Toyota Europe CEO plans profit growth as hybrid-car sales expand

Dec. 20, 2013 08:19 CET
Toyota targets sales and profitability gains in Europe and Russia next year on the strength of its hybrid models, said Didier Leroy, Toyota Europe head.... Read More »


VW recalls 3,837 Jetta Hybrids to replace gearbox oil

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2013
Volkswagen’s low-volume Jetta Hybrid sedan is being recalled to replace faulty gearbox oil that can put the vehicle in a “stall-like” condition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today.... Read More »


Acura gets more out of RLX hybrid motors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Acura has taken its RLX sedan, strapped to a three-motor hybrid system that gooses horsepower to 377 from 310 with the added benefit of all-wheel drive, and transformed its vanilla full-sized luxury sedan into a stronger competitor.... Read More »


Detroit-bound concept previews next-gen Audi TT

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Audi will preview its next-generation TT sports car next month at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »


Fisker sale may come by Jan. 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Fisker Automotive Inc., the hybrid-car maker that failed after losing a U.S. government loan, may be sold by Jan. 3 under a schedule approved by the judge overseeing its bankruptcy case.... 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 »


Subaru may seek to use Toyota hybrid technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2013
Subaru, eager for high-mileage hybrids, is looking at borrowing Toyota's hybrid technology.... 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 »


New Mazda boss: Rotary is a no-go

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Masa-michi Kogai, the new CEO of Mazda Motor Corp., has set what looks like an impossibly high bar for reintroducing the company's rotary engine.... Read More »


Toyota lowers car sales goal in Germany due to hybrid shortages

Nov. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Toyota says it will not sell as many cars in Germany as it originally hoped this year after failing to keep up with demand for its hybrid cars in the market.... Read More »


Lexus will display sports coupe, turbo crossover at Tokyo show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Lexus will unveil a near-production version of its long-awaited sports coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show, a four-seater dubbed the RC that fills a big void in the luxury brand's lineup.... Read More »


BMW joins VW in public support of German electric-vehicle goal

Oct. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW has joined VW in backing the German government's goal to have 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020.... Read More »


Panasonic to increase its battery capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Panasonic Corp. plans a big increase in lithium ion battery capacity next year, for both hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S sedan.... Read More »



Hydrogen fuel cell cars show promise; infrastructure the stumbling block

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
The old joke about electric vehicles is, "How long is your extension cord?" But nearly every home or business has a 110-volt outlet that can charge your EV if it runs out of juice. That's not the case with the 2015 arrival of hydrogen fuel cell cars.... Read More »


Electric car rentals hampered by range anxiety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2013
Rental car drivers just aren't plugging into electric vehicles, largely because of fears the batteries will die. In fact, people who drive off in electric vehicles from Enterprise Holdings, the biggest auto renter in the United States, often bring them back to trade for a car that runs on gasoline.... Read More »


New plant will boost sales, profit margin for Mazda3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on its Mazda3 small car, predicting global sales will jump by nearly a third with the just-released redesign. It also expects a Mexico-built version will help North America capture a bigger chunk of worldwide volume while providing fatter profit margins.... Read More »


GM considers new powertrain options for its large SUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2013
Diesel engines, hybrid powertrains and high-geared transmissions are all on the table over the next few years for General Motors' soon-to-launch redesigned large SUVs, GM's top truck engineer says.... Read More »


Toyota lays out future powertrain plans in catch-up bid

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2013
After trailing many of its competitors in the recent engine- and transmission-technology wars, Toyota will launch a swath of powertrains in the next several years, a top powertrain r&d executive said.... Read More »



JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.... Read More »


Renault could launch hybrids by 2020, report says

Oct. 4, 2013 10:41 CET
Renault is working on hybrid technologies that it may offer in its cars by the end of the decade, a French newspaper said.... Read More »


Renault diesel hybrid project wins EU approval

Oct. 2, 2013 13:29 CET
The EU approved French government support to help Renault develop diesel hybrid technology for its Master and Trafic commercial vans.... Read More »


Jaguar Land Rover seeks partner to co-develop hybrids

Oct. 1, 2013 14:04 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is talking with other automakers about a partnership on hybrid vehicles as the luxury car manufacturer battles to meet CO2 emissions targets in Europe.... Read More »



How the Honda Accord's innovative hybrid system works

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Most of the attention for Honda's Accord hybrid will come from its eye-popping 50-mpg EPA city rating and under-$30,000 starting price. But those with an eye for engineering will see a creative combination of new technology with elements from the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrid.... Read More »



Honda has our attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
Honda has taken its share of criticism in recent years for such uninspiring vehicles as the Crosstour and CR-Z and the 2012 Civic. And its powertrains -- the heart and soul of its identity -- have lacked innovation. For example, the company has been slow to adopt six-speed automatic transmissions.... Read More »



It will be nice to have a choice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Consumers have a variety of fuels to run their cars and light trucks. It won't be long before we see compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas added to the mix.... Read More »


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