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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Video Road Test

Subaru’s built its reputation as the king of all-wheel-drive wagons, but it hasn’t always been the king of fuel economy. That sticking point has led to the first Subaru gas-electric car, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

U.S. Senators Propose Gas Tax Increase. Will It Fix Our Crumbling Roads & Bridges?

America doesn't do a great job of maintaining its highways and byways. At least a third of our roads are substandard, and our crumbling bridges need $3.6 trillion of repairs.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Adopt New SAE J2807 Towing Standards

When it comes to pickup trucks, towing capacity has the same importance that fuel economy has with hybrids or driving range has with electric vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Mercedes-Benz C-Class production in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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From Motor Authority:

Mercedes-Benz Starts C-Class Production At Alabama Plant

Mercedes-Benz on Wednesday started production of the 2015 C-Class at its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the same site where it builds the M-, R- (for Chinese market only) and GL-Class models. It was first confirmed that the Tuscaloosa plant would start C-Class production as far back as 2009, and now the first cars are rolling off the line, four months after production of the latest-generation C-Class started in Germany.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations To Reveal New Car At Goodwood

It was only a week ago that Jaguar Land Rover announced the formation of a new department called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, whose job will be to handle the personalization of vehicles as well as develop high-performance models and work on historic vehicles.

Audi Prices 2015 S3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI Sedan

The stylish and high-tech Audi A3 and S3 range is soon to expand in the U.S., and based on pricing information released today, it’s fairly affordable, too.

2014 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid presentation, Berlin

2014 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid presentation, Berlin

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From Green Car Reports:

2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron Plug-In Hybrid On Sale This Winter--In Germany

Audi has promised plug-in models for some time, and towards the end of this year its first production plug-in will finally arrive. The 2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will hit European roads in winter 2014, priced at 37,900 euros.

Toyota Aygo Minicar Driven: Much-Improved Scion iQ Alternative U.S. Won't Get

The Scion iQ has not been a success story for Toyota's youth-orientated brand. In 2013, just 4,406 iQs found homes in the U.S. That's half as many as were sold in 2012, hardly a stellar year itself.

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Degrade With Repeated Charging

As anyone with a smartphone, laptop or indeed a whole electric car will know, lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. Each time you charge and discharge the batteries, they lose a little capacity. Day to day you don't really notice, but over a year, or two, it means being able to use your phone (or car) a little less.

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