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

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, it's revealed the result of such a concoction, in the shape of the Twin-Up. As the name suggests, it's based on the... read more

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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 30


 
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 0


 
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 0


 
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 0


 
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


 

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