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Ferrari 250 GTO is World’s Priciest


A classic 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO set a record late Thursday, Aug. 14, when it left the auction block for a total price of $38 million. The deal took place during Monterey Car Week in Carmel, Calif. The car is something of a legend, and a super-rarity, even among the rarefied world of ultra-expensive collector [...]

LA Auto Show 2014: Update


The 2014 LA Auto Show will open its doors to the public on Nov. 21, and is set to feature a record number of world and North American model debuts. Nearly 60 debuts in all will fill the venue, 25 of them vehicles that are being revealed for the first time anywhere. Global debut name [...]

Volkswagen, SunPower Join Forces for Solar Driving


The second-biggest solar manufacturer in the U.S., SunPower Corp., is teaming with Germany’s Volkswagen AG to show consumers how to make driving a truly green experience. Volkswagen will soon begin promoting home-based solar systems through its dealerships. SunPower makes a set of rooftop panels that can collect and supply clean electricity for a plug-in car’s [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big


GM’s plug-in, extended-range EV, Chevy Volt, was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in Canada during the month of July with 132 units sold. That edged out archrival Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, by just 15 units. Leaf Canada sales totaled 104 in June and 117 in July. With a full five months left in the year, Chevy [...]

The Return of Fisker Karma


The new owners of Fisker Automotive, Wanxiang Corp., announced this week that the Chinese manufacturer would bring back the Karma and build the car at an assembly plant in Finland. Wanxiang, the biggest auto parts company in China, purchased all of Fisker’s assets in a bankruptcy sale and is also exclusive owner of former independent [...]

Volt, Leaf, Tesla July Sales ‘All Good News’


July was a positive month for plug-in kings Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The extended-range electric vehicle Volt sold 2,020 units to best last July by 13 percent. Tesla Motors, a company that only makes electric luxury cars, announced that it is selling 2,500 vehicles per month on average. For Nissan, the news was even [...]

Prius News: ‘Special Edition’ and Wireless Charging


Toyota announced this week that the company would offer a new version of the very popular Prius hybrid in 2015. Officially called Prius Persona Series Special Edition, the sleek Prius has an upgraded exterior and additional equipment. Expected to land in U.S. showrooms this September, it carries a starting sticker price of $27,810. Elegant touches [...]

McLaren to Reveal P1 GTR Hybrid Racer


The McLaren P1 GTR hybrid racer will debut Aug. 15 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. McLaren Automotive released a rendering of the car this week. The GTR is a variation of the P1, a rear-wheel drive plug-in that is considered a super hybrid, high-performance car. It boasts a twin-turbo V8 that produces 903 horsepower [...]

Porsche: “Cayenne Plug-In Ready by Nov. 1″


Officials for Porsche have announced that the company’s new plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid crossover will carry a starting price of $77,395 and will arrive in U.S. showrooms in November. The car replaces the Cayenne S Hybrid, which is being discontinued. The V6 reaches 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds and features a top speed of [...]

Prius Tops ‘Safe Cars for Teens’ List


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released their picks for safe cars for teen drivers. Topping the rankings among mid-size cars that cost less than $20,000 was the Toyota Prius v, specifically for model years 2012 and later. Each year, the IIHS tests hundreds of cars and trucks to determine the best safety buys for [...]

Toyota Considering AWD Prius


Toyota officials have revealed that they plan to offer both lithium and nickel-metal-hydride batteries on future models, as well as all-wheel-drive capability for the world’s best-selling hybrid car. Those options would possibly be available by late 2015 or early 2016, according to reports. Apparently, the lithium battery version of Prius would cost more but allow [...]

Volvo Plug-in SUV Ready for 2015


Volvo Cars announced this week that its lineup for 2015 will include a plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 SUV, a 7-passenger redesign of the model that will feature a 400-horsepower output and a new family member, “T8.” The T6 gasoline version of the XC90 will be a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter that comes in turbo- and [...]

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