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    The World’s 10-Best Selling Plug-in Cars

    As of September 2014, the global number of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) sold crested to nearly 604,000 with certain models rounding out the bulk of these. In fact, the top-10 models from various manufacturers have accounted for 77 percent of the total at an estimated 464,956 units. Counted are both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids […]

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    Global Plug-in Car Sales Now Over 600,000

    Having started from zero last decade, global acceptance of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVS) is speeding up and in just the past four months the number grew by 20 percent to 600,000 vehicles sold. This counts only the top-10 countries and their purchases of primarily passenger-oriented, highway legal plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Of these around […]

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    Tesla Sales Banned In Michigan

    Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder has just signed House Bill 5606 effectively prohibiting Tesla from operating factory direct in state. The bipartisan legislation was overwhelmingly approved 38-0 in the Senate, and 106-1 in the House of Representatives. “This bill does not, as some have claimed, prevent auto manufacturers from selling automobiles directly to consumers at retail […]

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    2015 Kia Soul Awarded Active Lifestyle Vehicle Of The Year

    Kia Motors America’s 2015 Soul was awarded at the 11th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. The award event was held recently at Local Motors in Chandler, Ariz. For the third consecutive year, local media and athletes rated the Soul best in the urban category after static and dynamic evaluations. “Winning the Active […]

    IHS Dismantles A Tesla Model S – Video

    Everyone knows there is no gasoline engine making a Tesla Model S go, but besides a motor and battery, have you ever wondered what the rest consists of under the skin? If so, you’re not the only one, and IHS Technology also was more than a little curious to forensically tear one down and find […]

    Mexican Mazda2 Production Starts

    Mazda announced production of its redesigned Mazda2 has begun at the company’s new plant in Mexico. Additionally, Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) engine machining plant, under construction since last year, has been completed and the plant began operating on October 21, 2014. Mazda added products featuring SKYACTIV Technology are enjoying strong sales globally and […]

    EPA Clips MINI Cooper MPG Ratings

    The latest to join a list of manufacturers who have been ordered to revise their federal mpg labels is BMW with its 2014 MINI Cooper models. Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release outlining a trimming back of 3-door models’ window sticker mpg label values. This came after an audit on the […]

    McLaren P1 GTR Hybrid – First Inside Look

    The McLaren P1 GTR hybrid race car will be the most powerful track-only model ever produced by McLaren Automotive. McLaren said this new lap-time-minded hybrid model will offer an on- and off-track driving experience like no other, with unique access to the technologies and expertise within the McLaren Technology Centre. Dynamic testing is well underway […]

    Mazda6 Diesel Sets 20 Speed Records

    Mazda managed to break 20 speed records with its diesel-powered Mazda6. The company set these 20 records, which are still subject to FIA homologation, at the ATP test oval in Papenburg, Germany. Three Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesels completed a 24-hour marathon run on the high-speed track this last weekend, with the front car achieving […]