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Kia Soul EV's top market will be U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2014

Kia Motors aims to sell 5,000 electric units of its boxy Soul subcompact a year worldwide. Kia expects the United States to be the Soul EV's biggest market. The Soul EV, which went on sale April 14 in South Korea, will hit U.S. showrooms in the second half of the year.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2014 Cadillac ELR

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014

Suppliers to the 2014 Cadillac ELR include Plastomer, Burgess-Norton, Behr-Hella Thermocontrol, YH America, TRW, Coastal Automotive, Martinrea, Eagle Ottawa, Haartz, Grupo Antolin, HellermannTyton, Eberspaecher, Fisher Dynamics, ElringKlinger, GKN Driveline, General Bearing, Filtran, American Axle, ZF Lenksysteme and ContiTech.... Read More »

Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014

A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans... Read More »

Audi R8 EV is a go

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014

Audi will move forward with production of an electric version of the R8 sports car.... Read More »

Caddy pinpoints ELR prospects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2014

Cadillac will pump out plenty of commercials for its redesigned 2014 CTS sedan during the Winter Olympics this month.... Read More »

3rd i? BMW will weigh demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014

BMW Group will not add a third model to its
i subbrand range of electrified cars until it has a better idea of demand, said Harald Krueger, BMW production chief.
BMW has trademarked the series through to number i9, hinting at the extent of its ambition, but Krueger said it currently has no plans to add to the i3 subcompact and the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, which will go on sale this spring.... Read More »

Honda leans toward 2 motors for next Civic Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014

Honda Motor Co. has a new and greatly improved one-motor hybrid system for small cars. But engineers for the next Civic are leaning toward the more powerful and fuel-efficient two-motor system that debuted in the mid-sized Accord Hybrid that went on sale last fall.... Read More »

Saleen plans to develop EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013

Saleen Automotive, a venture of sports car tuner Steve Saleen, is developing an electric car.... Read More »

Fisker sale may come by Jan. 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013

Fisker Automotive Inc., the hybrid-car maker that failed after losing a U.S. government loan, may be sold by Jan. 3 under a schedule approved by the judge overseeing its bankruptcy case.... Read More »

Toyota exec: Next-gen Prius needs revolutionary design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013

The Toyota brand's global design chief says the fourth-generation Prius needs a massive restyling.... Read More »

GM: Design, technology distinguish ELR from Volt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013

General Motors believes that the Cadillac ELR luxury coupe will be a brand-building halo car that will drive showroom traffic when the plug-in hybrid goes on sale in January.... Read More »

Honda's new plant takes manufacturing to the next level

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2013

Honda's newest assembly plant was seven years in the making, twice delayed and may be the last greenfield car factory in Japan for a long time.... Read More »

Honda engineer predicts 50,000 U.S. hybrid, EV sales in 2 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013

A senior Honda Motor Co. engineer predicted that within two years, the automaker's annual U.S. hybrid and electric vehicle sales will be 50,000, a volume he said was necessary before Honda could begin manufacturing key hybrid components there.... Read More »

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 »


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 »


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 »

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