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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S.... Read More »

Here come the Kia crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Kia is gearing up for a run at the fast-growing subcompact crossover segment with a dedicated hybrid model, spy photos suggest. About the size of a Honda HR-V, the unnamed Kia is likely to share a platform with a Hyundai model.... Read More »

Lamborghini shelves plug-in Asterion coupe in favor of Urus SUV, report says

July 24, 2015 12:03 CET

Lamborghini has put on hold a production plug-in hybrid Asterion coupe in favor of bringing the Urus SUV to market in 2018, a magazine reported, citing the automaker's CEO Stephan Winkelmann.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Cadillac's product onslaught: Hurry up and wait

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

A glance at Cadillac's product-planning timeline shows that dealers and consumers will be waiting quite a while for much of the fresh sheet metal planned by the brand.... Read More »

Self-driving cars get 32-acre city at University of Michigan to hone skills

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

A simulated city opened Monday on the north campus of the University of Michigan to test how self-driving cars will travel in the future without mowing down pedestrians or causing colossal crashes.... Read More »

Tesla Model S option offers 'Ludicrous' 0-to-60 time of 2.8 seconds

3:04 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Tesla Motors, channeling a moment from the Mel Brooks comedy “Spaceballs,” announced a $10,000 option on its newest Model S variant that runs zero to 60 in a face-stretching 2.8 seconds -- a feature Tesla calls "Ludicrous Mode." That compares with 3.2 seconds for the "Insane Mode" setting on its previous high-end model.... Read More »

Nissan likely to purchase LG batteries, report says

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Nissan may follow alliance partner Renault by purchasing batteries for its future electric cars instead of exclusively building its own, CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a Wall Street Journal interview published today.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover criticizes new UK tax aimed at expensive cars

July 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said premium automakers will be unfairly penalized by a new UK vehicle tax scheme that is expected to hit sales of large SUVs and big sedans.... Read More »

Toyota will recall 625,000 Prius hybrids for software glitch

July 15, 2015 11:23 CET

Toyota will recall about 625,000 Prius hybrids globally, including 160,000 in Europe, to fix a software glitch that could shut down the hybrid system while the car is being driven.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles.... Read More »

BorgWarner to buy electric, hybrid motor maker Remy for $950 million

8:50 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

BorgWarner said today it agreed to buy Remy for about $950 million to help compete in the fast-growing market for electric and hybrid vehicles. The deal's total enterprise value is $1.2 billion.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

With hydrogen, high pressure to get it right

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Mike Sullivan's Santa Monica, Calif., dealership is one of the first eight in the country chosen by Toyota to sell its groundbreaking Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan. Such an important launch means he'll need to do things a little differently.... Read More »

Hyundai-Kia, tech firm get $6M U.S. grant to develop wireless EV charging

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Hyundai-Kia's U.S. technical center is teaming up with a wireless power technology company to research and develop a high-speed wireless charging system for electric vehicles.... Read More »

DAVID JOLLEY

BLOG: Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Aldi, a popular German-based discount supermarket chain, has introduced something that could help its home market get closer to an ambitious target of having 1 million EVs on the road by 2020: free charging.... Read More »

Toyota's next Prius hybrid takes on fastback styling

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid may be getting a lot closer in looks to the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. A five-door hatchback wearing heavy disguise spotted during testing in California could offer the best look yet at the next Prius.... Read More »

Rich Russians beg Tesla to sell them 'IPhone on wheels'

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Almost 100,000 Russians follow Elon Musk's social media page, yet the Tesla founder seems to be promoting his dream car everywhere but here, forcing enthusiasts to go to great lengths -- and expense -- to own one.... Read More »

France to unify EV-charging networks

July 6, 2015 14:15 CET

The French government plans to make it easier for drivers of electric cars to charge their vehicles by unifying certain features of the country's various EV-charging networks by decree before the end of this year, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.... Read More »

Toyota claims top range for hydrogen-powered Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. said last week that its hydrogen-powered Mirai has a range of 312 miles between fueling stops, the most of any emissions-free car on the market, though finding a location for a fueling stop will be a challenge.... Read More »

BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013.... Read More »

Tesla vehicle sales rise 52% in Q2

7:54 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Tesla Motors beat its car-sales forecast for the second consecutive quarter with a 52 percent surge in the three months through June.... Read More »

Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid

7:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups.... Read More »

Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs.... Read More »

Toyota Mirai rated at U.S. range of 312 miles

4:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Toyota says its high-stakes hydrogen car will have a U.S. rating of 312 miles between refueling stops, farther than the Tesla Model S.... Read More »

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