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2016 Chevy Volt rollout includes attack ads on Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius

6:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The revamped Chevrolet Volt won't be available nationally until late next spring, but a series of attack ads targeting the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius will debut this fall on the Internet and later on TV.... Read More »

Fisker Automotive changes name to Karma Automotive

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Fisker Automotive, once the maker of the luxury Karma plug-in hybrid, has changed its name to Karma Automotive and will don a new logo.... Read More »

Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple has internally designated an electric car as a “committed project,” the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.... Read More »


Creative concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz.... Read More »


BLOG: Why VW's betrayal with diesel engines is different

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

For the second time in recent decades, it appears that the U.S. diesel passenger car market has been mortally wounded by a car company claiming to be its champion.... Read More »

Audi's EV push won't stop with e-tron quattro

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

A second EV will join Audi’s U.S. lineup after the e-tron quattro concept. In a strategy similar to Tesla, Audi aims to introduce battery-electric EVs that provoke desirability, with a long driving range, high design and performance, to fuel consumer demand and command strong transaction prices.... Read More »

Hyundai waves big green flag for high-performance N line

2:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Hyundai, led by the M Series chief engineer hired from BMW, is moving forward with a high-performance line, possibly with new engines, crossovers and hybrid variants, to burnish its reputation amid flagging sales.... Read More »

Google: No plans to become an automaker

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said on Tuesday at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Mercedes confirms Tesla fighter

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will bring out an electric-powered Tesla fighter in the next few years. It will have a range of 250 to 310 miles, Daimler's r&d chief said.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce mulls electric car as new regulations dawn

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars may develop an electric vehicle as tighter regulations on auto emissions pushes even the most elite auto manufacturers to look into battery-powered cars.... Read More »

VW will transform its cars into 'smartphones on wheels,' Winterkorn says

Sept. 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen plans to enable its cars to send and receive data as well as drive on their own. "By 2020, we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels," CEO Martin Winterkorn said.... Read More »

Porsche, Audi EVs zero in on Tesla

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

The high-performance electric car market is shaping up to be a high-profile battleground featuring some of the world's most glamorous brands after Porsche and Audi unveiled models to challenge pioneer Tesla Motors.... Read More »

Fourth-gen Prius: A new billboard for Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

For all the ink devoted to Tesla, it's the Toyota Prius that has reigned for two decades as the face and brand name of fuel-efficient transportation and crystallized Toyota's public image as a champion of the environment. Now, as Toyota prepares to launch the fourth-generation U.S. model in an era of cheap oil and abundant hybrids, it's looking to the Prius to help round out that image.... Read More »


BLOG: Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak styling, among other things. Are the car’s more dynamic looks worth the extra wait?... Read More »

State-owned China automaker teams with U.S. electric-car startup Atieva

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

One of China's largest state-owned automakers said it has opened a technology research center in California's Silicon Valley and is teaming with U.S. electric-car startup Atieva to develop EVs for China and global markets.... Read More »

China's BAIC opens r&d center in Silicon Valley

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor has opened an r&d center in Silicon Valley -- a facility that will help the company develop technology for electric vehicles, batteries and telematics. The center, which BAIC launched as a partnership with the Beijing New Engineering Research Institute, houses 20 employees.... Read More »

Tailfins, edge and dictionaries: What people are saying about Toyota's redesigned Prius

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's Prius, a household name that has come to define hybrid cars for nearly two decades, was reborn in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the introduction of a redesigned and re-engineered model for 2016. A roundup of what analysts, journalists and others are saying about the car.... Read More »

Toyota boosts mpg, interior space on retooled 2016 Prius

12:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius -- benefiting from smaller and lighter hybrid components, denser batteries that pack more energy and an improved gasoline engine -- will be 10 percent more fuel efficient while offering enhanced handling and more interior room.... Read More »

Chevy to limit availability of 2016 Volt

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

Chevrolet plans a limited rollout of the redesigned 2016 Volt, earmarking the next-generation plug-in hybrid for California and other green-car friendly markets before a national launch in early spring. The 2017 Volt, with unspecified enhancements, will arrive early next spring and will be sold nationally.... Read More »

First Tesla Model X buyers now picking colors, 'Ludicrous Mode'

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The first customers who reserved Tesla's Model X all-electric SUV have been alerted that, at long last, they can choose their paint color, wheel size and whether they want to drive ludicrously fast.... Read More »

Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese electric vehicle startup, NextEV

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A group of deep-pocketed China-based internet entrepreneurs and financial investors, including Tencent and Hillhouse Capital, is backing an effort to create NextEV, a new rival to U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors.... Read More »

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars.... Read More »

Honda offers face-lift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month.... Read More »

Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

6:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. “It blew away everything else we've ever tested,” said Jake Fisher, the magazine's automotive testing director.... Read More »

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