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2015 Audi A3 e-tron First Drive

2015 Audi A3 e-tron First Drive

Say hello to the newest member of Audi’s A3 lineup for 2015: the A3 Sportback e-tron. Sure, at first glance it may look just like a regular A3 Sportback, but don’t let that fool you: this one’s special. As with many things in life, two is better than one; so, aside from a regular 1.4 TSFI engine there’s also a 75 kW electric motor. In a nutshell, this is Audi’s first production implementation of a plug-in hybrid, and the future of driving that, according to the company, is without compromise.

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Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda axes Insight hybrid and Fit EV

Honda is quietly weeding out its eco-friendly car range, killing two models and retiring its fuel-cell vehicle as it reacts to disappointing sales. The Honda Insight - notable for being America's first hybrid car - has been axed, after demand dwindled to just a small fraction of the number of comparative models Toyota and other firms are selling.

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Lenovo Yoga 2 13 Review

Lenovo Yoga 2 13 Review

Remember Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro? The company has rolled out a similar model, the Yoga 2 13, featuring the same multi-mode design and similar specs. Aimed at the more casual user, the Yoga 2 13 rests on the foundation set by its higher-res sibling, but does it hold up to the Yoga device standards we've come to expect? Read our full review to find out.

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ASUS Transformer Book Flip does yoga, totes NVIDIA graphics

ASUS Transformer Book Flip does yoga, totes NVIDIA graphics

ASUS isn't done yet with its Computex lineup. Saving what could be the best for last, the manufacturer has announced the Transformer Book Flip, sporting a familiar folding hybrid form factor, but with chips that could give others of its kind a run for their money.

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ASUS Transformer Book V and T300 Chi redefine hybrid line

ASUS Transformer Book V and T300 Chi redefine hybrid line

At Computex 2014, ASUS let out a flood of new devices, some of them intriguing, some of them amusing. Included in this lineup is the next batch of Transformer Book hybrids, the five-mode Transformer Book V and the ultra thin Transformer Book T300 Chi.

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Elon Musk wants to build 200 “gigafactories” for Tesla batteries

Elon Musk wants to build 200 “gigafactories” for Tesla batteries

How many electric cars can we pack onto the road? Among other factors, it depends on how fast we can scale production. Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla, is now calling for “gigafactories” to build batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Audi TT offroad concept car sports two electric motors

Audi TT offroad concept car sports two electric motors

Audi presented a four-door concept car at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, showcasing the brilliance of combining the efficacy of a compact SUV with the sportiness of a coupe. While Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, would like us to believe that this concept is a glimpse of how future TT models would be, we would still like to focus on details such as the plug-in hybrid drive with two electric motors and consumption of 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

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Bentley plug-in hybrid concept promises 50km on electricity only

Bentley plug-in hybrid concept promises 50km on electricity only

Bentley is set to show off its hybrid car concept at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20. The hybrid vehicle that will on display at the show is based on the Mulsanne, which is the top of the line vehicle that Bentley produces. Bentley won’t be offering the Mulsanne in a hybrid version anytime soon. It's simply the test bed for showing off the plug-in hybrid technology.

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BMW i8 due June 2014 as powertrain finalized

BMW i8 due June 2014 as powertrain finalized

BMW's i8 hybrid supercar will start reaching preorder customers in June, with the German marque finalizing the 362HP powertrain ahead of production kicking off in April. Demand during presales - open since fall 2013 - has already exceeded BMW's expected ramp-up production, the company says, despite the not-inconsiderable $132k+ sticker price.

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VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid goes 31 miles on electricity alone

VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid goes 31 miles on electricity alone

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new plug-in hybrid Golf GTE compact car. The GTE has an all-electric driving range of 31 miles. The car is rated for combined fuel economy of 157 mpg in the European Driving Cycle. In addition to being green, the car should offer nice performance as well.

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Fisker asset auction over with Wanxiang American Crop as the highest bidder

Fisker asset auction over with Wanxiang American Crop as the highest bidder

Fisker was one of the auto manufacturers that received huge loans from the US federal government to create green vehicles. Things started going bad for Fisker last summer when it laid off a massive number of its workers and the federal government pulled the firms remaining loan funds leaving the company unable to operate. In November of last year, Fisker entered bankruptcy.

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Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi may give its eye-catching Sport Quattro concept the green light to hit production, the company's chief engineer has teased, though the show car's 700HP V8 hybrid engine is unlikely to make it to forecourts. The slope-backed all-wheel-drive concept was first shown off at the Frankfurt auto show last year, as well as at CES 2014 in January, with Audi describing any production potential likely seeing the Sport Quattro positioned as a "boutique" model with a price tag in the region of $160k+; now, though, there's chatter of an altogether more realistic positioning for the car.

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