Toyota teaser, VW hybrid, diesel car disappears, NY show preview: The Week In Reverse

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First drive, Venice, Italy

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Which new version of the Toyota Prius do we think will be launched at next week's New York Auto Show?

And, what upcoming diesel car won't make it to the U.S. after all?

This is our look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Friday, we updated our list of green cars at the 2016 New York Auto Show, where previews start next Tuesday, followed by media days on Wednesday and Thursday.

These are only vehicles that will be new or heavily revised and seen for the first time at the show, not those already introduced like the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

We'll update the story again Monday or Tuesday with the latest information—and you can follow all the latest stories from the show on our New York Auto Show news page.

Max Myers Chevrolet in Middlebury, Indiana

Max Myers Chevrolet in Middlebury, Indiana

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On Thursday, our contributor Chris Neff and Tiffany Raim wrote about discovering a Chevy dealer who's completely up to speed on selling Volt plug-in hybrids.

Max Myers Chevrolet, in the small town of Middlebury, Indiana, keeps its staff trained on the Volt and gets referrals for new customers from previous buyers.

Given that many dealers aren't that good at selling electric cars, the Max Myers story was inspiring, and readers responded approvingly.

Wednesday, the effects of cheap gasoline and the VW diesel emission scandal together managed to kill off the planned 2017 Audi A4 TDI, fitted with a 2.0-liter diesel engine.

In regard to that scandal, which was six months old as of yesterday, we also updated our "What You Need To Know in 10 Questions" about the entire affair to date.

2017 Toyota Prius teaser photo for new model to debut at 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Toyota Prius teaser photo for new model to debut at 2016 New York Auto Show

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On Tuesday, we noted that a teaser photo from Toyota about a car to be unveiled in New York next week might be the next Prius plug-in hybrid version.

That car is rumored to be called the Toyota Prius Prime; we'll find out all the detail on Wednesday.

Monday, we covered a report that VW will build its own dedicated "Prius fighter," a hybrid hatchback possibly called the Volkswagen XL3.

That would follow in the footsteps of the Hyundai Ioniq, which will offer hybrid, all-electric, and plug-in hybrid versions when it goes on sale late this year.

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq will make its North American debut at next week's New York Auto Show; the XL3 remains some years in the future.

Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

Elio Motors 84 mpg 3-wheeler [Image: Elio Motors]

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Finally, Elio Motors—which is trying to raise funds to build a three-wheeled, two-seat car projected to cost $6,800 and get 84 miles per gallon—will sell 100 "pre-production" cars this year.

The startup maker still appears to be counting on hundreds of millions of dollars in low-interest loans to get production underway.

Those were our main stories this week; we'll see you again next week. Until then, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.

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