2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid

Looks like: The new Sonata wearing a more Genesis-like grille

Drivetrain: Hybrid: Combined 193-hp with 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 38-kW electric motor; 1.62-kwh lithium-polymer battery; front-wheel drive; six-speed automatic transmission. Plug-in Hybrid: 202-hp with 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 50-kW electric motor; 9.8-kwh lithium-polymer battery; front-wheel drive; six-speed automatic transmission.

Hits dealerships: Hybrid, summer; Plug-in Hybrid, late 2015

While non-hybrid Sonatas got all the attention for 2015 with the drastically restyled all-new Sonata, the Sonata Hybrid carried over from 2014 to 2015 unchanged. Now it's time for the hybrid to take the spotlight.

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For 2016, Hyundai is launching a hybrid variant of its redesigned Sonata with a boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model; it's also debuting its first plug-in hybrid to select markets with the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

By Joe Bruzek | January 12, 2015 | Comments (4)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Volkswagen is planning on a new seven-passenger SUV for the end of 2016, and it's likely that it will look a lot like the five-passenger Cross Coupe GTE concept that debuted today in Detroit. Although it has production-intent styling cues, it still has a few show-car-specific features, including the multimedia system's gesture-based controls.

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Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

How Would Chevy's Bolt EV Stack Up Against the Nissan Leaf?

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Chevrolet unveiled its Bolt EV concept car at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, a car that promises a 200-mile range and a price "around" $30,000. The automaker didn't say much more about it — like how much room it has inside or when we might expect a production version to hit the road, if ever.

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Of course, there are other electric cars on the road with the best-selling amongst them being Nissan's Leaf. Here's a quick snapshot of how the two compare and more photos of the Bolt's debut in Detroit.

By David Thomas | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (26 Photos)

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The differences between the original Chevrolet Volt concept car from 2007 and the eventual production version in 2011 left many people who were excited for GM's first mass-market electric vehicle rather cold. What started out as a hot-looking, angular and futuristic design had morphed into a somewhat messy, odd-looking mishmash of styles influenced by the demands of aerodynamic efficiency.

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The subsequent Cadillac ELR coupe proved that GM EVs could indeed be sexy. With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, GM has had plenty of time to work with designers and aerodynamic specialists to craft something genuinely attractive, and it has succeeded in doing so.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

2016 Chevrolet Volt: First Look

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Competes with: Toyota Prius Plug-In, Nissan Leaf, Audi A3 e-tron, Ford C-Max Energi

Looks like: A little last-gen Volt, a little current-gen Honda Civic

Drivetrain: Two-motor electric-drive unit; 101-hp, 1.5-liter gasoline range extender; 18.4-kwh lithium-ion battery pack; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2015

The second generation of GM's most advanced vehicle has been revealed, and while it looks considerably more mainstream than the outgoing model, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is still a remarkable and unique vehicle that has been refined with significant input from previous Volt owners.

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The first Volt was created in something of a customer vacuum — GM really didn't know who would buy it, how they would exactly use it, or if people would be satisfied with the range-extended electric vehicle's abilities. Now after 73,000 have been sold, GM quizzed owners on what to improve and used that feedback to create the 2016 model. The resulting car is designed to bring Volt customers back to the showroom once their leases are up while broadening the car's appeal to a more mainstream crowd.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (7)

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The new face of Volkswagen SUVs, probably

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid drivetrain, chiseled exterior styling, Bauhaus-inspired interior

Ridiculous features: Multimedia system's gesture controls, joystick-like shifter

Chance of being mass-produced: The production SUV arriving by the end of 2016 should look a lot like this

If you want to know what Volkswagen's upcoming seven-seat SUV will look like then take a look at this. It's the five-seat Cross Coupe GTE concept, and Volkswagen says its front-end styling foreshadows the new SUV. That model is slated to be built at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., by the end of next year.

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The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept SUV Volkswagen has shown in recent years, but it looks a lot like the second one: the CrossBlue Coupe concept . The Cross Coupe GTE has more muscular wheel arches and more traditional taillights, but the overall shape and size of the two concepts are similar.

By Mike Hanley | January 11, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Kia Soul EV: Car Seat Check

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Kia's quirky box probably doesn't immediately jump to mind when you think of a family vehicle, but the Kia Soul has more room for kids and cargo than its compact dimensions suggest. The gas-powered Kia Soul, which was redesigned for the 2014 model year, performed admirably in our Car Seat Check, but what about the new-for-2015 electric version? Although the 2015 Kia Soul EV gives up some interior space to make room for the battery and has unique seats, small families won't have any problems installing two child-safety seats in the backseat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chevrolet Teases 2016 Volt

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Chevrolet unmasked the 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week before its full reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12. Based on the initial photos, the next-generation range-extender plug-in electric hybrid Volt receives a significant styling overhaul on top of the efficiency improvements Chevrolet previously outlined.

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Chevrolet promises the 2016 Volt will be more efficient than the current generation thanks to a revised propulsion system featuring a battery with increased storage capacity and a more efficient two-motor drive unit. The 2015's 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine gets the boot for a direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder with the promise of increased efficiency. More details will be announced at the Detroit auto show on Jan. 12.

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By Joe Bruzek | January 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

Honda, Acura Announce Auto Show Reveals

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The 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is less than a month away, and the planned reveals are starting to trickle out. Acura just announced it will unveil the production version of its NSX super car and Honda will show off a new fuel-cell concept, the FCV.

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Although Acura only released veiled teaser images, the NSX should look somewhat familiar. The concept version debuted in Detroit in 2012 and then showed up again at the 2013 show. Acura says the one at the 2015 show is the real deal. The production version of the mid-engine supercar will use a three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit and go on sale in 2015. It will meet the press on Jan. 12. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld should be happy.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

Report: BMW to Build Plug-in Versions of Several Vehicles

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BMW plans to add plug-in hybrid versions to all its major models starting with the popular 3 Series, Bloomberg News reports. The German automaker previewed the technology with an X5 eDrive concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now it plans to introduce the technology, which AutoWeek says will retain the eDrive branding, in several cars.

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BMW recently presented a plug-in 3 Series in France with an estimated electric range of 22 miles. The automaker also wants to roll out plug-in versions of the X5 and other "core models," Bloomberg reports; plug-in Mini and Rolls-Royce hybrids — both BMW Group brands — are a possibility, too.

By Kelsey Mays | December 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

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