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Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid

7:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs.... Read More »

Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S.... Read More »

Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan.... Read More »

Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as today's batteries but has twice the energy density, a top Bosch executive said.... Read More »

Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet.... Read More »

Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas.... Read More »

China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK.... Read More »

Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient technology in Japan.... Read More »

AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study.... Read More »

Honda will drop CNG vehicles to focus on hybrids, EVs

1:39 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Honda is reworking its alternative powertrain strategy to focus on hybrids and EVs, and will phase out efforts to commercialize cars powered by compressed natural gas. A new plug-in vehicle, a new battery-electric car and a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle are all on tap, and Honda is expecting them to combine to generate significant sales volumes.... Read More »

London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers.... Read More »

Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third.... Read More »

Tesla lines up $500 million line of credit

8:06 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Friday it had entered into a $500 million senior secured line of credit.... Read More »

UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said.... Read More »

GM to announce secondary use for EV batteries

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors said it plans to announce a development in the secondary use for electric vehicle batteries next week, bringing more attention to the growing stationary energy storage market.... Read More »

Chevy's CNG Impala rollout delayed nearly a year to fix quality bug

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

The rollout of Chevrolet's 2015 Impala that runs on natural gas has been delayed by nearly a year as GM works to fix a quality problem. Production and dealer ordering for the 2016 model are on track to start in the third quarter.... Read More »

Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs.... Read More »

Average U.S. mpg edges up to 25.5 in May

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was up 0.3 mpg in May, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Mitsubishi should focus on SUVs to boost Europe sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Mitsubishi should become an SUV-only brand in Europe positioned below Land Rover to boost its profitability and sales volume, the brand's UK boss believes.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

How will automakers respond to megatrends?

2:01 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

Potential disruptions may make the most headlines, but the majority of future megatrends emphasize the auto industry's continuity. Here are four points demonstrating that automakers may not be nimble, but their ability to co-opt and adapt to new challenges should not be underestimated.... Read More »

A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment.... Read More »

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