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    As MPG Cheating Scandal Unfolds in Japan, US EPA Increases Vigilance On Mitsubishi

    Following admission of more than two decades of misreported mpg data to Japanese authorities, the U.S. EPA says the company’s cars sold stateside are being scrutinized. “EPA has instructed Mitsubishi to provide additional information regarding their U.S. vehicles,” said the agency today in response to a query by HybridCars.com. “The agency will also be directing […]

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    Is the Apple Car Being Secretly Developed in Germany?

    A report in the Telegraph says that Apple is developing an electric car in a German research lab. If the report is true, Apple is working with a level of secrecy usually reserved for military projects. The Telegraph picked up a German newspaper report that the company has hired 20 automotive industry employees and brought […]

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    Volt-derived Malibu Drivetrain Powers Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Launched in Shanghai

    The 2016 Chevy Volt has had another grandchild. Yesterday in Shanghai, General Motors introduced its Buick LaCrosse Hybrid using a high-mpg powertrain derived from the Malibu Hybrid which itself is the offspring of the second-generation Chevy Volt. The automaker and its joint venture partner SAIC say the vehicle is a major part of SAIC-GM’s “Drive […]

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    Model 3 Orders in China Make It Tesla’s Second-Largest Market

    Tesla’s vice president of Asia-Pacific Ren Yuxiang told the South China Post that China is the second-largest market for Tesla Model 3 reservations. It’s not clear which country is the largest market for Tesla Model 3 reservations since the company began last month, but it’s almost certainly the U.S. SEE ALSO: Tesla Model 3 Conjectured […]

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google Reportedly Partnering on Self-Driving Cars

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google are close to announcing an agreement to develop several dozen self-driving car prototypes, sourced have told Bloomberg. The prototypes will be based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, and will be the first phase of a long-term campaign to create autonomous vehicles. FCA is planning to equip the new Pacifica, which […]

    Quad-Turbo Diesel Six-Cylinder Engine Revealed by BMW

    BMW has announced a new quad-turbocharged, diesel six-cylinder engine. The new oil burner was introduced at the 2016 Vienna Engine Symposium with the German automaker confirming that it will be its top-of-the-line diesel offering. The new engine will be used in the 750d xDrive with other models to follow, generating 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet […]

    Taxis Could Be Ideal for Bringing Self-Driving Cars to Streets

    With safety being the biggest concern for the viability of self-driving cars, taxis could be the ideal testing ground over the next five years. Jeff Owens, chief technology officer and executive VP at Delphi Automotive, says that the largest barrier for self-driving cars will be legal issues. City governments can quickly adopt the legal framework […]

    Survey of Tesla Owners Finds an Increase in Brand Loyalty

    More Tesla owners would buy another Tesla now than in 2013, and nearly a quarter would consider owning a gas-powered car again. This is according to a survey by Prenzler Digital Media of 296 Tesla owners, with 93 percent driving a Model S and 7 percent driving a Model X. Of those surveyed, 92 percent […]

    Toyota Mirai May Be Following Prius Strategy

    The Toyota Mirai may join the Prius in rolling out its own smaller version. Toyota plans on introducing a smaller, less-expensive model in the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle lineup in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, according to a Japanese media outlet. The smaller Mirai will make it to streets in 2019 at […]