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  • BMW City: Eco-friendly electric car coming 2012
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    BMW City: Eco-friendly electric car coming 2012

    By 10 August 2009

    BMW has plans for an electric car designed for the city according to BMW chairman and CEO Norbert Reithofer. Dubbed the "City" the new electric eco friendly motor will launch in 2012 and offer owners a 100 mile range in a four seater, small three door...

  • Scalextric set for Guinness World Record attempt
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    Scalextric set for Guinness World Record attempt

    By 3 August 2009

    Scalextric, we're sure, has a special place in many a gadget-lover's heart with fond memories of glorious victories over various family members. Setting up the track could sometimes be a bit of a chore, checking the metal pins underneath for dodgy connections...

  • Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars
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    Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars

    By 3 July 2009

    It's been talked up before, but the transport ministry in Japan is currently seriously considering forcing car manufacturers of near-silent hybrid vehicles to add sound to their motors. "We have received opinions from automobile users and visually-impaired...

  • Aston Martin announces £20k Cygnet
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    Aston Martin announces £20k Cygnet

    By 30 June 2009

    Have you always wanted to own an Aston Martin? Well, that dream might be closer to reality than you'd think. The luxury car marque has announced it is to launch a £20k motor for the "urban traveller", a far cry from the £100k or so usually required...

  • Tesla confirms right-hand drive Roadster
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    Tesla confirms right-hand drive Roadster

    By 29 June 2009

    US electric car maker Tesla has confirmed that it will make a right-hand drive version of its Roadster model, due in early 2010. The Roadster is designed around the Lotus Elise and unlike other electric cars, can go fast. 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds...

  • New VW ad analyses your Twitter feed
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    New VW ad analyses your Twitter feed

    By 19 June 2009

    Volkswagen's rolling out quite a nifty new banner ad that claims to analyse your recent tweets and recommend a car based on what you write about. We've no idea how it goes about working out the specific car, but it's quite a fun little ad to play with....

  • Seat Ibiza sets fuel consumption record
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    Seat Ibiza sets fuel consumption record

    By 7 May 2009

    Fed up of shelling out on tank after tank of car juice for your greedy motor? Then you might like to hear about a new record that's been set for fuel consumption. A Seat Ibiza "Ecomotive" has set an average fuel consumption record for its class, returning...

  • Range Rover's 2010 model for gadget-lovers
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    Range Rover's 2010 model for gadget-lovers

    By 9 April 2009

    It seems Range Rover's 2010 model is going to feature some pretty nifty technology for gadget-lovers. The centre console will get a 12-inch touch-sensitive display and will offer fingertip control for the vehicle's GPS system and CD and DVD player. The...

  • VIDEO: Top Gear road tests the Tesla sports car
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    VIDEO: Top Gear road tests the Tesla sports car

    By 16 December 2008

    Clarkson fights his eco car prejudice and road tests the Tesla electric sports car, pitching the Californian green machine against a Lotus Elise. Hit play now to see the race, and the result...

  • Daewoo helps European "water power" car
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    Daewoo helps European "water power" car

    By 2 December 2008

    A European company claims it's been joined by Korean car-maker Daewoo to produce a "water-powered" car. Swiss firm Ethos says it will have a prototype built December 2008 in partnership with Daewoo, with a mass production version arriving in 2009. The...

  • London vies with San Fran for electric car crown
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    London vies with San Fran for electric car crown

    By 1 December 2008

    Boris Johnson has signalled his intent to put more electric vehicles on London's roads. At the first meeting of the London Electric Vehicle Partnership, Boris, car-makers and London boroughs signed up to a plan to develop infrastructure and incentives...

  • Subaru goes green with diesel engines
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    Subaru goes green with diesel engines

    By 28 November 2008

    Subaru is using a new 'Boxer' diesel engine to boost fuel economy on its Legacy, Forester and Outback ranges. The Legacy Saloon is the greenest option of the bunch, clocking in at 50.4 miles per gallon and relatively low emissions - for it class - of...

  • Mercedes-Benz brings cleaner C Class to UK
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    Mercedes-Benz brings cleaner C Class to UK

    By 26 November 2008

    Big cars are rarely green, but a new model by Mercedes-Benz shows where carbon savings can be made. The firm's new C 180 is one of the first in the UK equipped with "BlueEFFICIENCY" measures which boost the car's fuel economy by 11% on the previous model....

  • Hyundai HED-5 i-mode makes green splash in US
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    Hyundai HED-5 i-mode makes green splash in US

    By 21 November 2008

    Hyundai's concept eco car is going into production in the US. The HED-5 i-mode, which was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, appeared at the LA Motor Show with a new engine aimed at the North American market. Unlike the diesel...

  • Toyota Auris launches with stop-start tech
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    Toyota Auris launches with stop-start tech

    By 20 November 2008

    Toyota's first ever European car with stop-start technology has gone on sale. Introduced this week, the Toyota Auris automatically cuts and restarts the engine when you stop, saving fuel and bringing down the car's carbon emissions. Like the hybrid technology...

  • MyCar electric car to arrive for Christmas
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    MyCar electric car to arrive for Christmas

    By 18 November 2008

    The NICE Car Company has confirmed its MyCar two-seater electric vehicle will be delivered to customers before Christmas. Unveiled in 2004 but only launched in the UK at the British Motor Show earlier this year, the MyCar isn't the most powerful EV of...

  • Ford MyKey gives parents control over their car
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    Ford MyKey gives parents control over their car

    By 7 October 2008

    Aside from insisting on sitting with them every time they opt to take the car out, handing over your car keys to your child is a sentence for months, if not years, of worrying. But Ford has come up with new technology that might save at least a few grey...

  • Axon eco-car promises to give you 100mpg
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    Axon eco-car promises to give you 100mpg

    By 17 September 2008

    A new car that hopes to go into production in 2010 promises to end the worry of rising fuel prices. The Axon will, according to its makers, let drivers go from central london to Brighton and back on a single gallon of fuel from its 500cc 2-cylinder petrol...

  • Trident Iceni eco car that goes and goes
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    Trident Iceni eco car that goes and goes

    By 26 August 2008

    It's curvaceous, luxurious and isn't going to attract steely glares from the eco brigade, because the Trident Iceni, as well as being very fast, can cover 2000 miles on one tank of fuel. It is powered by a Duramax turbo diesel engine with 550 horsepower...

  • Lexus Nuaero Car Concept
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    Lexus Nuaero Car Concept

    By 18 August 2008

    This is Jon Rådbrink's design for the Lexus of the future. Yes - it's powered by electrical motors, and yes it's lightweight, but it's huge! The designer claims: "I believe that this design paradox of low weight and large presence could be the way we’ll...

  • Thousands sign up for GM electric car
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    Thousands sign up for GM electric car

    By 14 August 2008

    An electric car fan has published a list of people interested in buying the Chevrolet Volt, which was first shown as a concept in January 2007. Lyle Dennis, a New York neurologist, started up the website GM-Volt.com to garner interest in the car, which...

  • Kia cee'd 1.6CRDi LS review
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    Kia cee'd 1.6CRDi LS review

    By 12 August 2008

    First things first, let’s get rid of the perky, pesky apostrophe from Kia’s latest entry into the hatchback market, the Kia cee’d. The grammatical abuse serves no purpose other than to annoy, so it's coming out. The Kia ceed; there, that’s better....

  • Protests halt production of world's cheapest car
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    Protests halt production of world's cheapest car

    By 11 August 2008

    The company behind what is mooted will be the world's cheapest car is facing production delays because of opposition to the building of its factory. Tata Motors unveiled the Nano in January, and claimed it will have a price tag of just 100,000-rupee (£1238...

  • Toyota Winglet "personal transport assistant robot"
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    Toyota Winglet "personal transport assistant robot"

    By 1 August 2008

    Toyota loves coming up with concepts that, if they are ever made, could mean hoards on commuters speeding along the streets on "personal transport assistant robots". We've had the iReal, but here's the latest - the Winglet. You ride standing up on the...

  • NICE unveils the Micro-Vett electric 500 car
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    NICE unveils the Micro-Vett electric 500 car

    By 24 July 2008

    We've seen the MyCar, and the Ze-O, but this is the limited edition Micro-Vett electric 500. This is an electric, eco version of the famous Fiat 500. Price is on application but what we do know is that it's available now, has a 2-year warranty, and is...