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Hybrid MPG Lowered, Electric-Car Crash Tests & Recalls, Cheaper Home Solar: Today's Car News

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2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

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Today on Green Car Reports, it's all about the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and its EPA gas-mileage rating. Home solar gets cheaper, we have an electric-car recall and a crash test of a different electric model, and we finish with a fun photo gallery. All this and more in today's car news, right here on Green Car Reports.

As rumored earlier in the day, Ford said late yesterday it would cut the 2013 C-Max Hybrid gas-mileage rating to 43 MPG and send checks to all buyers and lessees of its hybrid.

On the green energy front, it's now cheaper than ever to put solar panels on your home.

Audi will offer not only a diesel A4 model, but also an A4 plug-in hybrid when the new version debuts in 2015.

The NHTSA awarded the 2013 Smart Electric Drive Coupe four stars (out of five) for overall crash safety.

The upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar showed up in production trim to thrill crowds at this weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance extravaganza.

A new NHTSA safety-recall database will let owners search by VIN.

Curious about what goes into ensuring the quality of a Tesla Model S electric luxury sport sedan? Now there's video.

Another safety story: The 2013 Fiat 500e electric car is being recalled for potentially faulty driveshafts.

Tell us if you agree with our five best car commercials (and five worst).

And finally, for your amusement, we've gathered a photo gallery of five vehicles that make green-car drivers see red.

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