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

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 blast. It's small, rollerskate-agile, and performs well enough that it would be our preferred vehicle in any crowded city... read more

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Volkswagen up! five-door

Volkswagen Twin-Up: XL1-Powered Plug-In Minicar Revealed

VW has hinted for some time that the diesel-electric drivetrain from its XL1 eco-supercar would appear in something a little more humble and affordable. Now, writes Autocar... read more November 7, 2013 by 


 
European Ford Focus gets lower-emission 1.0 3-cyl EcoBoost

Forbidden Fruit: Europe's Ford Focus 3-Cyl EcoBoost Gets Even Greener

As the U.S. still eagerly awaits the introduction of the 3-cylinder EcoBoost Ford Fiesta, European drivers are buying Ford's tiny-engined cars in their droves. Various... read more August 14, 2013 by  6


 
2014 Mazda 3

2014 Mazda Mazda3 Hybrid Announced... But Only For Japan

Mazda hasn't made much of a fanfare about its future hybrid models of late. In fact, you might not even have known the company was planning any, such is its silence over the... read more July 12, 2013 by 


 
Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid first drive, Mallorca

Toyota Auris Hybrid Wagon: Are You Missing Out On Europe's Prius V Alternative?

It's easy enough to find a hybrid these days, with plenty of automakers offering cars that blend gasoline engines and electric propulsion to one degree or another. More... read more June 27, 2013 by  9


 
Mercedes-Benz A Class diesel: UK drive

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 200 CDI Driven: Taster For Diesel CLA?

There are many reasons why certain models aren't sold in certain markets, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating when you can't get hold of them. For fans of diesel... read more May 30, 2013 by  6


 
Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC diesel (European version)

The 60 MPG Honda Civic... Not Sold In The U.S.

The most frugal Civic U.S. drivers can currently buy is the 2013 Civic Hybrid. The low-key sedan manages 44 mpg in city, highway and combined driving, sips gasoline, and goes... read more May 17, 2013 by  28


 
Mahindra e2o electric car

Mahindra E2O Electric Minicar Launches In India, Nee Reva NXR

The car you see in the images above has actually been in the making for several years, and for drivers in India it's one of the more significant vehicles released this year... read more March 18, 2013 by  1


 
Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion

Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion: 70 MPG Hatchback... U.S. Won't Get

If you were to associate Volkswagen with one particular fuel-efficient technology, it'd probably be diesel. VW's range of diesels is expanding in the U.S, but it's massive in... read more March 5, 2013 by  25


 
Volkswagen up! first drive photos

Volkswagen Up Minicar To Get XL1's Ultra-Frugal Drivetrain?

The Volkswagen Up is one of our favorite 'forbidden fruit' cars. Sold in Europe, it's a rival to vehicles like the Chevrolet Spark in the 'A' segment. It's lightweight... read more February 25, 2013 by  2


 
2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Diesel Hot Hatch Returns 50+ MPG

Following yesterday’s leak of the new e-Golf electric variant of Volkswagen’s latest MkVII Golf, comes the first photos and specs for the latest Golf GTD... read more February 21, 2013 by  4


 
Mercedes-Benz A Class A180 quick drive

Forbidden Fruit: Mercedes-Benz A Class Quick Drive

Selling luxury vehicles is a delicate balancing act. Concentrate on your most wealthy clientele and the market is lucrative, but limited. But go too far the other way... read more February 5, 2013 by  2


 
Honda's N-One retro minicar - image: Honda Motor Co

Japan's Tiny 'Kei' Cars Set For Increasing Electrification

Kei-jidosha, or 'Kei cars' are one of our favorite "forbidden fruits" here at Green Car Reports. Strict tax, insurance and parking regulations in Japan result in vehicles... read more December 28, 2012 by  4


 
Honda Brio  -  Indonesian-market version  -  Driven, 11/2012

Honda Brio: Quick Drive

It takes driving an emerging-market car like the Honda Brio—as we did briefly this past week—to understand just how much the small cars we get here in the U.S... read more November 20, 2012 by 


 
2012 Volkswagen Up minicar (German model), road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2012

Volkswagen Confirms Up Minicar Will Get 2-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Last year, Fiat's 875cc, twin-cylinder turbocharged engine won the 'International Engine of the Year' award, seeing off competition from Ferrari, BMW and Audi, among others... read more October 24, 2012 by 


 
Citroen DS5 Hybrid

The Coolest Hybrid You'll Never Get To Drive

Poor old Toyota. Over the past decade, the Japanese company has produced millions of Prius, making a contribution to saving gas as great as any other vehicle, but the one... read more October 12, 2012 by 


 
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