Plug-in Hybrid

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

6:12 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

April 15, 2014 12:12 CET
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Peugeot unveils 340-hp plug-in hybrid

April 14, 2014 13:29 CET
Peugeot will unveil a plug-in hybrid concept car called the Exalt at the Beijing auto show that hints at a future upmarket design direction for the brand.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Bentley to highlight hybrid technology on a Mulsanne concept

April 11, 2014 09:55 CET
Bentley is using the Beijing auto show to reveal a hybrid concept based on its flagship Mulsanne sedan. The brand's first plug-in powertrain is expected in a Bentley SUV debuting in 2017.... Read More »

 

VW to build plug-in hybrids with partner FAW in China, sources say

April 4, 2014 09:33 CET
VW Group plans to make plug-in hybrids with local partner FAW in China, company sources say. VW sees a big potential market as the country's leaders race to reduce hazardous levels of air pollution.... Read More »

 

BMW sees annual output of 100,000 units for its 'i' electric range

March 19, 2014 16:03 CET
BMW says it may build more than 100,000 units a year of its 'i' range of battery-powered cars by 2020 to help meet tougher CO2 emissions regulations.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi tech boss has high expectations for brand's first plug-in hybrid

March 7, 2014 06:15 CET
Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's technology boss, sees alternative powertrains such as plug-in hybrids as the future for his unit.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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.... Read More »

 

Cadillac clears the air on 'Poolside'

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2014
Cadillac's "Poolside" ad for the ELR plug-in hybrid has provoked a lot of debate about American values since its airing during the Winter Olympics telecast. Is it a salute to American capitalism or a xenophobic ode to materialism?... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW gives its new Golf plug-in hybrid a GTE badge

Feb. 21, 2014 12:40 CET
Volkswagen is giving its new Golf plug-in hybrid car the GT label it uses for its sporty models in a bid to boost the car's appeal. The 201-hp car will be the first Golf to carry the GTE badge.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why Honda's Insight is no longer a good Fit

8:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Honda is pulling the plug on the Insight and CR-Z hybrids in Europe. Could a similar kill-off happen Stateside? Dropping them would pare the brand of its biggest deadwood. Each sold fewer than 5,000 units in the United States last year.... Read More »

 

Caddy pinpoints ELR prospects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2014
Cadillac will pump out plenty of commercials for its redesigned 2014 CTS sedan during the Winter Olympics this month.... Read More »

 

3rd i? BMW will weigh demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
BMW Group will not add a third model to its
i subbrand range of electrified cars until it has a better idea of demand, said Harald Krueger, BMW production chief.
BMW has trademarked the series through to number i9, hinting at the extent of its ambition, but Krueger said it currently has no plans to add to the i3 subcompact and the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, which will go on sale this spring.... Read More »

 

Battery bottlenecks delay Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has delayed the U.S. launch of its Outlander plug-in hybrid until 2015, two years after its global debut, because of bottlenecks in battery production.... Read More »

 

Mazda rotary gets new lease on life

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Mazda has given a new lease on life to its rotary engine in the form of a Mazda2 hatchback reconfigured as an extended-range hybrid. The prototype runs as an electric vehicle, with an electric motor powering the wheels. But it also gets a gasoline-powered 0.33-liter rotary engine in the rear that generates power to recharge the car's lithium ion battery when the charge runs low.... Read More »

 

Fisker won't build cars at former GM plant, Del. senator says

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2013
Fisker Automotive, the bankrupt electric-car maker, won't use a shuttered GM plant it bought in Delaware even if its new owner resumes production, Delaware Senator Tom Carper said today.... Read More »

 

Toyota exec: Next-gen Prius needs revolutionary design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
The Toyota brand's global design chief says the fourth-generation Prius needs a massive restyling.... Read More »

 

GM: Design, technology distinguish ELR from Volt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
General Motors believes that the Cadillac ELR luxury coupe will be a brand-building halo car that will drive showroom traffic when the plug-in hybrid goes on sale in January.... Read More »

 

Honda engineer predicts 50,000 U.S. hybrid, EV sales in 2 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
A senior Honda Motor Co. engineer predicted that within two years, the automaker's annual U.S. hybrid and electric vehicle sales will be 50,000, a volume he said was necessary before Honda could begin manufacturing key hybrid components there.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi plans plug-in hybrid version of crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid concept is a preview of the next-generation Outlander Sport compact crossover, President Osamu Masuko said last week at the Tokyo Motor Show.... Read More »

 

2013 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi sees Europe as big market for plug-in hybrid compact SUV

Nov. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi expects a plug-in hybrid version of the successor to the ASX compact SUV to sell more than gasoline and diesel variants in Europe. The XR-PHEV concept at the Tokyo auto show previewed the next ASX.... Read More »

 

As spotlight dims on plug-ins, new focus to spur hydrogen, diesel use

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2013
With sales of plug-in electric vehicles on pace to reach half of President Obama's goal, regulators are following customers and automakers to vehicles powered by other fuels, from hydrogen to diesel.... Read More »

 

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