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Toyota Prius V Review: i-Tech

Despite showing its age, Australia's most fuel-efficient seven-seater still offers plenty of appeal alongside rival people-movers and SUVs.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid sets new Nurburgring lap record
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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid sets new Nurburgring lap record

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has set a new record at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Unlike every other brand which touts its cars' lap times around the 'Ring, Toyota claims the plug-in hybrid Prius set a new benchmark for fuel consumption, stating the car used an average of just 0...


Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid revealed : Uses 2.8L/100km, has 325kW and 650Nm
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Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid revealed : Uses 2.8L/100km, has 325kW and 650Nm

Further details of the all-new Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid have been revealed, with the brand's first plug-in model offering plenty of tech and mountains of power. The S500 Plug-in Hybrid combines a twin-turbo petrol V6 engine with an 80kW electric motor. The combination offers up maximum power of 325kW and maximum torque of 650Nm, and enables the 5...


2015 Audi R8 plug-in hybrid ruled out
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2015 Audi R8 plug-in hybrid ruled out

The new-generation 2015 Audi R8 will not be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, but will instead be built to order as a performance electric vehicle as an alternative to the petrol versions. The new Audi R8, which is widely tipped to go on sale in 2015 following its expected debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October, was rumoured to possibly receive a high-tech plug-in hybrid drivetrain...


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron : Technical Guide
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron : Technical Guide

It looks like a regular Audi A3 from the outside, but hiding behind the famed four-ring badge is something that makes the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron very different from every model that has come before it. That front badge hides the charge point connection for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is a plug-in hybrid, petrol-electric, genre-bending model that is still conventional in many ways...


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the brand's first plug-in hybrid car. Matt Campbell finds out what it's like.


Volkswagen Australia rules out offering any plug-in hybrids ... for now
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Volkswagen Australia rules out offering any plug-in hybrids ... for now

Volkswagen Australia has pulled the plug on any chance of plug-in hybrid models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTE and all-new Volkswagen Passat. While sister brand Audi will launch the new A3 Sportback e-tron early in 2015 as a distinct third powertrain pillar for the brand, Volkswagen Australia has indicated it will instead focus its attention on conventional petrol and diesel models...


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to establish the plug-in hybrid pillar for the brand in Australia
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to establish the plug-in hybrid pillar for the brand in Australia

The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will be the first plug-in hybrid from the German luxury brand to be sold in Australia – but it almost certainly won’t be the last. The new A3 Sportback e-tron hatch will arrive in Australia in first quarter of 2015 – a slight delay on the car’s original predicted arrival late this year...


2016 Toyota Prius production delayed - report
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2016 Toyota Prius production delayed - report

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has reportedly been delayed by at least six months as the car’s engineers continue work on its new hybrid powertrain and modular architecture. Industry journal Automotive News reports production of the new Prius (codenamed 690A) has been pushed back to December 2015, with the ‘confirmation vehicle’ – a prototype generally built 12 months before the start of full-scale production – scheduled for around November 2014...


Ferrari: turbos, hybrids to yield 20 per cent emissions reduction by 2021 says engine boss
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Ferrari: turbos, hybrids to yield 20 per cent emissions reduction by 2021 says engine boss

Ferrari will expand its use of turbocharging and hybrid technology as part of plans to cut its carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2021, according to its global engine head. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, powertrain director Vittorio Dini said Ferrari will widen its use of turbochargers on its V8 powerplants, while continuing to team hybrid systems with V12 engines...


Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing
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Chevrolet Volt owners want more space, sharper pricing

General Motors is busy working on the second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid due around 2015/16, a car its US customers are reportedly hoping will have five seats (rather than four), a longer electric range and a sharper starting price. The customer wish list, reported by US industry journal Automotive News, was revealed around the same time as GM released findings from a 30-month study into the performance of 300 Volts in the real world...


Toyota aiming to improve hybrid efficiency by 10 per cent with new semiconductors
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Toyota aiming to improve hybrid efficiency by 10 per cent with new semiconductors

Toyota hopes to increase fuel economy by 10 per cent with its next generation of hybrid power units. The company, in conjunction with supplier Denso, is currently developing a new power control unit that replaces silicon semiconductors with silicon carbide (SiC) versions...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid caught testing
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid caught testing

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been spotted testing with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. CarAdvice's spies in Germany spotted the prototype model leaving a BMW compound with the brand's i3 electric/hybrid city car in tow, with the otherwise standard looking 2 Series Active Tourer model given away by "Hybrid Test Vehicle" stickers around the car...


Honda Australia committed to hybrids despite disappointing sales
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Honda Australia committed to hybrids despite disappointing sales

Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Australia despite selling just over 400 last year and facing the prospect of selling significantly fewer in 2014. Honda’s 403 hybrid sales in 2013 included 175 Insights, 141 Jazz Hybrids, 58 CR-Zs and 29 Civic Hybrids...


BMW i8 Review
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BMW i8 Review

BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is unlike anything on the road today and we drive it in Los Angeles, California.


2015 Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid spied
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid spied

The Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid has been spied undergoing testing in Germany ahead of its global rollout in 2015. Snapped by CarAdvice’s spy photographers in both sedan and wagon body styles, the plug-in prototypes are easily distinguished from their conventionally powered C-Class siblings by the extra filler flap on the rear bumper that contains the electric charge port...


Honda Concept B Hybrid revealed at 2014 Beijing auto show
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Honda Concept B Hybrid revealed at 2014 Beijing auto show

Despite killing off the Insight earlier this year, Honda looks set to make another run at the entry-level petrol-electric hybrid market following the unveiling of the Honda Concept B Hybrid at the 2014 Beijing auto show...


BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney
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BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney

The arrival of the first BMW i8 in Australia was heralded with a grand unveiling in Sydney. Built from the ground up to accommodate two separate drivetrains, a plug-in hybrid and a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, the sleek lines are crafted from carbon fibre and set on an aluminium chassis. This environmentally friendly super car is capable of reaching 100km/h in 4...


Lexus CT200h Review
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Lexus CT200h Review

Lexus's hybrid hatch sharpens its value and styling to take on A-Class & Co.


BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900
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BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900

The BMW i3 will be priced from $63,900 when it goes on-sale in Australia in mid-November. Shown in Sydney for the first time - in conjunction with a first local appearance of the BMW i8 supercar - the i3 will be available with an electric-only drivetrain, called the BMW i3 BEV (battery electric vehicle), or with a range extending petrol engine (called the i3 REx) priced from $69,900 before on roads...