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All the anxiety over which horribly-executed Chinese car would land in U.S. dealerships first appears to have been all for naught. Why? Volvo — owned by Chinese automaker Geely — will be the first manufacturer to offer a model assembled in China, and there’s a chance that its potential customers may barely notice. The car […]

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Consumer Reports recently announced that two alternative-fuel offerings have been rated best in their respective classes after a recent round of testing. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel scored 82 points in CR‘s hands, helped mainly by the diesel’s impressive 20 mpg combined and 27 mpg highway observed during the test. Previous winners included the regular Ram […]

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Volvo finally pulled the sheets off its new three-row XC90 SUV yesterday, and the initial details are pretty interesting. First, Volvo maintained a much more square-edged silhouette compared to the sweeping shapes adopted by its rivals. The front grille uses the company’s updated grille, which now incorporates the updated Volvo badge. The headlights also have […]

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We posted a piece yesterday discussing Michigan-based battery maker A123 making some necessary steps after emerging from bankruptcy, and today have some news relating to A123, albeit more indirectly. Green Car Reports got hold of an email sent to people who had bought the initial batch of 2012 Fisker Karma models by a representative from […]

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A pair of ex-Silicon Valley tech workers are aiming for the proverbial stars with the Renovo Motors Coupe. But don’t be confused by the ’60s throwback body and assume that what’s found under the long aluminum hood is equally antiquated. No, Renovo is pitching its Coupe as an American-built electric-powered supercar, and took its prototype […]

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Automakers are having a tough time running all the new-fangled vehicle control and safety systems using the 12-volt electrical systems currently used today. Audi appears to be the first out of the gate to adopt a 48-volt system, but will still retain at least part of each vehicle with a 12-volt system. “We are using […]

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Even at the best of times, introducing new technology can be painful. Teething problems, false starts and high initial costs are all part of the deal. The same holds true for the gradual electrification of vehicles, which despite billions of dollars in investment still only makes up a fraction of the cars, trucks and SUVs […]

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Honda has launched its first factory designed and warranted supercharger kit for the manual-transmission version of the CR-Z hybrid. Supercharged 2011-2014 models will see the two-seater’s stock peak output significantly increased for a serious boost in speed potential for the roughly 2,650-pound car. In the case of 2013/14 models, power will rise above the base […]

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There’s been much speculation about how well Ford will do with its upcoming Mustang models. Between criticism over adopting an independent rear suspension, speculation over dramatic weight increases (which have largely been proven false) to whether customers will buy-in to the existence of a four-cylinder model for the first time in over 20 years. As […]

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Apparently, the news piece yesterday about Hyundai testing a family of standalone, dedicated Toyota Prius-fighting hybrid models could be reused today, albeit replacing Hyundai with Ford. A story in Automotive News cites two sources who say Ford’s hybrid will be the company’s first effort not adapted from a traditional vehicle, unlike the current hybridized versions […]

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