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Lexus leads luxury brands for full hybrid fuel economy

The EPA mileage rating for Lexus’s new ES 300h has been released, and it leads the pack for non-plug-in luxury hybrids. The vehicle is rated at 43/45/44 mpg according to a new article by Green Car Congress. The luxury sedan attains this rating through its upgraded fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System, “designed to help eliminate the rubber-band feeling associated with some…

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Edmunds: Best hybrid cars for 2018

Edmunds has released its list of top hybrid cars for 2018. The automotive industry research group rates each car after putting it through an in-depth testing process. For standard sedan hybrids, the 2018 Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion hybrids took the top spots with each receiving four out of five stars. The 2018 Lexus RX 450h received the…

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June 2018 Hybrid Car Sales Report

Hybrid Cars has released its monthly sales numbers for hybrid and electrified vehicles for June 2018. Overall sales decreased from May, but increased over this month last year. Tesla, Toyota and Ford had particularly good months, with Honda’s new models also performing well. Tesla’s increased production numbers in the month of June contributed to its high sales total for the…

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Report: 2018’s Top Hybrids

With each season, new hybrids hit the market, and Web2Carz has released a round-up of the best hybrids in 2018. Toyota has three hybrids on this year’s list: the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid, 2018 Prius and 2018 Camry Hybrid were all included. The RAV4 Hybrid is a “practical crossover” and “the vehicle you should get if you want a crossover with…

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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for June 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of the best deals on electrified vehicles for the month of June. For full hybrids, the Ford Fusion and Toyota Avalon offer the best deals. The EPA rated 43/42/42 mpg Fusion is on offer in California with free six-year financing and a $3000 cash incentive. Also in California, the Avalon comes with…

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Ford licenses hybrid vehicle tech

The Baltimore Sun reported last week that Ford Motor Co. has taken a license to the technology of Paice, a Baltimore-based technology company. Lorraine Mirabella for the newspaper writes, “Ending a long-running legal battle, Ford Motor Co. agreed to pay a Baltimore-based technology firm and the Abell Foundation to use a hybrid engine technology. The value of the licensing deal,…

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Global hybrid sales increased in 2017

Leading the pack for automakers, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai / Kia and other Japanese and South Korean OEMs sold over two million hybrid and plug-in cars in 2017. Toyota, as is the trend, sold the most hybrid vehicles for the year, contributing to the industry’s fourteen percent growth over 2016. As Ward’s Auto points out, Toyota “dwarfs all other brands including…

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Hybrid vehicles for police work displayed in New York

At last week’s New York Auto Show, Ford debuted its Responder Hybrid, the “first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle.” The model employs a 2.0 liter Atkinson engine alongside an 88 kW motor and 7.6kWh battery. The Responder Hybrid also has law enforcement-specific features including heavy duty versions of its tires, brakes, suspension, and cooling system. The Responder Hybrid will be produced…

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Plug-in hybrid Lincoln Aviator announced in New York

Lincoln Motor Company announced its newest vehicle this week at the New York Auto Show. The new Lincoln Aviator offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain and will be available for purchase next year. The plug-in hybrid powertrain is offered in combination with a twin-turbocharged engine. Features of the new Aviator PHEV include keyless unlocking—a phone substitutes as a key—in addition to…

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