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New Mazda boss: Rotary is a no-go

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Masa-michi Kogai, the new CEO of Mazda Motor Corp., has set what looks like an impossibly high bar for reintroducing the company's rotary engine.... Read More »

 

Engineer chases a million, spills BMW's beans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
BMW engineer Nenad Regoje was probably a little nervous while appearing recently as a contestant on "Wer wird Millionaer," German TV's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"... Read More »

 

Mercedes tech boss: Electric B class will top BMW's new i3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing niche for battery-powered vehicles.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 app calculates range, finds public charging stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
The BMW i3 electric four-door comes with a host of special Internet-based services that make it easier to calculate the car's available range and find charging stations.... Read More »

 

Panasonic to increase its battery capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Panasonic Corp. plans a big increase in lithium ion battery capacity next year, for both hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S sedan.... Read More »

 

Federal-Mogul pushes for 'smaller and lighter'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Rainer Jueckstock, co-CEO of Federal-Mogul Corp., sees exactly where automakers are spending their r&d money as they develop the next generation of fuel-efficient powertrains.... Read More »

 

Nissan steps closer to self-driving cars with road test model in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Nissan is moving forward on its goal to commercialize self-driving cars by 2020, with an early prototype that has won accolades in Japan and another test variant that has been cleared for trials on public roads.... Read More »

 

New plant will boost sales, profit margin for Mazda3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on its Mazda3 small car, predicting global sales will jump by nearly a third with the just-released redesign. It also expects a Mexico-built version will help North America capture a bigger chunk of worldwide volume while providing fatter profit margins.... Read More »

 

Q&A

JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.... Read More »

 

Kia plans Soul EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Kia will introduce an electric version of its 2014 Soul next year, the brand's first EV for the United States.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Honda has our attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Honda has taken its share of criticism in recent years for such uninspiring vehicles as the Crosstour and CR-Z and the 2012 Civic. And its powertrains -- the heart and soul of its identity -- have lacked innovation. For example, the company has been slow to adopt six-speed automatic transmissions.... Read More »

 

California trade group says Tesla's marketing is misleading

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
The California New Car Dealers Association doesn't have a problem with Tesla Motors Inc. selling cars in the state. The problem is how the cars are marketed, the association's president says.... Read More »

 

Chrysler jump-starts electrification effort

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Chrysler has begun a search for engineers to lead an electrification push in North America for both its domestic lineup and Fiat.... Read More »

 

Nissan adds Leaf to certified-used program

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Nissan is adding the Leaf electric car to its certified used-vehicle program, a move aimed at reassuring consumers who are considering whether to buy a secondhand battery-powered car.... Read More »

 

Ford to install 200 charging stations at U.S., Canada facilities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2013
Ford is installing electric vehicle charging stations at more than 50 of its facilities in the United States and Canada, making it easier for employees to charge their plug-in vehicles while they're at work.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Nissan's bold move is risky but promises rewards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Carlos Ghosn's pledge that Nissan will have self-driving vehicles ready for sale by 2020 both challenges his employees and galvanizes a young and promising technology.... Read More »

 

Next Prius: Lower cost, higher mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
The next Toyota Prius hybrid will get "significantly better fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter-weight and lower-cost," the Prius' chief engineer said last week.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Stop EV subsidies for wealthy buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Most consumers lack the high annual income of those who buy EVs as luxury toys.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Now is the time to encourage EV acceptance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Prices of many electrified vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt have fallen rapidly over the past year.... Read More »

 

Akerson wants more Volt range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
General Motors, working on the next generation of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, is aiming to improve the electric-only range of the car by at least 20 percent, said CEO Dan Akerson.... Read More »

 

Must Tesla pay to play in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Chinese trademark troubles are making it difficult for Tesla Motors to market its electric cars in China.... Read More »

 

Errant EV turns out the lights in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Tesla's battery-powered Model S uses a lot of juice, but that's not why one of the high-performance sedans caused an energy crisis in Tennessee last week.... Read More »

 

N.A. output is key to Mitsubishi Electric's strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is boosting North American production and shipping fewer products from Asia, part of an effort by many Japanese companies to reduce the risk of currency fluctuations.... Read More »

 

Ford to alter software to lift hybrids' mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2013
Ford Motor Co. will make software tweaks to improve the real-world fuel economy of its 2013 hybrids.... Read More »

 

Lexus shuns lithium batteries, will wait for next-generation

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Lexus aims to make hybrid technology a hallmark of the brand, but it won't rush to adopt lithium ion power packs.... Read More »

 

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