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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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Nissan is launching a camera-based technology set to replace the conventional middle of the car rear-view mirror with a screen and a camera. Nissan’s Smart Rearview Mirror, described by the company as the world’s first LCD monitor that helps provide clear rearward visibility unimpeded by traditional obstacles such as cargo, tall passengers, inclement weather or […]

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On its Beijing  show stand, Peugeot is presenting the hybrid EXALT Concept Car alongside 16 production vehicles. Directly inspired by the ONYX Concept, Peugeot said the EXALT Concept Car achieves an alliance of differences for a completely original result. Its specification includes traditional and technological materials with expertise from French and Chinese cultures. In homage […]

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Bentley confirmed its new Hybrid Concept will be shown in Beijing April 20 and the technology will be available in 2017 on its hybrid SUV. The Bentley Hybrid Concept is described by the British luxury brand as a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the […]

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Ford Motor Company unveiled the new Ford S‑MAX Vignale Concept April 8 in Milan, showcasing technology and high-end materials soon to be found on Ford products. Ford explained the new S-MAX Vignale Concept follows the introduction last year of the Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept and expresses the premium design, craftsmanship, and exclusive specification customers can […]

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How would you like to drive as if the hood and engine were not hampering visibility? A technology allowing such a feat is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car “virtually” invisible. Land Rover explained cameras located in the vehicle’s grille […]

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Alcoa has rolled out what it considers the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel. This latest wheel, the Ultra ONE, will help trucks shed pounds for increased payload and fuel efficiency, said Alcoa. Alcoa added its new 40-pound wheel is 47 percent lighter than steel wheels of the same size. The Ultra ONE can help, according […]

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Lithium ion batteries are here to stay as the main choice for future hybrids and EVs, according to Navigant Research’s Electric Vehicle Batteries report. The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology. While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) […]

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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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In November HybridCars.com interviewed safety experts about Tesla’s underside armor who suggested strengthening would be advisable following two U.S. fires, and today CEO Elon Musk said Tesla has done just that. And, the federal government dropped its investigation of battery fires, a seemingly independent decision but with murkiness as to what was said between Tesla […]

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