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Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota has teased its upcoming 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV, something it plans to officially debut at the New York Auto Show next week. It's not much of a tease (or is especially so, depending on your perspective), showing only part of the back end where the "Limited Hybrid" emblem is placed -- we don't really get a look at the SUV, then, but there are a few details to be gleaned from the relatively sparse shot, including a switch up in the tail lights design.

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2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

Chevrolet has dished on its upcoming Chevy Malibu Hybrid, saying that thanks to the use of 2016 Volt technology, the newest Malibu will be offering more than 45MPG, something it doesn't hesitate to note trumps the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and the Hyundai Sonata. This is promised to be joined by some "unique features" that improve various aspects of the car, including things like its airflow and aerodynamics, as well as a new direct injection 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a modified version of the Volt's drive unit.

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Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will be greatly expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid models by launching 10 new vehicles between now and 2017. As of now only two models are confirmed for sale in the U.S., but with an aggressive worldwide release of 10 hybrids, it means Mercedes will average a new model every four months. To solidify the company's investment in hybrids, Mercedes is simplifying their branding, dropping the "Plug-in Hybrid" suffix to just add "e" to end of model names.

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Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Electric and hybrid cars may be waiting on improved battery technology to squash driver range anxiety, but Toyota believes it may have a wildcard in the meantime. The company is rolling out two new prototypes for real-world testing in Japan, each switching in new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors that could take a big bite out of the 20-percent of electrical power loss traditional components are responsible for. The technology in the two vehicles - a Toyota Camry and a fuel cell bus - could end up in production cars sooner rather than later, Toyota promises.

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VW Cross Coupe GTE concept: a new design for tomorrow’s SUV

VW Cross Coupe GTE concept: a new design for tomorrow’s SUV

At CES 2015, Volkswagen revealed its fancy Golf R Touch interface for future smart cars. Now at the Detroit Auto Show 2015, it will be showing off something less hi-tech but still forward-looking. The five-seater Cross Coupe GTE concept SUV, its latest plug-in hybrid, will be showcasing new features, new technologies, and new designs that the car maker will be putting into a more imminent model, a seven-seater mid-size SUV that it plans to reveal to the world near the end of 2016.

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Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet may be busy preparing the new 2016 Volt for its debut in Detroit in just a few weeks time, but the rumor mill is heaving with the renewed possibility of a companion hybrid crossover, the CrossVolt. GM's lawyers have been busy renewing the CrossVolt trademark at the USPTO, sparking again the chatter of a meatier model to use the Voltec powertrain freshly developed for its revamped hybrid. With almost five years under its belt since it revealed the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept shown here, however, GM's strategy for expanding on hybrids and EVs still isn't clear.

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LG launches Tab Book Duo Windows 8 tablet convertible

LG launches Tab Book Duo Windows 8 tablet convertible

A bit unexpected, LG just revealed the latest member of its Tab Book family. Not exactly well known even among the ranks of Windows 8 tablets, the Tab Books have been around since 2013, switching from Windows to Android and now back to Windows again. This time, LG is going for thin and light, advertising the Tab Book Duo to be the ultimate portable workstation that won't burden your shoulders, arms, or hands. At least not too much.

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BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

BMW's i8 hybrid sportscar is tipped to be in line for a power boost, with the Germany company said to have earmarked the eco-friendly coupe for an upgrade to both parts of its powertrain. Distinctively designed both inside and out, the current BMW i8 musters 357 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque from its combination of a three-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. However, according to industry whispers, both of those are going to be replaced with more powerful versions - among other changes - in a hotter, more focused version, and it may only be the start of BMW's scheming.

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E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN has taken the wraps off a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet aimed at the budget-conscious market, saying its product is the first of its size to be loaded with Windows and offered for less than $200 USD. The newest E FUN Nextbook was made in close development with both Intel and Microsoft, says E FUN, and in addition to its detachable keyboard is a year of Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Not surprisingly given its pricing, the laptop will launch through Walmart and Sam's Club.

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