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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes Unveils Sleek New CLA Class Compact Sedan in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes Unveils Sleek New CLA Class Compact Sedan in Detroit

The CLA Class retains styling cues from Mercedes' Concept Style Coupe unveiled last year in Beijing, with an interior and front end similar to the brand's European A Class hatch. The vehicle is just 15

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NAIAS 2013: Nissan’s Resonance Concept Hybrid Makes its Global Debut

NAIAS 2013: Nissan’s Resonance Concept Hybrid Makes its Global Debut

The current model Murano comes in regular and droptop versions and runs between $29,000 and $44,000, with a 260-horsepower V-6 engine. The new model will offer a supercharged 2.5-liter gas engine with an

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NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

The Infiniti Q50 hybrid packs all kinds of driving enhancement tech, like many other luxury cars at the show, including Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control. The car also has a customizable

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NAIAS 2013: Smart Debuts New CityFlame Edition in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Smart Debuts New CityFlame Edition in Detroit

Sound too sporty to be green? Well, the cityflame still features the brand's barely adequate 3-cylinder engine with 70 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque. And with a 0-60 time of 12.9 seconds and a top

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NAIAS 2013: Lexus Unveils Its First IS Hybrid Sedan at the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Lexus Unveils Its First IS Hybrid Sedan at the Detroit Auto Show

The IS has some interesting tech inside, including electrostatic switches for HVAC and other controls that can be operated by sliding a finger along the surface of the dash. The car also features thinner

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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Car Rocks It E-Style

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Car Rocks It E-Style

These cars are only currently available in Germany, Norway, and California. But we still can ogle over the 136-horsepower, 214 lb-ft powertrain. The fact is, we just love this car. It's pretty simple

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NAIAS 2013: We Take a Spin on Current Motors’ Electric Super Scooter at the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: We Take a Spin on Current Motors’ Electric Super Scooter at the Detroit Auto Show

Current showed us the features of the scooter, which include a digital instrument cluster and a mobile app that allows drivers to check up on the progress of a charge in real-time, monitor their bike's

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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Hybrid Version of 2014 E Class Sedan

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Hybrid Version of 2014 E Class Sedan

Mercedes has redesigned the grille and a few other exterior bits on the new E-Class, but for the first time ever customers can opt for two different faces on the E-Class. The automaker continues to pack

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NAIAS 2013: Volkswagen Debuts Its Crossblue Plugin Hybrid Concept SUV

NAIAS 2013: Volkswagen Debuts Its Crossblue Plugin Hybrid Concept SUV

The Crossblue Concept packs 306 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and 0 to 60 time estimated at 7.0 seconds. We love how automakers are going larger with their plugin hybrid concepts (such as Volvo's

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MindDrive: 15 Kansas City Students Transform a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an Electric Car

MindDrive: 15 Kansas City Students Transform a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an Electric Car

With a newly launched IndieGoGo campaign, Kansas City-based nonprofit organization MindDrive is raising funds to make a film about a group of at-risk youths who transformed a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an

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2013 Nissan Leaf is Now More Efficient and Charges in Half the Time

2013 Nissan Leaf is Now More Efficient and Charges in Half the Time

The Nissan Leaf electric vehicle has only been on the market since 2010, but Nissan is giving it some significant upgrades for the 2013 model. Nissan has announced that the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be more

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Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford just launched its new MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration, which show how a family can reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle

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GM Unveils 2014 Cadillac ELR Teaser Photo Ahead of Next Week’s Detroit Auto Show Debut

GM Unveils 2014 Cadillac ELR Teaser Photo Ahead of Next Week’s Detroit Auto Show Debut

General Motors is set to unveil the all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR next Tuesday at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but in advance of the big reveal the automaker has released a new teaser photo of the range

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Lexus Unveils Autonomous Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle at CES 2013 – But it Isn’t Fully Driverless

Lexus Unveils Autonomous Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle at CES 2013 – But it Isn’t Fully Driverless

Today Toyota and Lexus unveiled a high-tech autonomous vehicle at CES 2013 that could pave the way towards self-driving cars in the near future. Although it isn't fully driverless, the Advanced Active

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Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

Audi has announced that the State of Nevada has issued it a permit allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads. This is only the second permit that Nevada has given out, with

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The ‘World’s Safest Bike’ Glows Bright White When it Hits the Streets at Night

The ‘World’s Safest Bike’ Glows Bright White When it Hits the Streets at Night

Josh Zisson set out to design the safest bike on the road - and the key to safety in traffic is visibility. In addition to a dynamo-powered lighting system, the bike is coated with a patented

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2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range

2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range

Fiat has announced the official performance specs for the 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle. The 2013 500e beats out other electric vehicles like the Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf with an EPA rating of 108

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Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Lexus Releases Sneak Preview of its New Driverless Vehicle

Google no longer has a monopoly on driverless vehicles. Lexus has unveiled a sneak preview of its luxury LS model equipped with proprietary Intelligent Transport Systems technology, including an on-board

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U.S. Plug-In Car Sales Triple in 2012; UK Electric Car Sales Expected to Double in 2013

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales Triple in 2012; UK Electric Car Sales Expected to Double in 2013

Early returns show that 2012 will go down as a good year for electric car sales. In the United States, 53,000 plug-ins were sold, compared to about 17,500 in 2011. While there isn't sufficient data to

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Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

  Chan tells explained to us that Citi.Transmitter was his final-year project in 2010 when he was studying at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He says that the system “is designed

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Avis to Buy Car Sharing Service Zipcar In Deal Worth Nearly $500 Million

Avis to Buy Car Sharing Service Zipcar In Deal Worth Nearly $500 Million

Avis Budget Group Inc. has announced its intent to buy Zipcar Inc, the world's leading car sharing network, for around $500 million, expanding on their existing car rental services. Avis will pay $12.25

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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars, but it's not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct, a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed

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Innovative Folding nCycle Speeds Towards Futuristic E-Bike Design

Innovative Folding nCycle Speeds Towards Futuristic E-Bike Design

This futuristic bike from nCycle combines a stripped-down and streamlined frame with a powerful electric motor to offer a speedy alternative to automotive transportation. The fold-up bicycle has built-in

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Inhabitat’s Top Transportation Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Transportation Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

From a real life Star Wars-inspired hover bike to near-indestructible airless bicycle tires, 2012 gave way to some incredible innovations in green transportation. Environmentally-friendly alternatives

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Humanix’s iSAVE-SC1 Electric Vehicle is a Pillow Cushion on Wheels

Humanix’s iSAVE-SC1 Electric Vehicle is a Pillow Cushion on Wheels

If you have ever dreamed about floating around in your own cloud, your dream just got one step closer to reality thanks to Humanix’s iSAVE-SC1. The iSAVE is essentially a mobile cushion that protects

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Nation’s Second Largest Bike Share Program Coming to Los Angeles This Spring

Nation’s Second Largest Bike Share Program Coming to Los Angeles This Spring

Los Angeles is hoping to rid its reputation of grid-locked traffic by launching the country’s second largest bike share next spring. Come April, Bike Nation will transform the car-laden city into a

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The ReCycle: World’s First 100% Recycled Bike is the Greenest Ride On the Road

The ReCycle: World’s First 100% Recycled Bike is the Greenest Ride On the Road

Eco-conscious green transportation enthusiasts are in for a treat, as the world’s first 100% recycled bicycle comes onto the market.  Appropriately called ReCycle, the cool rides are made from used

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General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

General Electric Unveils Its New Durathon Battery for Lower-Cost Zero Emission Electric Buses

Researchers at GE Global Research have achieved a first step in reducing the cost of zero emission buses, with a vehicle powered by General Electric’s new Durathon battery in tandem with a lithium

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PhotonFlightTeam Start Fundraising Campaign to Build a Solar-Powered Airship Made from Recycled Aluminium

PhotonFlightTeam Start Fundraising Campaign to Build a Solar-Powered Airship Made from Recycled Aluminium

Arizona-based PhotonFlightTeam has unveiled plans for a lightweight, solar-powered airship that would be a more sustainable and cost effective alternative to airplanes. The team is raising funds with a

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid models are off to a great start. November was the first full month that both C-MAX hybrids were available and combined they outsold their

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