As headlines blare that Mitsubishi is being investigated for mpg misreporting in Japan, its Outlander PHEV has quietly become the fourth plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) to sell more than 100,000 units. Launched in Japan in January 2013, the cumulative global milestone set in March places Mitsubishi’s all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid in the company of other PEVs […]

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BMW has announced a new quad-turbocharged, diesel six-cylinder engine. The new oil burner was introduced at the 2016 Vienna Engine Symposium with the German automaker confirming that it will be its top-of-the-line diesel offering. The new engine will be used in the 750d xDrive with other models to follow, generating 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet […]

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How quick would a Tesla Model 3 with Ludicrous mode be, and what would it cost? That remains to be seen, but at least confirmed is a Ludicrous-spec Model 3 is in the offing, tweeted Tesla chief Elon Musk. It has already been known the base-level 215-plus-mile EV projected for late 2017 and starting at […]

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BMW has added a new version of the i3 electric car to its lineup for the 2017 model year. The 2017 BMW i3 will be offered in a new version that has 50 percent better battery capacity, meaning range has been increased to about 114 miles combined on a full charge, 33 miles more than […]

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For the first time in the Toyota Prius’ 19-year history are optional towing capability and all-wheel drive, but neither of these are offered in the U.S. While the fully revised mid-sized hybrid is essentially the same in all global markets, Toyota has tailored it to meet specific government regulations as needed in different countries, and […]

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The glowing headline of Consumer Reports’ just-published RAV4 Hybrid overview does not tell the paradoxical story to be read between the lines. While the publication validates Toyota’s new hybrid as the country’s most frugal non-plug-in SUV with 31 mpg combined – close to the 33 mpg on the sticker – it said the RAV’s city […]

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Volvo’s self-driving cars are heading to the United Kingdom next year. The Swedish automaker has announced that it will launch the U.K.’s largest and most ambitious self-driving car trial yet in hopes of speeding up the introduction of a technology aimed to reduce car accidents while freeing up road congestion. Volvo is also working on […]

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In response to mistaken reporting this week that it was investigating U.S. market Mitsubishi cars’ fuel economy compliance, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) said this is not correct. “ARB cannot undertake an investigation of MPG ratings or data. We can investigate compliance with our GHG [greenhouse gas] requirements for vehicles certified to California new vehicle […]

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A recent conference call between an analyst, former Chevy Volt chief engineer Jon Bereisa – and Tesla – revealed the Model 3’s battery will be a little smaller than the Chevy Bolt’s, may cost less, but Tesla still might not make a profit selling it for $35,000. All this is still up in the air, […]

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As an investigation widens in Japan on 25 years of confessed mpg data misreporting, Mitsubishi’s president and others say the company is at risk to survive. “I’m taking this as a case that could affect our company’s existence,” said President Tetsuro Aikawa in a press conference yesterday speaking of admitted misdeeds for now confined to […]

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