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Ford C-Max Energi Earns Higher MPGe Rating than Prius Plug-in, Volt

If you’re shopping for a hybrid car, you may be aware that the Ford C-Max Hybrid earns better fuel economy estimates than the Toyota Prius v. Now, Ford has announced that its upcoming plug-in hybrid, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi, is officially rated at 108/92 MPGe city/highway, or 100 MPGe combined. Ford points out that the C-Max Energi’s EPA estimates beat the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s combined rating of 95 MPGe, and the automaker also ... continue reading»

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Will Electric Car Discounts Shock Sales?

With their relatively high prices, electric cars and hybrids have struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. Automakers are hoping that lowering prices will spur sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt extended range plug-in hybrid.   The Associated Press reports, "Nissan is offering cheap leases and big discounts on the Leaf because of slow sales of the all-electric car." According to the AP, in August, Nissan offered discounts that were $2,400 more than the ... continue reading»

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Ford Now Accepting Orders for 2013 C-MAX Hybrid

Ford started taking customer orders for its upcoming 2013 C-MAX hybrid last week. The C-MAX goes on sale this fall and is Ford’s first dedicated hybrid car. Ford classifies it as a hybrid utility vehicle and it is similar in size to the Toyota Prius V and Mazda5. In a press release, Ford claims the 2013 C-MAX will have better fuel economy, performance and functionality than the Prius V. The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid starts at $25,995, which is ... continue reading»

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Best April Car Deals on Cars and SUVs

When analysts looked at vehicle sales for February 2012, they found that an increase in car sales was largely driven my small, fuel-efficient vehicles. That trend continued into March. “Higher gas prices drove strong March car sales especially those of fuel-efficient models,” says Edmunds. “Automakers in the U.S. sold 1.4 million vehicles, an increase of 12.7 percent from the year-ago March. That put the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate of car sales (SAAR) at 14.3 million, compared ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hybrid Cars, Affordable Crossover SUVs, Small Cars, car deals

Chevrolet Volt to Receive Safety Enhancements

General Motors announced Thursday that it will perform structural enhancements to the Chevrolet Volt to reduce the likelihood of the battery catching fire following a severe crash. According to a press release issued by GM, the chief aim of these enhancements is to ensure driver and passenger safety by further reducing the vulnerability of the battery pack in the event of a severe collision. The enhancements will be performed both to new models at the factory and as a modification ... continue reading»

Tags: NHTSA, Chevrolet, Hybrid Cars, Model News, 2012 chevrolet volt, Battery Fire

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