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    Honda Discontinuing Fit EV and Insight

    Yesterday Honda was reported as planning to axe the limited-market all-electric version of the Fit, and the Insight hybrid. The Fit EV (pictured) is lease-only, and Honda only ever committed to producing 1,100 units. It will be canceled in the fall, but supported until leases run out. As for the Insight, the latest generation of […]

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    Toyota Announces 2015 Prius Persona

    Back after a hiatus for model year 2014, Toyota announced today it will introduce a Prius Liftback “Persona SE” for 2015. The Prius Persona Series Special Edition as it’s formally called is an update to the Prius Three Trim level, and differentiated by subtle interior and exterior changes. Exterior changes include a rear-mounted “Persona Series” […]

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    Source Says Toyota FCV Concept To Be Called ‘Mirai’

    Despite some discussion as to whether Toyota would be well served to identify its fuel cell vehicle with its “Prius family,” it appears the FCV Concept’s name will be Mirai. Toyota has not made an announcement that this is the case, but according to Bloomberg citing an unnamed source, the vehicle will be so-called nearer […]

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    UK To Allow Autonomous Vehicles In Five Months

    The UK government announced yesterday that autonomous vehicles will be allowed on UK roads five months from now. Fully driverless cars are an exciting glimpse of the future with substantial potential to improve road safety – but the UK’s car fleet has a long way to go before it makes the most of existing autonomous […]

    Digital And Traditional Media Coexist In New-Car Owners’ Life

    Drivers of new vehicles are not replacing traditional media with the Internet, but they are accessing traditional media content through alternative digital channels. This is one of the conclusions that can be taken out of the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report —Summer. The report has been conducted regularly since […]

    Honda Discontinuing Fit EV and Insight

    Yesterday Honda was reported as planning to axe the limited-market all-electric version of the Fit, and the Insight hybrid. The Fit EV (pictured) is lease-only, and Honda only ever committed to producing 1,100 units. It will be canceled in the fall, but supported until leases run out. As for the Insight, the latest generation of […]

    Consumer Reports Drops Nissan Leaf, Mazda5 After Poor IIHS Crash Tests

    Well, that didn’t take long. Mere hours after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released the results of its latest round of crash testing, it looks like Consumer Reports (CR) is piling on the bad news. Both the Mazda5 and — perhaps more relevant to us — the Nissan Leaf scored poorly during the […]

    IIHS: Chevy Volt Performs Well During Crash Testing; Nissan Leaf Very Poorly

    The Chevrolet Volt came out of the IIHS’ recent round of small overlap front crash testing with an acceptable rating, something that can’t be said for its closest rival, the Nissan Leaf. “Driver space in the Volt was maintained reasonably well, and data taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of significant injuries,” said […]

    New Electric Drivetrain Testing Equipment For EV Makers

    Massachusetts-based HBM has introduced a new solution for eDrive testing, an integrated system for measuring the performance and efficiency of electric motors and inverters. HBM, Inc. describes itself as a leading manufacturer of data acquisition systems, analysis and calibration software, strain gauges, and transducers and sensors, HBM explained making the measurements necessary to increase the […]