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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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Today Chrysler Group’s Ram Truck announced it would double its production of its light-duty Ram 1500 with EcoDiesel to 20 percent of the vehicle line after an initial rush of orders and ongoing 60-percent conquest sales. The truck is the only light-duty diesel pickup of its class sold in the U.S., EPA-rated for rear-wheel-drive the […]

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The 39th annual Automotive News World Congress will feature Tesla CEO Elon Musk as a speaker Tuesday, January 13. These events normally attract industry bigwigs and other influential people to speak to attendees from the automotive retail and manufacturing world, and Automotive News made a separate news brief to note Musk’s appearance. “The 43-year-old native […]

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Nissan announced U.S. pricing for the 2015 Nissan NV200 compact van, which is currently on sale nationwide. 2015 marks the vehicle’s third year of availability. Nissan said the 2015 NV200 now offers America’s best commercial van warranty, increasing basic limited warranty coverage from 3 years/36,000 miles to 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powertrain […]

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When the first-generation Chevrolet Volt was developed from 2007-2011, GM prided itself on its “transparency” but today it posted a press release touting how it conceals the development of that plug-in car’s successor. “The styling of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive world’s best-kept secrets,” said Chevrolet communications in reference to its […]

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This week in Paris Kia will showcase its mild hybrid diesel “Optima T-Hybrid” which it first previewed March this year in Geneva. Powered by the company’s production 1.7-liter CRDi turbo diesel, Kia has paired a 48-volt battery and small electric motor which it says allows limited pure EV driving at low speeds and when cruising. […]

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Little is known about the Lamborghini Asterion that will reportedly be revealed this week at the Paris Motor Show. The name “Asterion” comes from Greek mythology and speaks of a half-man, half-bull creature, hinting at its hybrid powertrain. The car looks to be a four seater with styling cues borrowed from the Aventador. Lamborghini has […]

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Car fans are lamenting the likelihood that there will be only 917 out of 918 Porsche 918 Spyders remaining in the world after one appears to have been incinerated in Toronto over the weekend. The $845,000-plus plug-in hybrid supercar was seen in flames at a gas station in Toronto. The cause has not been verified […]

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Autonomous vehicles may be nearing technological readiness, but may be delayed for legal reasons. This is according an Autonomous Driving Legislation and Liability report by ABI Research released Friday. “Legislation and liability issues and uncertainties are expected to remain the main obstacles for autonomous vehicles becoming widely adopted in the next decade,” said VP and […]

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