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Jaguar explained its new model, the XE, will rely on aluminum to reduce weight. The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody, said Jaguar; lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure. Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, said the company, […]

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In addition to hopefully re-launching the Karma series hybrid, Fisker Automotive’s new owners aim to introduce a second plug-in model within the next three years. However, both Lu Guanqiu, chairman and founder of Wanxiang Group Co., which bought Fisker during a bankruptcy auction earlier this year, and Pin Ni, president of the company’s U.S. unit, […]

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Blending part-time electric drive and posh performance, Porsche’s 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the greenest car yet offered by the automaker from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Last fall as the proud brand launched this, its first plug-in sedan, it had dug out the history book to remind all that its e-pedigree dates to Nikola Tesla’s day, when […]

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General Motor representatives have said on different occasions GM could have a 200-mile range battery electric car as soon as 2016, but have been short on details beyond that. Yesterday it was reported LG Chem says it will be able to supply a 200-mile-range EV battery by 2016, said at least one automaker will get […]

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Focusing on the actual driving part of being at the wheel is getting more and more difficult. Not so many years ago, there was little in a car to draw the driver’s attention away from the road beyond the windows, mirrors and speedometer. Today, even a regular mid-market car can feature a plethora of displays, […]

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A team of students from the University of New South Wales in Australia is hoping to add another record to their mantel tomorrow. 23. The Sunswift team, which is comprised of about 60 engineering, business and support members, had previously set a Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle in 2011 after it reached […]

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Thinking about a new $13,000-and-up Smart car but wondering about that all-important safety aspect? Daimler made a point by running the diminutive redesigned city car head-on into the head-of-state worthy S-Class weighing double, and with much less doubt of its crashworthiness. The in-house test actually kind of emulated the tough small-overlap test the U.S. Insurance […]

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While still only a small fraction of overall passenger vehicle sales in the United States, clean diesel power is becoming an increasingly popular choice among consumers. Sales in the first half of 2014 jumped by 25 percent over the same period last year — against an overall increase of only four percent — and some […]

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A consortium led by Prodrive has successfully run a silicon carbide-based multiport DC-DC converter in an electric car. Prodrive said the converter controls power flow between multiple energy sources and has been able to achieve a class leading efficiency of 98.7 percent, while increasing power density and reducing the size and weight of the converter […]

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Jaguar Land Rover is launching a new family of engines, one that will be made in diesel and gasoline versions, as well as eventually linked to a hybrid system. Known as Ingenium, the new family of diesel and gasoline engines designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are said by the company to […]

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