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Hyundai confirms plans for two hybrid Santa Fes

In a bid to expand its electrified offerings, Hyundai is developing two new hybrid powertrains for its Santa Fe model line. The automaker will offer both a traditional hybrid Santa Fe and a plug-in version. Car Scoops reports that Hyundai could take two directions for its hybridization of the Santa Fe. The automaker could develop an entirely new powertrain for…

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Toyota updates Avalon Hybrid for 2019

Toyota’s 2019 Avalon Hybrid is an upgraded and cheaper version of previous model years. The hybrid carries a 2.5L Atkinson engine combined with an electric motor with a system output of 215hp, an improvement on previous model years. The vehicle also is expected to attain 43 mpg combined for its EPA rating. The biggest improvement to the Avalon Hybrid is…

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Subaru to launch new hybrid in Japan, U.S. launch unlikely

The 2019 Forester eBoxer Hybrid will launch in Japan this year before heading to Australia and Europe. Subaru’s latest entry into the hybrid market will be followed by a second hybrid in early 2020—at least in Australia. Currently, Subaru has announced no plans to bring the Forester eBoxer Hybrid to the U.S. anytime soon. However, the automaker will launch 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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Crosstrek PHEV to have limited distribution

The new Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid will hit showrooms this fall, but only in select states. In order to comply with California’s zero-emission vehicle regulations, the hybrid from Subaru will only be sold in the ten states that have implemented the regulations. According to Torque News, the PHEV will be sold in Maryland, but Subaru has yet to officially confirm this.…

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2019 Chevy Volt: Faster charging and added regen

Chevrolet is set to release its updated Volt model with faster charging and many additional features. The 2019 Volt comes equipped with a 7.2kw on-board charger that pushes the vehicle to faster charging times: according to Green Car Reports, with the on-board charger, “a full charge can take as little as 2.5 hours.” For a plug-in, the faster charge time…

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2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid offers improved range, EPA rating

Acura has released its 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid for test drives, and Motor Trend has reviewed the model positively. The MDX Sport Hybrid combines three motors with a 1.3 kWH battery pack, pushing the system output of the vehicle to 321hp and 289lb-ft. The vehicle also operates with four modes of driving and all wheel drive standard. The MDX Sport…

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Volvo speeds ahead on electrification

Volvo’s fast push to a fully electrified model line-up has continued apace, with the expected rollout of the 2019 S60 T8 next year continuing the automaker’s strategic development. The automaker has stated that all of its models will be available in an electrified form by 2019. In other words, for every standard ICE in its line-up, Volvo will offer an…

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Honda road testing Pilot Plug-In

Photographs of a new Honda Pilot have surfaced according to Automotive News, and the upgraded model is a plug-in hybrid. The Pilot PHEV is expected to have a similar powertrain to the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid. Automotive News’ Vince Bond reports that the Pilot will also have significant stylistic changes, pushing it to look more like the more modern Accord…

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Subaru updates Crosstrek, set to offer plug-in

Subaru has updated its high selling Crosstrek model. The standard model carries an EPA rating of 27/33/29 mpg. However, a plug-in variant has been announced, and a significantly improved EPA rating is expected. The Crosstrek PHEV will have a four-cylinder boxer engine installed alongside a PHEV system acquired from Toyota. Michael Gauthier at Car Scoops notes that the Crosstrek PHEV’s…

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