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Mazda may lose its leading spot in the fuel economy race, but plans to stay competitive with non-electric, second-generation “Skyactiv” engines. Mazda followed Tesla Motors this year to become the first non-electric vehicle maker to hit 100 percent compliance with the 2016 CAFE standards, which called for a fleet average of 34.1 mpg. Mazda’s entire […]

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Rumors about a Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid (PHEV) have been swirling around since last year. A sleuth photographer has caught the next-generation Countryman “replenishing its thirst for electrons” confirming that it exists (unfortunately, we cannot print the copyrighted pictures). Additionally, British publication Autocar recently reported its inside sources say the model will be called the Mini […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to jack up fines for automakers that aren’t meeting fuel economy requirements. The fines imposed on automakers for not meeting the corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) will more than double next month. NHTSA also told Automotive News that these larger fines will apply to 2015 […]

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While Honda has had some electrified vehicle proponents wondering what it was up to, the refreshed 2017 Accord Hybrid is only the beginning of a green, electrified vehicle onslaught. According to Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda brand, this is the plan as the Japanese automaker showed journalists its new range-topping 48-mpg hybrid and […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again taken to Twitter to announce some upgrades coming to the brand’s AutoPilot system. Musk said that after a conversation with Bosch and MobilEye, the companies that supply the sensors that enable AutoPilot, he is confident that “significant improvements [are] possible via OTA software update.” A fatal crash that […]

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Volkswagen’s massive diesel scandal is affecting other automakers. BMW has confirmed that the automaker’s 2017 diesel lineup is being delayed due to extra scrutiny from federal agencies. “In light of recent events, agencies are taking longer to certify diesel models for the US,” said BMW spokesperson Hector Arellano-Belloc, “but there has been no indication that […]

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Three-wheel motorcycles have become a fast growing segment as consumers who want to cruise, but wouldn’t consider a two-wheeler, find these bikes the answer to their open road wanderlust. Electrifying two-wheel bikes is not a new idea, but Bombardier’s Can-Am Spyder three wheeler, with its single rear-drive and two front wheels for steering, is an […]

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Tesla Motors has been in talks with what will be South Korea’s largest shopping mall to set up a store, according to the shopping complex’s owner, Shinsegae Group. The two parties are negotiating over an outlet at Starfield Hanam, which is set to be the country’s largest mall when it opens in September, according to […]

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Samsung Electronics has been in talks to acquire a stake in Chinese automaker BYD, which the South Korean electronics giant says would help boost its chip business for plug-in electric vehicles. Samsung said it has not finalized how much it would spend to buy the stake, nor how big a holding it would take in […]

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Pressure is increasing for Tesla Motors on the fatal Autopilot crash as the U.S. Senate auto safety chair asked CEO Elon Musk to brief the committee. Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, wrote a letter to Musk on Thursday, asking the automaker to […]

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