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After a two-year investigation into Hyundai and Kia for exaggerating fuel economy ratings, a federal judge approved a record-breaking fine this week but didn’t set aside extra funds for electric vehicle programs. In all, the mpg overstatements will cost the Korean automakers $755 million. Almost half of that is a $360 million fine from the […]

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Ford is expanding its Silicon Valley presence with the opening of its Palo Alto’s Research and Innovation Center. Ford said the opening of this new Research and Innovation Center allows the company to grow its global research team and accelerate its innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. SEE ALSO: Ford […]

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General Motors is finalizing plans to develop a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in-house as it prepares for the upcoming 2025 CAFE requirements. Wards Auto reports that GM will use this new CVT in a number of models by 2019. The transmission will likely be paired with new 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines that GM is releasing […]

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A new study released by Consumer Reports says that for vehicle repairs, consumers are typically more satisfied using an independent shop than a franchised dealership. Only one automaker outranked both dealer and independent facilities: Tesla. Consumer Reports listed 32 automakers in its analysis. Repair facilities were judged on four criteria: quality of repairs, price of […]

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Toyota is getting ready to unveil next week the RND Concept, a production ready concept car that, in the company’s words, “will make a valuable contribution to the world we live in.” In doing so, Toyota is breaking with automotive industry convention by revealing a new product outside the familiar surroundings of an international auto […]

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Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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Hyundai is showing a whole new side at the ongoing Detroit auto show with its latest concept: the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck. Not only will the Santa Cruz be Hyundai’s first pickup – if it advances to production – but it will also house the company’s first diesel engine for the U.S. Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s […]

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It would appear Infiniti is quietly putting plans for its LE Concept on hold. The luxury brand offered no update on plans for the electric car, with the exception of one comment from the vice president of Infiniti America, Michael Bartsch. “We have to be a little pragmatic,” Bartsch told media at an event for […]

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The next Wrangler may include hybridization, says Jeep President and CEO Mike Manley. In an interview with Auto Express, Manley said a hybrid powertrain and a U.S.-only diesel powertrain are both under consideration for the 2017 redesign. Because off-road capabilities are paramount for many Wrangler drivers, four-wheel drive performance will be a key consideration for […]

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Ahead of the start of production later this year, McLaren’s track-only model will make its global debut in production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The development program for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to date has been stepped up over the winter months, said the company, with the […]

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