2014 Toyota Corolla Gets the Chicago Winter Test, 51 MPG

If you read lots of car blogs, you already know how fashionable and trendy it is to call Toyota’s Corolla a bland, “beige” sort of A-to-B appliance and make sophomoric comments about how no enthusiast would ever seriously consider buying one. After spending a week with the new 2014 Toyota Corolla, however, let me assure you: if you’re not considering the Corolla, you’re probably stupid.

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Up Close and Personal with the Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid (w/ video)

This XC60 plug-in hybrid combines a new 280 HP turbocharged 4-cylinder engine based on Volvo’s modular “VEA” platform with a 70 HP electric motor mounted at the rear of the car. With 350 combined HP and 100% of the electric motor’s torque applied to the rear wheels at launch, the XC60 plug-in can scoot to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds!

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Chevy Cruze Diesel To Debut In Chicago

American automakers have shied away from diesel passenger cars for the past few decades due to bad experiences in the early 1980s. But 2013 could be a watershed year for diesel cars in America, and General Motors is set to lead the way with the Chevy Cruze Diesel, set to debut next month at the Chicago Auto Show.

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GM Will Sell 50 MPG Chevy Cruze Diesel in U.S.

It sounds crazy, perhaps even possible, but according to sources in the Associated Press, GM is planning to sell a diesel-powered Chevy Cruze right here in the U.S. And it could achieve up to 50 mpg…with a healthy dose of torque to go with it.

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