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New Volkswagen e-Golf is the Most Efficient Compact EV in U.S.

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The all-new, 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf electric car has received an EPA rating of 126 MPGe in city driving, 105 MPGe highway and 116 MPGe combined, making it the most efficient compact car in the United States. It has an electric driving range of 83 miles (134 km).

For those not familiar with the EPA’s new rating terminology for electric vehicles, MPGe is short for ‘Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent’.

As a direct competitor to the Ford Focus Electric, the e-Golf is powered by an electric motor that produces 115 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft.) of torque. A single-speed gearbox with an integrated differential and mechanical parking brake sends that power to the front wheels, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.4 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 86 mph (140 km/h).

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The electric motor is juiced by a 4.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be fully recharged in less than four hours when using a 240-volt outlet and up to 80 percent in around 30 minutes when using the SAE standard DC fast charging infrastructure. The vehicle comes equipped with a Combined Charging System.

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In the U.S. and likely Canada, the new Volkswagen e-Golf is only offered in one trim level (SEL Premium) and comes standard with a touchscreen navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights, and a 7.2kW onboard charger. U.S. pricing starts at $36,265 before any federal and state tax credits are taken into account.

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Toyota Kills The Prius C, Replaces It With Corolla Hybrid

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2018 Toyota Prius C Hybrid Hatchback

Buyers are encouraged to go for the new Corolla Hybrid instead.

Now that there is a hybrid version of the popular Corolla, Toyota figures it has one too many small hybrid vehicles in its lineup. It has quietly killed off the Prius C hybrid to give more breathing room for both the regular Prius and Corolla hybrid.

The Prius C debuted in 2011 as a smaller alternative to the Prius Liftback, but the Corolla Hybrid is bigger and more efficient, matching the standard Prius’s 52-mpg combined rating in the United States compared to the Prius C’s 46-mpg combined rating.

“You’re probably not going to see Prius C for long,” Toyota marketing vice president Ed Laukes told . “The Prius C has served its purpose well.”

The fuel-sipping Corolla is intended to maximize sales of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain platform by appealing to a broader group of customers who may be put off by the Prius’ polarizing looks but still want extremely good fuel efficiency.

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV Has 243 Mile (391 Km) Driving Range

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New, 2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s quirky crossover joins the high-range electric vehicle group.

The EPA has given the 2020 Kia Soul EV a driving range of up to 243 miles (391 km) on a single charge, placing it in the same class as the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF e+, all of which get over 200 miles (322 km).

In fact, the Soul EV uses the same 64 kWh battery pack as the Kona Electric and Niro. Power is provided by an electric motor that generates 201-horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque and can be modulated with four driving modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, which automatically adjust power output, regenerative braking, climate control settings, and set speed limits to help manage overall efficiency.

Similar to the Niro and Kona EVs, it will charge at around 100kW for at least the first 50 percent of charge. A DC Fast Charge port comes standard.

The 2020 Kia Soul EV goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Honda Civic Type R, NSX Supercar Turn Gold For Australia

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Gold Honda Civic Type R and NSX Supercar, Australia

The 50th Anniversary collection also features a golden lawnmower and power generator.

Honda has turned 50 years old in Australia, and to celebrate the milestone, designers wrapped a Civic Type R and NSX supercar in gold, along with its fleet of most notable motorcycles and power equipment.

The steadfast Japanese automaker officially entered the Australian market on February 4, 1969, and has since earned the respect of Australians of all ages for its undying pursuit of quality and reliability. Civic Type R and NSX aside, the celebratory vehicles include a golden CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle, CRF450L enduro, and CRF50F kids’ bike, as well as a golden lawnmower and power generator.

Gold Honda Vehicles

“Achieving 50 years of longevity and continuity in business is a significant milestone, but none of this would be possible without our people,” said Hiroyuki Shimizu, head of Honda Australia. “Most importantly… Honda would be nothing without our customers — both long-term customers and new customers all contribute to making this brand what it is today… I am incredibly grateful to all our customers for their ongoing loyalty, trust and belief in the Honda name.”

Whatever you need, Honda clearly has you covered. I mean, how many other automaker do you know that, in addition to cars, make lawnmowers?

Unfortunately, these gold Hondas are one-offs specifically intended for show and not for sale. Their gold vinyl wraps are made up of a gold chrome film as the first layer, topped with a clear satin laminate that helps disperse reflections.

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