Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. .

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2014 BMW i3 Vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Luxury Electric Car Comparison

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Those cars are the 2014 BMW i3 and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. This summer, buyers will have the option of two electric cars that on the surface, offer very similar attributes. Both are from Germany, for a start. Each has a very similar price tag. Each offers four doors and a liftback-style luggage area. And since we''ve driven

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Video Review

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We tested the company''s first-ever hybrid model, the 2014 Subaru XV It''s no secret that Subaru has surged from strength to strength over the last several years. Its sturdy, all-wheel-drive lineup of sedans, hatchbacks, and crossover utilities can be seen on the roads anywhere there''s bad weather, mountainous terrain, or active-sports participants.

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review

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The Toyota Highlander Hybrid remains the sole seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market, and it has been redesigned and updated for the 2014 model year. hybrid sales, the 2014 Highlander Hybrid stands at the top of Toyota''s mid-size SUV line. While smaller vehicles--the Prius far ahead of any other model--make up the bulk of U.S. Our model was rated

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Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

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As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. State forecasters projected fiscal 2014 natural gas motor fuel tax revenue of $992,000, equal to sales of 6.6

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2014 Mercedes E250 Diesel MPG, 2014 BMW i3 Demand, EPA Ethanol Rules: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: 2014 BMW i3 production rises to meet strong demand, the EPA resets its ethanol rules, and we drive the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec diesel sedan. Production of the 2014 BMW i3 electric car will rise to meet strong demand, but will sales stay strong when the i3 hits U.S. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

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Honda adds 2014 Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas to US 2014 Civic lineup

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Honda is adding the 2014 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models to its 2014 Civic lineup in the US. The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA rating of 44/47/45 mpg city/highway/combined (5.3/5.0/5.2 The 2014 Civic Hybrid is on-sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,635. l/100 km), up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44 mpg.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: First Drive

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But put your sensible cap on for the moment, have a look at the 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, and you''ll find little of such flirtation. Can electric cars be sexy? Look at the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive gullwing sports car, and that question has been answered. That''s partly because Mercedes has potentially a much

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

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Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S. by a few months, but it hasn''t done nearly as well with its hybrids as Toyota has done with its Prius. Its first two-seat Insight wasn''t close enough to the mainstream--and the first Honda Accord Hybrid in 2004 didn''t post gas-mileage numbers that were all that great. That''s changed with

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2014 BMW i3: Polarizing Looks, Average Range--Can It Succeed?

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And it remains unclear which category the 2014 BMW i3 will fall, in the different global markets in which BMW is selling it. DON''T MISS: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW''s Radical New Most of the world''s truly significant cars have been striking, even polarizing, designs. But some unusual, even polarizing, designs have been colossal failures.

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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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At the beginning of 2014, there were more than 400,000 electric cars—battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and range-extended electric vehicles—on the road worldwide, according to an analysis by Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Accumulated number of xEVs in leading global markets. Annual growth rate over the past three years is more than 100%. Click to enlarge.

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2014 BMW i3: Is Range Extended Version Outselling Battery Only?

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The 2014 BMW i3 electric car has a unique feature offered by no other vehicle in the world: Buyers can choose to have it as a battery-electric vehicle, or add an optional range-extending engine that roughly doubles its rated electric range of 81 miles.

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2014 MINI Cooper: Gas Mileage Review With 3-Cyl Engine + Manual

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The 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop is the first entire, top-to-bottom redesign of the iconic British minicar. In its base form, with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, it runs a bit more than $20,000 and is rated at 34 mpg combined. But it''s longer, wider, and taller. It has more passenger and cargo room

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2014 Mercedes CLA: Smallest Benz Sees Sky-High Demand

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class compact sedan isn''t much like the other cars that wear the three-pointed star badge. In contrast to most Mercedes models sold in the U.S., the CLA is small, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines. Customers seem to like those differences--or the idea of a

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2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Arriving At Dealers, Updated, Cheaper

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The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is There are times when being first to the market with something just isn''t enough. Take the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car. It may have launched as long ago as July 2009 in Japan, but worldwide sales have been just a fraction that of Nissan''s Leaf--and in the U.S, total sales are still in the low four-figures range.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earns 28 mpg highway; best in segment

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The 3.6-liter V6 EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 pickup ( earlier post ) has earned a 28-mpg (8.4 l/100 km) highway, a rating that stands for model-year 2014. The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment’s top two spots in the EPA’s 2014 highway fuel-economy rankings. Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,195 destination. Click to enlarge.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Now In Production

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has entered production at the Mercedes assembly plant in Rastatt, Germany, according to Autocar. The first U.S.-market market production electric car to wear a three-pointed star is on its way to showrooms. Based on the B-Class hatchback sold in Europe, the Electric Drive is expected to go on sale in the U.S.

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2014 Nissan Juke: New Equipment, Revised Features, MPG Unchanged

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Three years on from its debut, Nissan has refreshed its quirky offering for 2014--though fuel economy remains unchanged. The Nissan Juke''s appearance in the compact crossover segment has spurred several other automakers into fielding their own entries. All Juke models get a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder, producing 188 horsepower

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Uses 'Maserati' Engine (Trivia Today)

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Well, OK, perhaps the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel doesn''t have an engine actually designed by Maserati. But, hey, what other pickup truck can claim to use even the same engine as sexy, sinuous, six-figure Italian luxury sport sedans? As cleverly pointed out by Ward''s Auto, the new diesel Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck uses the same 3.0-liter

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2014 BMW i3: What Staff Training Ride & Drives Revealed

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With deliveries of the first 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric cars now just days away, BMW has busily been training service personnel and dealership staff on its new and radical design. And an informed post on BMWBlog by a dealership employee who went through the multi-day course offers some new information about the car and its capabilities DON''T

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2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

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The all-new, third-generation 2014 MINI Cooper three-door hatchback--now called "Hardtop" by MINI--sports a longer nose, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, and an interior that at last cleans up some of the disastrous ergonomics of the previous cars.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Quick First Drive Report

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The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel attempts to tackle the problem of full-size pickup-truck fuel economy with something not seen in any other current production half-ton truck: a diesel Plug-in cars may get a lot of attention, but improving the efficiency of big trucks can have a huge effect on reducing overall emissions--and owners'' fuel bills as well.

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2014 Cadillac ELR: Gorgeous, Too-Pricey Electric Luxury Coupe

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Let''s get one thing out of the way up front: The 2014 Cadillac ELR is rather more than a "tarted-up Volt," in the words of more than one commentator. It''s a quiet, smooth, adequately powerful and very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior, and GM''s most advanced range-extended electric powertrain. On the other hand, it''s effectively a two-person

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup Fuel Economy: 23 MPG Combined

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The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel achieved an EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive models. MORE: 2014 Pickup Truck Gas Mileage: Ford Vs Chevy Vs Ram, Who''s Best? How do you make a full-size pickup truck more fuel-efficient? Fitting in a smaller diesel engine seems to be working for Ram. That represents a city rating of 20 mpg

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Mitsubishi takes divisional 1st and 2nd in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014; 2nd overall

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Mitsubishi Motors’ iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars ( earlier post ) took first and second place in the the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. With a time of 9 minutes 08 seconds 188, Greg Tracy won the Electric Modified Division honors and 2 nd overall—just a few seconds shy of taking the overall win. Meanwhile, Hiroshi Masuoka set a time of 9 minutes 12 seconds 204, finishing 2 nd in the division and 3 rd overall.

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2014 Nissan Leaf Electric Car: 84-Mile Range, RearView Monitor Standard

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The 2014 Nissan Leaf is now rolling off the assembly lines in Tennessee, and the first examples should arrive at dealerships this week or next. Rated range rises to 84 miles Most importantly to new buyers, the range of the 2014 Leaf is now listed Now, after a long wait, we have information on the updates to the electric car for the new model year.

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Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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During 2014, the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry is poised to grow by 86% and will surpass more than 346,000 new vehicles sold, according to a new white paper—“ Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 ”—published by Navigant Research. Navigant’s 10 predictions of significant trends shaping the PEV market in 2014 are: Click to enlarge. Tesla is also readying the Model X, a more affordable crossover for launch by the end of 2014.

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2014 Tesla Model S: Killing 3 Versions, 2 Colors, Some Options

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In an effort to simplify its assembly process and boost production rates, Tesla Motors has streamlined its 2014 Tesla Model S electric-car lineup and eliminated several variants. Specifically, the California carmaker will no longer offer its P85 and P85+ performance versions in rear-wheel-drive form--those models will only be available now with

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTec Diesel: Fuel-Economy Review

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Even in 2014, there remain relatively few subcompact or compact sedans that top the 40-mpg mark in ratings, let alone real-world use. In recent years—especially in the time since EPA fuel economy ratings have become more realistic—40 miles per gallon on the highway has become like a sort of high-water mark for non-hybrid cars. So it''s

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2014 Cadillac ELR Recalled For Stability-Control Software Issue

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General Motors is recalling most of its 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury range-extended electric coupes for faulty stability-control software. The recall will correct a problem with the diagnostic function of the software that controls the electronic stability control (ESC) in approximately 656 ELRs built between September 26, 2013, and February 14, 2014

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2014 BMW i3 REx Vs Chevy Volt: Range-Extended Electric Cars Compared

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New REx on the block But now the Volt has a formidable new competitor: the new 2014 BMW i3, available as both a pure Until recently, the Chevy Volt was the only range-extended electric car available in the U.S. I''ve driven a Volt for almost three years now, and it''s been a splendid car--quiet, smooth, peppy, and amazingly economical.

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2014 BMW i3 Lease Deals Appear: $369/Month For Electric Car

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It''s a pretty standard part of the car-launch cycle: The earliest buyers pay sticker price or more, and then the discounting starts to set in. Accordingly, with the BMW i3 electric car on the market for five months now, we''re starting to see more aggressive marketing on the part of dealers. One more generous lease deal that popped up recently came

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: Diesel SUV Fuel Economy Tested

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The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is one of two popular models this year that offer a good test of how attractive buyers find today''s modern diesels. The other is the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel compact Diesel engines are now offered in a growing number of passenger vehicles on sale this year and next, especially crossovers and sport utilities.

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review

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Now we''ve driven the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, its very first hybrid offering. If ever any car brand should have offered a hybrid before now, it would be Subaru. It''s a much better car than the Crosstrek on which it''s based, but little of that improvement has anything to do with the hybrid powertrain. MORE: 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: First

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Still In Very Short Supply: Why?

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid received very positive reviews when it was launched almost a year ago. Its EPA fuel-efficiency rating of 47 mpg combined approaches that of the 50-mpg Toyota Prius, but the Accord is a more conventional looking mid-size sedan--a plus for many buyers. Yet sales have been remarkably low, and potential buyers routinely

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BNSF Railway announces record $5B capital spend for 2014

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BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced a new single-year record capital commitment plan of approximately $5 billion for 2014, approximately a $1 billion increase over its 2013 capital spend. Much of the capacity expansion in the 2014 capital plan is for infrastructure investment on BNSF’s Northern Corridor to put the company in position to meet all customer service expectations, including Amtrak.

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2014 Was A Good Year For Cleaner, Greener, More Efficient Cars

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So how did 2014 measure up in terms of boosting vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions? With the year all but wound down, it''s an appropriate time to look back and take stock of what''s been achieved over the past 12 months. DON''T MISS: In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How''d They Do That? According to the National

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First 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Delivered To Buyer, In Boston

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As of Friday, May 2, it''s official: the 2014 BMW i3 electric car is now on sale in the U.S. DON''T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe He is Tufts University professor of practice Charles In a small ceremony inside the BMW of Boston dealership, the first retail buyer of an i3 took delivery of his keyfob yesterday afternoon.

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Why My 2014 Chevy Volt Uses Less Gas Than My All-Electric Car Did

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I recently leased a 2014 Chevy Volt to replace my Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and I expect that it will free me even more from using gasoline than the i-MiEV--which was a battery electric car that used no gas at all. At first glance, this would seem counter-intuitive. The Volt has a range-extending gasoline engine to charge the battery after the first 40

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Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

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Al sounded sincere and remorseful… Joe Galliani (in green “Keep Hermosa Hermosa” cap) accepting his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi at the 22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration in Manhattan Beach. This political primary season just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

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2014 Nissan Leaf: Bestselling Electric Car, Driven By Newbie

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If variety is the spice of life, it’s also the spice of the car industry, where the weirdest and most extreme models in any given segment often attract the most attention. However, there’s always a benchmark vehicle to compare them to. In the case of electric cars, the Nissan Leaf is that de facto standard. Best seller The Leaf is the

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First 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Sold Last Month

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DON''T MISS: 2014 Last month, 41 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive hatchbacks were delivered to their owners, marking the first month of sales for the first battery-electric vehicle from the German luxury maker. The official first buyer, Kim Price, lives south of Los Angeles in Mission Viego; she''s been a Mercedes driver for 15 years.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric, First BMW i3 Delivered, Euro Gas Mileage: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: We drive the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, the first 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been delivered, and why European gas-mileage ratings are so high (and inaccurate). The first 2014 BMW i3 was delivered to a buyer in Boston on Friday, kicking off U.S.

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