reviewers in several major publications are making their annual ‘top ten’ lists of cars that deliver high mileage. Consistently ranking at or near the top of almost every list is the new, seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf TDI clean diesel hatchback. Featuring an inline 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, the little diesel beauty is a 140-horsepower fuel-miser. Combined [...]

Breaking News: March Plug-in Car Sales Up

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Electric car sales rose 30 percent in March, with total sales for the month standing at about 9,000 units, compared to 6,900 electric vehicles sold in February. Nissan in particular was a big winner among plug-in carmakers, notching a 12 percent increase in Leaf sales for March compared to the same month in 2012. Chevrolet [...]

Hybrid Sports Car Joint-Venture for Toyota, BMW

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Toyota Motor Co. of Japan and BMW of Germany are on the verge of co-creating a sports car which will fill the void after BMW’s Z4 and Toyota’s Supra are no longer on the market. The two carmakers have been in discussion about the project since 2013, but current reports suggest that the resulting vehicle [...]

Car Sales Surge in Europe

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The Association of European Carmakers (ACEA) reported this week that new car sales in Europe went up for the sixth month in a row, posting a 7.6 percent gain compared to February 2013. Measured by the number of car registrations filed, new cars sold in the EU this past February stood at 894,730 compared to [...]

Hybrid on Consumer Reports ‘Best Used Cars’ List

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The Consumer Reports publication, Best and Worst Used Cars for 2004 through 2013, lists the 2010-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid as a top pick among sedans in the $15,000-$20,000 price range. The writers at CR also offer a complete used car summary in their April 2014 Annual Auto Issue. Hot Hybrids: Video View the short video [...]

Geneva Wrap Up: All Things Green

The Geneva Motor Show for 2014 closed its doors this past Sunday, but will go down in automotive history as one of the greener Geneva events in recent times. In addition to the crowd-pleasing Pariss Electric, Volkswagen showed off its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, Subaru paraded its Viziv Concept, now called Viziv 2, an all-wheel-drive [...]

All-Electric Mercedes-Benz in the Works

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Mercedes-Benz officials announced this week that the company would develop an all-electric S-Class car, but engineers must first address a few hurdles, primarily the battery package. Experts believe that stricter emissions standards in both Europe and the U.S. will hasten the development of an all-electric Mercedes-Benz. The company already makes a plug-in hybrid called the [...]

Few Buyers Know Best 2 Months to Buy Cars

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Experts now say the key ingredient for effective car buying is information. Representatives of major consulting organizations sat down with Fox Business News and dished out fresh data about online and in-person car buying. And for 2014 at least, March and August should be the best months to buy a car. The analysts noted that [...]

Geneva Opens Doors, Subaru Shows Viziv2 Hybrid

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One of the most awaited events of the year begins today as the Geneva Motor Show opens its doors to the public. What some call the world’s most important car show will include many hybrid and electric vehicles in the lineup for 2014. Subaru has brought its Viziv2 concept hybrid. The awesome looking plug-in, whose [...]

Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid Snag Major Awards

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U.S. News & World Report this week released its “Best Cars for the Money” listing, which named the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Chevy Volt, and Lexus RX Hybrid among the winners in their respective categories. Volt reigned supreme in the Upscale Midsize Cars category, while the Ford Fusion won the Hybrid Cars segment. The Lexus RX [...]

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