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Toyota Prius wins Japan's Car of the Year Award

Toyota's new third-generation Prius hybrid has won the Japan Car of the Year prize. The award, timed to coincide with the Tokyo Motor Show, was made in recognition of the latest model's advances in performance and fuel economy.

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Another day another hybrid concept car from one of the Japanese manufacturers – this time it's Subaru's turn.

Suzuki to show new eco concepts

Suzuki will be showing two new eco concept vehicles at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

Google working on "smart" plug-in hybrid charging

Google is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

Volvo plans plug-in diesel hybrids for 2012

Volvo has said it wants to introduce plug-in hybrid cars from 2012.

Sean O'Grady: When there's no vroom, vroom, it makes it all seem a bit ho-hum

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'The Cold War has ended, but we're still in that mode'

Yukio Hatoyama has ambitious plans for Japan's future, he tells David McNeill

Nissan reveals super-quiet, zero emission electric car

Nissan unveiled its super-quiet, zero emission electric car technology today, a key design for the company which has fallen behind in hybrid development.

John Healey: The homes of tomorrow, today

More than a quarter of Britain's carbon emissions come from our housing – they are leaking heat and energy and therefore money. They are contributing to the climate change threat.

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The hydrogen-run vehicle unveiled yesterday promises a pollution-free future. But there is a bumpy road ahead

Hydrogen-powered car makes debut

A new lightweight hydrogen-powered car, capable of speeds up to 50mph, was shown off in London today.

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