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Toyota is playing catch-up with incorporating aluminum into its more popular vehicles, unlike rivals Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The three North American automakers have wholly embraced the material, starting with hoods and panels in pickups and big SUVs, and spreading through — in the case of Chrysler — about 80 percent of its lineup. […]

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After previewing its first-ever plug-in hybrid last week, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the technology is going to spread through the rest of its line in the relative near future. “We will have a plug-in hybrid version of every volume model,” said the company’s R&D Chief, Thomas Weber during a press preview of the S550 Plug-In […]

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Nissan’s eye-catching arrow-shaped ZEOD RC saw both the highs and lows of endurance racing during the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June. While the team met its goals of both hitting 300 km/h (186 mph) along the Mulsanne Strait and completing a lap of the eight-mile circuit on electric power alone, the […]

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Mercedes-Benz has long been a supporter of diesel options in its growing line of SUVs, but there looks to be a mild shake-up happening for the 2015 M-Class. The long-serving 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel won’t be answering the bell, replaced instead by the 2.1-liter four-cylinder found in the smaller GLK and mid-sized E-Class sedan. So the […]

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In what might be the most predictable statement to come from a steel-maker ever, ArcelorMittal has said that automakers don’t need to switch away from steel in order to hit future fuel efficiency regulations. The company recently released the results of a study showing that it could cut the weight of a pickup truck by […]

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Mercedes-Benz is previewing its first large plug-in hybrid vehicle ahead of its public debut during the upcoming Paris Motor Show, and surprisingly, doesn’t look that much different from the rest of the still-fresh S-Class range. But under the sculpted skin is another matter. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 — recently introduced in the […]

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After the dust settled in the Nevada legislature from last week’s drawn-out approval of Tesla new Gigafactory, the company continues to be in the news today. Perhaps the most important nugget came from analyst Adam Jonas from Morgan Stanley — described by Automotive News as “one of Tesla Motor Inc.’s strongest supporters on Wall Street” […]

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Despite years of research and potentially billions of dollars, Mazda has yet to introduce its SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine on North American soil. And, according to a story at The Truth About Cars, it still won’t arrive anytime soon. According to an unnamed source close to the situation, it appears that the latest delay is so […]

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After a full assault on the electric-vehicle market with the Leaf, it looks like Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will be making some seriously tough decisions about how the company, and its French partner Renault, will build or source its batteries. According to a report in Reuters, Ghosn “is preparing to cut battery manufacturing…in a new […]

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After three long days of special legislative sessions, the Nevada government finally approved the $1.3 billion bundle of tax breaks and other incentives needed to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the state. During a signing ceremony, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said that the deal “changed the trajectory of our state forever,” and that “We made […]

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