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Bolstered by a surge in SUV, pickup, and other mainstream vehicle sales, General Motors’ July sales overall were the highest they’ve been since 2007 – up 9 percent year-over-year, and the Chevy Volt was up 13 percent with 2,020 deliveries. The Volt sold relatively well considering its record, but GM is focused more on the […]

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Audi may be lagging behind with EVs at the moment, but it’s reportedly working on two long-range electric SUVs to go head to head against the BMW i3 and Tesla Model X respectively. According to Autobild, the A2Q small SUV concept (pictured) is an answer to BMW’s first i-series city car and aiming for an […]

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Recording a healthy 62-percent year-over-year increase, Nissan’s 3,019 Leafs sold in July constituted its second-best month to date. It’s also the 17th-straight month of some form of a sales record – be it year-over year, best month, or all-time high. Nissan noted also it was the Leaf’s best July ever. Its all-time best month was […]

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Still working toward indisputably increased earnings while growing the business, Tesla reported a record 7,579 sales and net income of $16 million by non-GAAP accounting last quarter, while losing $62 million according to customary accounting. The discrepancy comes from Tesla’s practice of reporting by non-generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These leave out financials affected by […]

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Audi announced today it has begun taking orders in Europe for its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron. The car combines a 1.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged gas engine and electric motor for 204 rated horsepower. On the European NEDC test cycle, the A3 Sportback e-tron’s fuel consumption in accordance is 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers […]

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Yesterday Honda was reported as planning to axe the limited-market all-electric version of the Fit, and the Insight hybrid. The Fit EV (pictured) is lease-only, and Honda only ever committed to producing 1,100 units. It will be canceled in the fall, but supported until leases run out. As for the Insight, the latest generation of […]

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Back after a hiatus for model year 2014, Toyota announced today it will introduce a Prius Liftback “Persona SE” for 2015. The Prius Persona Series Special Edition as it’s formally called is an update to the Prius Three Trim level, and differentiated by subtle interior and exterior changes. Exterior changes include a rear-mounted “Persona Series” […]

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Lately automakers have found ways to make some seriously powerful cars produce surprisingly respectable mpg numbers to assuage their federally induced consciences, but there are some notable exceptions. Among many of the most-coveted internal combustion chariots, it remains true that if you want it all, you will still have to pay. And pay again. Most […]

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Despite some discussion as to whether Toyota would be well served to identify its fuel cell vehicle with its “Prius family,” it appears the FCV Concept’s name will be Mirai. Toyota has not made an announcement that this is the case, but according to Bloomberg citing an unnamed source, the vehicle will be so-called nearer […]

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Tesla chief Elon Musk will do the voice-over for his own character in a 26th-season episode of the Simpsons, titled “The Musk Who Fell To Earth.” The news of Musk’s second appearance on the Simpsons – and the first time he speaks – was slipped by executive producer Al Jean at a Comic-Con panel, and […]

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