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U.S. Government Orders Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Transportation

Saturn AuraThe government will be spending about $285 million by June 1 in Detroit by trading in their older gas guzzlers to purchase about 17,600 new vehicles from GM, Ford and Chrysler. Part of the stimulus bill, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the beleaguered industry. About 2,500 hybrid sedans like the Chevy Malibu, Saturn Aura and Ford Hybrid Fusion have been ordered. Now if we could just get our local governments to follow suit.

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Fuji Subaru Plug-in Stella

Subaru Plug-in Stella

Those of us that live around the Motor City hear reports almost every day of American car companies losing workers and factories. Sad to say that they are being replaced by such energy efficient vehicles as the Toyota Prius Hybrid. Now Fuji is celebrating their successful Subaru Plug-in Stella, a combination of the EV system in the R1 and the mini-car. The prototype electric vehicle is set to go into development and test marketing. This is not the first time Fuji has gone green. They also released a horizontally-opposed diesel engine in Europe this past March.

 

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NAIAS 2008: Mazda Concept Car

Mazda Concept

We don’t know why they spend money on concept cars that may never see the light of day, we are only grateful that they do. This Mazda has all the bells and whistles, the shiny paint job, the doors that go up, a design that looks like it could almost defy gravity. We just want to know how to change a flat on it. Unfortunately, Mazdanians were too busy answering questions about their other zoom-zooms, the ones that would actually earn them a commission, so we settled on taking a few shots and thinking that is enough for now. See another shot after the jump.

 

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