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Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota planning Prius evolution with big redesign for 2014

Toyota could give its best-selling Prius hybrid a significant design revamp for the next-gen car expected to arrive in early 2014, the company says, with a new look that would "really evolve" the distinctive wedge of today. Designers and engineers are still working with clay mock-ups for the final car, strategic planning VP for Toyota US, Chris Hostetter, told Bloomberg, but the possibility of a more sweeping change has been prompted by "an undercurrent among most people that they're ready for a new Prius look" the exec admits. However, changing the Prius isn't as straightforward as you might expect.

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid EPA rated at 45 mpg combined

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid EPA rated at 45 mpg combined

Luxury car buyers looking for a hybrid vehicle might want to check out the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The EPA recently issued its official fuel efficiency numbers for the 2013 MKZ Hybrid rating the car for 45 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 45 mpg combined. Lincoln brags that its hybrid delivers five mpg better efficiency in the city and combined as the more expensive Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Samsung reveals Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablet hybrids

Samsung reveals Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablet hybrids

Last week, Samsung promised it would reveal a "groundbreaking" Windows 8 device, sending out invitations to a press event in which the company would announce Windows devices, including ultrabooks with touchscreens. This evening, the Korean company unveiled the products, including pricing, which are part of its new "Smart PC" category. The groundbreaking device? Meet the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Windows 8 ultrabook.

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Honda announces global hybrid vehicle sales reach 1 million units

Honda announces global hybrid vehicle sales reach 1 million units

Honda has announced an important milestone has been reached in the world of its hybrid vehicles. The company has announced that cumulative global sales for its hybrid vehicles have passed the 1 million unit mark. That goal was reached at the end of September 2012 and took Honda 12 years and 11 months from the date it first started selling a hybrid vehicle, the Honda Insight, in Japan.

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Ford reduces the use of rare earth metals in lithium-ion batteries for hybrids

Ford reduces the use of rare earth metals in lithium-ion batteries for hybrids

Many manufacturers who are heavily into battery production, and usage are doing all they can to reduce their need for rare earth metals. China has the majority of the world supply of rare earth metals and has been increasing its grip on the materials to drive prices up. Ford has announced that its new lithium-ion batteries were designed to reduce the use of rare earth metals.

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Ford C-Max Hybrid can go 570 miles on a single tank of gas

Ford C-Max Hybrid can go 570 miles on a single tank of gas

Ford is understandably proud of its C-Max Hybrid vehicle and continues to tout the car's fuel sipping prowess compared to the Toyota Prius V. The C-Max Hybrid was rated by the EPA for 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. That 47 mpg rating both in the city and on the highway is unusual. Typically, hybrids have better fuel efficiency in the city.

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