On January 12 in Detroit, Chevrolet revealed a hand-built pre-production example of the 2016 Chevy Volt. It was developed based upon extensive feedback from owners of the first-generation Volt who’ve praised the car, but suggested ways it could be improved. Detroit is where the first 2007 Volt concept was revealed, Detroit is where the original […]

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Toyota is still quoting retail prices on the hydrogen-powered Mirai as if a federal tax credit is available. Though the automaker doesn’t have any insight on when the credit will return, company representatives are working to have it renewed. “We plan to work with the new Congress to restore the fuel cell vehicle consumer tax […]

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A new lawsuit is targeting Tesla stores, this time in Missouri. Filed by the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association (MADA), the legal action calls Tesla’s direct sales to consumers illegal. “For many years, new motor vehicles have been sold in Missouri using a tried-and-true structure: manufacturers do not sell cars themselves, but do so through a […]

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European-based Opel will be creating an electrified version of its new compact car, which will replace the automaker’s current plug-in electric hybrid. Since last April, Opel representatives have talked about adding a new battery electric vehicle (BEV) to its lineup but have given few details. According to a German Magazine, the upcoming BEV will be […]

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If a German-language report is correct, Porsche is developing its first dedicated all-electric Tesla competitor, the Pajun. According to Auto Motor und Sport, “there is speculation” the Pajun will be on the market by 2016. The Pajun, called by some a “baby Panamera” has been reported upon previously, but rather than receiving a multitude of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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In a move reminiscent of how Tesla now presents its vehicles, Cadillac said today it would seek to develop 700 small “boutique” stores with emphasis on superlative service, expertly trained staff, awesome new facilities, and technologically advanced products. A de-emphasizing of such tired sales tactics as saying the dealer has some great special pricing going […]

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General Motors announced today that the Spark EV will be made available this spring in Maryland. This is its first East Coast market, and the third overall for the subcompact converted electric car outside of California and Oregon where it was launched in 2013. The announcement coincides with this week’s Washington Auto Show, and reasons […]

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New spy shots of Hyundai’s upcoming answer to the Prius have been released. The prototype was heavily cloaked, but photos show – for the first time – Hyundai’s new body for the mule. With a compact footprint, wedge-like front and a stubby rear end, the Hyundai’s profile is very similar to a 2014 Toyota Prius […]

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