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Fisker’s ex-VP of global design, Alexander Klatt, has joined the College for Creative Studies as MFA Chair of Transportation Design. The College for Creative Studies (CCS) announced the appointment earlier this week. As Vice President of Global Design at Fisker Automotive, Klatt led the development team for the Karma platform, among the world’s first luxury […]

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Turbos are back in force with the switch to smaller engines in order to satisfy both fuel consumption and power requirements. Only, it is not the good old turbocharger that is showing up supplementing these smaller engines, but reinvented turbochargers benefiting from a few decades of technology advancements. Honeywell Turbo Technologies (HTT) explained it expects […]

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Ford’s 2014 Fusion Hybrid and Toyota’s 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid were recognized as the best cars for the money in the hybrid cars and hybrid SUV scategories. Interestingly, General Motors’ 2014 Chevrolet Volt won not in a green category, but in the upscale midsize cars category. At a time of the year when various automotive […]

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General Motors’ Chevrolet brands has begun a voluntary carbon-reduction initiative with college campuses. Chevrolet says this is the first time it is paying campuses to use carbon performance methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative is said to dovetail into a 675-strong college campus initiative with complementary goals. “Historically, campuses purchased other organizations’ carbon […]

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The 2014 J.D. Powers Vehicle Dependability study saw a decline this year for the first time since 1998 due to a proliferation in four-cylinder engines, it said. The poll of 2011 model year cars allowed owners to report issues, and it appears a strategy employed to increase fuel and emissions efficiency has not been without […]

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BMW Motorsport has announced it will partner with solar equipment supplier GermanPV, initially as part of its 2014 M4 DTM race sponsorship, but with hints that it will be part of BMW’s electrification effort. GermanPV GmbH develops “innovative energy concepts” including electric vehicle charging solutions using renewable energy solar carports. “We are delighted to welcome […]

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Toyota is voluntarily recalling 1.9 million 2009-2014 Prius hatchbacks worldwide due to a software issue. After monitoring its own quality reporting program, Toyota said it determined a potential fault with its hybrid system boost converter. The fault is only with the Prius, not other hybrids, said Toyota. The potential issue could happen under heavy load, […]

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2014 World Car Awards finalists have been revealed, which means we also know which cars are short listed for the 2014 World Green Car award. The 2014 World Car Awards (WCAs) ceremony to be hosted by the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and Bridgestone Corporation on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The WCAs include the […]

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Kia’s upcoming Soul EV will benefit from cold-tested heating and ventilation benifiting both the driver and the battery. The automaker announced a comprehensive winter testing program is currently being carried for the Soul EV pure electric vehicle ahead of its launch in the second half of 2014. Engineers are subjecting the car to the most […]

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Yesterday Honda’s Japanese-market Fit Hybrid and Vezel Hybrid were affected by a third transmission recall Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced a voluntary recall of the Fit Hybrid and Vezel Hybrid produced in Japan from July 2013 through February 2014. The recall has to do with a problem with the software program controlling the 7-speed dual […]

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