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Tesla may be barred from sales activity in Texas, but it wants to build a new store in San Antonio, and has just received approval from the city’s planning commission. The request now moves to the city council which will decide if it should rezone the land for Tesla’s proposed store. Tesla isn’t applying for […]

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PSA/Peugot-Citroën is putting its Hybrid Air project on hold, though the company said the move is only temporary until new partnerships are formed. Since announcing the project two years ago, both engineers and project leader Karim Mokaddem have left PSA, though a representative remarked that this is because the development phase was complete. “We have […]

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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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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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