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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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Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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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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Ahead of the start of production later this year, McLaren’s track-only model will make its global debut in production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The development program for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to date has been stepped up over the winter months, said the company, with the […]

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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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Nissan has confirmed that its next-generation Leaf will have a battery range long enough to drive from New York City to Baltimore on a single charge. In light of the just-introduced Chevrolet Bolt concept, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said from the North American International Auto Show earlier this week that the next Leaf’s range may […]

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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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