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Volt misses Top 10 in ranking of ‘green’ cars

The Chevrolet Volt didn’t rank as one of the 10 “greenest” cars in America, coming at no. 13, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual list.

The fully electric Nissan Leaf ranked second among all 2011 model year cars on the list. First place went to the compressed natural gas powered Honda Civic GX. Get the full story »

Toyota to fix 378,000 Prius hybrids for heat risk

Toyota will pay to fix about 378,000 Prius models in the United States for a coolant pump glitch that could cause the top-selling hybrid to overheat and lose power, the automaker said on Monday.

The repair campaign for Prius models built from 2004 to 2007 was detailed in a notice for Toyota’s U.S. dealers.

The Japanese automaker said it had not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the defective water pump on the Prius. Get the full story »

EPA rates Chevy Volt at 93 mpg

General Motors Co. said Wednesday that its Chevy Volt will carry an overall fuel economy rating of 60 miles per gallon, topping the Toyota Prius, the long-time fuel economy leader.

GM has begun to build the long-awaited Volt at a Detroit-area factory, with initial sales expected for December. Get the full story »

Toyota asks court to dismiss acceleration lawsuits

Toyota Motor Corp. is asking a federal court to throw out lawsuits over acceleration defects in its cars, saying many of the plaintiffs never identified any defect or experienced sudden, unintended acceleration. Get the full story »

Power says electric cars just don’t have the spark

A well-known auto industry forecasting firm on Wednesday suggested that the heavily promoted battery-powered vehicles about to appearĀ  are headed for a much slower takeoff then some auto makers and industry analysts expect.

In a new study, J.D. Power & Associates said sales of electric cars are likely to remain low forĀ  several years and won’t make up more than a small slice of the global market even 10 years down the road. Get the full story »

Toyota to bring out smaller, larger Prius models

A Toyota Motor Corp. worker checks a newly-assembled Prius at Toyota Tsutsumi Plant in Toyota, Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Toyota Motor Corp. will sell two variants of the Prius hybrid in the U.S. by the end of 2012, a larger and smaller version, according to two dealers who were briefed about the news.

One Prius will boast 50 percent more interior space and storage than the current model with the smaller one closer in size to the Yaris, said the dealers, who declined to be named because the matter is private. Get the full story »