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HYBRID VEHICLES: Fiat tests automatic switch to electric mode for its hybrid cars in Turin

MILAN -- Fiat is piloting a project in its historic Italian home of Turin to allow its hybrid plug-in cars to automatically switch to electric-only mode when entering congested city centers.

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HYBRIDS: Honda sees hybrid CR-V filling diesel's void

The CR-V hybrid marks Honda’s return to the technology in the mainstream market after ending production of the Jazz Hybrid subcompact in 2015. The automaker says there is such strong demand from car buyers for fuel-efficient alternatives to diesel that it thinks the hybrid will account for half of the 60,000 annual sales predicted for the new CR-V in Europe. The hybrid will go on sale in March, joining the 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline model. Honda expects the CR-V hybrid to outsell the gasoline model.

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