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

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 designed to set dimensions and engine sizes. So specific are they to Japanese roads and market conditions, they're rarely sold... read more

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

VW Unveils High-Mileage Diesel Golf In Paris That The U.S. Won’t Get

As today marks the start of the 2012 Paris Auto Show, we’re likely to see lots of interesting green cars over the next few days that we’ll never see in the U.S... read more September 27, 2012 by  13


 
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, diesel hybrid first drive

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4: Diesel Hybrid First Drive

You'll be familiar with diesel cars, and familiar with hybrids, but as yet no manufacturer sells a diesel-electric hybrid car in the U.S. In Europe, things are different... read more August 9, 2012 by  4


 
Chrysler Ypsilon TwinAir

Chrysler Ypsilon: All-Italian American Car U.S. Doesn't Get

You'll no doubt be familiar with the term 'platform sharing', a name given to basic automotive architecture that finds itself used on a variety of models in a range, or even... read more May 30, 2012 by  0


 
Skoda Citigo. Photos: Antony Ingram

Skoda Citigo: Slovak-Made Czech Minicar Is Sibling To VW Up

You may have just read our take on the Volkswagen Up, an excellent minicar that unfortunately won't be coming to U.S. shores. What you may not have realized is that it has... read more May 21, 2012 by  1


 
2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto Show

Cars That Should Get Diesel Engines In The U.S., Now!

If diesel is your fuel of choice for high gas mileage, then you might be a little disappointed with the limited selection of vehicles available. Certainly, the U.S. lags... read more May 9, 2012 by  25


 
Renault Twizy in New York City. Photos: Renault Official on Flickr

Little Car, Big Apple: Renault Twizy In New York City

When we drove the Renault Twizy on the island of Ibiza last month, we asked whether Renault would actually sell any. A vehicle that's virtually ideal for a sun-drenched... read more May 4, 2012 by  4


 
2009 Ford Ka

Small Cars We're Not Getting (Yet): Forbidden Fruit

The trickle of European and Japanese small cars into the U.S. is slow but steady. We've got the MINI, we have the Fiat 500, and Ford and Mazda have graced us with the Fiesta... read more April 30, 2012 by  3


 
Volkswagen up! first drive photos

Volkswagen Up Wins World Car Of The Year Award

Most magazines and countries have their own 'Car of the Year' awards, but the accolade of 'World Car of the Year' is undoubtedly the most presigious. This year, Volkswagen's... read more April 9, 2012 by  0


 
Renault Twizy Z.E. electric vehicle

Renault Twizy Electric Minicar: What Would You Like To Know?

Electric cars have some clear benefits over combustion-engined equivalents--zero local emissions, inexpensive "refuelling", luxury-car levels of refinement from silent... read more April 4, 2012 by  16


 
Volkswagen up! first drive photos

Volkswagen up!: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

We've been following the progress of Volkswagen's up! for quite some time. First, we saw the up! Lite concept. Then the up!, a rear-engined minicar. VW then teased some... read more March 19, 2012 by  1


 
2012 Nissan Invitation Concept

Nissan Invitation Concept Subcompact Live Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Sometimes at an international auto show, a new concept car is unveiled that is truly stunning -- but is unlikely to ever make it to the U.S. We call them Forbidden Fruit... read more March 6, 2012 by  7


 
Volkswagen up! concepts, 2012 Geneva Motor Show

More Small, Happy Volkswagens We Still Won't Get To Buy!

Volkswagen's up! minicar is one of our "forbidden fruit" cars. It's small, green, clever, does 56 miles per gallon, and is entirely unavailable in the U.S. That's... read more March 2, 2012 by  1


 
2012 Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel

Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel: Forbidden Fruit First Drive

There are - believe it or not - advantages to living in England. Okay, so the weather is as depressing as the stereotypes suggest, and the average price of gas is currently... read more February 27, 2012 by  0


 
BMW 116d EfficientDynamics

Forbidden Fruit: 60 MPG BMW 1-Series Due At Geneva Show

When it comes to diesel cars, the choice in the U.S. is a little thin next to the selection of diesels on sale in Europe. After all, where else could you buy an example of... read more February 17, 2012 by  0


 
2011 Ford B-Max Concept. Photo by Vitesse Photography.

Ford: Fiesta-Based B-Max Minivan Isn't Coming To U.S.

Remember the Ford B-Max? Of course you do. Ford's small Fiesta-based minivan, previewed in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, is most recognizable for its innovative... read more February 3, 2012 by  0


 
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