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Geneva Motor Show preview

The Geneva Motor Show has kicked off and you can see tons of photos in my preview gallery. One of the most interesting appearances will be the Aston Martin V12 Zagato which makes noise that sounds so wrong feel so good.

There is an impressive arsenal of hardware from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, and some even more exotic -like the Alfa Romeo based Carrozzeria pictured above. Greener motoring will also be a big theme in this years show with more hybrids and electric vehicles.

NC nation's 4th biggest employer of efficient auto parts

This state has 19 facilities employing 10,226 people, according to a study issued today by the UAW union and environmental organizations.

The groups are drawing attention to clean car jobs to generate support for stricter fuel efficiency standards. Their message is that cleaner cars are good for the economy. President Obama and the auto industry have agreed to increasing the standard to 54.5 miles per gallon by model year 2025.

The report does not name the 19 facilities in North Carolina that make components for efficient cars, but some are listed on a web site related to the report. Only three states have more employees in the field: Michigan (38,067), Ohio (13,753) and Indiana (11,819).

Facilities in this state include Aisin in Durham, ABB in Cary, Eaton in Roxboro, Umicore Autocat USA in Raleigh, Cree in Durham, Tec-cel in Cary and Magneti Marrelli in Sanford.

Porsche thinks green is good, so is 718 hp | Photo Gallery

Porsche is expected to return to the Detroit Auto Show in spectacular fashion.

Raleigh car-sharing program launched; lower-priced hybrid introduced

Would like to lessen your carbon footprint by ditching your car, but are afraid of not having the transportation when you need it? If you live in downtown Raleigh, this now could be a reality: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, in partnership with Downtown Raleigh, has launched an hourly car rental program for short-term driving needs. Read more about it here.

In other green car-related news, an American auto-maker will offer a hybrid car for the same lower price as its gas-powered counterpart for the very first time. Read more here.

Triangle adding to electric car recharging network

The Triangle is getting ready to turn into a testing ground for electric cars. Read more about it here.

Runaway Prius wrangled to a stop

Not there would be a good time for this to occur, but this so soon after Toyota's elaborate refutal of an electroinc cause could be the worst possible timing. Check out the video on the jump.

Porsche releases 918 Spyder hybrid concept promotional video

If you have not yet wanted a hybrid, this video may compel you. With lines like this, I wouldn't mind pushing it to work.

Propane-powered cars on display today

The propane industry wants to sell the public on propane-powered vehicles with a display and test drives at the State Fairgrounds.

The Propane Education & Research Council today is letting the public try out a pickup truck, school bus, platform truck and lawnmower -- all fueled with propane.

The public display will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds' Exposition Center, accessible by Gate 11 off Blue Ridge Road.

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