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2015 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Audi aims Q7, A6L plug-in hybrids at Chinese buyers

April 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will aim plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV and long-wheelbase A6 at Chinese customers as the company seeks to maintain its sales lead over rivals BMW and Mercedes in the world's largest vehicle market.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

Ford eyes 'high volume' use of carbon fiber

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford today said it has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material. The agreement with DowAksa, a joint venture of Dow and a Turkish company, builds on an arrangement that Ford announced in January as it unveiled the GT supercar.... Read More »

Toyota engineer doubts electric cars will spread even with rapid chargers

6:50 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Battery-powered electric vehicles don't have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top Toyota engineer said today.... Read More »

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BorgWarner CEO welcomes electrification of the powertrain

April 16, 2015 06:15 CET

BorgWarner sees the electrification of the powertrain as a positive for the supplier despite its heavy reliance on sales of parts that EVs don't need, such as turbochargers and glow plugs, James Verrier, the company's CEO, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

2016 Cadillac ELR to get $10,000 price cut, more power

11:24 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

Cadillac said it will slash $10,000 from the price of the light-selling ELR plug-in hybrid for the 2016 model year. The sticker price will drop to $65,995, including shipping, from $75,995, after 18 months of miniscule sales of the sleek coupe. Most buyers would qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit.... Read More »

Chevy cuts price, adds incentives for Spark EV

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Chevrolet is cutting the sticker price on the Spark EV by $1,650 and adding cash incentives that will allow buyers to get the battery electric minicar for as low as $14,995 after federal and state tax breaks.... Read More »

Hanergy's solar-car plan draws skepticism

7:16 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Plans by Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to build a car powered only by solar panels remain a mystery two months after being publicized, and analysts are skeptical the company can meet a goal to roll out prototypes this year.... Read More »

2015 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

China's Qoros says subcompact SUV has German-inspired design

April 14, 2015 10:29 CET

Chinese carmaker Qoros said its Qoros 2 concept has a "German-inspired" design. The concept for a subcompact SUV is set to become the brand's fourth model. It was created by Qoros design teams in Munich and Shanghai.... Read More »

Nissan may add Rogue hybrid in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan unveiled the X-Trail Hybrid for the Japan market. It is considering a hybrid version of the crossover's sister vehicle, the Rogue, for the U.S.... Read More »

GM to suspend Volt output in May ahead of changeover

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

GM will halt output of the 2015 Chevrolet Volt late next month, amid high stockpiles and weak sales, to prepare a Michigan plant to build a redesigned version of the plug-in hybrid. The automaker will begin production of the 2016 Volt late this summer.... Read More »

Toyota readies trial of car-cum-motorbike in green mobility push

7:54 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

Tokyoites will get a chance to zip around town on Toyota's three-wheeled electric car starting Friday, in a trial aimed at crafting a global business model to reduce gridlock and pollution.... Read More »

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Check out the ANE e-magazine for April

April 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at how PSA CEO Carlos Tavares made France's largest automaker operationally profitable again after three years of huge losses.... Read More »

California's 'green' rebates come under attack

6:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's incentives to purchase EVs are under attack as data shows most of the money goes to consumers who earn twice the national average yet collect cash rebates on Tesla's luxury models.... Read More »

Toyota unveils RAV4 hybrid with new style edge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Undaunted by low gasoline prices, Toyota unveiled a new 2016 RAV4 hybrid, the eighth model in its lineup sporting a gas-electric powertrain. The vehicle also features a new exterior designed to add some edge to its styling -- a look that also will appear on a refreshed, conventional RAV4 for the new model year.... Read More »

BASF sues Umicore in U.S. for patent infringements

6:59 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

German chemicals firm BASF said today it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries.... Read More »

ANE's April e-magazine goes live Monday

April 2, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, April 6. This month's edition looks at how PSA CEO Carlos Tavares made France's largest automaker operationally profitable again after years of huge losses.... Read More »

Chevy Malibu sheds weight, gains room with sculpted 2016 makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will be larger, lighter, packed with new safety gear and wrapped in sheet metal that signals Chevy's ambition to turn the heads of midsize sedan buyers. The 2016 Malibu, unveiled at the New York auto show today, looks to be an all-out bid by GM to lift the car from its also-ran status.... Read More »

Tesla’s Model X hits the streets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla’s Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.... Read More »

Chevy plans hybrid version of '16 Malibu

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a full-hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu that debuts this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.... Read More »

Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion.... Read More »

Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. The new microhybrid systems are coming on line just as automakers face a U.S. goal of 54.5 miles per gallon on average by 2025.... Read More »

Chevy revives Malibu hybrid with 2016 redesign

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, marking GM's first full-hybrid passenger car after finding little success in recent years with light electrification.... Read More »

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