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Apr 24, 2013
Chris Weiss
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Kelley Blue Book Names Best Green Cars of the Year

Coinciding with Earth Day 2013, the automotive experts over at Kelley Blue Book have named their top 10 green cars of 2013. The list runs the full spectrum from light hybrids to full-blown electric vehicles. Continue reading »

Dec 26, 2012
Dave Walter
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City of Indianapolis Decides to Go Hybrid

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard posing with an electric Ford sedan (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

The city of Indianapolis is aiming to be the first in the country to replace its entire vehicle fleet with hybrids, EVs and other eco-friendly vehicles. The city hopes to refresh its vehicle fleet within the next three years.

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Nov 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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Ford Fusion Named 2013 ‘Green Car of the Year’

The Ford Fusion was awarded the title of ‘Green Car of the Year’ by Green Car Journal today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. I sense that you’re surprised. “The Ford Fusion? … an American midsize sedan?” That’s right. Considering that previous winners include the Chevy Volt (a plug-in hybrid) and Honda Civic CNG (a natural gas-powered compact car), you’re probably not the only person left scratching their head. So what was it that made Ford’s new midsize sedan stand above other notable contenders (such as the all-electric Nissan LEAF)?

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Nov 15, 2012
Dave Walter
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$10 for 2 tickets to the Festivals of Speed on Sunday, Dec 2

$10 for Motorsports Show for Two on Sunday, December 2, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes ($20 Value) via Groupon

The deal is on!

Nov 13, 2012
Dave Walter
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Orlando Festivals Of Speed November 30 – December 2


If (like me) you’re not a big fan of cold weather, then Orlando is the place to be come early December. And (again, like me) you enjoy delicious food, wine, cigars and stunning exotic cars, planes and boats, then Orlando is the only place to be!

Now, I understand that a new coat of paint is the only chance that most of these cars will ever have to being called “green,” however, mention of Fisker in the press release leads one to believe that you can expect to at least see one of the most beautiful hybrids in the world, the Fisker Karma – and don’t forget the food, wine and cigars!

The Festivals of Speed will be returning to Orlando, Florida November 30 – December 2. There you’ll find the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you’d expect from the Festivals of Speed.

Friday (November 30), it all kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception featuring delicious foods and drinks, a silent auction and poker tournament benefitting the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, a high-energy jazz orchestra and – of course – a collection of exotic cars at the Orlando International Airport.

Saturday (December 1st), the Festivals host an exclusive Wine Connoisseurs’ Dinner and Louis XIII de Rémy Martin tasting experience.

And Sunday (December 2nd), the Festivals conclude with the Motorsports Collection Display of more than 300 exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and aircraft at the beautiful Grande Lakes property.

Read on for more information … and see you there!

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Oct 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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2013 Toyota Prius Gets Pricing and Special Edition

Once a leader without equal, the Toyota Prius is facing more and more competition from other hybrids and electrics, which have passed it by in terms of fuel economy. For the 2013 model year, Toyota is hoping to sway at least a few buyers with what it calls the Persona Series Special Edition.

The Persona Series is based on the Prius Three trim level. Its mechanicals remain the same as the stock Prius, but it enjoys a series of interior and exterior upgrades.

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Oct 18, 2012
Chris Weiss

Cadillac Will Begin Production on ELR Hybrid Next Year

GM announced plans to develop the Cadillac ELR, essentially an upgraded luxury version of the Chevy Volt, last summer. This week, it provided an update, stating that it is investing $35 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for ELR production to begin in late 2013.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is already GM’s base camp for electric-based vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera, so it’s not surprising that it is being prepped for the ELR.

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Feb 9, 2012
Chris Salamone

Prius Plug-In Posts Potent MPGe

Since Toyota Motor Corp. announced plans to develop a Prius Plug-In Hybrid, industry analysts have speculated time and time again how the company’s top gun hybrid would perform with a plug-in system – especially relative to other electric-trend automakers General Motors and Nissan. To appease the media community, Toyota released an initial MPGe estimate back in September of 2011 which projected an average of 49 mpg during hybrid mode and, more importantly, 87 MPGe with frequent battery charging.

At first blush industry competitors might have looked down on 87 MPGe. The Nissan Leaf is currently rated at 99 MPGe, without using an ounce of gasoline. And even the Chevy Volt, an American whale by comparison, delivers a strong showing at 94 MPGe. But unlike other automakers, Toyota chose to remain modest about the Prius Plug-In’s potential.

The company now expects the rechargeable Prius to be capable of at least 95 MPGe, which effectively attaches a sinking anchor onto the pricey, less-efficient Volt and Nissan’s range anxiety-inducing Leaf.

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Jan 27, 2012
Chris Salamone

GM Acknowledges Rough Volt Publicity, Launches New Ad To Bolster Sales

For the next month GM will air a commercial which aims right to the heart of the matter, suggesting the Volt is a car “America had no choice but to build” and implying the car’s automotive nuts and bolts make up the very fabric of Detroit. If this all sounds a bit desperate, that’s because the Volt needs a lifeline. GM just recently publically acknowledged that sales of the Volt have been dramatically hurt by recent negative publicity. Concerns ranging from battery safety, design, and price have popped up everywhere and often.

The Volt has become something of a media-induced tumor, made even more noxious because of GM’s otherwise financially successful 2011. Which effectively means the new Volt “Morning in Hamtramck” ad represents a critical attempt by the company to salvage the Volt’s sinking reputation.

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Jan 5, 2012
Chris Weiss

Fisker Karma Models Recalled For Fire Hazard

It’s been a tough couple of months for plug-in hybrids. In November, the NHTSA opened up an investigation of the Chevy Volt’s battery after a test model caught fire at the agency’s facility. With that investigation still pending, the market’s other series hybrid–the Fisker Karma–has battery fire problems of its own. Fisker has recalled 2012 Karma models built between July 1 and November 3 in order to repair a problem with the lithium-ion batteries.

Fisker has identified a problem caused by incorrect positioning of hose clamps within the Karma’s high-voltage lithium-ion battery. If left uncorrected, the misaligned clamps could allow coolant to leak from the hoses, creating a potential short circuit and fire hazard.

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