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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Quick Spin [w/video]

Published: January 20, 2016

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Filed under: Green , Chevrolet , Quick Spins , Sedan , Hybrid The Chevy Malibu finally joins the true hybrid game, showing it can compete despite being late to the party. Read our review of this gas-electric midsizer. Continue reading 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Quick Spin [w/video] 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Quick Spin [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:00:00 EST


Audi Q7 E-Tron Quattro TDI Quick Spin

Published: November 20, 2015

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Filed under: Green , Audi , AutoblogGreen Exclusive , Quick Spins , SUV , Diesel , Hybrid We take the Audi Q7 E-Tron 3.0 TDI Quattro for a quiet spin in Spain, looking ahead a few years to the US arrival of this big PHEV.


2015 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Published: March 13, 2015

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Filed under: Green , Porsche , Quick Spins , Hatchback , Hybrid , Luxury , Performance Porsche’s plug-in hybrid gets every adjective we expect of a successor from Stuttgart: more complex, more efficient, more powerful, and faster. We put the 2015 Panamera S E-Hybrid through its paces in Southern California.


2016 Smart Forfour

Published: November 25, 2014

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Filed under: Budget , Europe , Hatchback , Smart , Quick Spins The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand’s best seller, it’s not the only model to to wear the moniker


2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Published: November 3, 2014

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Filed under: Hybrid , Crossover , Porsche , Quick Spins Think of the electric motor in the facelifted 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid as the cream filling in an Oreo cookie. Under the hood of this plug-in hybrid crossover is a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with a 95-hp synchronous electric motor sandwiched between it and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.


Quick Spin: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Published: September 22, 2014

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Filed under: Hybrid , Sedan , Toyota , Quick Spins Toyota offers many flavors of its refreshed 2015 Camry , but those who choose to lower their operating cost-per-mile, squeeze 500-plus miles out of each tank of fuel or run a very efficient and reliable sedan in their taxi fleets will only be interested in one: the Camry Hybrid. The exterior of the 2015 Camry Hybrid is nearly indistinguishable from its gasoline-only counterparts, with the same all-new sheetmetal and bumpers. The Hybrid is offered in LE, SE and XLE trims, meaning customers are offered base, sport or luxury configurations, respectively.


Quick Spin: 2014 Maserati Ghibli Diesel

Published: September 11, 2014

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Filed under: Sedan , Europe , Maserati , UK , Diesel , Luxury , Quick Spins It used to be easier to make sense of the auto industry. There were mainstream manufacturers, and there were niche sports car manufacturers


Quick Spin: 2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

Published: August 28, 2014

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Filed under: Europe , Hatchback , Volkswagen , Electric , Quick Spins Volkswagen sets targets that are entertainingly confident, its stated goal for electric mobility being “market leadership by 2018.” The tiny e-Up! is the first round out of the electric cannon, one of 14 EV and hybrid models the company will put on the menu this year as it spreads the electric gospel throughout its range. Driving Notes A 506-pound lithium-ion battery housed under the floor between the axles has an 18.7 kilowatt-hour capacity, juicing an electric motor that provides 54 continuous horsepower and 82 peak hp alongside 155 foot-pounds of torque


Quick Spin: Nissan NV200 Taxi

Published: August 21, 2014

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Filed under: Minivan/Van , Work , Nissan , Quick Spins “You’re a long way from home!” When I signed up to drive a pre-production version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, I expected to have a higher-than-normal level of interaction with the public at large. However, while I was hoping for unsuspecting Ann Arborites to perhaps hail me down, or maybe even get a hop-in when stopped at an intersection, I didn’t really think I’d be hassled in parking lots so much. And yet, almost as if all of the Dad-Joke energy in the universe was drawn to my tall, yellow ride, seemingly everywhere I parked I heard some iteration of the phrase above.


Quick Spin: 2015 Lexus NX 300h

Published: July 14, 2014

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Filed under: Hybrid , Crossover , Lexus , Luxury , Quick Spins With so much hullabaloo being made over the first gasoline turbocharged engine produced by Lexus , it’s easy to forget that there’s another option for those who’d rather (barely) hear the whirring of electric motors than the high-pitched whizzing of turbos. That’s too bad, because we think the NX 300h is one of the more interesting hybrids on the market, due in large part to its innovative all-wheel-drive system and relatively sporty driving dynamics. We spent several hours with the brand-new hybrid crossover from Lexus, and we came away with plenty to talk about


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