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    Why Now Is A Good Time to Buy a Hybrid or Plug-in Car

    Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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    What Price Should Chevrolet Ask For the 2016 Volt?

    Now that General Motors has made its big splash with the 2016 Volt currently on display at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, questions remain, including what the all-new 50-mile-range plug-in car with gas backup will sell for. When the 2011 Volt was first launched, GM had high costs baked into the advanced vehicle it […]

    BMW

    GM’s Potential BMW i3-Beating Bolt Hails from Down Under

    If not for an unplanned-for tipster, the Chevy Bolt EV Concept that looks like an affordable counterpoint to BMW’s i3 was nearly a surprise, and perhaps it was a bit easier keeping its development under wraps as it hails from Australia. Although GM did not mention it in its press release, the Bolt was built […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Toyota’s Bob Carter Rebuts Elon Musk’s Comments Against Fuel Cell Vehicles

    Toyota has for a while heard criticism against “fool cells,” as Tesla CEO Elon Musk called them last June, and this week Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter answered Musk’s latest panning of the technology. The occasion was with CNBC’s Phil LeBeau at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit in San Francisco Thursday. It […]

    Retrofit Powertrain Sales Grow for Wrightspeed

    Wrightspeed’s aftermarket microturbine-powered plug-in series hybrid powertrain is gaining momentum, with more orders and a new facility planned in the immediate future. The company’s main product is the Route, a retrofit Range-extended Electric Vehicle (REV) powertrain built for commercial vehicles. Typical applications include medium-duty trucks, such as delivery trucks, and heavy-duty purpose-built vehicles, like garbage […]

    MPG Misstatements Cost Hyundai, Kia $755 Million

    After a two-year investigation into Hyundai and Kia for exaggerating fuel economy ratings, a federal judge approved a record-breaking fine this week but didn’t set aside extra funds for electric vehicle programs. In all, the mpg overstatements will cost the Korean automakers $755 million. Almost half of that is a $360 million fine from the […]

    Ford’s Palo Alto Research Center Now Open

    Ford is expanding its Silicon Valley presence with the opening of its Palo Alto’s Research and Innovation Center. Ford said the opening of this new Research and Innovation Center allows the company to grow its global research team and accelerate its innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. SEE ALSO: Ford […]

    Toyota Mirai Makes East Coast Debut

    Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle made its East Coast debut yesterday at the DC Auto Show. At the show, Nihar Patel, Toyota’s Vice President of North American Business Strategy called for government and industry stakeholders to help kick start the hydrogen infrastructure needed to make fuel cell zero emission vehicles available to more drivers. […]

    Mazda Diesel Headed To Daytona

    Mazda is back in the TUDOR United SportsCar Series with a race car powered by a diesel engine. At this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mazda’s two SKYACTIV Prototype cars will have the only diesel powerplants in the season-opening TUDOR United SportsCar Series race. The inline four-cylinder 2.2-liter Mazda engine continues into 2015 with its […]