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    Next-Gen Toyota Prius Could Ditch Regular Hybrid Propulsion and Go Plug-in

    For all those who’ve alleged Toyota is not so interested in plug-in technology, that assessment may have been premature. According to an Autoblog interview with Shoichi Kaneko, assistant chief engineer for the Prius Prime, the carmaker may make the next generation Prius Liftback exclusively plug-in hybrid. The Prius Liftback hybrid is by far the highest-volume […]


    Federal Guidelines Balance Safety and Innovation in Self Driving Cars

    The federal government issued long-awaited guidelines late Monday backing fully autonomous vehicles that can save lives. In a joint appearance, Anthony Foxx, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, released guidelines that encourage technology innovations from companies balanced with concerns over public safety. The guidelines provide […]


    2017 Chevy Bolt EV Priced From $37,495; Premier is $41,780

    Today Chevrolet made official what its marketers had let slip in January by disclosing the 2017 Bolt EV in LT trim will start at $37,495 including destination charge. The automaker additionally said a Premier trim will also be offered for $$41,780 including destination. The first all-electric car at this price to offer over 200-miles range […]

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    Kia Considering Battery-Electric Version of New Niro Crossover

    Kia’s 2017 Niro Hybrid small crossover SUV has just reached dealer showrooms, and the Korean automaker is already talking about a battery electric version. This information was revealed to the UK’s Car Dealer Magazine by Kia Motors’ chief operating officer, Tae-Hyun Oh, at the opening of a new flagship dealership in London. “We have just […]

    Opel Video Features <500km Range Ampera-e

    In anticipation of further disclosure to the media tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show, Opel just four hours ago released a 1-minute video highlighting how exciting the life of its drivers can be. Featuring imagery associated with young love between an attractive couple, the company intersperses facts and visuals of the rebadged Chevy Bolt rated […]

    Survey Finds Four Out of Five Want Driver Control in Autonomous Vehicles

    Eighty percent of surveyed consumers don’t want to own a car in the future missing steering wheels and pedals. A Future Autonomous Vehicle Driver Study commissioned by Kelley Blue Book found four out of five people think a human driver should be able to take control of self-driving cars. While a few companies, including Google […]

    2017 Renault Zoe Getting New 200-Mile Battery — Nissan Leaf to Follow?

    Last week we reported that the 2017 Renault Zoe was expected to have a larger battery giving it a 200-mile driving range, which has now been confirmed. Behind that news is the implication that the 2018 Nissan Leaf could follow, given that the two companies are joined by an alliance. The information about the Zoe […]

    EPA’s Chris Grundler Raising Hackles for Automakers at Ann Arbor Testing Grounds

    The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality and transportation office in Michigan is raising hackles for automakers – especially Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and its $5.1 billion tab. Chris Grundller, director of the EPA’s transportation and air quality office, says that FCA needs to spend $5.1 to comply with U.S. fuel economy standards for […]