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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 »

 

Tesla probing cause of Toronto garage fire with Model S

7:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Tesla Motors, awaiting results of a federal probe into crash-related battery fires and which updated software to prevent overheating when recharging, said it's looking into a fire involving a Model S in Canada.... Read More »

 

Ohio dealers launch new front in anti-Tesla battle

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Ohio auto dealers are renewing their bid to block Tesla Motors' factory store model.... Read More »

 

New car fuel economy in U.S. rose 0.1 mpg in January

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2014
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in January in the United States rose 0.1 mpg from December, to 24.9 mpg, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 buyers face six-month wait for their cars

Jan. 31, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW i3 buyers face a six-month wait to receive the electric car because of high demand.... Read More »

 

Fisker suitor seeks direct appeal of credit-bid cap

7:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
Hybrid Tech Holdings is seeking to appeal a bankruptcy judge's ruling that capped its right to “credit bid” for the failed luxury hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive at $25 million.... Read More »

 

BMW will weigh demand before extending i range

Jan. 28, 2014 15:51 CET
BMW has no plans to add a third model to its i-brand range until it has a better idea of demand, Harald Krueger, the carmaker's production chief, said.... Read More »

 

BMW will weigh demand before extending i range

9:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
BMW has no plans to add a third model to its i-brand range until it has a better idea of demand, Harald Krueger, the carmaker's production chief, said.... Read More »

 

Return of the woodie car? Industry explores eco-friendly lumber body components

7:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Surfers rejoice. Woodie cars like the Ford in the 1960s hit “Surf City” may be making a comeback of sorts.... Read More »

 

Tesla to sell Model S car in China for 50 percent more than U.S. price

7:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2014
Tesla plans to sell its battery-powered Model S sedan in China from 734,000 yuan ($121,280), as billionaire founder Elon Musk prepares to test demand for electric vehicles in the world’s largest auto market.... Read More »

 

U.S. may expand vehicle loan program to suppliers

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The federal program to develop more fuel-efficient vehicles may expand to make suppliers eligible for the more than $15 billion in remaining funds, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.... Read More »

 

DOE chief: Fisker's Chinese buyer must keep work in U.S.

12:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The winner between two Chinese-backed bidders for assets of bankrupt electric-car maker Fisker Automotive will have to keep manufacturing and research in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.... Read More »

 

Malaysia eases rules on manufacturing small cars to lure foreign automakers

Jan. 21, 2014 12:11 CET
Malaysia has relaxed restrictions on foreign automakers manufacturing small and eco-friendly passenger vehicles as the market competes with Thailand for investments.... Read More »

 

U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.8 mpg in 2013, study says

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2014
The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the United States last year was nearly 25 mpg, up 1 mpg from 2012 and the highest for a full year since at least 2008, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Sexy performance meets 'green' ethic at show

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2014
To look over the roster of racy new and future vehicles at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the initial impression is that American, European and Asian automakers want to turn back the clock to a time when performance and speed trumped concerns about energy and the environment.... Read More »

 

BRAD WILEY

Will your new Lincoln be made of wood?

4:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
In a search for the latest and greatest -- and greenest -- vehicle advancements, companies like Lincoln are looking to substitute traditionally manufactured items with more eco-friendly ones.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Heads up, D.C.: Here comes pickup lite

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2014
this week in Detroit, when Washington's dignitaries arrive at Cobo Center, the Detroit 3 should try this: Grab the visitors by the arms and bring them straight to the pickups.... Read More »

 

U.S. judge clears way for China's Wanxiang to bid for Fisker

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
A federal bankruptcy judge rejected a planned sale of Fisker Automotive to a Hong Kong tycoon, opening the way for China's largest auto parts company to buy the defunct maker of the Karma plug-in hybrid sports car.... Read More »

 

Tesla to upgrade wall adapters after reports of garage fires

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Tesla Motors, which is under investigation by federal regulators over fires in its Model S sedan after battery punctures, will upgrade wall charger adapters following reports of overheating in garages.... Read More »

 

2014 Nissan Leaf to get $180 price hike

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Nissan said today it will only slightly increase the prices for its electric Leaf for 2014, adding $180 to the sticker price of each of its three trim levels.... Read More »

 

Toyota gears up for more fuel-cell vehicles, will add stations

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Toyota's engineers have been so successful reducing the cost of the company's new fuel-cell powered FCV sedan that the operation in the United States has asked headquarters to boost their initial allotment.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Diesel struggles to clear air on dirty reputation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2014
When it comes to fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, today's diesel vehicles are as eco-friendly as their gasoline-fueled counterparts, and often more so. This is real progress. Unlike "clean coal," "clean diesel" is more than a marketing phrase.... Read More »

 

Ford adds solar cells to recharge electric C-Max concept

9:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Ford is showcasing a plug-in hybrid electric C-Max that uses solar panels in the roof to recharge itself.... Read More »

 

Fisker seeks rejection of Chinese suitor it blames for its bankruptcy

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2014
Fisker Automotive, the bankrupt maker of a plug-in hybrid sports car, asked a federal judge to approve its proposed sale to a Hong Kong tycoon rather than a Chinese suitor that Fisker alleged was to blame for its failure.... Read More »

 

Chinese supplier Wanxiang makes last-minute Fisker bid

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2013
A unit of Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, made a surprise bid for Fisker Automotive just days before the bankrupt maker of the Karma plug-in hybrid sports car was to be sold to a Hong Kong tycoon, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

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