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Best Hybrid, PHEV, EV deals for November 2018

Green Car Reports has published its monthly round-up of best deals on hybrid and electrified vehicles. For full hybrids, the Ford Fusion continues to be the most attractively priced. The vehicle is on offer for $179/mth for thirty-six months with a little over $3000 due at signing. For plug-in hybrids, the Honda Clarity and Chevy Volt are both competitively priced,…

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BMW to add plug-in X3 in 2019

BMW will launch an X3 Plug-In Hybrid in 2019, according to a statement by the automaker’s CEO, Harald Kruger. The company will follow the X3 PHEV launch in 2019 with the launch of a plug-in X5 in 2020. For the former, BMW will likely employ the same powertrain as in the 330e iPerformance Vehicle—a 2L engine in combination with an…

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Lexus to utilize hybrids in high performance range

Lexus plans to leverage its hybrid technology to add “more power” to its high performance models. The automaker’s Executive Vice President Chika Kako highlighted “the sportiness and dynamics that the hybrid technology can offer” to the high performance models. The high performance vehicles that will be upgraded with a hybrid system have not yet been announced. Marc Carter at The…

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An all-wheel drive Prius for the holidays?

With the release of a new set of marketing materials for the Prius in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota is perhaps hinting at an all-wheel drive version. Bengt Halvorson at Green Car Reports, writes, “with a Prius churning through the snow, it’s hard to come to another conclusion. The automaker says in a greeting-card-like teaser: ‘Fall is…

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Outlander PHEV launches

Mitsubishi has launched its new Outlander plug-in hybrid, a crossover SUV. The plug-in comes fully equipped with a 2L four-cylinder engine and dual 60kW electric motors. The motors are located at the front and rear axles, which “instantly [supply] torque and makes the standard all-wheel-drive system more responsive,” according to Cory Haywood at EurWeb, and give the system a total…

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Volvo: all vehicles electrified starting in 2019

Volvo has announced it will electrify in part each of its new vehicles released from 2019 onward and has created a new marketing campaign to bring this message to the public. The Swedish automaker is centering its new marketing around the slogan, “and it shouldn’t take an act of Congress to make cars sustainable,” referencing its 1973 advertisement “it shouldn’t…

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October 2018 Plug-In Hybrid Sales Report

Overall plug-in hybrid sales decreased in October compared to September, but were up compared to this month last year. There were 34,094 plug-ins sold in October with the Toyota Prius Prime leading the category with 2001 vehicles sold. Honda was a close second, selling 1935 Clarity PHEVs in the month. For battery electric vehicles, Tesla continued to lead in sales.…

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Lincoln Aviator to offer plug-in hybrid in 2019

Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand, will begin to offer a plug-in hybrid in 2019. The Lincoln Aviator plug-in will be a first for the brand. The plug-in hybrid will also include new features, most notably a keyless entry system utilizing the driver’s smartphone. Detroit News has the story. Read more.

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Hyundai, Kia adding solar panels to hybrids, electric vehicles

Hyundai and Kia have announced that they will integrate solar panels into select vehicles. The panels will be located on the roofs of these cars, and will generate additional electrical power for the vehicles to use. Green Car Congress reports that they panels will be installed on ICE, hybrid and battery electric vehicles, and will improve fuel efficiency. Hyundai will…

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Peugeot to launch plug-in hybrids by 2020

Peugeot will launch more than one plug-in hybrid by 2020, according to Viknesh Vijayenthiran at Motor Authority. The automaker is in the midst of a transition to a greener vehicle lineup. Though no official tech specs have been announced, Peugeot may employ a dual motor turbocharged system capable of 500hp as it did in test models a few years ago.…

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