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Electric-Car Concept From Japan Floats Like A Boat In Emergencies

Electric-Car Concept From Japan Floats Like A Boat In Emergencies

There are electric cars and (a few) amphibious cars, but what about electric amphibious cars? In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, there have been a few attempts to use electric cars for emergency power--but now this newest concept takes things a step further. The... read more

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Supplies Tight In 'Rolling Release'

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is proving unexpectedly popular, both in Japan and the U.S., and that's causing supply challenges for Honda. Two readers have contacted us in the... read more November 22, 2013 by 


 
New Honda Fit Hybrid (Japan-only model)

2015 Honda Fit To Have 36-MPG Combined Gas Mileage Rating

The new 2015 Honda Fit will have a combined EPA gas mileage rating of 36 mpg, according to Honda officials. That's the second-highest rating for any five-door subcompact... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
Daihatsu FC-Deck Concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

2013 Tokyo Motor Show: Green Car Preview

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is almost upon us. And while the Los Angeles Auto Show might hold more relevance for the U.S. market, Tokyo's offerings can never be discounted... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Japanese version).

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Gets Facelift--In Japan

Often cars are updated first in their home market; here's a good example. The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is getting a few upgrades, but--so far--only in Japan. The... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

U.S.-Made 2013 Nissan Leaf Has Only 15 Percent Local Content; Here's Why

The 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, for North American sales. In fact, Nissan got a low-interest loan for $1.6 billion from the U.S... read more September 30, 2013 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

Why The 2013 Nissan Leaf Is Really A 2001 Toyota Prius

A lot of media discussion these days seems to focus overly on the low sales of plug-in electric cars (this piece from Friday, for instance). That despite the fact that... read more September 23, 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 


 
2013 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid (for Japanese market)

Toyota Crown Royal Saloon: Driving The 'Hybrid Brougham' Luxury Sedan

Have you ever wondered what a mid-size hybrid sedan would be like if it had the ride and handling of a Sixties Cadillac: big, soft, and wallowy? If so, Toyota has an answer... read more August 29, 2013 by 


 
Honda NSX Concept-GT

Honda NSX Concept-GT: Honda's Hybrid Racer Revealed

Honda and Acura can't resist teasing us with its latest hybrid sports car, the NSX. We've seen concepts and disguised production models, and now there's a race car ready to... read more August 16, 2013 by 


 
Nissan New Mobility Concept (Twizy) on the island of Teshima, Japan (Image: Nissan EV on Facebook)

Nissan's Twizy Urban Electric Car Tour's Japan's Vacation Spots

When we first drove Renault's tiny Twizy electric car on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, we got the impression it'd be at its best in some of Europe's warmer climates. In... read more August 9, 2013 by  7


 
2013 Nissan Leaf (Japanese trim)

Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi To Install Charging Stations In Japan

Several Japanese automakers have announced a joint project to install charging stations across their home country. Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi will work with each... read more July 29, 2013 by  3


 
Toyota Winglet electric mobility assistance robot

Why Walk? Electric Toyota Winglet Gives Those Legs A Rest

Japanese automakers may have cultivated a reputation for occasionally churning out dull, forgettable vehicles, but they certainly make up for it in other ways. Take Nissan... read more July 26, 2013 by  7


 
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 


 
Nissan Leaf NISMO aero package

Nismo Offers To 'Chip' Your Leaf Electric Car For Better Performance

Nice vehicle though the 2013 Nissan Leaf is, it's just a little... tame, for some people. Those people may be intrigued to know that in Japan at least, there's an option to... read more June 25, 2013 by  15


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

Kei Cars: Japan's Tiny (But Often High-Tech) Minicars

You don't need us to tell you that the Japanese car market is about as far-removed from the U.S. market as it's possible to get. Where big trucks still dominate in North... read more June 9, 2013 by  7


 
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