Plug-in Hybrid

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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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RICHARD TRUETT

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....
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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....
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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....
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RICHARD TRUETT

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....
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Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan....
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China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

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

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California....
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Mercedes GLC to get coupe version

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs....
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VW, SAIC sign deal to build EVs, plug-in hybrids in China

June 4, 2015 12:02 CET

Volkswagen Group says it has signed a cooperation agreement with partner SAIC Motor Corp. to ensure the production and research and development of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China. VW said over the next four years it plans to localize more than 15 different green models in China, that will include plug-ins and EVs....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Mitsubishi should focus on SUVs to boost Europe sales

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

Mitsubishi should become an SUV-only brand in Europe positioned below Land Rover to boost its profitability and sales volume, the brand's UK boss believes....
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California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market....
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Renault cautious on plug-in hybrids

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is ready to launch its first plug-in hybrid but will wait for costs to drop before launching the model, a senior executive said....
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BMW, Nissan will build charging network in S. Africa to boost EV sales

May 25, 2015 13:44 CET

The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid of charging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help expand sales of greener vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market....
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Porsche recalls 918 Spyder on cooling system risk

12:05 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Porsche today launched a precautionary worldwide recall of its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid sportscar, which can cost up to $937,000, saying a carbon fiber part could damage the cooling system and needed to be checked....
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Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance....
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Dutch plug-in hybrid boom set to end

May 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Automakers expect a sales boom in plug-in hybrid cars in the Netherlands will end next year as the government reduces a tax break for company car drivers. The tax break has helped to make the country Europe's biggest market for plug-ins....
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PSA's new EVs will be cheaper with longer range; production plug-in hybrid nearing completion

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA's new electric cars will be cheaper and have a longer range than the automaker's current EVs, CEO Carlos Tavares said. The automaker also is close to completing development of its first plug-in hybrid, he said....
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Next BMW i to be based on 5 series, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

BMW will add a plug-in hybrid based on the 5 series to its i subbrand, according to a German auto magazine....
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VW C Coupe GTE will be brand's low-emissions flagship in China

April 25, 2015 06:15 CET

VW plans to launch a production version of the C Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid concept in China, where it will be the flagship of the automaker's low-emissions lineup....
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Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification for the next 10 to 15 years, he said....
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