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141 MPG Renault Ready for Paris Show


Europe’s third-largest carmaker, Renault, will unveil an ultra-efficient car at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The concept boasts fuel economy of 141 mpg, but officials declined to provide other details, apparently hoping to build anticipation ahead of the model’s official debut in Paris on Oct. 4. Renault’s design chief is Laurens van den [...]

Volkswagen XL2 on Drawing Board?


Volkswagen is reportedly designing a 4-seat, 4-door version of its super-mpg XL1 in an effort to compete with Japanese fuel-cell vehicles and high-efficiency cars from other makers. Sources claim the new model will weigh just over 2,000 pounds but will retain its 300-plus mpg rating (using European standards). The 300-Plus MPG XL1 {Video} For some [...]

Hyundai and Ford: ‘Top Secret’ Hybrid Plans?


Korea’s Hyundai is secretly developing a hybrid model that it hopes will be able to compete directly against the Toyota Prius. Various sources have reported seeing prototypes of the planned car on test runs at secret tracks. For its part, Japan’s Toyota will begin selling the fourth-generation of the venerable Prius hybrid by late 2015. [...]

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 [...]

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