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    Why Electrified Vehicles May Be The Remedy For Volkswagen

    Analysts are carefully watching Volkswagen to see if it can recover from its diesel emission scandal, and a few are wondering if electrified vehicles will be the answer. “VW is actually in a strong position to innovate their way out of this mess,” said analysts with Lux Research. “They have been spending the most on […]

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    Chevy Bolt Production Confirmed For 2016

    As has been unofficially reported until now, this week General Motors confirmed it will begin production of the 200-plus-mile range Chevy Bolt next year. The occasion for the disclosure was a presentation by Executive Vice President and President, North America Alan Batey speaking to analysts at GM’s annual Global Business Conference in Michigan. The Bolt […]

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    September 2015 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. Overall sales for September continued at an extremely high level, albeit down from August 2015 (a normal seasonal trend), but up significantly from September 2014. […]

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    Kia Soul EV Now Available In 10 States

    After continued sales growth, Kia announced that it’s expanding the market for its only battery electric vehicle in the U.S., the Kia Soul EV. Consumers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Maryland can now buy the electrified version of this mini-ute. The added markets brings the total number of states selling Soul EVs to […]

    Mitsubishi To Show eX Concept Electric Crossover

    Mitsubishi will show off a new all-electric compact crossover concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Called the Mitsubishi eX Concept, the crossover blends the looks of the brand’s “dynamic shield” front end with Mitsubishi’s twin-motor all-electric powertrain that drives all four wheels using the brands S-AWC system. The Japanese automaker says that the eX […]

    Why the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Gets Better MPG Than The 2016 Chevy Volt

    A mystery has been solved. What mystery? How the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid gets an estimated 5 mpg better mpg than the 2016 Volt when running in gas-burning hybrid mode even though both use the same essential “drive unit,” or gas-electric transaxle. The 1.5-liter compact-class Volt is a 53-mile extended-range EV, but in gas operation […]

    Volkswagen Withdraws 2016 Diesel Models’ EPA Application

    Volkswagen has withdrawn its application for EPA certification on its 2016 model year diesel vehicles. Without EPA certification those 2016 Volkswagen diesel vehicles cannot be sold in the U.S., meaning it could be quite some time before they’re able to leave dealership lots. The German automaker has been awaiting EPA approval for those models, but […]

    Toyota Wants to Offer Self-Driving Cars by 2020

    Toyota is planning to offer self-driving cars to the public by 2020. The Japanese automaker has been testing new automated driving technologies through a program called Highway Teammate with the aim of launching related products by 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The test vehicle is a modified Lexus GS that features […]

    Volkswagen To Begin Recalling Over-Emitting Diesels in January

    Volkswagen has announced that its massive recall for cars fit with emissions cheating software will begin in January. German authorities still need to approve the company’s plan to fix the cars which will be presented to them on Wednesday. A software fix will be sufficient for many of the vehicles, though some will require new […]