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Chevrolet Volt review 2012

Chevrolet Volt review

Useful Electric Range Plus Petrol Motor On Tap Volt Formula Blows Away Battery-Only Pretenders But It Is Hugely Expensive, Even After Official Handouts rating: ***** out of 5 For – impressive high-tech green formula which works Against – pricey “Just how many Chris Huhne clones are out there? We are about to find out, I think” In a […]

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Renault Twizy

Conventional Engines Will Shrug Off Electric Challenge

Battery Car Sales Barely Register, Hammered By Price, Range Anxiety Hybrids Will Be Most Important High Tech Sector Could Weird Little Renault Twizy Be Most Popular Electric Vehicle? “Why don’t manufacturers produce a cheap and cheerful improved golf-cart with no pretensions about being a car, with limited shopping or school-run capability?” “A gasoline hybrid would […]

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Toyota Prius review 2011

Toyota Prius review

Plug-In Hybrid Promises Economy, No Range Anxiety I’ve been driving the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid here in Britain, a new high-technology car which will keep the number crunchers at the Nissan Renault alliance awake at night. Toyota hasn’t yet published the full specification of the car. That will happen when it is launched in the […]

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Infiniti M35h review 2011

Infiniti M35h review

Hybrid Adds Lustre To Premium Brand Portfolio Infiniti Joins Lexus In European Fight Against The Germans Dream On; We All Know How Well That Went rating **** out of 5 For – not a BMW, well equipped, drives well, high quality, priced to go Against – not a BMW, ugly duckling looks Infiniti, Nissan of Japan’s premium brand, is finally turning […]

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Lexus CT200h review 2011

Lexus CT200h review

Targets BMW 1, Audi A3; Sports A Hybrid Hybrid Means Impressive, But Unattainable Green Credentials This Prius In Disguise Has Plenty Of Go rating **** out of 5 For – beautifully made, well priced, feels luxurious, impressive technology, generously specified Against – anonymous looks “endows that added extra quality of the pious, saintly environmentalist, which will be even […]

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Honda Jazz Hybrid review 2011

Honda Jazz Hybrid review

Honda Nudges Little Car Into Premium Sector Leather Seats, Upmarket Cabin And Extras Mean Big Prices Too Honda Admits Auto Box Error With CVT; Hybrid Adds Much Needed Poke rating ***** out of 5 So Honda is selling a premium small car, bringing in hitherto unheard of competition like the Audi A1. Even bearing that in […]

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Battery Cars Will Struggle Against Mainstream Competition

When Subsidies Disappear, Battery Deficiencies Will Be Stark Massive Technology Breakthrough Required, But Don’t Hold Your Breath Manufacturers Will Concoct “Mobility” Schemes To Tempt You  Some say electric cars will save the planet from man-made climate change. Others see a need to clean up the exhausts of an increasing number of cars clogging up city […]

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Toyota Auris Hybrid review 2010

Toyota Auris Hybrid review

Impressive Engineering In Small Package Pity It Can’t Get Close To Headline Economy Claims Does With Aplomb, Everything Else It Says On The Can *** out of 5 For – practical, economical, trendy Against – anonymous looks, pricey, can’t get close to green claims  “I was being ordered off the motorway by this beautiful sounding seductress, but urged […]

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Honda CR-Z review 2010

Honda CR-Z review

Sporty Little Hybrid Will Turn Heads Poor Rear Vision Victim Of Eye-Catching Body Design Could Do Without Environmental Missionary Mode rating *** out of 5 For – looks dramatic, performs well, high quality Against – pricey, not particularly fast or economical  This little hybrid head-turner demonstrates Honda’s trendy and green credentials, although after a few days of driving […]

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Toyota Prius III review

Finally Provides Fantastic Economy   Not Enough For Toyota, Which Persists With OTT Claims Much Improved Performance And Interior Too **** out of 5 The petrol-electric Toyota Prius hybrid is all about fuel economy, so let’s get right to it. The old Prius II might have been a technological marvel, but it was a bit of […]

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