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The Nissan and Renault alliance will be joining the race to provide automated shared rides, but it won’t be anytime soon. These self-driving car rides will be based on its electric cars – which could include the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe – but the self-driving cars and mobility services will come after 2020, and […]

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The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid will start showing up at dealerships in late summer with a revised hybrid system offering substantial fuel efficiency gains. The Camry Hybrid’s LE option comes with a 52 mpg combined highway estimated-EPA rating, the same as the 2017 Prius hatchback gets in EPA combined rating. The new Total Hybrid System […]

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Panasonic is ready to take the lead offering solar panels embedded into mass-produced electric car roofs. The Japanese electronics giant started this move in February partnering with Toyota by adding its 180-watt array of solar cells into the roof of new Prius Prime plug-in hybrids. Battery range is increased through this passive technology that Prius […]

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Consumers want good fuel economy even in crossovers, SUVs, and pickups, and a new study indicates this affects the kinds of vehicles people buy. Recently Consumer Federation of America analyzed U.S. sales and mileage data between 2011 and 2016 to find that light-duty trucks with mpg increases over 10 percent saw a surge of 59 […]

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The BMW i8’s sports car performance and small car fuel economy won it the International Engine of the Year award for the third year in a row. The i8 plug-in hybrid took the award in the 1.4-liter to 1.8-liter displacement category. Winners were recognized Wednesday during the Engine Expo trade fair in Stuttgart. Judges have […]

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A major Chinese automaker says it will be getting its foothold in the U.S. market during 2019 by introducing at least one plug-in electrified vehicle. Last week at Michelin’s sustainable mobility summit in Montreal, GAC Motor president Yu Jun said that seven “new energy vehicle” models – battery electric and plug-in hybrid – will come […]

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A federal agency report found that a driver who was killed in his Tesla when it went under a tractor trailer last year failed to respond to repeated warnings from the car’s Autopilot system. The 500-page report from the National Transportation Safety Board was released Monday disclosing findings from the May 2016 crash of Model […]

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California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a state budget that will include Volkswagen “dirty diesel” settlement funds to be directed to disadvantaged communities. It’s part of the $2 billion settlement in which $800 million will go the California for VW’s Electrify America program supporting zero emission vehicle adoption and increasing charging and hydrogen […]

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Volkswagen has added a natural gas engine to its Polo compact car lineup as part of the launch of the refreshed compact car model. The compressed natural gas Polo comes with a 1.0 TGI, a new three-cylinder engine that VW created for natural gas propulsion. The German automaker said the car that’s not for sale […]

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North America’s largest auto supplier Magna International will be producing the BMW 5-series plug-in hybrid at its Graz, Austria plant. The Magna Steyr plant will start with the BMW 530e this summer, which is the first in the 5-Series plug-in hybrids. Magna is in a unique position as an automotive supplier, the first to perform […]

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