Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

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

Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment....
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Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV

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

Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said....
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Kia aims Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' at U.S. consumers

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

Last week, Kia released the first design sketches of the Niro, which shares a name with a concept Kia unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt auto show. It is part of Kia's plan to spend $10 billion through 2020 to build a full eco-friendly lineup, including electric vehicles and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle....
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Fat margins can fund greener cars

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

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research....
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Toyota Prius gets big fuel efficiency boost

Nov. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota expects to improve fuel economy in its latest Prius hybrid car by 20 percent. The fourth-generation Prius will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. early next year following its December launch in Japan....
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Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline....
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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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Toyota Europe's new boss tackles trouble spots

Nov. 5, 2015 06:01 CET

New Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl has the big task of reviving the automaker's slumping sales in Germany, the region's biggest market. He shared his plans on tackling this and other issues with Automotive News Europe....
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Toyota's 2050 emissions goal seen as wake-up call to suppliers

Oct. 30, 2015 12:27 CET

Toyota's second-biggest supplier, Aisin Seiki, says the carmaker's goal to almost eliminate conventional combustion engines by 2050 is a wake-up call for parts makers to transform their businesses....
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Prius greener, but will it be meaner?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Toyota popped the hood of its next-generation Prius, detailing a litany of impressive high-tech upgrades to the flagship hybrid in everything from fuel economy to safety. But despite promising much livelier driving dynamics, the car's engineers steered clear of one key specification: horsepower....
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Toyota outlines ambitious plan to slash CO2

6:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Toyota aims to sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles and 7 million additional hybrids by 2020 as part of a sweeping new environmental plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions. The automaker targets a 90 percent cut in average carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles by 2050....
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Toyota, aiming for new showcase, packs Prius with tech

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Toyota is packing the next-generation Prius with such a profusion of new technologies that it makes the best-selling hybrid truly worthy of its name, which means “to go before.” The fourth-generation Prius aims to be a showcase for the brand's latest powertrain, chassis and safety technologies....
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Ford commits $1.8 billion to r&d in China

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Ford will invest $1.8 billion over the next five years to expand r&d in China, the latest effort by the U.S. carmaker to secure a larger slice of the world's biggest auto market....
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Creative concepts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Automakers at Frankfurt this year displayed concept cars bursting with ideas about form, from the regal smoothness of the Mercedes-Benz IAA to the intricate but harmonious geometry in the Nissan Gripz....
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Hyundai waves big green flag for high-performance N line

2:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Hyundai, led by the M Series chief engineer hired from BMW, is moving forward with a high-performance line, possibly with new engines, crossovers and hybrid variants, to burnish its reputation amid flagging sales....
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Fourth-gen Prius: A new billboard for Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

For all the ink devoted to Tesla, it's the Toyota Prius that has reigned for two decades as the face and brand name of fuel-efficient transportation and crystallized Toyota's public image as a champion of the environment. Now, as Toyota prepares to launch the fourth-generation U.S. model in an era of cheap oil and abundant hybrids, it's looking to the Prius to help round out that image....
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BLOG: Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak styling, among other things. Are the car’s more dynamic looks worth the extra wait?...
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Toyota boosts mpg, interior space on retooled 2016 Prius

12:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius -- benefiting from smaller and lighter hybrid components, denser batteries that pack more energy and an improved gasoline engine -- will be 10 percent more fuel efficient while offering enhanced handling and more interior room....
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Chevy to limit availability of 2016 Volt

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

Chevrolet plans a limited rollout of the redesigned 2016 Volt, earmarking the next-generation plug-in hybrid for California and other green-car friendly markets before a national launch in early spring. The 2017 Volt, with unspecified enhancements, will arrive early next spring and will be sold nationally....
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Honda offers face-lift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month....
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Toyota's redesigned 2016 Prius hybrid exposed during photo shoot

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius is still weeks away from its global debut, but new spy photos captured this week give the clearest look yet at the fourth-generation hybrid. Caught during a photo shoot in Malibu, Calif., the latest shots reveal the dramatic front and rear design of the 2016 Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8....
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Toyota to reveal first Prius redesign since '09 in Las Vegas

6:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Toyota will reveal the first redesign of the Prius in almost seven years in Las Vegas next month, wagering that new looks can revive demand for its top-selling hybrid....
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Hyundai, Kia spread their hybrid bets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Toyota bet on hybrids like the Prius. Nissan bet on electric vehicles like the Leaf. And General Motors bet, initially at least, on plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. Hyundai Motor Co., it seems, is betting on everything....
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BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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