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MPG revisions undercut Ford marketing

5:01 pm U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Ford faces new challenges to its ambitious effort to become the industry's fuel economy leader after revising mpg numbers downward on six models....
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Ford lowers mpg estimates on 6 models after internal audit

2:00 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Ford, admitting that it made a mistake in calculating fuel economy estimates for several car models, including hybrids, will revise the mpg ratings downward and repay owners for the added fuel costs. Ford will distribute goodwill payments of $125 to $1,050 to some 200,000 consumers who leased or purchased affected vehicles....
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Have hybrid cars hit their peak?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
American consumers appear to have become inured to the fuel price spikes and sales of the Toyota Prius and other hybrids may be flattening....
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Honda Accord Hybrid misses 47 mpg label, Consumer Reports finds

7:25 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Honda's gasoline-electric Accord is the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the United States yet doesn't get its window sticker average, Consumer Reports found, making it the latest hybrid to fall short in the magazine's road tests....
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Toyota wants to keep r&d ties with Tesla, N.A. engineering chief says

6:47 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Toyota hopes to continue working with Tesla Motors on battery technology even after a battery-supply agreement between the two companies ends this year, Toyota's head of North American engineering and manufacturing said Thursday....
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Toyota's new chip boosts hybrid fuel efficiency by up to 10%

May 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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Toyota developing chips to boost hybrid efficiency up to 10%

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota, aiming to extend its lead in hybrid technology, has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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More hybrids to help Chrysler hit mpg target

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Only two new electrified vehicles were listed on the five-year product plan that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presented to analysts this month. But last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne said to expect more. The only electrified vehicle the company sells now is a battery version of the Fiat 500 minicar, which is sold only in California and will be sold in Portland, Ore., by late summer....
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Sales of green cars down, but great strides in fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Some green-vehicle technologies that looked like sure bets for the second half of this decade are lagging. And some technologies that seemed like long shots seven model years ago have become viable....
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Ford tries to revive C-Max Hybrid sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Ford is faced with rebuilding the C-Max Hybrid's sales after volume tanked when the company was forced to lower the vehicle's estimated fuel economy in August. "We need to reinvest in the product because it's a great product," says Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas....
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Siemens, BAIC to jointly build parts for green vehicles in China

April 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's Siemens and state-owned Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive will form a joint venture to produce motors and inverters for hybrid and full-electric vehicles....
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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

April 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda....
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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda....
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Suzuki joins fuel-efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

April 16, 2014 11:34 CET
Suzuki says it will introduce affordable, simplified gasoline-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency....
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The boss breaks the rules on product secrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Sergio Marchionne sometimes bends the rules a little....
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BMW i8 demand outstrips initial production run

March 10, 2014 22:37 CET
BMW said there is strong demand for its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar which will begin rolling out to customers in June....
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Toyota Chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share

March 10, 2014 06:15 CET
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada sees deliveries of hybrid vehicles reaching 20 percent of global sales in the near future, up from about 13 percent to 14 percent now....
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Toyota chairman says hybrids will soon have 20% global share

12:15 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada has high expectations for hybrid vehicles and sees deliveries reaching 20 percent of global sales in the near future, from about 13 percent to 14 percent at present....
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Toyota, PSA benefit from rising European demand for hybrids

March 6, 2014 06:15 CET
European sales of hybrid vehicles increased more than 40 percent last year as more people decided to reduce their fuel consumption with the help of the electrically assisted cars....
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Toyota sees Europe sales growing more than 2% this year

March 4, 2014 10:58 CET
Toyota expects to sell about 2 percent more cars in Europe this year as a gradually recovering market and the popularity of its hybrid models help drive deliveries....
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Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Honda said its decision to scrap the Insight, the first hybrid marketed in the United States, is part of a revised strategy to expand its U.S. lineup of fuel-saving cars and light trucks....
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Honda will end output of Insight hybrid as sales trail Prius

Feb. 26, 2014 11:39 CET
Honda will end production of the Insight, the first hybrid vehicle introduced in Europe, after demand plunged and sales lagged behind Toyota's Prius....
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Honda ends Insight hybrid output as sales trail Prius

10:04 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Honda will end production of the Insight model, the first hybrid vehicle introduced in the United States, after demand plunged and sales lagged behind the Toyota Prius....
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VW prepares sporty Golf GTE plug-in hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Volkswagen is giving its new Golf plug-in hybrid car the GT label it uses for sporty models in a bid to boost the car's appeal....
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Ford sued over use of company's hybrid vehicle inventions

11:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
Ford is accused of developing its hybrid vehicles using technology from a Baltimore company that won a patent-infringement case against Toyota. Paice LLC, in a lawsuit, says hybrid and plug-in versions of Ford's C-Max, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ all infringe its patents covering ways to control electric motors and internal combustion engines so they have increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions without any loss of performance....
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