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VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action....
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Fuel economy up slightly in January as SUV, pickup sales level off

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

As the sales of SUVs and pickups leveled off in January, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. that month went up from December, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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Honda will lease hydrogen fuel cell Clarity for $500 a month in California

10:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

American Honda said today it will begin leasing the Clarity hydrogen fuel cell sedan for under $500 per month later this year in select California markets. The retail price will be about $60,000....
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Ford to boost F-150 fuel economy with stop-start technology

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

Ford is planning to put automatic stop-start technology on hundreds of thousands of F-150 pickups, including the high-performance Raptor version, to help drivers get better fuel economy....
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Auto industry's fuel economy goals are in trouble

9:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In private meetings late last year, U.S. regulators and automakers staked out preliminary -- and opposing -- positions in a debate about the companies' ability to boost fuel economy 50 percent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025....
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Low oil prices make it harder to sell fuel-efficient cars, GM powertrain boss says

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Although slumping oil prices have not changed General Motors' product development plans, the declines in oil and U.S. gasoline prices are affecting consumers' purchase decisions, says Dan Nicholson, GM's powertrain chief....
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EPA official: Low fuel prices, slow EV sales won't influence review on 54.5 mpg

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Cheap gasoline and slow sales of hybrids and electric vehicles will not influence the midterm review of the government's proposed 54.5 mpg fleet average fuel economy standard for the 2025 model year, Christopher Grundler, the EPA's director of transportation and air quality, told Automotive News today....
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U.S. average new-vehicle fuel economy drops below 25 mpg

11:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

While the U.S. auto industry set a sales record in 2015, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased last year fell below 25 mpg for the first time in nearly two years, a monthly report said....
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EDITORIAL

Enjoy good times, and keep an eye on the road ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

It is easy to look back at a robust 2015 across much of the auto industry and conclude that the same good fortunes also must lie ahead in 2016....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cash can make VW's woes go away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Will anything ever get Volkswagen out of the scandalous pit it has thrown itself into?...
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Bosch role in VW diesel scandal reviewed by German prosecutors

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

Prosecutors in Stuttgart said they are investigating whether Robert Bosch employees helped Volkswagen AG rig software to cheat on emissions tests....
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Toyota lowers global sales target for new Prius

Dec. 9, 2015 11:04 CET

Toyota has cut its global sales target for the new Prius as falling fuel prices reduce demand for fuel-efficient cars in key markets such as the U.S....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Audi's Stadler says automaker will stay focused on 2020 goals despite diesel scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Although the immediate priority in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal is to fix affected customers' vehicles and settle all issues with regulators, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the focus remains on increasing global sales to 2 million annually by 2020....
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Frustration flares for VW dealers as sales nosedive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

As Volkswagen drifts into a third month of a seemingly unbound scandal, dealer frustrations are bubbling to the surface. U.S. sales tumbled 25 percent in November. The question now: When will it end?...
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Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips to 25 mpg

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

The continued combination of low gas prices and strong pickup and SUV sales led the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in November to fall from October, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips to 25 mpg

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

The continued combination of low gas prices and strong pickup and SUV sales led the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in November to fall from October, albeit slightly, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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VW scandal can't keep GM away from German diesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

You'd think the words “German diesel” would kill a U.S. marketing campaign, but General Motors disagrees. Despite VW's woes, Chevrolet intends to play up the German origins of the diesel engine scheduled for the new Cruze in early 2017....
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FCA invests $40 million to convert parts transport fleet to CNG

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has invested $40 million to convert 179 trucks that transport parts between plants in the U.S. and Canada to run on compressed natural gas rather than diesel....
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Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way....
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Volkswagen's diesel scandal may burn German soccer teams

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

VW's emissions-cheating scandal could bring cuts to its support of several soccer teams, a German weekly reported....
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Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy....
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GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use....
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Kia greenlights Niro in green-car rush

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Kia, shedding light on its longstanding plans for a dedicated hybrid family, plans to take on the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt with a “hybrid utility vehicle” called the Niro....
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Ford faces trial on mpg estimates as U.S. judge refuses to toss suit

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford will have to face trial over claims that it exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its Fusion and C-Max hybrids after a federal judge denied the company’s request to throw the case out....
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GM to provide fuel cell vehicle to Army for testing

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Another GM powertrain is headed to an Army vehicle, and additional details about the fuel-cell project could be released as early as next week....
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