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The Ram pickup truck will become the first to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all of its three fullsize pickup truck segments, including the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. Ram said it beats the competition in the two most sought-after titles […]

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While Europe and arguably Canada have embraced the Smart experiment, the company’s fortunes in the U.S. have been painful at best. For many would-be buyers, the current Fortwo just doesn’t make sense, even in the tightest most congested cities around – especially with relatively more space and fuel prices still low. In contrast to the […]

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An online newspaper report from Puerto Rico indicates Nissan will begin sales today of its all-electric Leaf. From now through July 31 pre-orders are being accepted with first deliveries expected in August. Orders are being taken by Nissan dealer, Adriel Auto in the town of Toa Baja, which is west of San Juan. The entry […]

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Given how harshly the buying public associates anything that has received government funding during development, it’s no wonder why carmakers go to great lengths to defend against such claims, whether entirely accurate or not. The latest blow-up and finger-pointing comes between Hyundai and Tesla. During a recent event highlighting the company’s long investment in hydrogen […]

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Tesla told us back in January that in-house it was calling its next, smaller, more affordable sedan “Gen Three,” not “Model E” as previously reported, and now CEO Elon Musk has said it will be known as Model 3. In an interview with the UK’s Auto Express, Musk laid out the rationale for a sports […]

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After fifteen years of research and development, Hyundai launched the first mass-produced, federally-certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle available in the U.S. market, known as the Tucson Fuel Cell. This hydrogen-powered vehicle is now ready for sale to select customers in Southern California. The Korean carmaker has produced a video highlighting the vehicle and the philosophy […]

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Volkswagen announced the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will be building the brand’s new midsize SUV. Diesel and/or hybrid powertrains are expected to be available on this new seven passenger SUV. The Group said it will be investing a total of approximately $900 million in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, and creating 2,000 […]

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Toyota UK has posted a video with links to the full story of a TRD-prepped Prius Plug-in Hybrid which set a “lap record” of 698 mpg at 40 mph at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. “Three-digit records are nothing new at the Nürburgring, the go-to location when car manufacturers want to prove the pace of their latest […]

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BMW is gung-ho for its electric i3 (pictured), and plug-in hybrid i8, and i-what-ever-is-next, but this week said it is still very much interested in fuel cells due to pure battery cars’ range anxiety. “This is why the whole industry is still looking very much at fuel cells because it is not clear what is […]

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This week from South Korea, BMW said it is open to helping its competitors work with its battery supplier, Samsung SDI. Not unlike Tesla, which recently made a far broader gesture in opening its patents to competitors, BMW’s motivation is enlightened self-interest, as more EV makers will increase economies of scale. “If Mercedes called us, […]

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