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Mitsubishi i-MiEV set for pricing review
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Mitsubishi i-MiEV set for pricing review

The all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV is tipped to have its pricing reduced in the coming months, as the Japanese manufacturer battles an onslaught of newer, cheaper competition. Speaking at the launch of the new Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Australia product planning manager James Tol confessed that the i-MiEV all-electric micro-hatch looks overpriced alongside larger competition like the Nissan Leaf, in particular, but also the Holden Volt...


Volkswagen Eco Up! reduces emissions naturally
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Volkswagen Eco Up! reduces emissions naturally

A new natural gas-powered Volkswagen Up! has been launched, with the German powerhouse claiming the Volkswagen Eco Up! is the world's most fuel-efficient natural gas passenger car in the world. The enviro-friendly Volkswagen Eco Up! uses a newly developed version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine found in the standard Volkswagen Up!, generating 50kW of power and 90Nm of torque, while consuming 2...


French mayor proposes ban on pre-1997 cars from Paris
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French mayor proposes ban on pre-1997 cars from Paris

Classic French cars like the Citroen DS, the Peugeot 205 and the Renault 4 will all be banned from the streets of Paris within two years if the city's mayor has his way. Socialist Party mayor Bertrand Delanoe proposed a plan to the city council on Monday that would see cars produced before 1997 banned from the city centre by September 2014...


Hyundai, Kia to reimburse US owners over false fuel efficiency claims
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Hyundai, Kia to reimburse US owners over false fuel efficiency claims

The US divisions of South Korean sister brands Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners and adjust fuel economy ratings after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found discrepancies between the agency's own testing results and data submitted by the manufacturers...


1967 Ford XR Falcon: 600hp eco-friendly muscle car
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1967 Ford XR Falcon: 600hp eco-friendly muscle car

A 450kW 1967 Ford XR Falcon with a turbocharged 7.3-litre V8 powerplant is, believe it or not, the world's first elite eco-friendly custom-built muscle car and it will be on display at next month's 2012 Australian international motor show in Sydney. Called ZERO'D, the 'green' machine is based on a 45-year-old Ford XR Falcon but employs a recycled 7...


Nissan: Government support vital to EV success
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Nissan: Government support vital to EV success

Nissan’s global product planning chief says government support is the key to the successful introduction of electric vehicles and admits the take-up of cars like the Nissan Leaf in Australia will be hampered without any significant state or federal contribution...


Toyota finds alternative to rare earth metals for hybrids: report
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Toyota finds alternative to rare earth metals for hybrids: report

Toyota has reportedly developed a way to produce its hybrid and electric vehicles without using scarce and expensive rare earth metals. Japan’s Kyodo News reports Toyota – the world’s largest manufacturer of hybrid vehicles – could have the technology ready for full-scale production within two years...


Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of 2012 Detroit motor show
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Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of 2012 Detroit motor show

Toyota has joined its luxury off-shoot Lexus in teasing images of a concept vehicle to be shown at January’s 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Japanese brand has revealed a picture of a contemporary-looking, LED-laden headlight that it says belongs to an “advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle” it is calling the NS4...


Ford Australia teams with Geocycle to recycle paint sludge
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Ford Australia teams with Geocycle to recycle paint sludge

Ford Australia is making its vehicle production process more environmentally friendly by recycling its waste paint sludge.   The paint sludge from Ford’s Broadmeadows plant is being used by Dandenong-based waste specialist Geocycle, which uses the sludge as an alternative source of fuel in its cement making process...


Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017: report
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Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017: report

Current Land Rover Defender production is set to continue until 2017, a recent Autocar report says, proving there could be more legs in the rough and rugged SUV yet. One of the hurdles the current Land Rover Defender faces, like every new model vehicle that comes out, is whether or not it can pass ever-tightening emissions regulations...