Hybrid

Daimler will expand German battery output

Dec. 1, 2014 16:15 CET

Daimler will spend about 100 million euros ($125 million) to boost production of lithium ion batteries in Germany as it expects "high and steadily growing demand" for electric-car batteries....
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BMW to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of top models

8:27 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

BMW plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its main models, including the best-selling 3-series sedan, as the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles reacts to tighter emissions regulations....
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Ex-CEOs take Honda to task on quality issues

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

Nobuhiko Kawamoto and Hiroyuki Yoshino were CEOs in some of the most glorious of Honda's glory days....
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Toyota to pack track-tested tech into next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014

Toyota is testing technology to be used in the Prius in its high-performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer....
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Hyundai plans hybrid to take on Prius

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

Hyundai plans a dedicated gasoline-electric car to compete with Toyota's Prius. It would be Hyundai's first hybrid designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of a gasoline vehicle....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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Honda says it's committed to hybrids in Europe

Oct. 15, 2014 11:10 CET

Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid lineup in the region due to slow sales....
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After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better....
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Hybrid Chrysler minivan will hit market in '15, a year early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Chrysler Group will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year....
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Infiniti plans family of smaller, more powerful engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

PARIS — Infiniti is developing a family of aluminum engines that will begin hitting the market within two years, promising more horsepower for its higher end cars....
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BMW: U.S. will get more i cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

The U.S. will get a higher share of BMW i electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the coming months, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault concept rivals VW's 1-liter car for fuel economy

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

Renault says the Eolab concept previews fuel-saving technologies that will appear on its production cars before 2020. The Eolab's fuel economy rivals the VW XL1, promoted as a "1-liter" car because it uses 1 liter of fuel per 100km....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET

The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET

Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at what it intends to bring to the compact SUV segment....
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California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade....
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Can Prius set the pace again?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014

The hybrid revolution that the Prius ushered in has put it in an awkward position: So many other brands have followed Toyota's lead into the hybrid market that the Prius no longer stands out. The brand is now it's at a marketing crossroads....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET

Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment....
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Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014

Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat....
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Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges....
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Ford plans hybrid series to rival Prius, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014

Ford plans to introduce a Toyota Prius-fighter -- a gasoline-electric hybrid car debuting in late 2018 that will be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of a gasoline model....
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Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014

Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, Reuters reported, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid -- that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid....
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Hybrids help supercars cut CO2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars....
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ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET

ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub....
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Chinese EV, plug-in hybrid output soars tenfold in July

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET

Automakers, aided by government subsidies, produced 5,799 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China in July, 10 times more than in the same month last year....
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Hybrid technology helps fuel transmission transformation

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

Transmission manufacturers such as ZF Friedrichshafen AG are adapting their transmissions for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles by replacing the torque converter with an electric motor....
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