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New York: 2015 Ford Focus Electric hides in plain sight

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2015 Ford Focus Electric

The styling changes to the 2015 Ford Focus were shown off at the recent Geneva Motor Show, so what the EV version looks like is not that much of a surprise. Still, the 2015 Focus Electric is making its world debut here at the New York Auto Show, so we wanted to know what changes we are looking at compared to both the internal combustion engine version and the earlier EV models.

The exterior visual distinctions between the ICE and EV are minimal, and basically nonexistent from the A-pillar to the rear. Up front, you can see the charge port, of course, but the front fascia has also undergone a bit of an adjustment. The front doesn't have the ICE version's flattened grille and the EV's Ford logo creates a bump in the hood line where none exists on the ICE. The 2015's grille is also different than the one on the 2014 Focus Electric, being slightly smaller (you can see this better if you compare pictures in our new gallery above to these of the 2011 Focus Electric and these of the gas-powered 2015 Focus).

The updated 2015 interior - which we couldn't access ourselves - has things like a new center stack, improved cupholders and is basically identical between the gas and electric models. With the car off, you can't even tell if you're in an EV or ICE, Seema Bardwaj, the US brand manager for the Focus, told AutoblogGreen. The only things that are different, she said, are extra menu screens to show EV powertrain information to the driver.

There is also a minor powertrain upgrade in the '15 EV compared to the '14 model: a single-digit increase in kW rating for the electric motor. The range (76 miles) and MPGe (105, combined) numbers for the 2015 MY are the same as they were before, Bardwaj said.

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New York: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Look closely, kids - you're staring at the face of a refreshed Volkswagen Jetta. Yeah, it's hard to tell, what with the only noticeable changes consisting of slightly updated headlamps and taillamps, and some other aerodynamic tweaks. But the big news for the 2015 Jetta is what you can't see.

For starters, there's a new version of Volkswagen's ever-excellent 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder diesel engine. With 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap, it isn't vastly different in terms of output, but the big gain here is fuel economy. Volkswagen claims that with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2015 Jetta TDI will achieve up to 45 miles per gallon on the highway. And based on our experience with prior Jetta TDI models - our 2011 long-term car comes to mind - we don't think it'll be hard to crest 50 mpg every now and then, while still being pretty great to drive. The rest of the Jetta range will still be powered by 1.8- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, and the Hybrid and GLI models carry over with LED lamps.

Other noticeable changes are found in the Jetta's cabin, where there's a wealth of new driver assistance technology. Beyond that, chrome trim is available on mid- and high-range models, and there's a new multifunction color display. Nifty.

It might not look like much, but these updates to the compact Jetta should be enough to keep it fresh until the all-new model arrives in the not-too-distant future. Scroll down for more details in the official press blast.

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Official: VW previews retouched Touareg for Beijing

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2015 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen is in New York this week showing off its new Jetta and Golf TDI SportWagen concept. But in less than a week, the German automaker will be off to China for the Beijing Motor Show, where it will showcase the revised Touareg you see here.

A subtle update on the Touareg that's been on the market in its current form for four years now, the facelifted model features reworked styling front and rear, an updated interior and a host of new technologies to keep it current in the highly competitive SUV market. Among those new features are larger bi-xenon headlights, coasting function, Google Maps integration and a post-collision braking system designed to prevent a second crash.

VW will offer the new Touareg with a variety of engines around the world, but in North America it'll carry over the same six-cylinder powertrain options as the outgoing model: a 3.6-liter V6 with 280 horsepower, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with 240 hp (though torque isn't listed, we'd expect around 406 pound-feet, same as last year) and a hybrid that marries a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 to an electric motor that combine to deliver 380 hp.

Reduced friction from the tires, wind and eight-speed automatic transmission mean, however, that fuel consumption is improved by six percent. And when you're driving a big SUV, every little bit helps. Scope out the full details in the press release below.

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Thought of the Day: Epic EV Trips (Nikki, April 16, 2014)

Nikki responds to Marks thoughts from yesterday on building your own EV,  and asks what epic EV trips he’d like to make. Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even […]

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Volvo Unveils S60 Plug-in Hybrid at Beijing Auto Show

True to its promise of having a zero emissions fleet by 2020, Swedish automaker Volvo has just unveiled a plug-in version of its popular S60 sedan at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show: the Volvo S60L (long-wheel base) Petrol Plug-in Hybrid (PPHEV) Based on the same through-the-road plug-in hybrid drivetrain we’ve seen before in Volvo’s V60 […]

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Tesla Motors Blames Autodealers, Bully Tactics For Killing Pro-EV Bill

A bill being passed through the Arizonan senate which would have reversed earlier legislation banning the Californian automaker from selling its electric cars directly to customers within the state is likely to be dead, AutomotiveNews reported yesterday. Coinciding with the day that New Jersey legislation came into force banning Tesla from selling electric cars to customers within […]

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Global electric car numbers double in one year - TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk (blog)

Global electric car numbers double in one year
TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk (blog)
There are now more than 400,000 electric vehicles on the roads around the world according to the latest estimates, with the growth of all types of EV (fully electric, plug-in hybrid and range-extended) quadrupling in the last three years. While the ...
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Electric car chargers not yet taken off - Blackpool Gazette

Electric car chargers not yet taken off
Blackpool Gazette
A spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “We have two charging points, one on the main car park and a second at the Big Blue Hotel, which are used to charge the various electrical cars we have for on-site use. “They were installed by APT ...

Electric car numbers double in one year - The Ecologist

Electric car numbers double in one year
The Ecologist
The most telling statistic is that countries with incentive programs have taken the lead in electric mobility, a market with a bright future. The top-selling cars are made by Japanese and American automotive companies. Batteries are sourced mainly from ...