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    Fourth-Gen Prius To Get Two Battery Options, Possibly AWD

    Toyota has pushed back its 2016 Prius production to December 2015 but it may be worth the wait with potentially all-wheel drive and li-ion battery options available. When the fourth-generation Prius is launched, it will offer a nickel metal-hydride pack as before, and a lithium-ion pack on upline trim levels, said a senior manager in […]

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    Plug-In Car Sales Cross Global Half-Million Mark

    As various nations increase demand, and automakers increase plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) models and availability, their cumulative world-wide total sales has quietly crossed the half-million unit mark. This is counting highway legal plug-in hybrids and all-electric passenger vehicles, since PEVs began in the modern era around 2009. It excludes motorcycles, buses and trucks. The figures […]

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    June 2014 Dashboard

    The monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. June was a stellar month for the U.S. passenger vehicle market as a whole, and a strong albeit not stellar one for hybrid and electric […]

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    Ferrari To Build 2015 LaFerrari Spider and FXX

    Some of the most desirable ultimate cars on the planet are now hybrids, and not least among these is the LaFerrari which will get two variant stable mates. The basic seven-figure priced LaFerrari, if it can be called that, nets around 950-horsepower, but its Italian maker will bring out a 1,050-horsepower track-only FXX version, and […]

    Tesla Thief Dead

    Last week Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif. was declared dead after being ejected in West Hollywood through the windshied of a Model S he stole July 4. The car was taken from Tesla’s service center in west Los Angeles, and Flot led police on a chase that ended with a police car crashing […]

    Pennsylvania’s Governor Signs Bill To Permit Tesla 5 Stores

    Tesla has one store in Pennsylvania, another one being built a hop, skip and a jump away in the state, and it’s now been OK’d to place three more. This became law in the Keystone state when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Wednesday that had been overwhelmingly approved by legislators in compromise with […]

    Nissan’s New CVT Does Not Sound Like One

    Some automotive enthusiasts dislike CVT transmissions for their lack of gear-change sound, and others less well initiated may even think the CVT’s sound indicates it is malfunctioning. To overcome these issues, Nissan said from its Tennessee headquarters that it is increasing applications for its D-Step CVT (continuosly variable transmission) which simulates the sound of gear […]

    Hyundai Fuel Cell Covers 434 Miles On A Tank

    Hyundai Motors’ ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle, known in America as the Tucson Fuel Cell, has driven a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production car on a single tank. A drive of the vehicle allowed it to cover 700 kilometers (434.96 miles) across three countries. Hyundai stated the economy drive was conducted by independent Norwegian non-profit […]

    Exagon Furtive eGT To Be Shown In London Next Week

    Next week at the Salute to Style event, at the Hurlingham Club, in London, Exagon Motors will have on display its eGT all-electric luxury sports car. The French company’s Web site is limited for details, but high on superlatives for a car that at current exchange rates may cost $528,000 (388,000 euros). Among specifications divulged, […]