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BMW CEO sees EV initiatives helping i3 sales in key markets

March 24, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees political initiatives in a number of the carmaker's key markets as important in helping to boost sales of the i3 electric car.... Read More »

Honda Fit EV lease price lowered to $199 per month

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda lowered the two-year lease price for its Fit EV electric hatchback to $199 per month, from $259, for current customers.... Read More »

BMW brainstorms its next i model

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

BMW is weighing what type of model will join its "i" family of low-emission vehicles, said a top executive who added that the model will arrive after 2020.... Read More »

Daimler will upgrade key German plant for fuel-efficient engines, fuel cells

March 18, 2015 22:23 CET

Daimler will invest billions of euros to modernize its powertrain factory in Untertuerkheim, near Stuttgart. The plant will become a center of competence for fuel-efficient engines, hybrid drivertrains and the production of fuel cell systems.... Read More »

A French billionaire's anti-Tesla dream costs 20 cents a minute

7:12 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

The Tesla Model S, a sumptuous, four-door electric sedan with a sticker price of $71,000, has a waiting list that stretches to months. Vincent Bollore can get you behind the wheel of an electric with “far superior” technology this afternoon. For just 20 cents a minute.... Read More »

Germany holds off on tax breaks to boost sales of electric company cars

March 16, 2015 21:45 CET

Germany's federal government has shelved a plan to boost electric car sales via corporate tax breaks because it could not secure the consent of state governments whose coffers stood to lose revenue.... Read More »

A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries.... Read More »

Audi plans 2 new crossovers, joins VW with plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup - one big and one small - and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said last week. In 2016, Audi will launch an entry-level crossover called the Q1 positioned beneath the subcompact Q3, CEO Rupert Stadler said.... Read More »

Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday.... Read More »

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Ford expects big boost from high-tech Mondeo

March 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford expects a significant sales boost in the tough midsize segment from its latest-generation Mondeo because of the car's advanced technology, new upscale trim line and the addition of a hybrid variant.... Read More »

Volkswagen plans on hybrids while it waits for longer-range batteries

1:07 pm U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

The Volkswagen Group plans to offer plug-in hybrid powertrains on most of its models before longer-range batteries become a reality. Audi will offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV, A7 and A8 sedans while the VW brand will launch a plug-in Touareg SUV and Phaeton flagship sedan in global markets, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said at the automaker's annual media conference today.... Read More »

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Automakers, greens disagree on the true cost of meeting EU's CO2 regulations

March 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers say the cost to meet tough European CO2 emissions limits that take effect in 2021 is rising rapidly, according to an analyst report, a view not shared by environmentalists.... Read More »

Ram expands CNG options

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Ram will offer a less-expensive heavy-duty pickup powered by compressed natural gas. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab model with four-wheel drive and a long bed.... Read More »

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Audi will offer Q7 as diesel or gasoline plug-in hybrid

March 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will offer its Q7 large SUV with multiple plug-in hybrid variants: a diesel-electric for Europe and a gasoline-electric version for the U.S. and China. The Q7 e-tron quattro will be Audi's second plug-in hybrid. It currently offers a gasoline-electric plug-in variant of the A3.... Read More »

Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative.... Read More »

Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles.... Read More »

Audi R8 e-tron signals shift by German automakers to high-end EVs

March 4, 2015 16:12 CET

German carmakers are shifting their focus towards high-end electric vehicles such as the Audi R8 e-tron and away from cheaper city cars in an effort to revive environmentally-friendly but unpopular zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

Ram will expand lineup of CNG-powered trucks

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is expanding the availability of compressed natural gas on its heavy duty Ram pickup. The CNG-fueled truck, originally engineered for fleet operators, is available now only in a four-door crew cab, four-wheel-drive and long-bed model. This fall, the truck will be offered in a regular cab two-door body style with two-wheel drive and a long bed.... Read More »

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BLOG: Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?

6:57 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.... Read More »

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BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg.... Read More »

Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls.... Read More »

China's Wanxiang to rebrand Fisker as Elux, report says

9:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang Group will push back its planned relaunch of the defunct Fisker Karma hybrid sports car until mid-2016 and rebrand Fisker Automotive as Elux, two sources familiar with the plan told Reuters on Sunday.... Read More »

Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis.... Read More »

U.S. consumers expect gas prices to rise again, survey finds

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

Gas prices in the United States may be down, but consumers don’t expect the lower prices to last.... Read More »

 
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