Green Car

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 »

HANS GREIMEL

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 »

HANS GREIMEL

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 »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Thanks, but no thanks, to an Apple car

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

I know some of you will accuse me of heresy against a Higher Power for saying it, but I don’t like Apple. Never have.... Read More »

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

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

Joerg Sommer, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Volkswagen of America, says the automaker will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure by 2016.... Read More »

BorgWarner Q4 revenue rises as net income declines slightly

11:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

BorgWarner, the turbocharger and emissions systems supplier, reported today fourth-quarter gains in revenues and a slight decline in net income.... Read More »

Audi buys Ballard fuel-cell tech to boost clean-car push

Feb. 11, 2015 16:27 CET

VW Group's Audi unit bought fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems in a deal worth as much as $112 million to advance development of clean-running vehicles at the automaker. Audi bought about 700 patents from Ballard.... Read More »

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Volkswagen of America's top product executive called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development at an event here today.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Lamborghini concept shows possible move to less extreme looks

Feb. 9, 2015 06:30 CET

Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini and his team wanted a unique look for the Asterion concept, the Italian supercar maker's first plug-in hybrid. They wanted to move away from the angular and aggressive forms of recent cars by borrowing less extreme features from renowned Lamborghinis of the past such as the Miura.... Read More »

GM will build Chevy Bolt in Michigan starting in late 2016, report says

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

GM plans to begin building the Chevrolet Bolt, its all-new $30,000 electric car, in October 2016 at an underused small-car plant north of Detroit, two supplier sources told Reuters.... Read More »

U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

Ford intensifies self-driving research in Europe

Feb. 4, 2015 11:46 CET

Ford announced research collaborations in Germany and the UK to look at future mobility and autonomous driving solutions. CEO Mark Fields said: "We are embarking on one of the most transformative eras in the history of the auto industry and in the history of Ford."... Read More »

KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: One vehicle that deserved a Super Bowl ad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015

Back in January 2009, GM didn't have money for a Super Bowl commercial, but if it could have scraped together the funds, it had a golden opportunity to introduce the masses to the Chevy Volt.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover and showcases the brand's bolder design language.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not.... Read More »

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