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Porsche's new sales boss predicts continued growth after record 2015

Feb. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche easily surpassed its goal of 200,000 annual global sales last year and can now look forward to another year of worldwide growth, Detlev von Platen, the brand's new sales boss, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

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BLOG: It's time to fully embrace the gasoline-electric powertrain

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Hybrid powertrains and battery packs have proven their durability, and now it is time to make them standard.... Read More »

Fuel economy up slightly in January as SUV, pickup sales level off

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

As the sales of SUVs and pickups leveled off in January, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. that month went up from December, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

Toyota's fuel-thrifty Prius family may decrease as the automaker ponders strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

In early 2011, Toyota issued a bold prediction: The Prius family of vehicles would be Toyota's best-selling nameplate in the U.S. by the end of the decade. Five years later, things have changed.... Read More »

Porsche has no plans to go down self-driving route

Jan. 31, 2016 21:24 CET

Porsche does not plan to develop self-driving vehicles because its customers like to drive their cars themselves, CEO Oliver Blume told a German newspaper. He also said Porsche aims to offer hybrid versions of all its models including the 911.... Read More »

Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse.... Read More »

Germany considers $5,500 incentive for electric cars

Jan. 29, 2016 16:07 CET

German politicians will discuss creating incentives worth up to $5,500 to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and may consider whether automakers could co-finance the new subsidies.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Hyundai is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: A green car with gusto and good looks. And the compact hatchback delivered on the promise during a recent test drive on the northern outskirts of Seoul.... Read More »

Honda will lease hydrogen fuel cell Clarity for $500 a month in California

10:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

American Honda said today it will begin leasing the Clarity hydrogen fuel cell sedan for under $500 per month later this year in select California markets. The retail price will be about $60,000.... Read More »

Kia's high-riding hybrid set for Chicago debut

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Kia plans a Chicago Auto Show debut for the crossover-styled Niro that will be the brand's first dedicated hybrid model.... Read More »

Electric vehicle sales fall far short of Obama goal

7:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Back in 2008, with gas prices averaging nearly $4 a gallon, President Barack Obama set a goal of getting one million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015. Yet today -- with gas prices near $2 a gallon -- only about 400,000 electric cars have been sold.... Read More »

Hyundai: Expect Ioniq hybrid in Q3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

Hyundai will launch hybrid and all-electric versions of its Ioniq five-door hatchback in the third quarter, said Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.... Read More »

Honda, GM consider joint fuel cell plant

9:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

Honda and GM may jointly build a fuel cell plant as the automakers try to cut the cost of developing alternative-powered cars and light trucks, a Japanese newspaper reported.... Read More »

GM plans to export Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid from China to U.S.

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

General Motors plans to export the plug-in hybrid version of its Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan from China to the U.S. when the car goes on sale this year.... Read More »

Auto industry's fuel economy goals are in trouble

9:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In private meetings late last year, U.S. regulators and automakers staked out preliminary -- and opposing -- positions in a debate about the companies' ability to boost fuel economy 50 percent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.... Read More »

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Volts fuel Chevy store's success

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Bourgeois Chevrolet in Rawdon, Quebec, stocks every Volt and electric-drive vehicle it can. It draws customers from a wide range because of its dedication and expertise in electric-drive vehicles.... Read More »

Ioniq fights Prius, point by point

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Hyundai is challenging the hybrid-car leader by touting the low center of gravity, rigid body, sporty suspension and fuel-saving lithium ion battery in its new Ioniq green car -- all points that Toyota has trumpeted regarding the redesigned Prius.... Read More »

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Rebranded Saab at the center of China's green car push

Jan. 9, 2016 06:01 CET

The Swedish automaker once known as Saab has emerged as part of China's push to make electric vehicles a mass-market alternative to gasoline cars, after getting a $12 billion order for EVs.... Read More »

VW to unveil plug-in hybrid Tiguan SUV concept in Detroit

9:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The Tiguan SUV concept Volkswagen plans to reveal next week will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, highlighting the automaker's effort to beef up its presence in electric vehicles.... Read More »

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Nissan ready for Europe's changing powertrain preferences

Jan. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Philippe Klein, Nissan's head of planning, sees changes to the powertrain mix in Europe due to the rising cost of diesels. He said Nissan and partner Renault have the right mix of alternatives, including EVs, to meet changing demand.... Read More »

Mercedes working on a range of EVs, E-class self-driving upgrades

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG is developing plans to produce a family of new battery-powered luxury vehicles, the automaker's research chief said.... Read More »

BMW teases i8 roadster with tech-packed concept

Jan. 5, 2016 17:54 CET

BMW previewed a roadster version of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car with the Vision Future Interaction concept car. BMW said the concept provides an outlook on the networked cockpit and the user interface of the future.... Read More »

Volkswagen EV concept peers ahead to connected future

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Volkswagen is turning its attention to the future with an electric people-mover concept designed to show what connected, electric transportation could look like in 2019.... Read More »

Fire consumes Tesla Model S in Norway at recharging station

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Tesla officials are investigating a mysterious fire that destroyed a Model S sedan Friday at one of the company's Supercharger stations in Kristiansand, Norway, about 200 miles southwest of Oslo, the capital.... Read More »

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Why hybrids, EVs are getting a boost from world's top racing series

Jan. 4, 2016 06:15 CET

Europe's top motorsports series have moved away from racecars with big, thirsty engines. The powertrains on the track are now greener, which has helped automakers such as Mercedes, Porsche and Renault test and build awareness of their alternative drivetrains ahead of launching them on the road.... Read More »

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