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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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Over the summer, Volvo released its XC90 SUV as the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid. The carmaker is looking to turn heads once again when it shows its upcoming S90 sedan at next month’s auto show in Detroit. “With the launch of the XC90 we made a clear statement of intent,” Volvo President & […]

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Pickup trucks are the most popular segment in the U.S. this year, with truck models taking the top three slots for vehicle sales to date in 2015. Models like the Ford F-150 have become “as much of a status symbol as they are a tool,” according to Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue […]

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To compensate for the lack of hydrogen refueling stations open in California, Toyota is establishing temporary stations to service its new Mirai fuel cell sedan. Toyota will be setting up trailers from Air Products & Chemicals Inc. as the mobile refueling stations, placing them at all eight dealerships authorized to sell the Mirai FCV. Only […]

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This week BMW introduced two new plug-in hybrids to the U.S., one a 3-Series sedan, another a 5-Series SUV that is being positioned loosely as a potential Tesla Model X alternative. The sedan is the 330e Plug-In Hybrid, and it will begin appearing at U.S. dealers next spring. This 248-horsepower PHEV is promised to deliver […]

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In addition to announcing plans to build up to 94,000 vehicles next year, Tesla released another lofty goal during its third quarter earnings conference call. CEO Elon Musk said the company is now working to increase drivetrain durability with the aim of building a unit that “never wears out.” Previously, Tesla had been targeting about […]

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A month after its release, Tesla Model S drivers are already reporting noticeable progress in the car’s autopilot capabilities. When Tesla begin releasing its semi-autonomous “Autopilot” last month, CEO Elon Musk announced that each vehicle would collect data and send it to the network. This information would then be used to improve the software and […]

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Executives at Porsche say they had no idea the Cayenne Diesel used a defeat device, and have announced that they are discontinuing all sales immediately. “Late this morning, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. received a notice of violation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel,” the company said […]

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Following the realization that Volkswagen was achieving emission requirements only by using a defeat device, some in the automotive industry are wondering how promising it is for carmakers to produce affordable diesel-powered cars. Part of the reason it’s difficult to make a profit on diesel cars in the U.S., said Mark Wakefield, automotive managing director […]

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Without issuing a press release or a notice to its consumers, Tesla has ended its $100 flat fee for its mobile servicing pickup. The flat fee was part of Tesla’s service plan, which is separate from warranty repairs. Customers that purchased the pre-paid plan received an annual inspection and replacement of “all wear and tear […]

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