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Bolstered by a surge in SUV, pickup, and other mainstream vehicle sales, General Motors’ July sales overall were the highest they’ve been since 2007 – up 9 percent year-over-year, and the Chevy Volt was up 13 percent with 2,020 deliveries. The Volt sold relatively well considering its record, but GM is focused more on the […]

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Although the news broke earlier this week, we now have official confirmation from both Panasonic and Tesla that the two corporations are joining efforts to build a new large-scale battery production center. While quite detailed, the distilled version has Tesla looking after everything involved with the physical building and maintenance, while Panasonic supplies bits inside […]

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Recording a healthy 62-percent year-over-year increase, Nissan’s 3,019 Leafs sold in July constituted its second-best month to date. It’s also the 17th-straight month of some form of a sales record – be it year-over year, best month, or all-time high. Nissan noted also it was the Leaf’s best July ever. Its all-time best month was […]

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Still working toward indisputably increased earnings while growing the business, Tesla reported a record 7,579 sales and net income of $16 million by non-GAAP accounting last quarter, while losing $62 million according to customary accounting. The discrepancy comes from Tesla’s practice of reporting by non-generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These leave out financials affected by […]

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California is pushing even more for green cars and some of the state’s agencies are collaborating on a range of initiatives to support the goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) said last week that the California Energy Commission carried out one of these initiatives, […]

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It is interesting to see how two worlds that seem to be so far apart can converge. Case in point: hot rods and green cars. Michigan-based Crazy Diamond Performance is a developer of hot rods that likes to get the most out of every engine. The most performance-wise, but also the most fuel-consumption-wise. This has […]

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Audi announced today it has begun taking orders in Europe for its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron. The car combines a 1.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged gas engine and electric motor for 204 rated horsepower. On the European NEDC test cycle, the A3 Sportback e-tron’s fuel consumption in accordance is 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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