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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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BMW 9 Series and i6 EV tipped for 2020 Tesla headache

BMW 9 Series and i6 EV tipped for 2020 Tesla headache

BMW is planning a super-luxury flagship and an all-electric retort to Tesla's Model 3, insiders claim, as the German automaker hunts new niches. While BMW already has a small selection of electric cars and hybrids in its line-up, that looks set to increase come 2020.

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Corvette E-Ray trademark tips electric Stingray

Corvette E-Ray trademark tips electric Stingray

The next big uproar in Corvette land could very well be an electric version of the iconic Stingray. Chevrolet's Ferrari-rival for the everyman may have a legacy of screaming V8 performance, but there are whispers of a potential "Corvette E-Ray" to put an electrified twist on the coveted classic.

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2017 Acura NSX price confirmed

2017 Acura NSX price confirmed

When it comes to hotly-anticipated supercars, the 2017 Acura NSX might be top of the list, but the lingering question - answered today - is how much it will cost. Acura has finally spilled the beans on pricing for the striking hybrid coupe, confirming that preorders will kick off early in 2016.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu First-Drive

2016 Chevrolet Malibu First-Drive

You could argue that midsize sedans like the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are victims of their own success. What's possibly the most mundane car segment around is also one of the most popular in terms of US sales; that makes price a key factor, as well as finding a package - design, specification, performance, and the rest - that's palatable to as broad a range of people as possible.

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2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

Beloved by owners, bemoaned by automotive enthusiasts, championed by environmentalists, no car is as polarizing as the Toyota Prius. In California, it may be the only thing more abundant than sunshine. While other automakers have low-volume eco-friendly cars, or tout future solutions, the Prius delivers real-world results here-and-now.

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2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro first drive – Diesel redeemer?

2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro first drive – Diesel redeemer?

Damned by diesel, or redeemed by electric? The timing seems ill-fated for Audi's brand new 2017 Q7 e-tron quattro, a plug-in hybrid that arrives under the NOx cloud of the VW group's ongoing emissions scandal. Though on paper it makes sense - the plentiful torque of a V6 diesel paired with the eco-peppy zing of a plug-in EV - the fuel's already patchy reputation in the US hasn't been helped by the recent "dieselgate" revelations.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid goes 27-miles per charge

2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid goes 27-miles per charge

Hyundai has rolled out the new 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid vehicle that will land soon at select dealerships around the country. One of the big features of the plug-in hybrid Sonata is that the vehicle has the longest all-electric driving distance in its class at 27 miles. That means that many people can drive to and from work on electricity alone and never use gas.

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Panasonic Toughbook 20 is world’s first rugged, detachable 2-in-1

Panasonic Toughbook 20 is world’s first rugged, detachable 2-in-1

There are Windows 2-in-1 PCs that morph between tablet and laptop for configurability and there are Windows tablets or laptops that can stand the test of time, the elements, and work hazards. Wouldn't be nice if you could have the best of both worlds at work? Good thing Panasonic thinks so, too. That's why one of world's leaders in rugged computing devices has produced the Toughbook 20, touted to be the world's first detachable 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid that also happens to be tough as nails.

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Driving Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen car due March 2016

Driving Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen car due March 2016

Honda's new hydrogen-powered car, the Clarity Fuel Cell, will go on sale in Japan in March 2016, the company confirmed today. Taking on the Toyota Mirai, the car - previously known as the Honda FCV - will be targeted at those in the outer suburbs with an appetite for green motoring, and co-exist with Honda's existing and upcoming all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

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