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    Tensions Expected to Follow Release of Federal Fuel Economy Report

    Automakers and U.S. environment regulators may begin clashing over the “54.5 mpg” fuel economy target. Federal regulators will soon be releasing a review of future mileage targets, with tougher standards scheduled to take effect in six years. It could spark more debate over U.S. car buyers’ willingness to pay for emissions-cutting technology such as plug-in electric […]

    Carmakers, Market & Fleets

    Toyota Sells Nine-Millionth Hybrid

    Yesterday Toyota announced that its cumulative global hybrid sales through April tallied to 9.014 million. The latest million took just nine months, and counted Lexus and Toyota vehicles from all markets dating back to the August 1997 Japanese launch of the original Prius. With the news, the carmaker observes its combined effect on saving fuel […]

    General Motors

    Bob Lutz Critiques Tesla Motors in TV Interview

    Former GM vice chair and Chevrolet Volt protagonist Bob Lutz had more statements to make about the future of Tesla Motors and its products to CBS MoneyWatch. “I’m certainly a great fan of the Model S. The Model X isn’t working too well because it doesn’t have enough roof structure, so those doors are never […]

    Hybrid Car News

    Hyundai Going Solo on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

    While several automakers have partnered to share the costly development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group says it will continue to go solo. The automaker has been contacted by other automakers for potential alliances, according to an article posted today in WardsAuto, but has passed these up. Some of that has to do […]

    Volkswagen Invests $300M into Service Claiming It’s ‘Better Than Uber’

    Volkswagen has invested $300-million in Gett, a global ride hailing provider. Formerly known as GetTaxi, Gett currently operates in 60 cities worldwide and is considered one of the fastest growing ride hailing providers in the mobility-on-demand market. Last month, the Volkswagen Group announced plans to launch a legally independent company to develop mobility services and […]

    Faraday Future May Open Second Plant in SF Bay Area

    Faraday Future may follow rival Tesla Motors’ lead by building an auto factory in the San Francisco Bay Area. The electric car startup has been in discussions with Vallejo officials to build a factory on the former Mare Island naval base near the coast of San Francisco. The Vallejo City Council will vote on whether […]

    Toyota and Uber Team Up To Explore Ridesharing

    Toyota and Uber have announced a partnership to explore a possible ridesharing collaboration. The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will explore collaboration, starting with trials in countries where ridesharing is expanding, taking various factors into account such as regulations, business conditions and customer needs. As part of the partnership, […]

    Consumer Reports Says 2016 Prius Achieves Its EPA-rated Fuel Economy – Sort Of

    In its proprietary fuel economy testing, Consumer Reports says the 2016 Toyota Prius gets 52 mpg overall, matching the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 52 mpg combined, but this number is arrived at completely differently. The 2016 Prius is fully redesigned with improved engine, transmission, aerodynamics, and more – all meant to make it more fuel […]

    Beijing Raising the Bar on Emissions Standards Next Year

    Beijing will reportedly be the Chinese city with the toughest vehicle emissions standards beginning in January 2017. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau says that it wants to raise the bar for diesel and gasoline engine pollutants, which will be called the “Beijing Six” standards. It’s a major initiative as the smog-choked city aims to […]