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DOE announces $55 million in funding for green car research

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

More than $55 million in new funding from the Department of Energy will go toward projects that aim to reduce and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel and conventional vehicles.... Read More »

Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles.... Read More »

Ram 1500's highway mpg rises to 29

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Ram has added a bit more daylight between the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford's redesigned lightweight F-150 in the highway fuel economy race.... Read More »

JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

2 diesel Range Rovers coming to U.S. this fall

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Land Rover will offer a diesel engine in two Range Rover models this year and across its entire lineup in several years. The two vehicles are debuting at the Detroit auto show. They go on sale this fall.... Read More »

JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015

Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors.... Read More »

FLIP SIDE OF LOW GAS PRICES

Diesel's premium grows, shuffling fuel economy math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

Plummeting gasoline prices have shaken up some of the mathematical calculations that made diesel an attractive alternative fuel for efficiency-minded drivers. But industry insiders and analysts say diesels offer key advantages that make them less sensitive than hybrid vehicles to fuel-price swings.... Read More »

Tesla offers Roadster upgrade package to reach a 400-mile range

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014

Tesla Motors is offering a suite of upgrades to its sporty two-seat roadster, which it no longer sells, giving owners as much as a 400-mile range, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles.... Read More »

U.S. gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, boosting year-end auto sales

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014

U.S. drivers are paying less than $2.50 a gallon at the gasoline pump for the first time in more than five years, giving a lift to year-end car sales.... Read More »

Nissan Titan goes big rig

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show.... Read More »

Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st diesel plug-in hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

The Audi Q7 will be the first Volkswagen Group model offered with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain.... Read More »

Nissan: Gas prices not a sales drain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Nissan brand's sales dipped in November after 13 straight months of year-over-year increases. But no one is blaming the 2 percent setback on one of the most notable changing market factors of the moment: cheaper fuel.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW, Fiat, Mercedes will benefit from CNG market growth

Dec. 10, 2014 06:01 CET

European sales of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas could grow tenfold by 2020, benefiting Fiat, VW and Mercedes. CNG sales are forecast to grow as automakers add more low-CO2 emission vehicles to their lineups.... Read More »

White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014

The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes.... Read More »

Tesla stock drops with oil prices, but will it bounce back?

7:12 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

Tesla Motors customers are rich enough to keep buying luxury cars whatever the cost of a tank of gasoline. So the oil rout probably won't hammer the stock for long -- the shares plunged 14 percent since Thanksgiving.... Read More »

VW buys stake in startup U.S. battery company, report says

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014

Volkswagen AG bought a stake in battery startup QuantumScape with the aim of developing technology that can more than triple the range of its electric cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014

For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014

The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week.... Read More »

Renault, PSA criticize France's about-face on diesels

Dec. 2, 2014 12:23 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault have criticized the French government's plans to end its diesel-friendly policy for new cars. PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said the policy change will hurt its competitiveness against German rivals.... Read More »

Longing for the days of Hummer?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Cheap gasoline, Jeep's rise and surging demand for pricey SUVs have some Hummer dealers and loyalists thinking about what might have been, and have rekindled talk about a new Wrangler fighter from GM.... Read More »

Diesel Mazda6 still on the map

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Despite engineering delays, Mazda still plans to launch a diesel engine in its Mazda6 midsize sedan, the company's top North American executive says.... Read More »

France will rank cars for pollution, seek diesel phase out

Dec. 1, 2014 10:02 CET

France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.... Read More »

NEAL BOUDETTE

Luxury cars go the way of free-trade coffee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But now they may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience.... Read More »

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