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Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today....
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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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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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BLOG: Toyota delivers on promise of meaner, greener Prius

3:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The minute you grab the wheel of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, you feel the difference. The steering is heavy, precise, deliberate -- not light, loose and dead like the steering in the outgoing version....
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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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Karma Automotive links with BMW for electric drive technology

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2015

Karma Automotive, the Chinese-owned company once known as Fisker, is working with BMW to access some of the German automaker's electric drive and charging technology....
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Secretive EV startup plans $1 billion factory in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

The secretive electric vehicle startup Faraday Future says it is considering several states for a $1 billion U.S. assembly plant....
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Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips in Oct., study finds

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Thanks to lower gasoline prices and the continued strength of pickup and SUV sales, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in October was down slightly from September, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said on Thursday....
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Chinese-backed startup targets Tesla with $1 billion U.S. plant

11:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Faraday Future, the startup backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, has big dreams of taking on Tesla Motors, starting with a $1 billion investment in a new U.S. factory that will build electric cars starting in 2017....
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Japan Inc.'s 2020 vision: Self-driving cars on the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Japan's big automakers, long known for their fondness for automation, finally are ready to make a big push into self-driving cars. Honda, Nissan and Toyota used the stage at last week's Tokyo Motor Show to outline their next steps....
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2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Audi scrapped the A3's five-door format when the current generation of its entry-level car arrived last year. Now, it's reviving the sportback, but only with its e-tron plug-in hybrid drivetrain....
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Audi's A3 e-tron to pave way for electrified vehicle push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron launch is far more important to the brand than its modest 5,000-vehicle annual sales goal would suggest....
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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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Swatch mulls IPO for EV battery unit as VW scandal boosts interest

9:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek is considering an initial public offering for the clean-power unit that builds batteries for electric cars as Volkswagen's diesel emissions violations boost interest in energy-efficient technology....
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Mercedes-Benz's Vision Tokyo imagines car as a 'chill-out zone'

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle's interior is allowed to resemble a lounge more than a car....
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Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation....
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Tesla, Musk shine from free celebrity marketing, but will it last?

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015

Stephen Colbert's glowing report about his Tesla show how the automaker benefits from celebrity enthusiasm -- for free, from customers that include Oprah Winfrey -- to promote the brand. Throw in some viral Internet clips, test drives and customer referral programs, and Tesla is able to spend money on developing products instead of on marketing....
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Stanford goes 'Back to the Future' with a self-driving DeLorean

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

On the eve of what has become known as “Back to the Future Day,” Stanford University researchers unveiled a self-driving DeLorean that can burn rubber under robot control, suggesting the future might not be so dismal after all....
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GM, LG form broad partnership for Bolt EV

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

General Motors has forged a broad partnership with LG for the development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, sourcing everything from battery cells and electric motors to the infotainment system from the Korean company....
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Apple's auto ambitions sideswipe electric motorcycle startup

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Apple's aggressive recruitment of auto experts as it explores building a car has left a promising, if financially troubled, electric motorcycle startup in the dust. Mission Motors, whose sleek electric bikes drew comparisons to Tesla's cars, ceased operations in May....
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Toyota shoots to be CO2-free; now comes the hard part

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

Toyota has spelled out its bold plan to virtually wipe out deployment of traditional gasoline engines by 2050 in a bid to slash its corporate carbon footprint. Now the hard part: Getting its sprawling network of suppliers, dealers and customers onboard for the radical upheaval....
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Toyota goes 'Back to the Future' to pitch Mirai

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Toyota intends to have some fun with the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future and the launch of its latest green model....
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VW retools diesel strategy, plans electric push

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Volkswagen plans a shift in focus to more plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles as the company adopts diesel technology it previously eschewed for smaller models....
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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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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says fired employees go work for Apple

10:12 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Elon Musk called Apple a “Tesla Graveyard” where his fired employees go to work. The Tesla CEO, in an interview with a German newspaper, dismissed the notion that Apple hires top engineers away from his company....
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