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[ 31 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Ford Fusion Energi is stylish ]

With the number of hybrid options growing yearly, it’s hard to choose the right car. Do you go straight electric, plug in or gas/hybrid combo? Depends on how green you want to go and what your size need are.
I’d like to suggest the Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi. It’s stylish, roomy and gives you a bit of all electric vehicle as well.
The Fusion Energi looks exactly like its gas sibling so you have to look at …

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[ 20 Oct 2014 | Comments Off on BMW 535d is elegant way to save fuel, have fun ]

OK, I’m hooked and I admit it. Yes, I love diesel cars.
Hybrids are fine but they cost a bit more and don’t deliver quite the fuel economy claimed, at lest some don’t. Every diesel, however, has met or even exceeded claimed gas mileage. Yep, Each one I’ve tested.
One of my favorites is the BMW 535. It’s already a car to long for, but add diesel technology and it’s nearly irresistible.
The 535d has the same equipment …

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[ 1 May 2014 | Comments Off on XV Crosstrek is one make-sense hybrid ]

Subaru has always been thought of as a quirky car marker since it hit these shores decades ago. I don’t know if that thought is still accurate. Subaru offers a full line of cars that are, well, different, but fit into a variety of lifestyles. The XV Crosstrek offers all the Subaru stuff – all-wheel-drive, boxer engine, continuously variable transmission – but pushes the envelope by adding hybrid technology. It’s useful technology. Instead of bolting …

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[ 30 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Turbo diesel Beetle is great hybrid option ]

Volkswagen’s Beetle was in need of a makeover, a style update. The “new” Beetle was getting long in the tooth and sales were beginning to fade. How could the company keep the car’s originality and give it an update that, well, updated the car?
Easily, apparently. The current new Beetle is more handsome, more practical and just more better.
Bad grammar aside, the Beetle has been lengthened and widened. The fenders have been sliced off somewhat to …

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[ 8 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on The Lexus LF-LC concept car should wow Detroit Auto Show ]

Lexus is really trying to pull its designs into this century.
The new GS is a great start. It incorporates a little of the LFA’s super car looks. Is that enough? Maybe not, but this LF-LC Hybrid concept might do the trick.
This may be the design language needed for all Lexi to come. Heck, this should be the successor to the SC 400. The grille is out there – way out there and that’s what the …

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[ 8 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on 2012 Honda Civic tries to keep up with competition ]

So what’s up with all the bad press about the 2012 Civic?
Some dealers don’t like it because it’s not as distinct as the new crop of Hyundais and Kias roaming the planet. Others have said it’s more of an evolution than a revelation.
And? Why mess up a good thing. My time with the 2012 Civic Hybrid and the HF was well spent. Didn’t find much wrong with either but I was confused a bit. The …

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[ 18 Sep 2011 | 55 Comments ]
Toyota’s 100 Cars For Good Rewards North Carolina Non-Profit With Hybrid Highlander

Charlotte, NC – Scott Clark’s Toyota City on Sept. 16  presented a Highlander HV Limited hybrid to Cindy’s Hope Chest (CHC) as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program. The non-profit organization, which provides services and resources to women battling breast cancer, will use the new vehicle to transport these women to doctors’ appointments, pick up prescriptions and deliver resources to those they are helping quicker and more efficiently.
The impact this vehicle will …

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[ 22 Aug 2011 | 63 Comments ]
Ford, Toyota to team up to build large hybrids

I would really love to drive a hybrid, but I don’t want a small car with a tiny engine (I know this is a little counter intuitive).
Yes, you can buy a $50,000 Lexus or Toyota model, but I’m talking about a hybrid that won’t require a mortgage.
That’s why I am excited about Ford and Toyota’s announcement today that the auto giants have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (whatever that is) to work together to build …