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Surprise! 2014 Clean Diesel Sales Up 25 Percent


Data released this week reveals that clean diesel vehicle sales in the U.S. shot up 25 percent from January to the end of June 2014. Analysts say the biggest surprise in the stats is that overall U.S. car sales only increased 4.2 percent during the same six-month period. In fact, of the 48 months since [...]

Classic VW Bug Goes Electric


A California man has become the state’s self-appointed expert for converting classic Volkswagen Beetles into snazzy-looking electric cars. David Bernardo specializes in models that came off the assembly line between 1958 and 1966. After removing the original motors and substituting electric ones, he places battery packs in two separate locations on each vehicle. To retain [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Top Diesel and Hybrid States are…


Recent data from the Diesel Technology Forum shows that diesel car registrations grew by 30 percent between 2010 and 2013, while hybrid sales did even better, posting a 64 percent jump for the same time period. On U.S. roads today, the diesel population stands at 7 million vehicles and the hybrid count comes in at [...]

Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Coming to EU


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 [...]

VW e-Golf’s Shocking Extras


When Volkswagen begins selling its e-Golf electric car in the U.S. later this year, the company will offer a unique roadside assistance plan. Any e-Golf owner who runs out of charge within 100 miles of home will get a free ride to the nearest charging station, plus a lift back home or to the office [...]

KBB Reveals ‘Top Green Cars’ for 2014


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 [...]

New York Auto Show 2014: Breaking News


With the New York International Auto Show just days from opening its doors to the public, media sources are already calling this year’s expo the greenest ever. BMW has confirmed the appearance of its awaited Concept X5 eDrive, which is expected to reach showrooms perhaps as early as 2015. The plug-in hybrid X5 is a [...]

VW Golf Sportwagen Diesel to NY Show


Volkswagen will bring a concept model of its U.S.-bound clean diesel Golf Sportwagen to the New York Auto Show next week. The car features a longer roof and is said to resemble the company’s European Golf in significant details. The concept car that will be on display in New York is officially called Golf Sportwagen [...]

Surprise! Here are ‘Real’ MPG Champs


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


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 [...]

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