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After Volkswagen wowed readers with its “261 mpg” XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid last year, it has now taken the car in a completely different direction as a concept for the Paris Motor Show. The XL Sport concept is an example of parts bin engineering of the highest order. Out came the 1.0-liter two-cylinder engine VW […]

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From the Paris motor show this week, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confided he is unsure global emissions regulations will not stifle its ability to sell its electrified products. “We have to comply,” he said to Automotive News in an interview during press days before the show was open to the public. “And we have to […]

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Chevrolet announced its newest U.S. model, the small urban Trax, CUV, will start at $20,995. The Trax is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine good for an EPA-estimated 26 city and 34 highway mpg. It has 10 air bags, MyLink infotainment with a seven-inch touch screen, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and a 60/40-split fold-flat […]

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Set your count-down timers: Tonight CEO Elon Musk tweeted the company will unveil “the D” – presumably a Model D? – and “something else” Oct. 9 at the Paris Motor Show. “About time to unveil the D and something else,” goes the whole tweet. What else? Could it be a Model S upgrade, something more […]

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As a testament to the company’s ambitions, Tesla’s Model S has been available in Japan since early September. This new market availability follows the introduction in June of the Model S in right-hand drive configuration to the UK market. Japan, like the UK, requires drivers to be on the right side of the cockpit, as […]

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Jaguar’s entry back into the tough U.S. compact luxury arena will include a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model. Tomorrow the automaker will be featuring the pre-production sedan in Paris, and wants to have in place all-wheel-drive and the diesel – with six-speed auto only – before […]

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The all-wheel-drive Q80 Inspiration concept signals what to expect from Infiniti in a production version maybe as soon as 2016, and one aspect of the large flagship being shown in Paris is its hybrid powertrain. Infiniti has already shown its performance hybrid powertrains – first in 2011 with the M35h, now in the Q50 – […]

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A name you may have heard before, EV company GreenTech Automotive has raised $47 million in a recent equity round. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and exchanges Commissions, 94 investors contributed to the $47 million; the company was originally aiming for $60 million. GreenTech Automotive (GTA) describes itself as a U.S. automotive […]

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With the need to downsize engines, reduce weight and reduce fuel consumption, turbocharging has become a technology many manufacturers are turning to. Honeywell Turbo Technologies (HTT), one of the leading global developers of automotive turbochargers, released its Global Turbo Forecast that estimates the industry will generate $12 billion in revenue by equipping 49 million vehicles […]

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BMW is increasing prices on some of its models, including a couple of its hybrid versions. BMW of North America announced what it describes as a modest inflationary price increase for some 2015 vehicles, effective October 1, 2014. The prices increase touches the 3 and 5 series, as well as the X3; prices increase vary […]

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