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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 [...]

Avg. MPG Hits Record High

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Fresh data from the Univ. of Michigan Research Institute (UMRI) reveals that the average fuel economy rating for new cars in the U.S. has risen to 25.6 mpg as of May 2014. With gasoline prices expected to stay in the $3.50 to $3.70 bracket at least until September, consumer demand for high-mpg vehicles should continue [...]

Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Coming to EU

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Germany’s Volkswagen will debut its new Passat next month and has announced that a plug-in model will definitely be in the lineup. With an all-electric range of about 30 miles, the plug-in Passat will likely employ a drivetrain identical to the one in the Golf GTE, and will boast a total range of approximately 600 [...]

Best Used Hybrids: The ‘Official’ List

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Shopping for a used hybrid vehicle has gotten much easier in the last couple of years, but choices are diverse and can at times be confusing. So, for those in the market, consider what the experts pick. In no particular order, nearly every major listing of ‘best used hybrids’ contains the following vehicles: Chevy Volt, [...]

KBB Reveals ‘Top Green Cars’ for 2014

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Kelley Blue Book has announced its listing of the top ten green cars for 2014. Electric, hybrid, natural gas, and extended-range EV cars are all represented on the roster, with the top three spots occupied by BMW’s i3, the Nissan Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius. Rounding out the tally: The Honda Accord hybrid came in at [...]

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 [...]

Surprising Car Sales Results for March

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As the month of March comes to a close, the experts at Kelley Blue Book are predicting that auto sales will rise 2 percent in year-over-year results based upon March car and truck data. That means that the prognosticators expect 2014 to be slightly up compared to 2013 in terms of auto sales. The critical [...]

Ed Begley, Jr. Plugs Electric Cars at Academy Awards Show

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Legendary Hollywood star Ed Begley, Jr. is one of the green car movement’s biggest promoters, having worked for Ford as pitchman for the Focus Electric and on dozens of other green-themed causes. At this year’s Oscar Awards program on Mar. 2, Begley and his daughter did their part for the environment by taking the subway [...]

2015 Ford Focus: 45 Hwy MPG

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Ford Motor Company has released official photos of the 2015 Focus just days before the car’s debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The U.S. automaker will wait until the unveiling ceremony to release mpg and other data, but industry insiders are expecting something in the range of 32/45 mpg, 148 pound-feet of torque, and [...]

Get Ready for Car Sale Discount Wars

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After a bout of frigid weather and a season of very high production, U.S. car dealers are entering a phase of deep price discounts to move their hefty January stock. Dealers and manufacturers alike are beginning to offer major price incentives, special deals, and promotions of all kinds. One industry consultant noted that these actions [...]

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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