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General Motors is finalizing plans to develop a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in-house as it prepares for the upcoming 2025 CAFE requirements. Wards Auto reports that GM will use this new CVT in a number of models by 2019. The transmission will likely be paired with new 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines that GM is releasing […]

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A new study released by Consumer Reports says that for vehicle repairs, consumers are typically more satisfied using an independent shop than a franchised dealership. Only one automaker outranked both dealer and independent facilities: Tesla. Consumer Reports listed 32 automakers in its analysis. Repair facilities were judged on four criteria: quality of repairs, price of […]

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Hyundai is showing a whole new side at the ongoing Detroit auto show with its latest concept: the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck. Not only will the Santa Cruz be Hyundai’s first pickup – if it advances to production – but it will also house the company’s first diesel engine for the U.S. Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s […]

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It would appear Infiniti is quietly putting plans for its LE Concept on hold. The luxury brand offered no update on plans for the electric car, with the exception of one comment from the vice president of Infiniti America, Michael Bartsch. “We have to be a little pragmatic,” Bartsch told media at an event for […]

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The next Wrangler may include hybridization, says Jeep President and CEO Mike Manley. In an interview with Auto Express, Manley said a hybrid powertrain and a U.S.-only diesel powertrain are both under consideration for the 2017 redesign. Because off-road capabilities are paramount for many Wrangler drivers, four-wheel drive performance will be a key consideration for […]

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VIA Motors reports that its first shipment of VTRUX pickups has just been delivered. Its Chairman Bob Lutz said that in addition to the 40 trucks – which were sold to fleet customers such as Verizon and Federal Express – VIA also has 200 VTRUX Vans en route. The VTRUX and VTRUX Van are plug-in […]

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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, addressed a packed crowd at the Automotive News World Congress yesterday. In the speech he praised some competitors, criticized the technology behind others and hinted about an upcoming project. Musk said the future of electric cars is promising, which is why he isn’t concerned about competition from other electric cars, […]

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Porsche is continuing to deliberate the possibility of a hybrid 911. Though the company hasn’t announced any final decisions, it appears that the direction for the powertrain has been settled. According to Bernhard Maier, Porsche’s sales and marketing division leader, a plug-in hybrid platform is the most appealing. He talked with Jason Stein, publisher and […]

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Honda didn’t launch any production models at Detroit’s annual North American International Auto Show. Instead, the company used the opportunity to talk about its three-year plan for alternative-fuel technology with a preview of one of its prototypes. On display – alongside a small-scale replica of the HondaJet and a real Honda-powered Formula One racecar – […]

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Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd., (GAC) will be debuting two concept cars with electric powertrains in Detroit next week. The company says the WITSTAR and the GA6 GT are both prototypes of extended-range electric vehicles (E-REVs). The WITSTAR will be capable of “round-the-clock automatic driving” with a projected range that could reach 380 […]

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