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Ford claims 1,000 Fiesta reservations in first week; analysts already warn of possible small car oversupply

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: MPG , Ford 2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery The new Ford Fiesta starts at $13,320 (plus a $675 destination charge) and that price fits the budgets of at least 1,000 early adopters. Ford announced today that it has received over 1,000 reservations for the new small car in the first six days that they have been taking them. Perhaps due to the six-month-long Fiesta Movement that got word out about the car, people who reserved a car will now be given a VIP experience at Ford dealers when (if?) they go to actually buy the car.


Honda CR-Z brochure leaks out, production specs revealed

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , Honda 2011 Honda CR-Z Brochure – Click above for high-res image gallery The variable valve-timing obsessives at the Temple of VTEC have scored a leaked brochure of the 2011 Honda CR-Z , and in addition to getting a glimpse of the production version of the hybrid hatch, some specs and trim details were included in the document. We finally have hard figures on the 1.5-liter engine’s output (in JDM spec), with the diminutive four-cylinder putting out 112 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) on its own and another 14 hp from its electric motor


REPORT: Tesla goes from competitor to demonstrator in Automotive X Prize

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Tesla Motors , Automotive X-Prize Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery The Automotive X Prize lost another vehicle this week with the announcement that Tesla Motors will no longer be entering the Model S in the competition division.


Ruf creates the Porsche Cayenne based eRuf Stormster

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Porsche eRuf Stormster grün – click above for high-res image gallery A little more than a year ago, the Porsche tuning specialist at Ruf unveiled their first electric car, the 911-based eRuf . That first iteration was definitely not ready for production, but the crew at Ruf are not known for taking half measures.


TTAC drives Citroen C1 ev’ie, mostly likes it

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Citroen , Europe/EU We took notice that a large portion (60!) of the electric cars in Copenhagen for the ongoing U.N. climate conference were of the Citroen C1 ev’ie variety and had a tiny panic attack. A certain test drive of this electric vehicle last summer had not proceeded, to put it mildly, especially well and had left questions about its durability up in the air.


REPORT: Chevrolet Malibu to join Volt in Detroit-Hamtramck plant

Published: December 10, 2009

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Filed under: Manufacturing/Plants , Chevrolet 2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery It’s long been presumed that the Chevrolet Volt (and its Opel/Vauxhall Ampera twin ) would not be the only car rolling out of General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant after late 2010.


REPORT: Ford looking to invest up to $500 million in Michigan hybrid, EV plants

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , Manufacturing/Plants , Ford 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery After GM’s announcement this week that it would invest $336 million in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build the Volt, there are noises from Ford about a similar investment.


No Surprise: Volkswagen reportedly to take 20% stake in Suzuki

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: Suzuki , Volkswagen Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Though Suzuki CEO Osamu Suzuki would beg to differ , it seems that the old saying has once again been proven accurate. After a ton of rumor, innuendo and speculation on the matter – along with the subsequent denials – a report from Reuters indicates that Volkswagen is indeed on the verge of announcing that it’s procuring a 20 percent stake in Suzuki


55 mph national limit to make a comeback? Not so fast.

Published: December 9, 2009

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Filed under: MPG , Legislation and Policy , Green Daily , USA When the original national speed limit came into effect in 1974 after the first Arab oil embargo, it was designed to cut back on gasoline usage. Even though the national limit was repealed in 1995, the old double nickel is a perennial topic and it reared its head again after the EPA announced yesterday that greenhouse gases are hurting us . Writing in the Examiner , Mark Tapscott says that, “[The 55 mph limit is] virtually assured of making a return engagement in the very near future, thanks to a new ruling by the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” You hear that?


Lutz: Whitacre will not slow down Chevy Volt, electrification

Published: December 8, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Chevrolet , GM 2011 Chevy Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery Worried that yet another change in leadership will have a negative impact on the Chevy Volt project? Surely you’re not alone, but GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has friendly words of encouragement to share to mitigate those fears.


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