Hybrids

Can Kia pick Prius' lock on hybrid market?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016

Many automakers have tried and failed to lure customers away from the Toyota Prius hybrid. Kia thinks it can succeed with the Niro, its first built-from-scratch hybrid.... Read More »

Kia adds plug-in hybrid to Optima lineup

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Kia today unveiled the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Optima PHEV alongside the Niro, the company's first dedicated hybrid nameplate. The new models look similar to the Optima, yet they signal the scope of Kia's ambitions.... Read More »

Toyota confirms new crossover for Europe

Feb. 11, 2016 17:18 CET

Toyota confirmed it will launch a new compact SUV/crossover in Europe based on its C-HR concept. The car will be built at the automaker's factory in Turkey for European markets starting toward the end of the year.... Read More »

Kia hybrid crossover aims for Prius-like mpg

10:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

With gas prices under $2 a gallon, fewer people are hunting for hybrids. But they are clamoring for crossovers, which may give Kia Motors a leg up in launching its first dedicated hybrid.... Read More »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

Hyundai: Ioniq highway mpg to top Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Hyundai says its new Ioniq, offered in three separate electrified versions, will succeed in the U.S. because it is tailored, even more than the best-selling Toyota Prius, to Americans' driving styles.... Read More »

Hyundai Ioniq spied at shoot in California

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Hyundai's new eco-car, the Ioniq, was recently spotted at a commercial shoot in southern California. The Ioniq, set to debut in South Korea next month, has not been shown in public.... Read More »

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BLOG: Chevrolet's 2016 Malibu hybrid priced from $29,520

10:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

With the base Chevrolet Malibu hybrid available for less than $30K, the new midsize sedan costs less than the Volt -- even though it uses a lot of modified Volt hardware.... Read More »

Hyundai Ioniq sedan gets green styling

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

Hyundai's new Ioniq sedan, which will come with three different electrified powertrains, will sport coupe-like styling with design flourishes that telegraph its environmental credentials while delivering “class-leading” aerodynamics, the company said.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia will pay Paice to end case over hybrid engines

6:48 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay royalties to a Baltimore company to end a patent-infringement fight over hybrid engines.... Read More »

Toyota lowers global sales target for new Prius

Dec. 9, 2015 11:04 CET

Toyota has cut its global sales target for the new Prius as falling fuel prices reduce demand for fuel-efficient cars in key markets such as the U.S.... Read More »

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