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  • 2016 Toyota Prius, Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2015

    Over the past six months, Toyota has made some remarkable decisions about its present and future car technologies. After years of staunch opposition to battery-electric vehicles, it committed to launching one by 2020. Now, the company has decided to offer its proprietary hybrid technology in volume to other automakers. DON'T MISS: Toyota battery R&D will allow all-electric car in 'a few years,' likely 2020 That decision, announced two weeks ago as part of a wider announcement of powertrain strategies by the company, marks a clear change of course. Since 1997, when the company launched the...

  • 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
    Honda Accord Hybrid Production Relocates From Ohio To Japan

    The topic of the press release issued late last Wednesday was not the sort of thing to set green-car fans' hearts racing: "Statement...Re: North American Production Portfolio". But buried in several paragraphs of detail from John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, was one...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius
    2012 Toyota Prius: Most Researched Car By Green-Car Buyers?

    Thanks to data published by most automakers every month, it’s pretty easy to find out which cars sell the most. But before any cars are sold, which cars are the most researched by buyers? According to our own data, and some observations we’ve noted from the U.S. Department of...

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    Boulder, Colorado, Loves Hybrids As Much as Los Angeles

    Ask most Americans to name a place in the U.S. where hybrid cars are popular, and they’ll probably name somewhere in California, the Pacific Northwest, or Washington D.C. Now the city of Boulder, Colorado is keen to let the world know it also wants to be known for its hybrid-loving...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius
    Gas Mileage Rises, Hybrid Car Sales Fall: Here's The Reason

    Gas mileage: It's all about hybrids, right? The 2012 Toyota Prius hatchback and Toyota Prius C models each get a combined 50-mpg rating from the EPA, the highest fuel efficiency of any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the U.S. So hybrid sales should be soaring. They're not. While Toyota has expanded the...

  • 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
    Hybrid, Plug-in Car Sales Reached 8-Month High In November

    Sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars may have suffered over the summer thanks to dropping gas prices, economic woes and a drop in availability of cars, but last month sales of so-called ‘Advanced Drive’ cars reached an 8 month high. All in all, a little under 28,000...

  • 2010 Honda Insight

    Hybrid cars seem to bring out strong beliefs among car buyers, both pro and con. On the pro side, they get better gas mileage, offer some small degree of all-electric running, and let buyers display (to varying degrees) their green credentials. On the con side, they're usually pricier than similarly equipped gasoline-engined cars, and the payback on that extra cost is debatable and varies greatly with driving behavior, length of ownership, and comparison set. There's also a fair degree of back-and-forth between hybrid enthusiasts and proponents of clean-diesel vehicles, whose sales are rising...

  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Sells Better Than Expected, Ford Says

    When Lincoln launched its 2011 MKZ Hybrid model at the New York Auto Show last spring, the car was less remarkable than its price of $35,180. The number was a surprise because it was the same price as the only other engine option for the MKZ, a 3.5-liter V-6. So what do we know about the two...

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