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Volvo Dives into Plug-in Hybrid Technology

Volvo has been struggling amid slumping global sales, but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from diving into research and development. One such as product of its R&D efforts is a new plug-in hybrid that will be due by 2012. Volvo has committed itself to producing a high mileage diesel-electric plug-in hybrid, but it has yet to confirm its plans to sell the vehicle in the U.S.

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Lexus ES Still Critical to Luxury Brand Lineup

As one Lexus’ most popular models, there will be plenty of drivers that will be happy to see a revamped Lexus ES 350 coming to showrooms later this month. While it may not be a full redesign, the updating certainly brings needed enhancements.

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2010 Toyota Prius Gets Good Start Here and in Japan

While it wasn’t the first hybrid car available to the masses, the Toyota Prius quickly became the the most successful hybrid car worldwide. On the heels of unparalleled sales success, Toyota is rolling out the much anticipated, all-new 2010 Prius at dealers nationwide. However, with 180,000 orders for the hybrid in Japan already, success seems to be putting a strain on Toyota.

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Euro Civic Type-R Teases U.S. Consumers

In the U.S., Honda is mostly known for producing somewhat conservative, economical cars. However, the image of Honda outside of the States is far more performance oriented. This is attributed to a range of models that can be had overseas, but remain unavailable here.

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Could GM Utilize Toyota Hybrid Technology?

Toyota and General Motors have had a strong partnership via NUMMI. This seemingly odd relationship was responsible for the Pontiac Vibe, which was build alongside the similar Toyota Matrix in a joint manufacturing venture based in California. With the Pontiac Vibe now discontinued, the question now is what will come of the NUMMI partnership.

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Subaru Legacy Recieves Updates

The Subaru Legacy has been redesigned for the 2010 model year. To better address current market conditions, Subaru had not forgotten about efficiency in this new model. With every Subaru having standard with all-wheel drive, fuel efficiency is sacrificed to achieve greater traction. Luckily, the new Legacy does not suffer from this typical trade-off.

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Ford May Consider Geely as Potential Volvo Buyer

Ford has been proactive in getting rid of ailing assets lately, including included Jaguar, Land Rover, and even Aston Martin.

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Lexus Delivers Luxury and High Fuel Efficiency

The Toyota Prius has become synonymous with fuel economy and green technology, and it has also helped make Toyota the leader in hybrid cars. The popularity of the Toyota Prius has also made it the best selling hybrid on the road, even despite today’s vast hybrid choices.

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Honda Marks Long History in America

Honda has reached a major milestone – having been in the United States for 50 years. Initially, Honda was known for motorcycles and scooters, not the robust lineup of cars that we have today. Eventually the appeal of Honda motorcycles caught on, and this popularity helped fuel interest in Honda in the late 1960s when Honda entered the auto market.

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Toyota Introduces Yaris Five-Door

The five-door Toyota Yaris is a new model for 2009, helping satisfy demand as more consumers not only want fuel efficient compacts, but also are interested in versatile hatchbacks. Previously, the Yaris was offered only as a two-door hatchback or a sedan. Now the four-door hatchback variant can help Toyota compete with a broader range of compacts.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Pricing Annouced

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is truly a standout model for GM. The latest Chevy Corvette model delivers delivers supercar performance, but luckily offers it with a sub-supercar price tag. Starting at $104,920, the latest ZR1 may be out of reach for many potential buyers, but the price tag easily provides value considering the ZR1’s performance credentials.

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Ford Mustang to Get a Little More Attention Under the Hood

The Ford Mustang has been redesigned from the ground up for the 2010 model year. Competing against fresh new muscle cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, not to mention import sports cars like the new Nissan 370Z, the latest Ford Mustang has plenty of work ahead of it. What may have been one of the disappointing aspects of the all-new Mustang is what came under the hood – the familiar 4.6-liter V8 from the previous generation. Luckily, this powerplant appears to be changing shortly.

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How to Keep Your Car Running for the Long Haul

Taking preventive measures to ensure your car is functioning and looking its best can help save money in the long wrong. Take a look at some of these simple steps to take to prevent costly damage from occurring.

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Rally Racing Hit By Economy

Due to the global economy slowdown, and the strain placed on automakers from falling auto sales, many automakers are pulling out of costly motorsports. The latest withdrawals from motorsports are Subaru and Suzuki, which have both announced that they will not compete in the World Rally Championship.

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Quick Look at the Chevrolet Aveo5

Chevrolet has not been synonymous with value as the economy has driven plenty of new car buyers to brands such as Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai. But believe it or not, Chevrolet offers one of the cheapest cars available in the form of the Aveo5. Despite being very affordable, the Chevy Aveo5 looks and feels surprisingly good inside. If that isn’t a surprising indication of quality, the Aveo5 also rides smooth and comfortable. Although the Aveo5 may feel a bit underpowered, it boasts outstanding fuel economy.

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