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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe gets new diesel in Europe along with 6-speeds

Published: September 13, 2009

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Filed under: Diesel , MPG , Hyundai 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe – click above for high res image gallery Hyundai is introducing a refreshed version of its Santa Fe SUV for the 2010 model year. The European version will be shown next week in Frankfurt with updated fascias and powertrains


Smart ED on view in Paris soon, but driving one will have to wait

Published: September 7, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , SMART , Europe/EU 2009 Smart ED – Click on image for full gallery Parisians will be able to meet the smart ED in person from September 11-16 at the city Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Despite persistent rumors of the car becoming part of a public car sharing service in Paris (a project that seems to be frozen now), the truth is that France will get only about 200 units of the model. While it’ll be easy to see one of these electric cars on display, it’ll be more difficult to actually get behind the wheel


Spy shots: Ford Fiesta sedan spotted in Mexico with plug; it’s not an EV!

Published: September 5, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Ford With the new North American market Ford Fiesta set to launch production in Mexico in just a few months, it’s no surprise that someone spotted one running around near Mexico City.


IIHS maps America’s Medium Speed Vehicle rules

Published: September 4, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Legislation and Policy , NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) , USA There’s a lot of grey in the map above, and each grey state indicates that there is no local law there defining the rules for medium-speed vehicles (MSVs). We’ve written plenty about low-speed vehicles, but what’s an MSV? It’s a car that ” has some safety equipment such as lights, reflectors, mirrors, parking brake, windshield, and safety belts” and can go at least 30 mph (but not more than 35 mph).


Frankfurt Preview: Audi reignites electric car rumors with new mini-site

Published: September 3, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Audi , Frankfurt Motor Show Click above to watch the video after the break We’ve been hearing internet chatter that Audi might have something electric up its sleeves for the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month, and the German automaker has just thrown a bunch of fuel on those flames in the form of a new micro-site called electricityuntamed.com . Naturally, details are in decidedly short supply, but Audi has put up a countdown clock that’s set to go off on September 15th


France extends "cash for clunkers" scheme for two additional years

Published: September 2, 2009

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Filed under: Legislation and Policy , Europe/EU The French minister of Economic Affairs, Christine Lagarde, has announced that the country’s current cash-for-clunkers scheme, called prime à la casse , will be extended for two additional years. The initial plan was to end the program by the end of this year, but the government believes that the car market would likely crash if the stimulus Euros were withdrawn now


BMW remains firmly committed to diesel in America

Published: September 2, 2009

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Filed under: Diesel , BMW Speaking to an Automotive Press Association luncheon today in Detroit, Jim O’Donnell made it clear that BMW was firmly committed to diesel technology even as it begins to roll out hybrid and electric vehicles. BMW delivered 500 electric MINI Es earlier this summer and recently announced its first two hybrid models, the X6 and 7 ActiveHybrids. Nonetheless, O’Donnell indicated that the diesels are better suited to some of the larger models than the hybrids or electrics


With V8s and V10s dead, Acura may instead revive the RSX

Published: September 1, 2009

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Filed under: Hybrid , Acura In recent months, Honda and its Acura division have been struggling with future product plans and how to deal with falling sales and rising fuel economy demands. Acura, in particular, has struggled recently and shifted a significant part of its lineup toward SUVs and crossovers


C/D drills down to find out what goes into EPA fuel economy ratings

Published: September 1, 2009

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Filed under: MPG , Legislation and Policy , USA 2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery Ever wonder what actually goes into determining the rated fuel economy of a new car or truck? Anyone with a vehicle that’s failed to live up to its EPA estimated figures would surely fit into that camp – especially if the car or truck were purchased in large part to its high mileage rating – and you can add our names to that list as well. As it turns out, the process is every bit as as complicated as we’d expect.


Enertia now on display in select Best Buy locations, sales begin

Published: August 28, 2009

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Filed under: EV/Plug-in , On Two Wheels , USA Brammo Enertia TTR at Best Buy – Click above for high-res image gallery News comes today by way of Brammofan.com that the Brammo Enertia has finally hit Best Buy locations on the West Coast. Apparently, the actual bike that came in third place at the TTXGP zero-emissions motorcycle race earlier this year at the historic Isle of Man is on display at Cascade Station Best Buy in Portland, Oregon. A quick phone call to the store location revealed that this particular location has bikes in stock and ready to go.


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