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Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid To Appear At Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid To Appear At Paris Motor Show

Now that German carmakers have started to work in earnest on plug-in hybrids, expect to see a whole lot more of them in the coming years--though not always in North America. Following the Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid it unveiled last year, which is now on sale in Europe, the second VW to... read more

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2013 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (European model), 2012 Paris Motor Show

Will European Fuel-Efficiency Tests Get More Realistic Under New Rules?

When we report on European market cars, we'll often advise you to take their official fuel consumption ratings with a pinch of salt. The current New European Drive Cycle... read more July 1, 2014 by 


 
Fuel gauge

Why European Gas-Mileage Ratings Are So High--And Often Wrong

We're often asked why cars sold in Europe seem to be so much more efficient than those on sale in the U.S. Typically, it's accompanied by the mention of some supposedly... read more May 5, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen e-Up electric car with Douglas C54 transport plane at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

Volkswagen e-Up: Driving VW's Smallest Electric Car (Forbidden Fruit)

Of the three plug-in VW cars we drove in Berlin this month, the one we liked best is the one we won't get in North America. The Volkswagen e-Up battery-electric minicar is a... read more March 28, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla Announces European Expansion Plans At Geneva Show

Selling cars is one thing, but taking care of your new customers is another. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Tesla Motors revealed the next phase of its European expansion... read more March 5, 2014 by 


 
2013 Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe [UK specification]

Will Honda Insight, CR-Z Hybrids Be Pulled From U.S. Sale Too?

Sometimes--to quote a famous frog--it's not easy being green. Automotive News Europe (sub. required) reports that Honda will end European sales of the CR-Z and Insight... read more February 22, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen Tiguan TDI (European model), Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2013

Volkswagen Tiguan TDI: Forbidden Fruit Drive Report

It seems to be the season for diesel compact crossovers. Since September, we've driven the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC and the new 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. Now we've added... read more December 18, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Why German Elections Affect Your Next Audi, BMW, Or Mercedes

The results of German national elections don't get much news coverage in the U.S. But the re-election of Angela Merkel as chancellor on September 22 could prove to have an... read more October 3, 2013 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

Europe's First Six Tesla Superchargers Now Live In Norway

The first Tesla Supercharger fast-charging stations are now up and running in Europe's capital for electric cars, Norway. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] announced via its Twitter... read more August 31, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota Prius

Toyota Sells 23 Hybrids Globally; How Many Can You Name?

By this point, pretty much everyone can identify a Toyota Prius by its shape, and knows that it's a hybrid-electric vehicle. And most people know that Toyota sells many more... read more August 30, 2013 by 


 
P-Mob solar electric car (Video screen shot)

Electric Car Prototype Can Run 12 Miles On Solar Power Alone

Due to the very specific processes by which the universe works, it isn't really possible to power a modern electric car via on-board solar panels. Current photovoltaic cells... read more August 14, 2013 by  24


 
Smart eBike electric bicycle

Are Electric Bicycles Catching Cars As Europe's Favored Transport?

It shouldn't come as a surprise to discover that there are more bicycles around than there are cars. They're vastly cheaper for a start, and require no pesky tax, parking... read more July 12, 2013 by  6


 
ABB Group's 'Fastned' fast charging stations

Holland To Have World's Largest Electric-Car Fast-Charging Network

With the rate at which automakers are releasing new plug-in vehicles, the "chicken and egg" issue of whether cars or public charging points or the cars should debut first is... read more July 10, 2013 by  13


 
WAVE 2013 electric vehicle parade (Images: WAVE Facebook group)

'World Record Drive' Around EU Draws 388 Electric Cars

What do you call 388 electric cars and bikes driving from Vienna in Austria to Geneva in Switzerland? Answer: A world record. No, it's not funny, but then it wasn't a joke... read more July 9, 2013 by  1


 
Tesla's retail store concept

Tesla Builds Up Store Network In Europe Before Launching Model S

European electric car fans will soon get to enjoy the Tesla Model S as much as their American counterparts, when the car is launched in Europe this summer. Tesla Motors... read more June 22, 2013 by  8


 
All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric Production Began In Germany Last Week

Ford started European production of its Focus Electric at its German plant last week. It isn't just the first electric car Ford has produced in Europe, but the first... read more June 18, 2013 by  3


 
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