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Yesterday General Motors produced its four-millionth Ecotec engine at its Spring Hill powertrain plant. This happened two years after the three-millionth engine was assembled. GM added the four-millionth engine powers a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Eco. “GM’s line of Ecotec engines continue to win awards and recognition from critics and consumers alike for their fuel efficiency […]

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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced yesterday global sales of the Corolla have reached 1.22 million units in 2013, according to the company’s internal data based on individual vehicle sales reporting from its distributors. Toyota said the 5 percent year-over-year increase confirms the Corolla’s perennial popularity among loyal customers in approximately 150 countries and regions […]

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Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that global production of its three full-SKYACTIV vehicles, the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 (known as Atenza in Japan) and Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) has surpassed one million units. The exact number was 1,040,000 units as of the end of March 2014, said Mazda, with all three models adopt the full range […]

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In very “un-green” news, our desire to simply change is viewed as the main reason we shop for a car today, according to a new study from the car-leasing marketplace Swapalease.com. How much influence does “change” have on today’s car shopper? In the past, financial motivations drove the behavior of car shoppers, but now it […]

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Ford made the bet America was ready to downsize their pickup truck engines and go for V6 power and it looks like the company was right. More than 57 percent of Ford Motor Company’s F-150  retail sales so far this year are powered by V6 engines. This is the highest six-cylinder engine mix in the […]

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Jaguar Land Rover announced it has completed the installation of the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel array at its new Engine Manufacturing Center. This new manufacturing plant is located at i54 South Staffordshire and the British company said the plant has been designed with sustainability embedded throughout and has recently been awarded BREEAM’s “Excellent” rating […]

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For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized General Motors with a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it awarded GM for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy management. GM added the U.S. EPA […]

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University of Michigan’s student-run Michigan Hybrid Racing team scored an extra sponsorship from SANLUIS Rassini. SANLUIS Rassini describes itself as a leading and preferred automotive supplier of suspension and brake components in North America and Brazil. As part of SANLUIS Rassini’s ongoing collaboration for automotive research and development, the company said it has made a […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. The old saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb” (with apologies to the lion population) proved true in March. Sales in the overall […]

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Kelley Blue Book’s analysts reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $31,995 in March 2014. New-car prices have increased by $450 (up 1.4 percent) when compared to March 2013, while decreasing $185 (0.6 percent) from last month. “We are seeing continued year-over-year gains in average transaction prices.  The […]

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