Hybrids

RICHARD TRUETT

More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions.... Read More »

 

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Lamborghini concept shows possible move to less extreme looks

Feb. 9, 2015 06:30 CET
Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini and his team wanted a unique look for the Asterion concept, the Italian supercar maker's first plug-in hybrid. They wanted to move away from the angular and aggressive forms of recent cars by borrowing less extreme features from renowned Lamborghinis of the past such as the Miura.... Read More »

 

Ford intensifies self-driving research in Europe

Feb. 4, 2015 11:46 CET
Ford announced research collaborations in Germany and the UK to look at future mobility and autonomous driving solutions. CEO Mark Fields said: "We are embarking on one of the most transformative eras in the history of the auto industry and in the history of Ford."... Read More »

 

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Mitsubishi concept teases next ASX, bolder design

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi will use the Geneva auto show to reveal a plug-in hybrid concept that previews the next ASX compact crossover and showcases the brand's bolder design language.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not.... Read More »

 

BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET
BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf.... Read More »

 

BMW's Robertson sees cheap gas making electric cars a harder sell

10:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Cheap gas may make electric cars an even harder sell, said a top executive at BMW, the German luxury automaker that’s aiming for plug-in versions of all its top models.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET
McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March.... Read More »

 

Via Motors targets annual sales of 50,000 plug-in hybrid trucks

9:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
VIA Motors, the closely held assembler of plug-in hybrid pickups, expects to sell 50,000 vehicles per year by 2018. The company is also preparing to offer an optional solar panel, stretched across the top of the pickup bed, for recharging the batteries. VIA will start selling the pickups to fleet customers in February and to individuals by the end of the year... Read More »

 

VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers.... Read More »

 

Hyundai gets into EV game with Sonata plug-in

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The next Chevrolet Volt will have Korean competition. Today at the Detroit auto show, Hyundai revealed its first battery-powered vehicle: a plug-in hybrid version of the Sonata midsize sedan that will go on sale this year.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz to sell C350 plug-in hybrid in U.S. in fall

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Mercedes-Benz will begin US sales of the C350 plug-in hybrid this fall. The new car is one of 10 plug-in hybrids Mercedes will be launching through 2017, said Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development.... Read More »

 

Chinese automaker Guangzhou will tout autonomous hybrid, SUV

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
China's Guangzhou Automobile Group will show an autonomous hybrid concept and an SUV at the Detroit auto show Monday afternoon. The autonomous concept, called the Witstar, is powered by a battery and a gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

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Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids

Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET
Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche.... Read More »

 

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BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Industry 'can't give up on EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder.... Read More »

 

HYUNDAI

A thin crossover lineup; restless dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A thin crossover lineup has kept Hyundai from capitalizing on the segment's boom.... Read More »

 

New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR.... Read More »

 

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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more.... Read More »

 

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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival

Dec. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX.... Read More »

 

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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'

Dec. 15, 2014 06:30 CET
Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine.... Read More »

 

Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's Q7 will be the first model from VW Group to offer a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, an Audi source told Automotive News Europe. The variant gives Audi a technology edge over BMW and Mercedes, which currently offer gasoline plug-ins.... Read More »

 

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