Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota's fuel-thrifty Prius family may decrease as the automaker ponders strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

In early 2011, Toyota issued a bold prediction: The Prius family of vehicles would be Toyota's best-selling nameplate in the U.S. by the end of the decade. Five years later, things have changed....
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Porsche has no plans to go down self-driving route

Jan. 31, 2016 21:24 CET

Porsche does not plan to develop self-driving vehicles because its customers like to drive their cars themselves, CEO Oliver Blume told a German newspaper. He also said Porsche aims to offer hybrid versions of all its models including the 911....
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Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2016

Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse....
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Germany considers $5,500 incentive for electric cars

Jan. 29, 2016 16:07 CET

German politicians will discuss creating incentives worth up to $5,500 to boost sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and may consider whether automakers could co-finance the new subsidies....
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Kia's high-riding hybrid set for Chicago debut

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Kia plans a Chicago Auto Show debut for the crossover-styled Niro that will be the brand's first dedicated hybrid model....
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GM plans to export Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid from China to U.S.

5:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

General Motors plans to export the plug-in hybrid version of its Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan from China to the U.S. when the car goes on sale this year....
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BEST PRACTICES

Volts fuel Chevy store's success

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Bourgeois Chevrolet in Rawdon, Quebec, stocks every Volt and electric-drive vehicle it can. It draws customers from a wide range because of its dedication and expertise in electric-drive vehicles....
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Ioniq fights Prius, point by point

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Hyundai is challenging the hybrid-car leader by touting the low center of gravity, rigid body, sporty suspension and fuel-saving lithium ion battery in its new Ioniq green car -- all points that Toyota has trumpeted regarding the redesigned Prius....
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VW to unveil plug-in hybrid Tiguan SUV concept in Detroit

9:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

The Tiguan SUV concept Volkswagen plans to reveal next week will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, highlighting the automaker's effort to beef up its presence in electric vehicles....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Nissan ready for Europe's changing powertrain preferences

Jan. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Philippe Klein, Nissan's head of planning, sees changes to the powertrain mix in Europe due to the rising cost of diesels. He said Nissan and partner Renault have the right mix of alternatives, including EVs, to meet changing demand....
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BMW teases i8 roadster with tech-packed concept

Jan. 5, 2016 17:54 CET

BMW previewed a roadster version of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car with the Vision Future Interaction concept car. BMW said the concept provides an outlook on the networked cockpit and the user interface of the future....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why hybrids, EVs are getting a boost from world's top racing series

Jan. 4, 2016 06:15 CET

Europe's top motorsports series have moved away from racecars with big, thirsty engines. The powertrains on the track are now greener, which has helped automakers such as Mercedes, Porsche and Renault test and build awareness of their alternative drivetrains ahead of launching them on the road....
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Hyundai: Ioniq highway mpg to top Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Hyundai says its new Ioniq, offered in three separate electrified versions, will succeed in the U.S. because it is tailored, even more than the best-selling Toyota Prius, to Americans' driving styles....
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Hyundai Ioniq spied at shoot in California

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Hyundai's new eco-car, the Ioniq, was recently spotted at a commercial shoot in southern California. The Ioniq, set to debut in South Korea next month, has not been shown in public....
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Hyundai Ioniq sedan gets green styling

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2015

Hyundai's new Ioniq sedan, which will come with three different electrified powertrains, will sport coupe-like styling with design flourishes that telegraph its environmental credentials while delivering “class-leading” aerodynamics, the company said....
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TRUCK TUSSLE

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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JESSE SNYDER

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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Hyundai prices 2016 Sonata plug-in hybrid from $35,435

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid, the first car of its kind for the automaker, will hit select U.S. showrooms this week beginning at $35,435, including shipping....
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TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Honda's exotic powertrain tech

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

Honda is readying a number of exotic powertrain technologies: from a new generation of plug-in hybrids and ultra-lean burning engines, to 10-speed transmissions and hydrogen fuel cells....
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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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Volvo will add EV, extend plug-in hybrid lineup

Oct. 15, 2015 11:07 CET

Volvo is developing its first full-electric car and broadening its range of plug-in hybrid vehicles, betting that their time has come in the wake of VW's diesel-emissions scandal....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Cleaning up the diesel engine, upstream

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has promising projects that reduce diesel emissions in the cylinder....
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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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Volvo will debut compact SUV in 2018, sources say

Oct. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Volvo will debut its compact SUV, expected to be called the XC40, in early 2018, sources said. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said a compact SUV is a priority for Volvo but he declined to confirm the name of the model or the timing of its arrival....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM flexes engineering prowess with 2016 Chevy Volt, Colorado diesel

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

GM is starting to flex its engineering muscles in just about every area of its business....
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