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    TDI Diesel Owners To Get Generous Compensation By Volkswagen

    Volkswagen is expected to offer generous compensation packages for the owners affected by its diesel scandal. Although the German automaker has not determined whether vehicle owners will receive cash, car buy-backs, repairs or replacement vehicles, Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney VW hired to oversee the claims process, believes an overwhelming majority will accept the eventual compensation […]

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    Americans Watch As Honda Launches High-MPG Odyssey Hybrid Minivan in Japan

    A month after Fiat-Chrysler announced America’s first plug-in hybrid minivan, long-time minivan leader Honda announced an Odyssey hybrid too – for its home market. Honda’s announcement this week is that today dealers across Japan will begin offering its Odyssey with a version of the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain alongside conventionally powered Odysseys. The new gas-electric variant comes […]

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    January 2016 Dashboard

    The monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for January were down slightly from a year ago, although there were fewer selling days in the month so the sales rate was […]

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    Study: Volvo City Safety System Reduces Rear-End Crashes by 41 Percent

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted an academic study on Volvo‘s City Safety system. Standard on all Volvos sold in the U.S., City Safety includes a host of safety technologies such as automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings. IIHS found in its study that the system in 2011-2012 Volvo S60 and […]

    ‘Upside-down’ Business Model Will ‘Kill’ Tesla, Says Bob Lutz

    It’s not the first time former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz poked Tesla, and this week on CNBC he advised investors to flee while also noting the Chevy Bolt will be a loss leader for GM. Lutz minced no words in outlining a dire picture for Tesla which today just released its fourth quarter […]

    First Model 3 Deliveries Due By ‘Late 2017,’ Says Tesla

    The Tesla Model 3 is due for deliveries by late 2017. In a brief disclosure today, the automaker’s shareholder letter described investments in the Gigafactory and additional customer support infrastructure as it anticipates overall sales growth of 60-80 percent this year, and its volume model, the 3. “These investments will help prepare the way for […]

    Tesla Q4 2015 Report Paints a Positive Picture Amidst Losses

    With release of its fourth quarter shareholder letter today, Tesla Motors revealed widened losses, missed analysts’ projections, but added numerous reasons for an overall rosy picture. Shareholder letters are by their very nature an exercise of putting one’s best face forward, and Tesla which reports GAAP and non-GAAP numbers has been called an extraordinary practitioner […]

    Ontario Canada Takes Leading Role With Up To $10,000-Plus EV Subsidies

    As part of its Climate Change Strategy, the Province of Ontario, Canada today announced a very generous electrified vehicle incentive program for its residents. Building on a program begun in 2010, under the new plan dollar caps are removed and new ones up to $10,000 and potentially more are being offered to lure buyers to […]

    Feds Define Google’s Self-Driving Computers as Legal Drivers

    Self-driving cars have overcome another regulatory hurdle as U.S. vehicle regulators say that the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving car can be the legal driver. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) told this to Google’s self-driving car unit in a letter after the tech company submitted plans for a self-driving car that has “no […]