2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: What We Like & Don’t Like, After First Drive

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Six-Month Road Test long-term 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Six-Month Road TestUp until now, our experience with the Volkswagen e-Golf—the all-electric version of the VW Golf—has been a series of cursory encounters. In a short first drive last spring, followed by another city-loop drive, and then a brief-but-telling back-to-back drive with the Golf TDI, we found the e-Golf to be a surprisingly complete.

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2015 Jeep Renegade: First Drive

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than at home, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. DON''T MISS: 2015 Jeep Renegade - full review It''s a subcompact Jeep, exported to North America from an Italian assembly Jeep got its start with the U.S. Army more than 70 years ago, and the brand has huge global recognition. Now we''ve driven the first Jeep designed to sell in greater volume outside the U.S.

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Crowdsourcing air pollution measurements: iSPEX-EU 2015

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A collaboration led by researchers at Leiden University in The Netherlands has launched a Europe-wide citizen campaign— iSPEX-EU 2015 —to use a smartphone add-on and app to measure atmospheric aerosols (tiny particles), resulting in a broad-based data set with high spatio-temporal resolution.

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Volkswagen e-Golf Climate Control: How Much Does A/C Impact Range?

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So far in the summer of 2015, Portland has had more than 25 days reaching 90 degrees or more, as well as multiple 100-degree days—in all, some serious heatwaves. Efficiency EVs 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Six-Month Road TestIn Portland, Oregon, where we’re putting our long-term Volkswagen e-Golf to the test, it’s been one of the hottest summers on record.

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Tesla delivered 11,580 vehicles in Q3 of 2015

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Tesla Motors reported delivering 11,580 vehicles in the third quarter of 2015, including the first few units of Model X. Despite one week of planned production shutdown, this delivery level represents a 49% increase over Q3 last year as well as the sixth consecutive quarter of growth. Tesla noted that there may be small changes to this delivery count (usually well under 1%), as Tesla only counts a delivery if it is transferred to the end customer and all paperwork is correct. Brief

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2015 Aluminum Joining Manual

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The Aluminum Association has published a manual detailing the range of commercially available production processes for joining aluminum components in automotive applications. Developed in collaboration with the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), the joining manual is a reference for automotive designers and engineers as use of aluminum alloys in high-volume vehicles is expected to accelerate rapidly in the next decade.

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2015 Honda Fit Video Road Test

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Add in top safety ratings, and your list may narrow down to just one car: the latest 2015 Honda Fit. If you’re looking for a small hatchback that delivers both fuel economy and flexibility, only a handful of new cars come to mind. To Honda’s credit, the latest Fit looks less like a scaled-down minivan than either of the two previous

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Tesla delivered 10,030 vehicles in Q1 2015

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Tesla Motors announced that it delivered, in total, 10,030 cars in the first quarter (Q1) of 2015—a new company record for the most deliveries in a quarter and a 55% increase over Q1 last year. Tesla does not break out deliveries by region. The release of deliveries so close to the end of the quarter is a break in pattern for the company.

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Honda FCV Sedan Teased Ahead Of 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

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After showing two concept vehicles over the course of two years, Honda will unveil its hydrogen fuel-cell production car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show a month from now. The first teaser image of the Honda FCV shows a car somewhat influenced by the 2013 FCEV concept, and the FCV concept followup that debuted in Tokyo last year. The production model. Tokyo Motor Show hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell

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Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Diesel Cars For October 2015

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October may be your last chance, or close to it, to get remaining 2015 models, which are likely to carry greater discounts than the fresh 2016 stock. It's that time of the month again: the time when we look at the best deals on hybrids, electric cars, and diesels. As is usual in car buying, though, discounts can shift from model to model. car buying Plug-In Hybrids incentives plug-in cars deals

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Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Diesel Cars For November 2015

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Carmakers seem to be more firmly into the 2016 model year, although there are some 2015 models. While many people are already starting holiday shopping, carmakers are hoping they'll stop by the local dealership as well. It's a new month, which means there's a new round of deals and incentives on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, and diesels. car buying Plug-In Hybrids incentives deals

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2015 Ford F-150 'Air Curtain' Cuts Aerodynamic Drag

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The 2015 Ford F-150 arrived last year with a greater focus on fuel economy than any previous generation of the best-selling full-size pickup truck. Its weight-saving aluminum body and available downsized 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 were meant to increase gas mileage. But those weren't the only tricks Ford had up its sleeve. DON'T MISS. aerodynamics Fuel Economy Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

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Green Car Preview: 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Media days for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show begin next week, which means a new round of production and concept cars is about to be revealed. So far, it looks like the Los Angeles show will be a little light on hybrids and plug-in electric cars. But there will still be several fuel-efficient models of note debuting there. DON'T MISS: Expect A. Los Angeles Auto Show

2015 BMW i3 Video Road Test

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If there were ever a brand-reset button in the automotive business, the BMW i3 electric car is it. It''s both a compact hatchback and an all-electric car, from the brand that claims to build ultimate driving machines. How does it measure up to that lofty standard? Hi, I’m Joel Feder, and I’ll give you our verdict on the BMW i3 in our. Green BMW i3 REx Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) REx range extender engine Videos plug-in cars subcompact

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Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S 'Best Overall' Again In 2015

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For the second year in a row, Consumer Reports has named the Tesla Model S its "Best Overall" vehicle to buy for 2015. Well, Tesla Motors seems to have done it again. DON''T MISS: Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S Electric Car Is ''Best Overall'' Vehicle (Feb 2014) As the well-regarded consumer magazine notes in its summary: For all of the impressive

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Mercedes AMG PETRONAS unveils 2015 F1 W06 Hybrid

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The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team unveiled its 2015 Formula One World Championship challenger, the F1 W06 Hybrid, ahead of the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. It’s very much a case of evolution rather than revolution in 2015. For the 2015 season, there have been several major regulations changes. As a result, PETRONAS has formulated a new engine oil that is now undergoing testing with the option for adoption during the 2015 season.

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2015 BMW i8 Video Road Test

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The BMW i8 is sleek and stunning, but it''s no V-8-powered supercar. Is it the car that will give plug-in hybrids sex appeal? First, you need to know what makes the i8 go. This is no straightforward supercar: The i8 gets power in a complex way--it can be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, depending on the situation. ALSO SEE. Plug-In Hybrids Videos plug-in cars

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2015 Honda Fit Gets Highest Safety Rating From NHTSA

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It''s sometimes assumed that small cars are less safe than larger vehicles, but the 2015 Honda Fit proves that a small footprint and good safety ratings aren''t mutually exclusive. The recently-redesigned Fit received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and was also named a Top Safety Pick

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2015 Ford F-150 Has Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint: Study

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Dthe weight savings afforded by its aluminum body, the 2015 Ford F-150 isn''t quite the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup truck, as measured by EPA ratings. But how does the F-150 compare to other trucks in terms of lifetime carbon footprint? DON''T MISS: Electric Car Life-Cycle Analysis: Renault Fluence ZE Vs Diesel, Gas Models From that

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2015 Chrysler 200 Four-Cylinder: Gas Mileage Review

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan is a good-looking, comfortable, and modern entry in a very competitive segment of the car market. The 200 for 2015 has a pair of engine options Part of the Fiat-led product renaissance at Chrysler, it replaces the grim, dated previous 200 derived from the old Sebring and largely relegated to car-rental fleets.

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BMW wins overall International Engine of Year 2015 for hybrid drive system in i8 PHEV

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The other winners from the International Engine of the Year Awards 2015 were: International Engine of the Year Awards 2015. The prize-winners were presented with their awards on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, against the backdrop of the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart.

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2015 Nissan Leaf: Discounts, Deals On Leases, Financing Increase

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If you're considering a 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car, now might be a good time to make your move. Sales have stayed essentially flat for the past few months, and more cars are starting to come off leases. Amid those market currents, Nissan is boosting incentives on the five-door hatchback. DON'T MISS: Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Diesel Cars. car buying plug-in cars deals lease price

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2015 Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost: Gas Mileage Review

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But in fact the 2015 Ford Focus 1.0L A popular compact sedan fitted with a tiny 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine may sound like an Eighties econobox all over again. EcoBoost is on sale today, though we suspect its lack of an automatic transmission will discourage nine out of 10 potential buyers. And that's a shame, because those drivers willing to

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Audi revamps 2015 R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans diesel hybrid racer; 4MJ class

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In the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season’s pinnacle event, Audi will compete with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid racer in the 4-megajoule class. 2015 R18 e-tron quattro. As this body element incorporates the crash structure, Audi performed a new crash test for the 2015 season.

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First drive: Volkswagen 2015 Golf SportWagen

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2015 Golf SportWagen. With the entry of the new 2015 Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen of America is bringing some dynamic and reasonably priced fuel-efficient verve to the non-luxury wagon segment in the US. l/100 km) on the highway—matching the fuel economy rating of the 2015 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, currently the highway fuel economy leader among the wagon segment, according to fueleconomy.gov. Click to enlarge.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco: Gas Mileage Review

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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco is the Korean maker's most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan that doesn't use a hybrid powertrain. And it highlights the two parallel paths that automakers are taking as they work to boost gas mileage ratings to meet steadily rising corporate average fuel economy rules. The Sonata Eco uses a smaller gasoline engine, a. Driven Fuel Economy Sonata Eco

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Toyota updates hybrid LMP1 racer for 2015

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Toyota has updated its championship-winning LMP1 racer for 2015 with new aerodynamics, revised front end including crash structure and new suspension kinematics to optimize tire usage, plus additional weight saving. TS040 for 2015. During the 2014 season, the TS040 Hybrid took five wins from eight races. Click to enlarge.

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2015 BMW i3 Electric Car Price Raised $1,000 To $43,350

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The 2015 BMW i3 now comes standard with DC fast-charging capability, satellite radio, and heated front seats--for a starting price that''s $1,075 higher than the 2014 model. The BMW i3 electric car enters its second model year largely unchanged, with a few added features and a price hike to boot. DON''T MISS: BMW i3 Electric Car Super Bowl TV Ad

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Minicar Scores Well On Federal Crash Tests

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The size and performance of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage may recall 1980s economy cars, but in one area, the new minicar is a clear improvement. The Mirage, introduced last year, is about as basic as a new car can get--but it performed well on crash tests recently conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). DON''T MISS

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Toyota Mirai receives the ARBÖ 2015 Environmental Award in Austria

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The Austrian automobile club ARBÖ (Auto-Motor und Radfahrerverbund Österreiche) has awarded the Toyota Mirai with the “2015 Environmental Award”. The jury consisted of ARBÖ automotive experts. If we want to secure the future of the automobile as flexible, personal and clean transport for the next 100 years, we need to consider which energy can power our cars tomorrow.

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2015 Ford F-150 Aluminum-Body Pickup: Mixed IIHS Safety Scores

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It was one of the biggest questions about the 2015 Ford F-150: How would the truck's aluminum cab and pickup bed fare in today's rigorous safety testing? While aluminum has been used for the bodies of several luxury cars before now, Ford's decision to deploy it on the best-selling and high-volume F-150 generated spirited discussions about the. crash tests IIHS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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2015 Volkswagen Golf Named North American Car Of The Year

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This year, that award went to the 2015 Volkswagen Golf range. DON''T MISS: 2015 Volkswagen Golf: Green Car Reports'' Best Car To Buy 2015 The compact hatchback beat out the 2015 Ford Mustang Every year at the Detroit Auto Show, a panel of automotive journalists that has spent months evaluating new cars announces the North American Car of the Year.

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2016 Chevrolet Equinox: Updated SUV Unveiled At 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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The 2015 Trax may be the new kid on the block, but Chevrolet isn''t completely ignoring its next-smallest crossover. Debuting at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox gets a handful of styling and trim changes, but is essentially unchanged mechanically. DON''T MISS: 2015 Chevrolet Trax: First Drive A revised front fascia includes a

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2015 Tesla Model S P85D: 2015 Detroit Auto Show Live Photos

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Tesla Motors has shown off its Model S electric luxury sport sedan at the Detroit Auto Show since 2011. This year, its stand included both its newest and highest-performance version of the Model S--the P85D--and the standard S85D model, featuring all-wheel drive without the high-performance package. DON''T MISS: 2014 Tesla Model S P85D: First Drive

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Super Charger for Electric Motorcycles!

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Oh, this is brilliant. Level 2.5 charging for electric motorcycles like the Zero, using the j-plug we're all so familiar with. You can charge your Zero in about an hour! I *want* this for my LEAF, sigh

2015 MINI Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door: Gas Mileage Review

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Now there''s a five-door hatchback model as well, putting the 2015 MINI Cooper squarely into. In various forms, the MINI has been with us for more than half a century--but its image has always been shaped by the two-door model. The original BMC Mini had two doors and a small trunk; the BMW MINI from 2002 is a more conventional three-door hatchback. minicar Driven MINI Cooper S

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2015 Toyota Prius Rebates Rise For Californians

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Toyota boosted incentives on its Prius hybrid range for California buyers in April, and it's doing the same this month, though on a more limited basis. New incentives are being added for May, but only for buyers in certain areas of California. Buyers in both San Francisco and Los Angeles will get discounts that aren't available in other parts of. rebates California incentives discounts

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Ford EcoBoost Sales Continue To Rise: 1 Million In 2015 Projected

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So far for 2015, sales are up 46 percent, the carmaker said in a recent press release. Before the end of this year, Ford expects sales of vehicles equipped with turbocharged EcoBoost engines to top 1 million for the first time. The EcoBoost engines use turbocharging and direct injection to increase power, which has allowed Ford to downsize engines. sales turbocharged EcoBoost Fuel Economy

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2015 Tokyo Motor Show Concepts, LG Chem Adds Tesla, Toyota Prius Longevity: Today's Car News

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Today, we have coverage of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, including numerous fuel-cell, battery-electric, and hybrid concept and production cars. We also have news that LG Chem will supply batteries to Tesla for the carmaker's planned upgrade of its Roadster sports car, and a study that says Toyota Prius owners keep their cars longer than almost any. Today in Car News

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Group-buy Black Friday deal on 2015 Nissan LEAFs in Northern Colorado: $10,600

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will have a special group-buy Black Friday opportunity to purchase a 2015 Nissan LEAF for just more than $10,000, saving up to $21,000 off the sticker price. The program, offered in partnership with Tynan’s Nissan and Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC), starts Friday, 27 November and runs through 31 December 2015. Consumers in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo.

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Best Deals On Hybrid, Electric, Diesel Cars For August 2015

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As we head into the last full month of summer, it's once again time to look at the best deals on hybrids, electric cars, and diesels. Strong incentives for certain models carry over from previous months, but there are also new incentives that make some cars a better deal than they were before. There aren't too many major changes to report this. car buying Plug-In Hybrids incentives deals

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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Car Gets Less Expensive Trim Level

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When pricing for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car was announced last August, only one trim level was available, a lavishly equipped top-of-the-range package. DON''T MISS: 2015 Volkswagen Now VW has supplemented that SEL Premium version of the e-Golf with a new, less expensive model called the Limited Edition, at a price almost $2,000 lower.

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2015 New York Auto Show: Green Car Preview

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Auto-show season continues in the Big Apple next week with the 2015 New York Auto Show, and we''re getting ready to bring you all of the latest green concept and production car debuts. Before the doors open at the Javits Center, here''s our list of new mass-market models we''re expecting to be unveiled at the show so far. It includes a handful of. New York Auto Show Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Scion iM Concept Lexus RX Scion iA

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