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VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

6:12 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014 | UPDATED: 4/15/14 8:57 am ET -- adds U.S. sales figures
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »
 

GM to invest $449 million in plants for next-generation Volt, 2 future products

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014 | UPDATED: 4/8/14 3:52 pm ET - adds details
General Motors plans to invest $449 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in suburban Detroit to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future vehicles that weren't disclosed.... Read More »

GM to upgrade Detroit plant to build next generation Volt, paper says

12:30 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $450 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and battery assembly facility to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt, a Detroit newspaper reported.... Read More »

Toyota’s North America chief seeks fuel cell sedan supply boost

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Toyota's North American boss Jim Lentz, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more supply of the Japan-built cars in the United States.... Read More »

Average fuel economy of new U.S. vehicles rises to 25.4 mpg

2:24 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since the researchers began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds.... Read More »

Panasonic hesitant to commit to Tesla battery factory

11:04 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
Panasonic, Tesla's primary supplier of lithium ion cells for its electric Model S sedans, hasn't committed to investing in the massive U.S. battery plant proposed by Tesla's Elon Musk.... Read More »

Honda, Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015

6:20 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Honda and Toyota plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in the consumer market in 2015, with each producing about 1,000 units a year, the Nikkei newspaper reported.... Read More »

The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little.... Read More »

BMW sees annual output of 100,000 units for its 'i' electric range

10:03 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
BMW says it may build more than 100,000 units a year of its 'i' range of battery-powered cars by 2020 to help meet tougher CO2 emissions regulations.... Read More »

GM preps more fuel efficient engine family for small cars

9:19 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
General Motors is creating a family of more fuel efficient small engines that it says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. The suite of engines will consist of 11 powerplants ranging from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder to a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, the company said today.... Read More »

Tesla may be forced to shut N.J. stores after state commission vote

12:22 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Tesla may have to shut down its factory-owned stores in New Jersey starting April 1 after the state's motor vehicle commission on Tuesday adopted new rules on dealership licensing.... Read More »

Kia to start building Soul EV next month

7:30 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Kia Motors said it will start building a battery-powered version of its Soul compact in Korea next month.... Read More »

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Toyota chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share

12:15 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada has high expectations for hybrid vehicles and sees deliveries reaching 20 percent of global sales in the near future, from about 13 percent to 14 percent at present.... Read More »

Tesla expects Europe, Asia sales to nearly double N.A. by end of the year

6:27 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Tesla said it will open more than 30 new service centers and stores in Europe as it anticipates a jump in sales in that region and Asia.... Read More »

Honda aims to standardize fast-fill hydrogen fueling protocol

1:32 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Honda has developed a hydrogen refueling station on its campus near Los Angeles with the aim of standardizing a hydrogen fueling protocol, the automaker said earlier this week.... Read More »

Average U.S. fuel economy up slightly in Feb.

2:39 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in February rose 0.1 mpg from the revised figure for January, to 25.2 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

EcoMotors forms second China joint venture

8:54 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
EcoMotors, a Michigan-based engine maker backed by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, has formed a joint venture in China with a subsidiary of First Auto Works.... Read More »

Cadillac clears the air on 'Poolside'

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2014
Cadillac's "Poolside" ad for the ELR plug-in hybrid has provoked a lot of debate about American values since its airing during the Winter Olympics telecast. Is it a salute to American capitalism or a xenophobic ode to materialism?... Read More »

Global vehicle sales will likely peak in next decade, analysts say

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2014
The planet that Henry Ford put on wheels is poised for a stall. The world will reach "Peak Car" -- a point at which annual global sales growth will top out -- in the next decade, analysts predict.... Read More »

Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Honda said its decision to scrap the Insight, the first hybrid marketed in the United States, is part of a revised strategy to expand its U.S. lineup of fuel-saving cars and light trucks.... Read More »

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