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  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    People have many reasons for choosing hybrid vehicles. For some, the chance of cutting down on fuel bills may be a priority. For others, knowing that they're doing less damage to the environment is very appealing. We've noticed that you, our readers, prioritize many different factors when choosing a green car. Some of you accept that spending a little extra initially can have financial benefits in the future, while others prefer to spend a little less in the short term. That's why we're looking at two leading midsize hybrids, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and...

  • San Francisco Ford Hybrid Escape Taxi by Flickr user Ian Fuller
    San Francisco: Twice As Many Taxis Burn Half As Much Gas; Here's How

    In the past 15 years, the city of San Francisco has doubled the numbers of taxi cabs on its streets, up from 750 vehicles in 1997 to 1,500 this year. But thanks to incentives designed to get taxi operators behind the wheel of greener cars, 92 percent of San Francisco’s taxi fleet are either...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    2013 Ford Fusion To 2012 Toyota Camry: Our Hybrid's Mileage Is Higher

    Toyota may be the acknowledged master of hybrid cars - after all, they were one of the first to the party - but Ford isn't about to let its Japanese rival steal the show. To this end, Ford is promising big things with the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid - including Camry Hybrid-beating fuel efficiency...

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    2012 Toyota Prius Vs 2012 Toyota Camry: Economy Or Speed?

    If you've been following over the last few weeks, you'll have seen us pitch two cars from particular manufacturers against each other. While there are often clear differences between the models, the exercise highlights what someone in the market at a particular price point can expect, when...

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    2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Highly Rated By Consumer Reports

    Toyota's Camry has long dominated the family car sector, and that doesn't look set to change any time soon. The February issue of product testing organization Consumer Reports carries tests of three different 2012 Camry models, including the important and extensively-updated hybrid model. All three...

  • 2012 Toyota Yaris
    Toyota's Green Autumn: 2012 Yaris, New Camry Hybrid, Prius V Wagon

    While Toyota is still struggling to get itself entirely back to normal after the devastating March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami, the company has a number of new green cars coming along this autumn. It is pulling forward the launch for the redesigned 2012 version of its best-selling Camry...

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    The all-new 2012 Camry Hybrid gets excellent gas mileage, of up to 43 mpg city, 39 highway

  • Nickel-metal-hydride hybrid battery pack being installed in trunk of new 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
    2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: New Style, Same Old Hybrid System

    Sometimes, you find information in the strangest places. Take the YouTube video, "Georgetown Plant on the 2012 Camry," apparently posted by Toyota of the Black Hills, a dealer in Rapid City, South Dakota. It's got some shots of the newly redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry moving down the production line...

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    How Much Gasoline Can You Save With A Hybrid Or Plug-In Car?

    As of the middle of April, gasoline is approaching $4.00 per gallon across the United States and oil is surging past $110 per barrel. More and more energy observers are talking about "$5 per gallon fuel" here in the U.S. So how do you minimize your gasoline costs and maximize your mileage? What...

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    2011 Denver Auto Show: Toyota Displays CNG-Powered and Plug-In Hybrid Concepts

    This year’s 2011 Denver Auto Show (DAS) has a lot to offer consumers from demonstrations to manufacturer ride and drives to concept vehicles that will “fuel the future.” Wednesday marked the opening of the largest Denver Auto Show in history at some 500,000 sq. ft and it also...

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    Should The U.S. Lower Speed Limits In Order To Curtail Fuel Consumption?

    The recent spike in oil prices has got the whole world focused on fuel consumption, so much so in some parts that countries are lowering their national speed limits in an effort to reduce their national fuel consumption levels. One such country is Spain, which reduced its speed limit for cars from...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott
    2011 Nissan Leaf vs 2011 Chevy Volt: Strengths & Weaknesses, By The Man Who Owns Both

    Many comments are appearing on the internet taking enthusiastic positions for either the new 2011 Chevy Volt or the 2011 Nissan Leaf. It seems most readers are in one "camp" or the other. In our household, after studying the technical strengths and features of both cars as they moved from concept...

  • 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid teaser photo

    Last year, Toyota promised to launch a dozen new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models by the end of 2012. One of those new hybrid models may be unveiled in concept form at next month's Geneva Motor Show. Two Dutch websites are reporting that the company will use the show for the world debut of a Toyota Yaris Hybrid Concept. Thus far, Toyota's hybrids have all been either compacts or larger. In the U.S., it offers the midsize 2011 Prius and Camry Hybrid cars, plus the 2011 Highlander Hybrid crossover. And at last month's 2011 Detroit Auto Show, it unveiled a new Prius model, the 2012 Prius V...

  • Prokhorov CityCar natural-gas hybrid vehicle, design prototype
    Russian Billionaire's Natural-Gas Hybrid Electric Car, Yo

    Never let it be said that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov doesn't put his money where his mouth is. He plans to invest 150 million euros, or about $200 million, in a new company that will build the world's first production natural-gas series hybrid vehicle. The car will be called Yo, which is...

  • Prokhorov CityCar natural-gas hybrid vehicle, design prototype
    Russian Billionaire Gets Gassy To Go Green: Prokhorov City Car

    Russia. Onion domes, remnants of Communism, enormous natural-gas reserves, and a fierce love of Vodka. These elements have now somehow combined to convince Mikhail Prokhorov--reportedly Russia's wealthiest man, new owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, newly-minted publisher of the New...

  • Pre-Production 2010 Toyota Prius in Orlando
    Another Hybrid Study Misses the Point: It's Not About Payback

    Sometimes, you'd think that hybrid-electric vehicles were the most important development in the automotive world, if not the entire geopolitical sphere, in the last 15 years. They're not. More than a decade after they launched into the U.S. market, their market share hovers just south of 3 percent...

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    Why The Cost of Insuring Your Hybrid Car Is Going To Rise

    We already knew that the quintessential hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, costs a little more to repair than non-hybrid cars. Now, the news gets worse: Insurance rates for hybrids are going to rise, probably at a faster rate than auto insurance premiums overall, according to Mitchell International's...

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    Only One Hybrid Car Pays Back Its Owners; Know Which One?

    One of the criticisms of hybrid cars has historically been that there's no payback, especially given the cheap gasoline prices in the U.S. The extra money you spend on a hybrid isn't returned in gas savings, say critics. Well, that may be true, especially when regular gasoline is averaging $2.77 a...

  • 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

    Hyundai is on a roll in general, and last week we published the first 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid drive report, by our colleague Marty Padgett. This very important model is the carmaker's first-ever hybrid to be sold in the U.S., but far from the last.  In 2012, Hyundai plans an upcoming dedicated hybrid that shares no body panels with any other model. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid may hit 40 miles per gallon for highway mileage in final EPA testing, says Hyundai CEO John Krafcik. And for customers who buy one before December 31, when U.S. hybrid tax credits expire, the effective price could be as...

  • Ford Escape Hybrid Taxi
    Cities Want High-Mileage Hybrid Taxis; Judge Says It's Illegal

    If you've been to New York City lately, you may have noticed an increasing number of hybrid taxis on the roads: mostly Ford Escape Hybrid SUVs, but also Toyota Camry Hybrid and Nissan Altima Hybrid sedans, and a scattering of others too. It's part of a long-term plan to green the fleet of 14,000...

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    Next Toyota Prius To Be Built in U.S.--But Not Until 2016

    The convoluted twists and turns of possible Prius production in the U.S. have taken another unexpected bend. A Toyota executive has now told Reuters that the company intends to build the quintessential hybrid in the States, but not until its next generation is launched. That would be in 2016, since...

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    Toyota Sells 2.5 Million Hybrids Worldwide

    Hybrid vehicles have been alternately portrayed as the saviours of modern transportation or the last gasp of the dying oil-based economy. Either way, Toyota has capitalized on their popularity with its world-beating Prius, even managing to sell more than 2.5 million hybrids worldwide--and at a...

  • 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
    Green-Car Tip: Hybrid Vehicles Get Discounts, Incentives Too

    While the auto industry in general offers an average incentive of more than $1,000 off the sticker price of any new vehicle, many buyers somehow assume this doesn't apply to hybrids. Oh, but it does. You can get money off pretty much any hybrid out there at the moment, since gasoline prices are far...

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    2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Continues Conquest Campaign

    Just yesterday, we reported on Ford's first-ever 300 hp/30 mpg ratings for the 2011 Mustang. The company has vowed to achieve best-in-class fuel economy numbers for every new model it launches. Certainly the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid clears that bar, trouncing any other mid-size sedan with an EPA...

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