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Tesla News: Low Lease Price for S, Wagon in Future?

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Tesla Motors announced a new lease deal for consumers this week. Partnering with US Bank, the electric carmaker will offer a 25 percent discount off its standard lease rates for drivers who are still undecided about owning a Model S. Right now, consumers can lease a Tesla in 38 states, with monthly rates between $800 [...]

Ford Reveals C-Max ‘Extreme Makeover’

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Ford Motor Company officials revealed the new face of the C-Max this week, though the full display models will likely not be shown to the public until next month’s Paris Motor Show. The “extreme makeover,” as Ford calls it, includes mechanical as well as aesthetic changes to the top-selling vehicle. Complete with LED running lights, [...]

Hyundai and Ford: ‘Top Secret’ Hybrid Plans?

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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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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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