Germany's in the news today, as are its carmakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Three different stories cover the country's plug-in electric cars. Then there's a new spy-shot photo of the next Toyota Prius hybrid, and a look at the impact of biofuels on oil consumption. All this and more today on Green Car Reports.

We have a new and clearer photo of the rear of the upcoming 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, although it's still in camouflage.

It looks like the German government may have to move away from its reluctance to offer incentives for adopting plug-in electric cars, in order to meet lower carbon emission goals.

The automotive press in that country reports that a radical BMW four-seat carbon-fiber plug-in hybrid is being tested, though production isn't likely.

A study from the University of California Berkeley seems to suggest that adding biofuels to some nations' fuel supplies may increase global oil consumption.

And back to the Germans once more: Mercedes-Benz has priced its S550 Plug-In Hybrid at the same level as its base gasoline S-Class. Hmmmmmmm.

The new 2016 Volvo XC90 seven-seat crossover utility is so popular, waiting times have soared--so Volvo is subsidizing rental cars for some buyers. They're Volvos too, of course.

And finally, the Honda HR-V and the Jeep Renegade are two very popular new smaller SUVs; we compare them.


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