Plug-in Hybrid

Via Motors targets annual sales of 50,000 plug-in hybrid trucks

9:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

VIA Motors, the closely held assembler of plug-in hybrid pickups, expects to sell 50,000 vehicles per year by 2018. The company is also preparing to offer an optional solar panel, stretched across the top of the pickup bed, for recharging the batteries. VIA will start selling the pickups to fleet customers in February and to individuals by the end of the year...
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Hyundai gets into EV game with Sonata plug-in

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

The next Chevrolet Volt will have Korean competition. Today at the Detroit auto show, Hyundai revealed its first battery-powered vehicle: a plug-in hybrid version of the Sonata midsize sedan that will go on sale this year....
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Mercedes-Benz to sell C350 plug-in hybrid in U.S. in fall

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will begin US sales of the C350 plug-in hybrid this fall. The new car is one of 10 plug-in hybrids Mercedes will be launching through 2017, said Thomas Weber, Daimler AG board member for group research and Mercedes-Benz car development....
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Porsche's sales boss bullish on plug-in hybrids

Jan. 8, 2015 06:15 CET

Porsche is joining other carmakers in embracing plug-in hybrids, so much so that the company's sales boss, Bernhard Maier, uses one for his daily commute. Maier shared his views on the future of plug-ins at Porsche....
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BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe....
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Industry 'can't give up on EVs'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder....
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HYUNDAI

A thin crossover lineup; restless dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

A thin crossover lineup has kept Hyundai from capitalizing on the segment's boom....
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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range....
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET

Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'

Dec. 15, 2014 06:30 CET

Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km using electric power or up to 940km with additional power from its gasoline engine....
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Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel

Dec. 5, 2014 06:01 CET

Audi's Q7 will be the first model from VW Group to offer a plug-in hybrid diesel powertrain, an Audi source told Automotive News Europe. The variant gives Audi a technology edge over BMW and Mercedes, which currently offer gasoline plug-ins....
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Ghosn expects Europe sales to rise in 2015

Dec. 4, 2014 06:15 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn expects growth in Europe, China and the U.S. next year and is bullish about plans to diversify beyond electric cars into plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles....
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BMW plans 3 series, X5 plug-in hybrid variants

Dec. 1, 2014 15:43 CET

BMW is joining rival premium carmakers in offering plug-in hybrid versions of its main models, including the 3-series sedan and X5 SUV, as automakers react to tighter emissions regulations....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche commit to plug-ins

Dec. 1, 2014 06:15 CET

Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche are among carmakers embracing plug-in hybrids as “the best of both worlds” as they eliminate the range anxiety that has hindered the purchase of full-electric cars and help carmakers cut CO2 emissions....
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BMW to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of top models

8:27 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

BMW plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of all its main models, including the best-selling 3-series sedan, as the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles reacts to tighter emissions regulations....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for December

Dec. 1, 2014 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology....
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ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 1. This month's edition looks at how German premium automakers plan to profit from plug-in hybrids....
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SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET

SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said....
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Mercedes G-Code concept previews Audi Q1 rival, reports say

Nov. 4, 2014 14:20 CET

Mercedes unveiled the G-Code concept at the opening of its new product engineering center in Beijing. Reports say the design could preview the look of a subcompact SUV to rival the upcoming Audi Q1....
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VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET

Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution....
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Renault sees frugal Eolab concept matching Clio's price

Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET

Renault could sell the Eolab ultra fuel-efficient concept for a similar price to a diesel-powered Clio, if it decided to build the car, said Thierry Bollore, the company's chief competitive officer. The Clio DCi 90 costs 18,500 euros in France....
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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va., said he's seeing higher demand for pickups and SUVs, and less interest in the Prius hybrid....
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Ford may join VW in selling plug-in hybrids in Europe

Oct. 16, 2014 06:01 CET

Ford may join rival Volkswagen by introducing plug-in hybrid models in Europe. Ford already sells plug-in versions of its Fusion and C-Max in the U.S., but the company hasn't launched plug-ins in Europe because of low demand....
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Cadillac to offer plug-in hybrid version of CT6 big sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Cadillac will offer a plug-in hybrid version of the CT6 large sedan scheduled to debut late next year. General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss said during an investment conference that the plug-in hybrid would get the equivalent of at least 70 mpg....
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