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Volvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla world

Volvo sets tough EV goals for this brave new Tesla world

Volvo may be one of the old-school when it comes to age, but the Swedish automaker is looking to take on Tesla with an ambitious electrification plan for the next nine years. "By 2025 we will have delivered 1 million electrified cars to the market," Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson announced today, as part of the company's 2015 sustainability report.

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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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Acura is taking this NSX GT3 racing

Acura is taking this NSX GT3 racing

When you go to the effort of crafting a whole new supercar, it seems frankly wasteful not to take it racing, and it seems Acura feels the same way. The company has taken the wraps off of its new NSX GT3 racecar today, bringing the custom variant to the New York International Auto Show ahead of its planned debut on the track sometime in 2017.

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The big tech behind the 2017 Acura NSX specs

The big tech behind the 2017 Acura NSX specs

Never has there been a supercar as relentlessly cutting-edge, as deliberately modern, as the 2017 Acura NSX. Picking up the torch passed on from the original NSX of the 90s means more than just a nameplate and that legendary Honda reliability: it's also about embracing the very latest in powertrain, handling, and hybridization. Complicated stuff: here's what you need to know for your next geeky dinner party.

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

Toyota sure loves its hybrids, but while the Prius might the best known of the Japanese firm's holier-than-thou electrified cars, its SUVs haven't escaped either. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid shares the new look of its gas-only siblings, but adds some a pair of electric motors for considerably better economy.

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Koenigsegg’s Regera is the 1,500HP+ hybrid that gives Bugatti nightmares

Koenigsegg’s Regera is the 1,500HP+ hybrid that gives Bugatti nightmares

If Gaia were a raging eco-Valkyrie, the Koenigsegg Regera is the outright-bonkers hybrid-electric supercar she'd ride into green battle in. Finally shown off in production form today, at the Geneva Motor Show 2016, the Regera is outlandish even by the unusual excesses of its makers.

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Surprise: The Lexus LC 500h hybrid is coming to Geneva

Surprise: The Lexus LC 500h hybrid is coming to Geneva

After the surprise unveil of its new flagship grand tourer in Detroit last month, Lexus will bring the hybrid version of its sinuous coupe to the Geneva Motor Show. The Lexus LC 500h will keep the sleek, concept-esque body of its gas powered predecessor, the LC 500, but wrap it around a new powertrain that should give the eco-conscious slightly fewer sleepless nights.

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Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid brings fuel economy in a familiar body

These days, cars aren't just designed to be powerful or sleek. They're also designed to be eco-friendly from the ground up. Especially with Volkswagen's epic blunder, car makers are putting even more emphasis on fuel efficiency and environment friendliness. At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is unveiling its own on the trend, blending new and old in one package. With the 2017 Optima Hybrid, the car maker is putting forward its newest fuel efficient powertrain, top of the line intelligent systems, all wrapped in a body inspired by last year's gas-powered Optima sedan.

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Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia unveils the 2017 Optima PHEV, its first plug-in hybrid

Kia is really serious about reaching its 25% fuel efficiency milestone by 2020. How serious, you ask? Serious enough to unveil three hybrids at this week's Chicago Auto Show, two of which come from the car maker's popular Optima lineage. While the 2017 Optima Hybrid already exemplifies Kia's vision of fuel economy, the 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid Elecric Vehicle, or PHEV, takes things even further, not only with a more powerful hybrid engine but also by adding an all-electric range, allowing drivers to enjoy as much as 27 miles on the electric motor alone.

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2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

2017 Kia Niro HUV brings fuel economy to crossovers

Who says only sedans can have all the environment friendly fun? At the Chicago Auto Show, Kia is definitely showing that hulking utility vehicles can also join the party. The 2017 Kia Niro, which was already teased November last year, is a first of many things for the car maker, but what sets this Hybrid Utility Vehicle or HUV apart is exactly that. The Niro combines the engaging driving experience and functionality of a crossover with the fuel economy of hybrid engines, packaged in a design that will make you think twice about how hybrids look.

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The Biggest Automotive Tech News of 2015

The Biggest Automotive Tech News of 2015

Automotive is the next big segment poised for technological revolution. Tomorrow's car might have four wheels and at least two doors, but as autonomous driving systems, next-generation infotainment, and a mixture of ride-sharing and on-demand ownership grow in both complexity and ubiquity, they're going to look as much like the vehicle currently parked in your drive as that does to a Ford Model T.

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