BLOG: GM flexes engineering prowess with 2016 Chevy Volt, Colorado diesel

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

GM is starting to flex its engineering muscles in just about every area of its business.... Read More »


Creative concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz.... Read More »

Hyundai waves big green flag for high-performance N line

2:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Hyundai, led by the M Series chief engineer hired from BMW, is moving forward with a high-performance line, possibly with new engines, crossovers and hybrid variants, to burnish its reputation amid flagging sales.... Read More »

VW will transform its cars into 'smartphones on wheels,' Winterkorn says

Sept. 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Volkswagen plans to enable its cars to send and receive data as well as drive on their own. "By 2020, we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels," CEO Martin Winterkorn said.... Read More »

Fourth-gen Prius: A new billboard for Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

For all the ink devoted to Tesla, it's the Toyota Prius that has reigned for two decades as the face and brand name of fuel-efficient transportation and crystallized Toyota's public image as a champion of the environment. Now, as Toyota prepares to launch the fourth-generation U.S. model in an era of cheap oil and abundant hybrids, it's looking to the Prius to help round out that image.... Read More »


BLOG: Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak styling, among other things. Are the car’s more dynamic looks worth the extra wait?... Read More »

Toyota boosts mpg, interior space on retooled 2016 Prius

12:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius -- benefiting from smaller and lighter hybrid components, denser batteries that pack more energy and an improved gasoline engine -- will be 10 percent more fuel efficient while offering enhanced handling and more interior room.... Read More »

Chevy to limit availability of 2016 Volt

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

Chevrolet plans a limited rollout of the redesigned 2016 Volt, earmarking the next-generation plug-in hybrid for California and other green-car friendly markets before a national launch in early spring. The 2017 Volt, with unspecified enhancements, will arrive early next spring and will be sold nationally.... Read More »

Honda offers face-lift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month.... Read More »

Toyota's redesigned 2016 Prius hybrid exposed during photo shoot

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius is still weeks away from its global debut, but new spy photos captured this week give the clearest look yet at the fourth-generation hybrid. Caught during a photo shoot in Malibu, Calif., the latest shots reveal the dramatic front and rear design of the 2016 Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.... Read More »

Toyota to reveal first Prius redesign since '09 in Las Vegas

6:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Toyota will reveal the first redesign of the Prius in almost seven years in Las Vegas next month, wagering that new looks can revive demand for its top-selling hybrid.... Read More »

Saab owner will develop green cars with China's Dongfeng

Aug. 17, 2015 12:50 CET

China's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. NEVS will also help Dongfeng to develop its own brand cars to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets including Europe and North America.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia spread their hybrid bets

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

Toyota bet on hybrids like the Prius. Nissan bet on electric vehicles like the Leaf. And General Motors bet, initially at least, on plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. Hyundai Motor Co., it seems, is betting on everything.... Read More »

Audi prices A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid from $38,825

6:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, will start at $38,825 including shipping when it arrives at U.S. dealerships in October. The A3 e-tron is the first in a coming wave of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Audi to wear the e-tron badge.... Read More »


BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal.... Read More »

Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model.... Read More »


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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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