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January 21, 2015
From The Car Connection

Five Questions: Smart CEO On U.S. Details, Fortwo Electric Drive

Depending on where you live in the U.S., you might think of Smart as an oddity, a fashionable little city car, a car-sharing staple, or a common conveyance for urban commuters. In America, it's a brand with niche status.

RIP, Scion iQ: Which Of The Other Scion Models Will Survive?

After a brief and not-so-illustrious run, the Scion iQ is motoring off to that great car lot in the sky. As our colleagues at Green Car Reports have noted, the itsy bitsy iQ is being pulled from the American market after selling just 2,040 units in 2014.

BMW Raises Prices, But Not On You

BMW is raising prices on its entire lineup of 2015 vehicles--but according to CarsDirect, it won't be affecting car shoppers, at least for the moment.

Honda Civic Type R concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Honda Civic Type R concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show

From Motor Authority:

2015 Honda Civic Type R Prototype Spotted In U.S.

It was only a week ago that Honda confirmed plans to build a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with VTEC variable valve timing at a plant in Anna, Ohio, and now a prototype for the European-spec Civic Type R has been spotted in the state.

2017 BMW 5-Series Plug-In Hybrid Spy Shots

BMW already has a plug-in hybrid model in its lineup in the form of the i8 sports car but soon the German automaker’s more mainstream models will be electrified. We’ve already seen plug-in hybrid versions of the 3-Series facelift, X5 SUV and the next-generation 7-Series, all of which are due out this year, and now we have spy shots of a prototype for a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation 5-Series.

Toyota To Preview New ‘Fun-To-Drive’ Car With RND Concept

Toyota has released a teaser image of a new concept car called the RND that it says previews an upcoming production model. The RND will be revealed at an exclusive event in the U.K. on January 26 and is said to be virtually identical to the production version it previews, despite being a concept.

Via Motors extended-range electric pickup truck

Via Motors extended-range electric pickup truck

From Green Car Reports:

Via's Plug-In Hybrid Trucks Will Sell 50,000 A Year By 2018, Company Says

Via Motors may have only recently begun delivering its first extended-range electric vehicles to fleets, but it expects the business to grow dramatically over the next few years. The company expects to sell 50,000 plug-in trucks and vans a year by 2018.

Diesel Engines Selling Well In Large Luxury SUVs & Crossovers

In the U.S., diesel engines have long been established in pickup trucks. In passenger cars, however, they've remained a small part of the overall market. But diesels seem to be doing well in another segment: larger SUVs, particularly those from luxury makers, like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

Hydrogen Fuel Now Available For Sale In California

The small number of drivers with hydrogen fuel-cell cars in California are now able to purchase their fuel. The Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility is now the first fueling station to sell hydrogen, rather than giving it away for free.

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