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Volvo Showcases XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

The Volvo XC60, the best-selling car that accounts for about a third of Volvo sales worldwide, is now available with a powerful new plug-in hybrid powertrain that features a 320 horsepower compound turbocharged gasoline engine and an 87 horsepower electric motor. Volvo is also creating plug-in hybrid powertrains for its smaller cars, including the S40 sedan, V40 wagon, and an…

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USA Today: Scads of new electric, hybrid offerings on the way

Noting that “gas prices are low, but interest in alternate energy and fuel efficient vehicles remains high,” USA Today recently showcased nearly a dozen new electric and hybrid vehicles on the market. The featured cars include the Acura NSX, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model 3, Toyota Prius Prime, 2017 Toyota Highlander, and 2016 Volvo S90. The article notes that interest…

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Popularity of XC90 Spurs Volvo to Develop More Plug-in Hybrids

The strong interest in Volvo’s XC90 plug-in hybrid has been strong enough to add plug-in hybrid options to two more Volvo models, according to HybridCars.com. Sales of the XC90 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid sport-utility vehicle are more than double the company’s original expectations, spurring Volvo to announce it will add the plug-in powertrain to the S90 sedan and V90 wagons that share platforms…

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Volvo unveils small car concepts, including plug-in and battery electric versions

Volvo officially launched its global small car strategy with the unveiling of two new 40 series concept cars that are expected to go into production in 2017, according to GreenCarCongress.com. The new concept cars are built around a new architecture specially created for smaller cars. The cars will include a pure battery electric vehicle as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain…

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15 hybrids that don’t sacrifice cargo and passenger space

Motor Trend recently highlighted its picks for 15 hybrids that offer the best of both worlds —  impressive fuel economy and plenty of space for friends, family, and all of your gear. Here is the list of the new generation of hybrids that don’t sacrifice interior space to house powertrain components: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Toyota Prius Audi A3 e-Tron Subaru Crosstrek…

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“Floodgates opening…” with a dozen new plug-in hybrids arriving in 2016

HybridCars.com reports that a dozen new plug-in hybrids will be introduced this year, doubling the number of PHEVs currently for sale in the United States. The article describes the wave of new plug-in hybrids as “tantamount to a floodgate opening…” The new plug-in hybrids include: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback BMW 330e, BMW 740e Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Mercedes-Benz C350e, E350e, GLC 350e 4MATIC, GLE…

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Audi Q7 Plug-In Hybrid In The Works

Audi will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the Q7 at the Detroit Auto Show in January and will eventually offer a diesel-electric version of the vehicle, according to Automotive News. It will be the first Audi model to feature a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid system. Volkswagen and Volvo have previously introduced diesel-electric plug-in hybrid vehicles. Read more.

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Forbes: Plug-In Hybrids Steal The Show at Paris Car Show

Forbes reports that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles “grabbed the limelight” at the Paris Car Show as the industry’s major alternative to the traditional internal combustion engine. Neil Winton reports that “battery-only electric cars were for a while favored to be the lead technology in the race to replace gas guzzlers … but battery-only cars have so far been unable to…

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Review: 2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid vs. 6 Hybrid SUV Rivals

Wall Street Cheat Sheet recently compared the 2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid vs. other hybrid SUVs. The Volvo XC90 is the only seven-seater SUV to boast such a plug-in hybrid powertrain. It will compete against other hybrid SUVs such as the Audi Q5 Hybrid, the Lexus RX 450h, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and the Volkswagen Touareg…

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