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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 [...]

A Bugatti Hybrid Could Succeed Veyron


International media sources are reporting that Bugatti is considering a hybrid supercar as follow up to the Veyron. According to the reports, the company’s first-ever hybrid vehicle is merely at the “blueprint” stage now, but is expected to feature a 16-cylinder, 1,500 horsepower engine in a very limited production run. Since 1998, Volkswagen AG has [...]

Lexus NX 300h Aims to ‘Stun’


The 2015 Lexus NX now comes as a hybrid or a turbocharged model, both of which gain from the company’s long experience with hybrid drive and turbo technology. The new entry from Japan’s leading luxury carmaker features a Qi wireless charging platform for devices, synthetic leather, and something unique on a luxury crossover, a G-force [...]

Volkswagen Passat Plug-in for Europe


The Volkswagen Passat will be available in Europe as a plug-in hybrid, the company announced this week. For 2015, all Passat drivetrain choices will see a 20 percent fuel economy improvement compared to 2014 models, but the plug-in offering is historic for the German automaker. A gasoline engine and electric motor work together for a [...]

‘Mystery Car’ of the Decade: Plug-in Hyundai Sonata


The much talked about Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid will not debut in 2015, as many had speculated. At the recent announcement ceremony for the company’s 2015 Sonata lineup, executives noted that hybrid drive is still very much in play, but pointed out that a plug-in is not a subject they wish to discuss at the [...]

Audi Shocker: Plug-in Hybrids of All Models by 2020


Key officials for Audi revealed this week that the German vehicle manufacturer would offer hybrid versions of all its models by the end of the decade. This marks the first time in history that a major automaker has made hybrid vehicle development a top priority. Audi’s Ulrich Hackenberg, research and development chief, called the Sportback [...]

June: Big Month for Ford Fusion Energi


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 [...]

Revealed: Volkswagen XL1 Price


Volkswagen announced this week that its diesel-electric hybrid XL1 would be priced at $169,000. The diminutive 0.8-liter engine is a 2-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 47 horsepower. A 5.5-kWh lithium pack is the power source for a companion electric motor that creates an additional 26 horsepower. European-cycle testing lists the car at 261-mpg, easily making it [...]

BMW i8: Award for Golfer’s Hole-in-One


James Heath of Britain won a BMW i8 hybrid supercar for his efforts in Sunday’s final round of the BMW International Open golf tournament. One of the premier contests on the European tour for the past 26 years, the BMW pro tourney is famous for awarding pricey cars to any pro who scores a hole-in-one [...]

Avg. MPG Hits Record High


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 [...]

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