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Chevrolet to Develop New Fuel-Efficient Small Engines

With gas prices about 60 cents more than they were one year ago, and the federal government issuing fleet-wide fuel efficiency standards for cars and small trucks for 2025, automakers are under pressure to develop cars and update mechanical components that make vehicles more efficient. Hybrid and electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Prius Plug-in Hybrid are green cars that have debuted recently, but automakers are also going back to the basics. They’re creating new engines ... continue reading»

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Coda: First Chinese Electric Car to Hit U.S. Market

The Coda sedan will be the first Chinese-made electric car to be sold in the United States. So far, the automotive press thinks the Coda is nowhere near as eccentric as models like the Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i, but like that its range is significantly higher than these electric cars. “If cars came in flavors, Coda's debut would be classic vanilla,” says the Los Angeles Times. “Understated by design, it's a car for do-gooders who don't ... continue reading»

Tags: New Cars, Green Cars, Model News, electric cars, Coda

Cadillac Converj Concept Becomes ELR

If you keep tabs on the concept cars automakers release, you may be familiar with the Cadillac Converj prototype, which General Motors unveiled at the 2009 Detroit auto show. Wednesday, Cadillac reported that the Converj, which is an extended-range electric vehicle, just like the Chevrolet Volt, will make it to production, but will be known as the Cadillac ELR. GM is keeping the specifics under wraps, but the automaker has provided a little information on the technology that will be ... continue reading»

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Test Drive: Lexus CT 200h Lacks Pizzazz

When Honda introduced the CR-Z, a sporty hybrid that starts at about $20,000, test drivers called it an oxymoron because hypothetically, a hybrid can’t be sporty, and sports cars aren’t supposed to be fuel efficient. This year, Lexus introduced its take on this idea, the 2011 CT 200h, but took its sportiness down a notch to make its fuel economy ratings average 43/40 mpg city/highway. I drove the CT 200h nearly 600 miles, and in ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Green Cars, Honda CR Z, Lexus CT200h

Ford Focus Electric Adds Optional Solar Panels

If you’re interested in all-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric, it’s likely that you’re apprehensive about the purchase. Electric vehicle range is limited to about 100 miles in ideal conditions, and the United States doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to support drivers who need to recharge mid-trip. Ford and SunPower, a company that makes solar panels, have teamed up to make owning a Focus Electric more practical, saying the Focus Electric ... continue reading»

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Green Cars, Ford Focus Electric, Model News

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